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Kansas City Career Coach In the News

Media Moments with Meg
Local Career Coach Awarded Distinguished Professional Credential
ExecuNet Names Meg Montford the Facilitator of Executive Meetings
Local Career Coach Chosen by
Local Resume Writer Wins Three "Best Resume" Competitions
Local Entrepreneur Awarded Distinguished Professional Credential

Media Moments with Meg

“Disgruntled workers tell how they quit jobs,” CNN, 8-11-10

“Job interview warning: ‘Tell me about yourself’ only partly means it,” by Diane Stafford, The Kansas City Star, 5-29-10

“Workers Perceive Little Opportunity,” WSJ Career Journal, 5-16-10
“In Job Hunting, Honesty Is Still the Best Policy,” WSJ Career Journal, 4-25-10

“Plugged In: The 24/7 work week,” (614) Magazine, Columbus, OH, 11-1-09

“Lucrative Layoffs: Surprising Success Stories in Recession,” Yahoo! Hot Jobs, by Claudine Benmar of

“Tips on Having a Positive Job Interview,” Employment Digest, 6-24-08

Interviews on Kansas City Fox-TV morning news, 2007-2008:

Career Coach -- Network at Holiday Parties
Career Coach -- How to Seal the Deal
Career Coach: How to Ace Your Job Interview a
Returning to Work, Tips from Career Coach
Life After Layoff, Tips from KC Career Coach

“Stand out Online to Land the Job,” Yahoo! Hot Jobs, 2007

“How to Look for a New Job in 2007,” Kansas City Live, KSHB-TV, 12-20-06 (Windows Media File)

“How to Quit a Job Gracefully,” WSJ Career Journal, 5-3-05
"Switching Jobs Poses New Problems," WSJ Career Journal, 11-9-0
“Juggling Two Offers Takes Special Skills,” WSJ Career Journal, 1-24-06
“Review Went Badly: Stay Cool and Find a Fix,” WSJ Career Journal, 5-25-06

“Opportunity Knocks, and It Pays a Lot Better,” WSJ Career Journal, 11-14-06
“How to Explain a Short Stint on Your Resume to Interviewers,” WSJ Career Journal, 11-10-06

“How to Plead Your Case and Get Results,” Herald News, 7-11-05

“Beyond the Resume,” Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, March 2005. Reporter Jessalynn Brinkmeyer quotes Meg on using weblogs for job searches. (Subscription website.)

“Quitting the Rat Race Energizes Many Workers,” The Kansas City Star, 1-15-05. Front page story by reporter Diane Stafford based on interviews with Meg’s former clients. (Free subscription.)
“Look the Part, Get the Job," The Kansas City Star, 6-24-08. FYI section front page story by feature writer Lisa Gutierrez.

Quintessential Careers interviews Meg about career self-management.


Local Entrepreneur Awarded Distinguished Professional Credential

Kansas City, MO - December 9, 2004 - Meg Montford of Abilities Enhanced has completed a rigorous training and evaluation process to earn her "Master Certified Career Coach" designation. The MCCC is the first credential of its kind for career coaching professionals. It verifies professional expertise in career development, actual coaching experience, and coaching competency as defined by professional coaching industry standards.

The Master Certified Career Coach is the highest credential awarded by Career Coach Institute, the world's premier virtual career coach training organization. Based upon a tiered certification process, it involves two years of virtual and onsite study, a major contribution to the careers industry profession, and 1000 hours of providing career coaching to clients. Montford is the first graduate to earn the elite distinction among several hundred students and graduates of the institute founded by Marcia Bench, a nationally respected author, coach, and expert in the job and career development field.

Montford is also certified as a Fellow Practitioner through the Institute of Career Certification International. She is a monthly columnist for the Association of Coaching and Consulting Professionals on the Web. She has been featured in local television reports on career coaching, and quoted in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Kansas City Star, and Diversity, Inc. She facilitates Greater Kansas City ExecuNet executive networking events. She serves in local and national leadership roles in the Association of Career Professionals International. She is a graduate of Corporate Coach University and a member of the International Coach Federation, International Association of Coaches, Career Masters Institute, and The Central Exchange.

Owner and president of Abilities Enhanced (, Montford has been active in the career management field since 1986. Before starting her own business in 1999, she worked for both profit and nonprofit organizations in recruiting, career consulting, and business development.

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ExecuNet Names Meg Montford as Facilitator of Local Executive Networking Meetings

Kansas City, MO - December 15, 2003 - ExecuNet, the leading Internet-based center for executive career management, announced that it will sponsor executive networking meetings on the third Thursday of every month in the Greater Kansas City Area. Hosted and facilitated by Meg Montford, Business & Career Coach of Abilities Enhanced, a local career coaching services firm, the meetings are designed to provide executives with an opportunity to exchange insight and experience with peers.

Open to both ExecuNet members and non-members, the first session will be held January 15, 2004, and feature a seminar led by Leigh Branham, Management Consultant, titled "Negotiation Tune-Up Clinic." Branham is the author of the book, "Keeping the People Who Keep You in Business."

Lunch, a structured networking program, and professional resume reviews are included. At the event, participants may exchange career management and job search ideas and experiences.

For more information, contact Montford at

ExecuNet is the leader in providing career management services to $100,000+ executives and senior-level professionals. It is the "first source" that executive and corporate recruiters use to find top executive talent. Founded in 1988, ExecuNet posts more than 30,000 executive jobs annually; provides information on salaries and market trends; and publishes three newsletters covering the latest tips, tactics, strategies, and resources for executive job search, career management, and member networking.

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Local Career Coach Chosen by

Kansas City, MO, August 4, 2001 - Meg Montford, President of Abilities Enhanced, was recently selected to provide career coaching services for the "Job Good. Life Good." May sweepstakes winner. The "Job Good. Life Good." Sweepstakes ran from May 3 to May 31, 2001. There were approximately 73,540 entrants vying for a Grand Prize drawing that gave one winner a cash payment of $50,000 and a year's worth of Career Coaching sessions.

Montford will coach the winner by phone on issues related to career development, resume writing, and job interviewing. The winner, Paul Martin of Kentucky, also won the cash prize from

"Career coaching is a client-driven process," said Montford. "It is somewhat similar in practice to coaching sports, with the goal being career success for the individual."

Montford, a Credentialed Career Master and Certified Professional Resume Writer, has been providing job search related services since 1986. She founded her own global career change management service in 1999 to assist individuals in career transition worldwide via her website at She is a member of the International Coach Federation, International Association of Career Management Professionals, Career Masters Institute, Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches, and National Resume Writers Association.

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Local Resume Writer Wins Three "Best Resume" Competitions at International Conference of Professional Resume Writers

Kansas City, MO, August 31, 2000 - Meg Montford, President, Abilities Enhanced, was named winner in three of eight resume writing categories at international competition sponsored by the Professional Association of Resume Writers. According to Mark Berkowitz, Chair of the PARW Certification Board, "Ms. Montford's 3-award accomplishment is unprecedented in the 10-year history of our organization of 700 members."

The annual competition, open to all resume writers who attended the Association's international convention in Toronto, Ontario, August 16-19, gives resume writers the chance to pit their work against other professionals and be judged by a review team of their peers.

Montford won awards for resumes submitted in Executive, Sales/Marketing and Information Technology categories. Montford, a Certified Professional Resume Writer, provides resume writing, career transition coaching and job search related services to clients globally via her web site, phone and fax. She was a 1999 PARW Best Resume Contest Winner. Her resume and cover letter samples are nationally published in two career industry books. She serves as Online Resume Expert for She is a Credentialed Career Master through Career Masters Institute.

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Local Entrepreneur Awarded Distinguished Professional Credential

Kansas City, MO, April 21, 2000 - Meg Montford of Abilities Enhanced has completed a rigorous evaluation process to earn her "Credentialed Career Master" designation. The CCM is the first credential of its kind for career and employment professionals, verifying their professional expertise, their commitment to continuing education and their dedication through pro bono work.

The Certified Career Master credential is awarded by the Career Masters Institute, the first-ever, Internet-based networking and training organization for professionals across the entire spectrum of the careers industry - resume writing, recruitment, outplacement, career coaching, career counseling, testing and assessment, college/university placement, military/government transition and corporate human resources.

Montford, a Professional Resume Writer and Career Transition Coach, was named 1999 Best Resume Contest Winner at the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) annual convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was recently selected as Resume Expert for, a locally based online recruiter for the hospitality industry. She is a founding member of the Kansas City Resume Writers Alliance, a local group of four independent resume writers who offer the most comprehensive resume writing and career transition services available to the Greater Kansas City population. Besides PARW, Montford is a member of the National Association of Resume Writers, Association of Job Search Trainers, The Central Exchange and Kansas City Express Network of American Business Women's Association. She operates her resume career service in south Kansas City, providing most services via Internet, phone and Fax.

Owner and president of Abilities Enhanced, Montford has been active in the career management field since 1986. Before starting her own business, she worked for both profit and nonprofit organizations developing jobs and directly placing individuals.


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