About Doug

I have moved over 35 times in my life, have lived in a dozen different countries, on four continents and, in the process, have learned six languages.  For most of my life, I have been “the new guy” – in a school, an office, a city, a culture.  I know the challenge of finding your footing in a new environment, as well as the opportunity it offers for reinventing yourself.  And I understand the critical importance of knowing the local culture, whether in a country or an organization, in communicating clearly and effectively.

I know cross-cultural communication.  I have lived it my whole life, and practiced it for most of my professional life, including 28 years as a diplomat, representing the United States.  I am applying those same skills to helping others who face a transition.  Maybe you are embarking on a new career, or changing jobs (and maybe cities or countries), or desperately looking for work.  I can help you present yourself persuasively, authentically, and with a résumé tailored to the job that interests you.


The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA) is one of the most challenging in the industry. The only way a writer can earn the NCRW certification is by demonstrating a high level of expertise in resume strategy, business writing, grammar and punctuation, proofreading, and electronic resume preparation. Upon receiving their credential, NCRWs have proven themselves several times over to be the best in their field–a consummate professional dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the business. Subsequently, NCRWs are required to acquire CEs annually to maintain their certification which keeps them on the cutting edge of this ever-changing industry.

image004The CPRW credential is the Industry Standard for professional résumé writers. It certifies that the holder has attained “the highest standards and qualifications within the résumé  writing industry.” It is issued by the Executive Director of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches, on the recommendation of the Certification Board, pursuant to successful completion of a rigorous examination process.

Doug Barnes

“There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help someone succeed.” -Alan Loy McGinnis

I can help your résumé get past the shredder and to a real person!


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“I have never worked with someone before on my resume other than friends or family, so a professional resume writer was new for me.  Doug made it easy. He looked over my resume and then asked me questions. I supplied him with information and received my first draft. I opened it up and just sat back in my chair staring at my computer. I felt like all the hard work I had done through the years was honored and seen. Then it was put into succinct order.

As I read through it, I could feel myself coming to life and realizing I have a lot to offer. I became excited about how I might contribute to a new work environment. I could even see how my skills and experience could translate into new fields I had never worked in before.

Most of all I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders as I imagined being able to click send after putting together my cover letter, knowing that my new resume was a true representation of my background. I felt proud of my accomplishments.

Doug is easy to work with, efficient, kind and considerate and very professional.”  — Kate E.

P.S. Kate’s new résumé got her an interview, which led to a job offer.