Amanda Portillo

CEO & Founder

Job Search & Business Launch Strategist  Pro Resume Writer

Mental Health & Growth Mindset Advocate

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Amanda Portillo is a former freelance Resume Writer and Talent Acquisition Professional who has supported several renowned corporations with their staffing needs including Sanofi, Iron Mountain, and State Street Bank. In 2018, she turned her passion for helping others move forward in their professional lives into her business, Compass Career Directions. Amanda is devoted to helping her clients accelerate job search results and therefore, is committed to staying abreast of new standards and changes in the Career Services Industry. She is both a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Certified Career Coach, a member of the Society of Elite Resume Writers, and an official service provider via Linkedin’s Profinder.

Amanda fell into Resume Writing back in 2010 while working as a Career Counselor for the Department of Transitional Assistance in Salem, MA, helping her clients transition off public assistance. Due to her innate entrepreneurial-spirit, she quickly realized that many of her friends, family, and fellow classmates could utilize her assistance in their own careers and launched her first company, ASP Employment Support.


In 2018, Amanda followed her heart and took a big leap to leave the corporate world to serve others 100%. Throughout this major transition in her life, she learned so much (especially through trial and error) to establish a profitable business model that allowed her to succeed as an entrepreneur right away. She now has incorporated coaching services into Compass Career Directions to help employees who are seriously considering entrepreneurship and provide them with the tools, resources, and guidance needed to approach their transition in the safest and most effective way.

Amanda was born and raised in Revere, MA, and still lives there today with her two children, Layla and Angelo and husband, Gabriel.


"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight". - Jim Rohn

Professional Highlights
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer through PARW/CC

  • Certified Professional Career Coach through PARW/CC

  • Member, Society of Elite Resume Writers

  • Member of Boston Business Women

  • Master's Certificate in HR from Southern NH University

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Salem State University

  • Attendee of the 2019 PARW/CC Conference

  • 10 years of experience working in the staffing Industry

  • 13 years of experience writing professional career search documents

  • Expertise in modern-day job search strategies, career search document writing, ATS-compatibility, and professional branding

  • Vast knowledge of the mindset of Hiring Managers, Recruiters, and HR Business Partners

  • Served over 350 clients since launching CBCD!

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English