Meet Mary Elizabeth Bradford, CERM, CMRW+EE, CARW, MCD, NCOPE, IBDC.D, MQLE.D

An Industry Leader

Serving executive clients across industries and company sizes

  • Exclusively Serving Executives Since 2008
  • Multi-Award-Winning Executive Resumes, LinkedIn Profiles & Board Documents
  • 7 Top Global Industry Certifications
  • FORBES Top 100 Career Website
  • Trusted & Referred by Top Retained Recruiting Firms
  • 99% Client Satisfaction

A Note From Mary Elizabeth

My father was a self-made businessman who believed in rolling up his sleeves and getting things done. He told me there was never a day he didn’t want to get up and go to work, that America was the best place on earth, and that anyone could be successful here if they worked hard. He was gracious and taught me everything without giving me a single piece of unsolicited advice. My business, my ability to run it, and my moral compass are all products of God and my dad.

I feel grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing clients—brilliant leaders and mentors with high emotional intelligence. Connecting with such incredible men and women who have done such exceptional things, inspires me and keeps me on a path of growth.

I am constantly amazed and so thankful for my global team, most of whom have worked with me for many years. They are incredibly talented, capable, caring, and genuinely love what they do. I could not do what I do without them. They are highly experienced, responsible, and collaborative and have won more combined awards and certifications than I have. They are my sounding board just as much as I am theirs.

And if you are new to my services, welcome! I am glad you’re here, and I look forward to helping you as I have been so humbled to help and advise other top executives. Mine is a professional business that is run on my personal principles. I am committed to my client’s and my team’s success. Being a part of it is my greatest accomplishment.

Expertise Certifications

Career Directors International

  • Certified Master Resume Writer & Executive Editor (CMRW+EE)
  • Certified Executive Resume Master (CERM)
  • Certified Executive Resume Writer (CERW)
  • Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW)
  • Master Career Director (MCD)

National Resume Writers Association

  • Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE)

Panels and Committees

  • CDI Judging Panel – TORI Awards (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • CDI Judging Panel – Career Innovator Awards (2020, 2022)
  • CDI Advisory Committee (2017)
  • CDI Member (2009–Present)
Board Certification
  • IBDC.D Certification, Pfister Strategy International Board Competency Designation, MA Pfister Strategy Group, Inc. (2022)
Leadership Certifications & National Community Leadership Programs
  • Leadership Orlando
    Graduate, Orlando Florida Leadership Class of 1997
  • The International Women Leaders Group, Mindfulness Institute MQLE.D, Mindfulness Intelligence®
    Leadership Excellence Certification – Coaching & Leadership Training Program, The Inner Business Institute
  • Thrive Resources Leadership Development
    Completed the Thrive Resources Executive Program: Transitioning Into Private Equity: Introduction to Structure | The Private Equity Mindset | Packaging Yourself for Private Equity

Executive Career History

Founder, CEO, & Executive Director, (previously 2008–Present

  • Established one of the most successful boutique executive resume writing firms in the US, including a 25% international client base.
  • Boasts a 99% client satisfaction rate.
  • Leads a seasoned and stable high-performance team of highly decorated writers and coaches with a low turnover rate history.

Senior Outplacement Coach, RLS, 2003–2008

  • Rose to status as company’s #1 executive coach.

Founder & President, The Lynn Group Executive Search Firm, 1997–2003

  • Formed a top recruiting firm for the commercial building industry in the southeast with an impressive client roster including Turner Construction, Kvaerner Construction, BOVIS Lend Lease, Duke Energy, ESA Architects, and Freeman White Architects. Non-building industry clients included Scene 3 Productions.

Qualifications Summary

  • Provides a holistic approach to executive job transitions, including contextualizing focus, designing branding and professional resume (or Board Documents) documents, and creating C-suite transition strategies.
  • Maintains a consistent track record of helping clients secure more interviews, bigger titles, and better offers for C-suite and board appointments.
  • Delivers crisp, visually attractive, and accurately branded resumes and compelling, optimized LinkedIn profiles that fluidly communicate value points that align with clients’ goals.
  • Facilitates introductions to top executive recruiting, private equity, and venture capital firms.
Core Leadership Traits

Strengths Finder

Strategic/Activator/Futuristic/Restorative/Input – Leads with Strategic Thinking

Strengths Finder


Input – Leads with Strategic Thinking

DISC Leadership Profile


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Type

Mediator – caring, creative approach, loyal, positive, considerate, honest

Emotional Intelligence

Moderate/High – high empathy/self-aware/strong emotional understanding, integration, and management

Adept At

  • Creating strategic plans for executives to meet their goals
  • Building positive and trusting long-term professional relationships
  • Taking an authentic approach
  • Values-based decision-making
  • Resolution-focused problem solving
  • Distilling and communicating issues/solutions 
  • Lifelong learning and self-development 

FORBES Top 100 Websites for Your Career
4x TORI Nominations, CDI
2X TORI Awards, CDI
Career Innovator Award, CDI
Lifetime Achievement Award, CDI

Other Memberships In Good Standing 

  • Member, Career Thought Leaders (CTL)
  • Member, National Resume Writers Association (NRWA)
  • Member, Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARWCC)
  • Member, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital

Prior Board Committee Appointments

  • Board Member & Steering Committee Member, Downtown Orlando Partnership (1997)
  • Special Events Committee Member, House of Mercy, Nashville, TN (2001), a residential treatment facility focusing on mental health and addiction rehabilitation

Volunteer & Other Program Affiliations

  • Creator, Host, & Fundraiser, House of Mercy Fundraiser (1999) Songwriter benefit hosted at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN, for The House of Mercy
  • EWA | Exceptional Women Alliance
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