Sharon Graham


Sharon Graham, Canada's Career StrategistFounder and executive director of Career Professionals of Canada, multiple award winner, and top-selling author, Sharon Graham displays exceptional foresight, leadership, and support in the Canadian career development sector.

An outspoken advocate for ethics and integrity in the Canadian labour market, Sharon has personally trained, mentored, and developed hundreds of resume writers, employment consultants, outplacement consultants, and other practitioners. With a superior reputation in the industry, she imparts over two decades of expertise spanning strategic resume writing, interview coaching, employment counselling, personal branding, and career consulting expertise.

Sharon is committed to setting the standard for excellence in the profession of career development. A firm believer in advancing the field, through CPC, Sharon has delivered cutting-edge innovations and strategies to career practitioners in the government, academic, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Elevating procedures and practices, she identifies innovations, tests theories, and drives new ideas.

Sharon measures her own success by the success of others. Having built one of Canada’s most successful resume writing and career transition firms for six-figure professionals, Sharon regularly acts in the capacity of a business consultant for practitioners who are operating small businesses. She generously shares her talents, business acumen, and best practices for starting and maintaining profitable operations.

A devoted volunteer and advocate of human and animal rights, she seeks to make a positive difference in every life she touches.

Sharon knows that your success is her success!

Founder of CAREER PROFESSIONALS OF CANADA – working together for career success.

In 2004, Sharon founded Career Professionals of Canada, setting the cornerstones for quality service and the highest ethical standards. As CPC’s executive director, she ensures that the mandate of this national organization – enabling Canadian practitioners to achieve their career and business development goals – is upheld with integrity.

Author of BEST CANADIAN RESUMES SERIES, the first national top-seller in the resume category.

An industry pioneer, Sharon authored the first fully Canadian content books on resume writing – Best Canadian Resumes and Best Canadian Cover Letters. These are paperback volumes, rich with samples submitted by Sharon and her esteemed colleagues. The Best Canadian Resumes Series has become a one-of-a-kind resource for practitioners across Canada. The textbooks, complete with examples of resumes and cover letters, are used nationwide to train and support resume writers, career coaches, and job seekers.

Recipient of the STU CONGER AWARD for leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development in Canada.

Sharon is a recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development. This prestigious title is Canada’s premier honour presented annually by the Canadian Career Development Foundation. Leadership represents that rare combination of vision, dedication, commitment, ability to mobilize others, and willingness to work hard. The Stu Conger Award is given to individuals who exemplify those characteristics. Sharon’s professional contributions, ongoing leadership, and body of work in the field are a testament to these qualities.

Recipient of the LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD from members of Career Professionals of Canada.

With a vision for excellence and innovation, Sharon has been recognized by her peers on numerous occasions. In 2006, Sharon was awarded the Leadership Recognition Award by her peers in recognition for her work in instituting leading-edge resources, a supportive communication vehicle, and exceptional mentoring and support to Canadian career practitioners.

Recipient of the BRIDGE AWARD for connecting career professionals across sectors and regions.

Career Management Alliance, the world’s leading professional association dedicated to linking all divisions within the careers industry, awarded Sharon the Bridge Award. Sharon was recognized for the significant difference she has made to the field for connecting professionals from a wide variety of sectors within the careers industry, including government, academia, the corporate sector, nonprofits, and the entrepreneurial world. Acting as a “bridge” – offering practitioners opportunities to network and learn from one other as well as the chance to form long-lasting friendships. Sharon was honoured with this award, which exemplifies the generosity of spirit and commitment to one another as professionals and valued colleagues.

Advocate for QUALITY, ETHICS & INTEGRITY in career development.

Sharon championed the creation of a professional certification program to validate the expertise of career professionals across the nation. She is the architect of a Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Certificate Program, entirely designing, developing, and deploying the program across the nation. Sharon conceived and designed the Career Competence self-assessment and professional development planning tool, built on The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs).

Pioneer of Innovations in the CANADIAN CAREER DEVELOPMENT sector.

Sharon  the force behind CPC’s Canadian Awards of Excellence program, ensuring that peers in the Canadian careers industry recognize those who demonstrate the levels to which she aspires. She instituted a unique social networking forum, The Career Club, where practitioners can share concerns, ask questions, and develop relationships in a “safe” environment. She has developed numerous webinars, telenetworking programs, and blended delivery courses to drive the field towards excellence in service delivery.

Founder and Consultant of GRAHAM MANAGEMENT GROUP – Excellence and Innovation in Resume and Career Strategy.

In her earlier career, Sharon founded and built Graham Management Group, Canada’s leading resume writing and career transition firm for six-figure professionals. In addition to providing excellence and innovation in resume, interview, branding, and career strategy, Sharon contributed her services as a senior executive and consultant to a range of organizations.

Sharon knows that your success is her success!