About CareerPro - Meet Nikky Rhodes

Master Resume Writer, Certified Selection Criteria Specialist & Interview Coach specialising in the APS (Federal, State, Territory & Local Government)

Hi - I'm Nikky Rhodes, owner of CareerPro (a professional, online career development writing business), Qualified Resume and Selection Criteria Writer and Interview Coach. I help jobseekers at all levels and at all stages of their career lifespan to get jobs and promotions within the Australian Public Service and private sector through my professional career consultancy services including resume writing, interview coaching and selection criteria writing.

With over ten years of practical experience in Human Resources and Recruitment, supported by up-to-date knowledge and credentials, I'll help you to navigate complex and confusing recruitment processes, attract interviews, get jobs and promotions and save time and effort by uncovering and articulating your unique selling points and accomplishments relating these to employer needs so that you present as the best person for the role, on paper and in person.

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With over 10 years of combined experience in recruitment, human resources and career writing, I have been helping job-seekers to effectively market and “sell” themselves to prospective employers by providing professional career writing services (selection criteria, resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters) designed to attract interviews, secure promotions and win job offers.

I started my career within the corporate world of recruitment and gained international experience in South Africa and the United Kingdom working for one of the leading global recruiters, TMP Worldwide, and successfully recruited and counselled job-seekers across a range of industries (public and private sectors), at a multitude of levels, including graduates, legal, finance, customer service, administration, sales, business development, technical, education, management, professionals and executives.

Since migrating to Australia in 2003, I have used this experience, skill and knowledge to establish my own professional writing business, CareerPro, and have over the years worked with a diverse range of individuals, identifying and highlighting their unique achievements and accomplishments and translating these into high-level written applications that effectively position my clients way ahead of their competitors.

I have also been a member of, and chaired hundreds of selection panels and have a thorough knowledge of public service recruitment and selection processes and practices. This includes understanding and applying the Senior Executive Leadership Capability (SELC) Framework, Integrated Leadership System, APS Values and Code of Conduct, Defence Leadership Framework and other state, territory and local government capability/competency frameworks.


Knowledge, Credentials & Qualifications

First Certified Resume & Selection Criteria Specialist (CRS+PSAU) - As the first credentialed Australian Public Service Resume and Selection Criteria Writer, I have demonstrated knowledge and experience with public service resume writing and key selection criteria development for federal, state, territory and local government applications.

Unfortunately, without this qualification, the selection criteria writing industry remains largely unregulated and uncontrolled. By obtaining qualifications in selection criteria writing, my clients can be secure in the knowledge that they are engaging a professional, qualified and experienced selection criteria writer!

CDI President, Laura De Carlo states that:

"When selecting a resume writer a job-seeker should always look for an individual who is certified and has experience working with job seekers in their industry. Selecting a skilled professional with a Certified Resume Specialist for your industry is the natural choice to confidently put your career in the hands of a qualified expert who has made the effort to specialise."


Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW) - An elite resume writing qualification awarded to only a select few local and international resume writers following review by a panel of peers, including TORI (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award Winners and industry leaders.

"Nikky Rhodes has been awarded the international certification as a Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW) by Career Directors International. She has demonstrated her superior knowledge and experience in resume writing and career development through an intense examination, professional writing and development process to assess and demonstrate her industry knowledge and resume writing skill. Recognition as a CMRW sets Nikky apart from the competition and distinguishes the high calibre of her credentials in assisting clients with professional resume and selection criteria writing." Laura De Carlo, President, Career Directors International


Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW) - As one of a small group of credentialed resume writers, I've demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development in innovative job-seeking strategies and resume writing trends and have been awarded this highly sought after, internationally recognised qualification following intense industry scrutiny and peer review.


Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology & History Majors) - This degree provided a great theoretical introduction and spring-board to my earlier career and experience in Recruitment and Human Resources where I recruited and supported literally hundreds of job-seekers (at all levels) to achieve their job and career goals.


Memberships, Associations & Accreditations

  1. Career Directors International (CDI)
  2. Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
  3. Association of Online Resume & Career Professionals (AORCP)
  4. Australian Certified Website - if you are worried about purchasing services, conducting business online and supplying personal and confidential information to just anyone on the world-wide web, this GOLD seal of approval will put your mind at ease. CareerPro has successfully passed a stringent certification process which provides you with assurance and guarantees that we are who we say we are - a 100% Australian-owned and operated business.


Written Contributions

  1. Author of practical, easy-to-follow ebook "How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by-Step Guide" designed to provide advice and information to assist you if you choose to write your own selection criteria or government job application.
  2. Career Article Writer for FREE fortnightly newsletter "Unlock Your Career Potential" sharing essential job-seeker information on selection criteria, resumes/CVs, cover letters, government job applications, transferable skills, recruitment and selection practices, changing careers, interview skills, work/life integration and job-searching. Subscribe here and download my FREE Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Selection Criteria and Bonus Selection Criteria Templates
  3. Regular contributor as Work Guru for online community newsletter, Western Informer, providing practical tips and proven strategies to enhance the quality of your written application and ensure that you get results as part of your job search process.
  4. Experienced Career Development Practitioner and Human Resource Expert writing organisational policies and procedures, developing job descriptions (including selection criteria documentation), selection materials, proposals, business plans and reports for use within the public service and private sectors. These have included writing and implementing workforce planning and recruitment and selection plans and strategies, developing job application information for all levels of employees, drafting human resource and operational policy and procedures and collaborating on key issues including those that relate to Classification Frameworks including competencies and behavioural indicators, Equal Employment Opportunity, Health and Safety, Industrial Democracy and Cultural Diversity.
  5. Industry contributor for FREE career articles related to resume writing, how to write selection criteria, career development, recruitment and selection, interview preparation, your rights and responsibilities, salary negotiation and the job-search process.


My commitment to YOU!

  1. You will benefit directly from 10 years of public and private sector experience and my understanding of what employers and hiring managers are looking for in a quality application as a Master Resume Writer, Expert Selection Criteria Writer, Career Development Practitioner, Recruiter, Hiring Manager, Selection Panel Member and Human Resources Professional
  2. You will have access to cutting edge industry expertise and modern career writing trends and innovation through my credentials as Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW), Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW) and Certified Resume and Selection Criteria Specialist (CRS-Australian Public Service) - Australia's FIRST Public Service Resume and Selection Criteria Writer to be awarded these highly sought after global qualifications following intense industry scrutiny and examination
  3. You will uncover your achievements and successes through my skill and expertise in behavioural/competency/informational interviewing techniques
  4. You will benefit from my skill and capacity to prepare applications for all levels from entry level positions to executive roles
  5. You will have access to further resources and a forum for support through my professional memberships of Career Directors International, Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals and Career Development Association of Australia
  6. You will benefit from practical expertise in Equal Employment Opportunity, Equity and Diversity, Occupational Health and Safety/Workplace Health and Safety, Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, Industrial Democracy, Participative Work Practices and APS Values and Code of Conduct which means that I can prepare top-notch responses for these common selection criteria
  7. You will work directly with me on an exclusive basis. I don't prepare multiple applications for the same role and see this as a direct conflict of interest
  8. You will be able to tap into earlier experiences managing graduate recruitment programs and leading job assistance, search and outplacement programs
  9. You will enjoy peace of mind as I subscribe to the highest standards of personal and professional ethics. Your personal information and career history will remain private and confidential
  10. You will be working with an experienced writer who has drafted articles, informational resources, and fact sheets for cover letters, resumes, CVs, selection criteria and expressions of interest. I have also written policies and procedures, developed job descriptions (including selection criteria documentation), selection materials, proposals, business plans and reports. In 2011, I launched the first edition of my ebook "How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by-Step Guide", detailing practical, easy-to-follow steps when writing your own selection criteria or government job applications.



For an obligation free quote and assessment please feel free to contact me on nikky@CareerPro.net.au or call me on 0404 427 212

PO Box 7180 Mount Crosby QLD 4306 ABN: 82 720 953 02

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Having held a range of diverse and varied roles as Recruiter, Human Resources and Hiring Manager, and selection panel member, having sat on hundreds of selection panels, it seemed only natural that Nikky transition her passion for assisting job-seekers to establish CareerPro, a leading, professional writing business focused on helping job-seekers to effectively market and "sell" themselves to prospective employers. Through her unique writing services (selection criteria, resumes, curriculum vitae, cover/application letters) she assists clients and job-seekers locally, nationally and internationally to achieve their goals of promotion, interview and job success.




"Hi Nikky, This resume is amazing! I think that I had read similar comments to this on your website, but - I can't believe this was describing me when I was reading it! I am so happy that I decided to have you do this for me - the best investment for me for quite a while. I think that it is definitely going to be the secret weapon in obtaining a position. I am just in awe at your ability with words." DF, Bookkeeper

"Oh my goodness Nikky - this is amazing! You are certainly sensational at what you do and are totally worth the money! I would recommend you to anyone. I was a little uncomfortable at first reading this amazing resume that looked like it belonged to someone else, but once I read it in more detail you have described me and what I do to a tee! You are a very clever lady and you make me look very clever too!!!! LOL! The cover letter and selection criteria are so awesome and I'm 100% happy with these." DS, Administration Manager

"Hi Nikky, What you have written is amazing and I certainly could not word this application the way you have!" JJ, Service & Administration, University

"Thank you so much, I have to say I do look good on paper!" KB, Local Government, WA

"The outcome has far exceeded my expectations and I am over the moon with the result." KG, Executive Assistant

"Brilliant! I'm very happy with what you have written. Thanks so much and I'll let you know how I go." MR, Quality Assistant, Tertiary Education Institute

"You will be pleased to know that I was ranked No. 2 on this job - this is what I expected as the officer that has been acting in the position re-applied. I am actually going to be doing the job for 8 weeks so am pretty pleased with the result!"
DB, Client Services, Federal Government Department

"It sounds pretty damn good, would you employ me? Thanks so much for all of your help and the quickness of getting this done for me. I really appreciate it. Will let you know the outcome."
CM, Administration, Local Council

"Hi Nikky,
Resume is exactly what I wanted! Very professional Nikky, you are great with words. Thank you."
CB, Hair Stylist / Nail Technician

"The first draft looks fantastic!! I'm really happy with the wording and changes you made."
JC, Communications Manager

"Thanks for making my selection criteria so fantastic. I wanted to let you know that I did get interviews for all of the jobs."
JH, Administration, Local Council

"Morning Nikky, you have done a brilliant job with my resume. Thank you very very much."
JR, Executive Assistant

"Just wanted to thank you again for doing up the selection criteria for the Business Administrator position - I was shortlisted and had an interview yesterday. The interview went well I thought, but even if I don't get the job, it was invaluable experience for me. I should find out by the end of the week."
KW, Administrator, Tertiary Education Sector

"WOW, that was fast !!!! Thank you very much, they look fantastic."
LE, Administration

"I wasn't going to tell you until afterwards, but I have been offered and interview. The interview is being held this Tuesday at 11:40am. I didn't ant to jinx myself by telling you but I really wanted to let you know. Thank you so much and I will let you know how the interview goes.."
TS, PA, Private Education Sector

"WOW, thanks. I sound good! I didn't expect to hear back from you so soon."
JK, Environmental Management, State Government

"Hi Nikky,
That's fantastic, thank you so much. I would never have been able to write like that about myself. Funny thing is, a few of the personal type bits you added in, is exactly what I am like (ethics etc), so it was brilliant."
KH, Business Manager, Education Sector

"WOW - awesome. I am off work tomorrow & will scrutinise!! Looks fantastic at first read. Thanks Nikky."
MP, Consultant Change Management, Private Sector

"What great work! That all looks really great, you made it look so easy."
PT, Administration, Defence

"Your first draft is very good. I cannot believe it is my Resume. Thank you so much.."
RR, Entry Level Graduate, Public Sector

"Hi Nikky, it is brilliant, you made me sound perfect for the job. Thank you for your help."
MS, Registered Nurse, Allied Health Professionals, Centrelink

"Nikky, I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the personal attention that you provided as part of the development process we have been through in drafting my resume. The finished product has been a resume that presents my experience and achievements in a way that I would never have considered. You have provided a one-on-one consultancy that was most beneficial in tuning the vocabulary of my resume and skill focus for the industry I am targeting."
JM, General Manager,
Telecommunications, United Kingdom

"Thanks so much for taking me on as a client. I have nothing but praise for the work your business is doing and you have been unreal to deal with. Quick, accurate, pleasant! And yes the resume looks a lot better than before. I couldn’t believe how you managed to fit all that information into a few pages."
ID, QLD Government, Financial Controller

"Well, what can I say …………………..but what a job I am really pleased. I will have a really good read through it all tonite."
BW, Queensland Police, Automotive Engineer

"I just found out that I have been offered an interview for this job at (name removed) in Brisbane. You helped me with the resume and selection criteria. I had thought it was a bit out of my league so obviously your input helped to get me this far!"
KL, Postgraduate Student, Government Application

"Hi Nikky,
You are amazing! What an amazing job! Thanks so much for this so far and for your promptness. I may have a colleague here coming your way. "

AC, Business Specialist, Telecommunications

"Hello Nikky,
Wow and Thank you so much for this! You have done such a tremendous job. Of course you can enter it into the awards also :) I would love my resume to be a part of that as I think it is fantastic. Thanks for your wishes and I'm sure I'll get snapped up with this for sure. Good luck with your awards. Make sure you let me know how you go.”
AC, Business Specialist, Telecommunications

"Ahhhh Nikky!!!!!,
You are absolutely wonderful! Many thanks for ALL your assistance, hard work and guidance! Let me say that I thoroughly enjoy working with you, I’m very lucky to have you as my career CHAMPION!!!! Thank you very much for your encouragement and a warm hug back to you!!! "

IT, Marketing Executive, Tertiary Education Sector



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