Audrey Prenzel, Award Winning Career Transition Specialist
“They don’t know how to market themselves”, Audrey Prenzel underscores in our animated discussion about military higher-ups in transition. “They can’t articulate [their value].” Helping senior military personnel transition to the civilian sector is her bread and butter; but, Prenzel’s reach goes far beyond this daily bread.
“I am a boutique level Service Provider,” she qualifies. “I am the leading authority”, she adds referencing her leading share of this market niche. Military personnel from all departments–Army, Navy and the RCAF–account for 60% of her customer base. It’s opportune that Trenton’s largest employer is RCAF. She also serves the civilian sector including Police, Fire, IT, Engineering and all manner of corporate employment.
Honorable Audrey Prenzel, Commissioned as Kentucky Colonel
“Preparing these individuals for the corporate world is no small task. They come to me with a binder full of reports, “atta boys”, and no CV (curriculum vitae/resume),” Prenzel declares. The distillation of inches of documents into a few pages, highlighting soft and hard skills begins–herein is where Prenzel’s widely acclaimed talent comes to life. On the matter of accolades, her shelves and walls are covered with them. She reluctantly let me photograph the prestigious Kentucky Colonel Commission, wherein she is referred to as, “Honorable Audrey Prenzel” (shown here).
Prenzel’s relationships with customers often begin years before a career move and continues long after. “Some clients keep in touch to update their C.V. annually”, she states. “It’s not good when they are already jobless and terrified. They should not let it go this far. You are more marketable when you are confident.”
Audrey’s Vehicle is a moving business generator in Trenton
Economy and precision of words are Prenzel hallmarks–in a bold and energetic frame. I found myself counting to ten in German, a language in which she is fluent, and regaling about Maureen Forrester’s German arias; it seems a part of me wanted to earn an “atta-girl” from this powerful human. Instead, I got a furtive, comical look that seem to say, “let’s stick with the program.” I was curious how she would handle my going off the reservation; she remained ever so courteous, playing along, playfully. I trust Prenzel’s radar is attuned to every human frequency–alpha, delta, beta, theta, gamma–she knows which one you are operating on. After fourteen years meeting with c-suiters and six-figure types all opening up their lives, pursuits and angst to her, it is safe to say she reads people well; printed and LinkedIn pages that will have a better chance at being read, flows from that instinct.
Customers often drop off resumes
“Some people find me abrupt”, she confesses without concern. Prenzel cuts to the chase so she can get to the marrow of every customer–preparing them for the minefield ahead . “If they’re arrogant, I show them the door. I have done it to one of the highest ranking officers.”
Prenzel calls herself a “trailing spouse”, a term reserved for spouses of military personnel continuously re-posted. Prenzel has been in Trenton for seven years running her practice from impeccable offices, sectioned-off in her home. Her husband, three children and two pugs have settled-in nicely here; thus, she plans to stay put and helicopter-in wherever she is called across Canada and internationally.
She invariably travels for speaking gigs. Just last week University of Toronto engaged her to speak to Grads about their career prospects. “U of T is really progressive”, she exclaims, qualifying, “but most career centres at Colleges and Universities suck.” Prenzel is comfortable on stage, engaging audiences and peppering her talks with humor. (I think I received my own private presentation; so engaging was she that time flew by.) “I had my first speaking engagement in Grade 6 and by the time I was in High School, I was working at the Collingwood and Barrie radio station.”
Book Cover – Military To Civvie Street
Now Prenzel adds Author to her own C.V. by publishing her first e-book, Military to Civvie Street : The Complete Job Transition Guide for those leaving the RCAF, Army and Navy. You can view the details at Prenzel’s site.
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Prenzel hails from the Simcoe County area, Collingwood/Wasaga Beach, Ontario, where she was employed as an Elementary and High School, Special Education teacher, for 13 years; in the last years, she launched her solo practice, “Resume Resources”. Within a few years, she made the full switch leaving the teaching world to run her practice full-time. She changed the name a year ago to the current; but, the top level key words and domain on the web guide many to her door.
Audrey Prenzel Excellence and Achievement Awards CDI
As our interview evolved, I began to wonder where her strength came from. Digging deeper, I found a young girl raised in a good family with a stay-at-home mother and a father, also a teacher, who was an encouraging force; there is no driving trauma as history often proves. The family was not economically set to finance Prenzel’s higher education; so, as young as fourteen she began to work, often holding down three jobs, scraping and saving. Prenzel often wrote eulogies on the side–for pay–a unique skill that clearly informed her then fledgling service writing living stories we call, “resumes”. This combination of circumstances are clearly the catalyst in shaping a woman of unusual confidence.
“You need to change your Twitter avatar,” I advised gratuitously to Prenzel, “you are a powerful individual and the current image does not reflect that.” Prenzel was not above my advice and received it in the light it was intended. It seems we found a kinship in our hours together. The biggest challenge in her career would be to guide this writer who has been self-employed all her adult life–a wild one of sorts. That could be her undoing.
Certified Advanced Resume Writer
Canada’s FIRST Certified Employment interview Consultant
TORI Toast of the Resume Industry Winner
Colonel, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
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