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Meet Jillian Kinsey of Red Pen Wench in Miracle Mile

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jillian Kinsey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jillian. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
We are what we know. Growing up, my mother was an English teacher. I’d sit with her at the kitchen table while she graded – her red pen a trusty sword shining in the midst of a stack of papers a mile high. She taught me her tricks and tips, her shortcuts and symbols, and as writing became a passion of mine, I began to realize that editing was one too.

Throughout my time as a Communication major at Villanova University, I was always that girl with three of my friends’ papers wedged into my purse. I was the one in the café scanning essays and thesis statements and cover letters. I love assisting in creating that final product – the freshly printed, mistake-free masterpiece that is black words on a white page. After years of writing, editing, and tutoring in an effort to support myself while pursuing an acting career, I decided it was time to open my own business and founded Red Pen Wench in 2014.

I have since written over 250 resumes for clients in a variety of professions across the world. I also specialize in writing cover letters and enhancing LinkedIn branding and content. Red Pen Wench also provides copyediting services for personal statements, college essays, websites, and more. I’ve worked with educators, artists, architects, engineers, athletes, marketers, doctors, and more. I’m committed to ensuring a personalized experience and a collaborative process with each client.

As my little business is steadily growing, I’ve recently hired two additional professional resume writers. We were named one of New York’s top ten resume writing businesses by Find My Profession and given the Top Professional title on Thumbtack in both 2017 and 2018. I’ve also opened a five-star Etsy shop, where I have sold nearly 200 original resume template designs.

It’s a joy to assist clients in search of a new career path or direction, and I love enhancing a piece of writing with structure, professionalism, and creative flair. I look forward to continuing to build Red Pen Wench, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not always! The greatest struggle has been building a client base. I’ve used everything from Fiver to Thumbtack to Yelp to Facebook Ads to drum up business, but I’ve found that referrals are the absolute best way to obtain new clients. After nearly five years, word of mouth is now my #1 form of advertising.

Red Pen Wench – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m most proud of the fact that Red Pen Wench offers a very client-specific process. Each professional we serve is unique, and so we strive to get to know our clients as much as possible in an effort to best sell their skill set and experience.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Hiring my first two employees! It feels incredible to now have a team here at Red Pen Wench.

Pricing:

  • Entry-Level Resume – $110
  • Professional-Level Resume – $150
  • Executive Level-Resume $190
  • LinkedIn Profile Design & Optimization $85
  • Cover Letter Writing $100

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Image Credit:
Michael Roud Photography, Caitlin Anderson

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