I’m Ilona (“rhymes with Fiona”) Vanderwoude and my passion is helping modern-day “Renaissance Personalities”—those who simply can’t pick one passion or professional “major”—create exciting lives and careers.

As a Career Designer, I guide my clients in crafting unusual life and career plans, help them fit a million passions into one lifetime, and provide the tactical support to actually make it happen. The bottom line is that I show my clients how to branch out and live the life they didn’t think was possible for them.

As a Résumé Expert, I am nationally published in 15+ books and have 10+ years in the careers industry, elite coaching and resume-writing credentials, additional coaching training by M. Lobenstine (author of “The Renaissance Soul”), and personal experience living the Renaissance life. I’m not your usual coaching professional!

As a devoted practitioner of the Renaissance life, I am always on the lookout for the next exciting thing that will intrigue me, inspire me, and move me on to my next adventure.

My latest insights and inspiration came from attending Barbara Sher’s “scanner retreat” in France (April, 2011). Yes, Barbara Sher from “Wishcraft” and “Refuse to Choose!” (That’s the two of us in the picture to the right.)

Barbara Sher and Ilona Vanderwoude

I gained insights about tools to help you find the excitement and peace of mind knowing you’re on the right track, just the way Barbara helped me and my fellow “scanners” in France. I have incorporated those tools in my work with my Renaissance/scanner clients.

Certifications & Credentials

  • Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
  • Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
  • Certified Job Search Trainer (CJST)
  • Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
  • Graduate of Resume Writing Academy (RWA)
  • Graduate of Career Coach Academy (CCMC)
  • Approved careers expert on Careerealism.com
  • Former Monster.com resume writer
  • Certified Imagine Consultant from Fashion Institute of Technology in NY (FIT)

Awards, Honors & Community Involvement

  • TORI (Toast of the Resume Industry)-nominee for Best Sales & Marketing Resume
  • Published in 15+ career books including national bestsellers
  • Included in the 2007 Directory of Professional Resume Writers
  • Volunteer (resume reviews) at Women for Hire Career Fair
  • Volunteer (resume reviews) at Veteran’s Career Fair
  • Volunteer for post-9/11 relief efforts (Red Cross and free career assistance)
  • The National Resume Writers’ Association Contributing Expert
  • The National Resume Writers’ Association, former newsletter coordinator/editor
  • Career Management Alliance, former e-list moderator

Professional Affiliations

  • Career Thought Leaders (CTL – formerly Career Masters Institute)
  • The National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA)
  • Career Directors International (CDI)
  • Coachville
  • Careerealism
  • International Association of Women in Business Coaching









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