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Kristen Schmidt

Wordschmidt Consulting LLC


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Company Name
Wordschmidt Consulting LLC
United States
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Professional Overview

How many years in the industry?
2-4 Years
Primary Work Setting
New Business Owner (0-4 years)
Certifications and Designations
How I help
LISTEN | Leaning on the interviewing skills I honed for 20-plus years as a newspaper and magazine journalist, I will sit with you and listen, ask questions, be unfailingly curious and meticulous in capturing your thoughts.
LEARN | Those old reporting skills come in handy as I read and process your DISC or other strengths assessment, your existing professional branding documents and channels, and other materials where you’ve left your mark.
REFLECT | I’ll shape your skills and achievements into a cohesive, compelling story that will earn you interest and interviews.
COLLABORATE | We’ll work together to ensure your professional branding materials sound like you and represent the best of you. You’ll come away from our time together with a portable, editable document you can update with confidence.

INTEGRITY | I measure all actions by a code of ethics. Is it honest? Does it do least harm and most benefit? Is it inclusive and open?
TRANSPARENCY | I disclose all potential conflicts of interest, relationships and other information that could expose me to bias.
EMPATHY | I work in service to you and your intended audience, meeting you where you are.
ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSIVITY | With empathy and care, I speak up when language or actions are potentially harmful to people across many dimensions of identity.
RESPECT | No matter where you’re coming from or where you’re going, no matter what your path has been, I see you and respect you. There is no single way to achieve a goal. I value your vision and support your path.

• NRWA 2022 Marketing Chair
• NRWA Writing Excellence Certification Preparation Program
• NRWA Writing Excellence: Student & New Grad Résumé Program
• Former editor, Columbus Monthly, Columbus Alive and daily newspapers
• Former brand journalist, The Ohio State University
• Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University
• Certificate in Culinary Arts, Washburne Culinary Institute
• Bachelor of Science in journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Work experience in media, higher education, hospitality (restaurants and catering), grocery, retail and entrepreneurship
Service Offerings
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Search Letters
  • LinkedIn Profile Writing
  • Personal Branding
  • College Essays & Applications
  • Proofreading/Copy Editing
Service Description
Professional Branding That Tells Your Story
Resume Specialties
  • Arts / Creative
  • Career Change / Return to Work
  • Education / Academia / Higher Education
  • Entertainment / Media
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing / PR
  • Recent Graduate / Entry Level
Speaker Bio & Topics
Kristen Schmidt has lived a lot of life, and a lot of it has been lived at work, in small-town and big-city newsrooms, in punishing restaurant kitchens, and in solitude in her home office. She’s been promoted to professional heights and demoted right back out of them. In 2010, she walked away from her career to achieve a lifelong dream of going to culinary school, only to find herself on an unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking path. She has reinvented herself many times and is pretty darn happy with the results! Kristen is a funny, smart, engaging speaker with a particular fondness for students, new graduates and young professionals, who bring her a profound sense of hope and excitement for the future.

• Reinventing yourself
• Negotiating salary
• Difficult conversations
• Resilience
• Self-editing
• Mise en place your life
• Antiracism and antidiscrimination at work
• Self-advocacy
• Introvert leadership

NCOPE Certification

NCOPE Certified?
NCOPE Certification Date
April 07, 2022
NCOPE Renewal Date
April 30, 2023

Board & Committee Service (ADMIN USE)

Board Position
Board Bio
Kristen Schmidt is the founder of Wordschmidt Consulting, where she works alongside individual clients to shape and create their professional calling cards in the form of personal branding concepts, social media, websites, résumés and cover letters. Kristen also facilitates and creates editorial projects for clients in industries such as higher education, construction, culinary arts and music. She has worked as editor of Columbus Monthly and Columbus Alive, associate editor of Ohio State Alumni Magazine, and a newspaper editor and reporter. Kristen has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Certificate of Culinary Arts from Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago. She recently completed a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University, focusing her studies on intersectionality and the power of language to destigmatize. She lives near Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, a professor of political science at Ohio State, and their young daughter. She loves to read, cook, bake, sew, knit, lift weights and run. Just not all at the same time.

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