Acorn Business Ventures, LLC

Andover, KS

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How does your business stand out?

I could say anything, but I think you'd believe a client more than what I'd say. This 5-Star review comes from my listing on Amazon Kindle of HOW TO GET INTERVIEWS! STOP SENDING JOB SEARCH JUNK MAIL: "IT WORKS - THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE" By Scott "Every job I have gotten in the last 4 years is a result of using this method. Every job interview I have gotten in the last 4 years is a result of using this method."

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Helping job seekers who are qualified for the opportunities they seek STOP BEING IGNORED BY RECRUITERS for work they've proven they can do and START WINNING INTERVIEWS as IDEAL CANDIDATES - every time they apply. As a former in-house recruiter for 18 years, the applicants I wanted to interview and hire were those who had taken the time to identify their RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS and the SKILLS they used to achieve them and then customized that information to the requirements of the jobs I needed to fill. They stood out like a meatball on a plate of generic spaghetti. The applicants I ignored were those who clearly shotgunned the same generic resume all over the place. Their "spaghetti resumes" blendedinlikejustonemorepieceofforgettablefettuccini. You ignore the junk mail you get at home. Recruiters are no different. They ignore the generic JOB SEARCH JUNK MAIL. I won't kid you: work is involved to learn the system I'll teach you, and when you're done, you'll be able to quickly present yourself as an IDEAL CANDIDATE each time you apply. And I promise you -- recruiters always interview IDEAL CANDIDATES.
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Andover, KS 67002

Years in business


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3 Reviews
  • Gerald G. Jul 26, 2013
    Don helped me reinvent myself! Working with Don Burrows is one best things I've ever done for my life and business. He has the ability to help you cut through all of the mind clutter to help you create something not only others will want to read and work with you, but you will too!
  • Scott B. Jul 25, 2013
    Don Burrows’ Professional Profile system helped me win two new, valuable contracts! Here’s how it worked: #1 – A want-ad for a contract position got my attention. My Skills and many Accomplishments were a perfect match, so, I used my Skills data bank and Accomplishments data bank to adapt my Professional Profile to the job, then submitted to the recruiter. The recruiter contracted me within days. A face-to-face - - that’s right, Not A Phone Interview, but a face-to-face interview - - was scheduled within a week. It was the easiest interview I’ve ever had, because everything relevant was laid out. A week later I accepted the contract offer. #2 – Using Don’s method of targeting companies, I sent letters of inquiry to my targets, along with a targeted Professional Profile. One of my targets called me in for a meeting. I left with the assets that I needed to get started on their project, and had a signed contract within a week. Bottom line, it works. A Professional Profile is a proven tool for getting you that next contract, or a new job! Don delivers Great Results, he is a personable expert, with skills of great value, he is on time (and will hold you to timelines), has the highest integrity, creativity, and much more. He cares about you. Don Burrows gets you the attention you deserve by showing hiring managers exactly why they should hire YOU! A Professional Profile will get your phone ringing and will get you that interview. Don’s targeted strategies put your name, skills and accomplishments right in front of the people that you need to talk to. Turning your resume into a Professional Profile will snap you out of the job search doldrums; you’re going to remember all of the amazing things you have achieved, and you’re going to showcase what you can achieve for your future employers. Creating a Professional Profile is a life and career-affirming process that will remind you why you love doing what you do.
  • Brent W. Jul 25, 2013
    Don is truly an out of the box visionary. The way he approaches people and their potential is unparalleled in the industry. Whether he is working with enterprises, teams, or individuals, he takes notice of the natural talents and goodness in people while respecting the pragmatic realities of executing with excellence. Don is a rare gift whose talents have to be experienced to be believed. He is aces in my book! Brent
    Don B. Jul 25, 2013

    Thank you, Brent. To potential clients reading Brent's review, when he retained my services, he had identified one company where he wanted to work, and had identified a new market they did not know they had. We collaborated on a Professional Profile that displayed his unique skills, and when the dust settled, he had created a position for himself.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It depends on how much help the client needs and how much they are willing to do for themselves.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I prefer an intake conversation over Skype, the phone, or a cup of coffee. Working with me is not just a one-sided affair where they give me information and I write it up. Rather, for us to be successful, it is a joint effort. It's important that potential clients know they will have a good deal of work to do first, before I can edit / polish their work so they can become IDEAL CLIENTS. I invest a lot of time, energy and commitment in my clients and don't want them to "Quit on Themselves" when they get into the program and see that there is actual work involved.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
18 years of in-house recruiting and hiring responsibility in MARRIOTT HOTELS, CHICAGO PNEUMATIC TOOL COMPANY, CIGNA WORLDWIDE, DOLE and CHIQUITA 35+ years as a Résumé Strategist and Résumé Workshop Leader Fluent Spanish
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Spoke fluent Spanish as a result of majoring in Latin American Area Studies and Latin American Literature No clue what to do with that after I graduated and applied around. Marriott Hotels interviewed me from 10 am -10 pm one day and when I left I had an offer to be a property HR Director in Miami, where my Spanish was critical Started helping folks ignored by recruiters for work they'd proven they could do identify their accomplishments and skills and create targeted accomplishments-based resumes and cover letters that won them interviews. What started as an interest became a hobby, then an on-going passion, and now my business
What types of customers have you worked with?
The full range of job seekers - from new college graduates struggling to get their first interview to vets transitioning back into the workforce to mid-career professionals and executives. My preference: unemployed mid-career professionals
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Mid-career professional engineer had 48 hours to present his credentials before they stopped accepting applicants for a division director of engineering position . We made the deadline and he was the youngest of the five finalists. The CEO never interviewed the finalists at this level - he just read their resumes. After reading my client's, he exclaimed, "This is a disruptive resume. I want to meet the engineer who thinks like this." They flew him to Corporate, where he interviewed with the CEO, COO, CFO and Chief HR Officer. The other four candidates disappeared. POOF! You'll find his resume and cover letter on my website under REAL PROFILES / JOB SEEKERS / GREG PEASE
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you are using a generic resume and cover letter and mass-distributing and posting it, are you satisfied with the results? If so, then you don't need me. BUT if not, then it is time to look closely at your materials. Are they unique and customized to each opportunity for which you apply, or are you using GENERIC material to apply for SPECIFIC positions? In other words, do you stand out like a MEATBALL on a plate of spaghetti, or would you say your cover letter and resume blend in - likeeachstrandofspaghettilookslikealltherest? Particularly in this economy - CUSTOM works. GENERIC remains unemployed
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
1. Do you want a generic resume that lists your job activities ("a dates-and-duties" resume) or do you want one that is based on your most RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS and the SPECIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES you used to achieve them 2. What are the pros and cons of using the traditional generic two-page reverse-chronological job responsibilities resume vs. custom accomplishments-based resumes and cover letters targeted to the specific requirements of each opportunity you seek? 3. How willing are you to invest time and energy in yourself and learn a DIY resume-writing system that will enable you to quickly and easily create your own custom resumes and cover letters from now for as long as you are working vs. paying others to create more generic resumes?