Cathy Lanzalaco, CPRW, CPCC, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Early Career in Healthcare
Cathy began her career as a Registered Nurse,
Assistant Nurse Manager, and Discharge Planner at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo,
NY. In 1997, Cathy joined Tops Markets, LLC as a Medical Case Manager managing
workers’ compensation claims, helping associates access the treatments and
services they needed to recover from their injuries as quickly as possible.
in the Field of Human Resources
Putting her hand up when opportunities
presented themselves at Tops Markets, Cathy transitioned into HR as the Manager
of Compensation, Benefits & HRIS. She held that position until 2004 when she
joined American Sales Company. After just three years, she was promoted to
Senior Human Resources Business Partner, serving as the HR leader at the
Lancaster, NY distribution center for almost a decade.
In 2016, Cathy provided HR leadership to
American Sales Company in the closing of the distribution facility. She and her team helped 600 people successfully
transition into new job opportunities across Buffalo and the surrounding
business community. Following the facility closing, Cathy was Director of Human
Resources at Allwel, a provider of home health care services in Western New
York, where challenging the status quo, she introduced the concept of an
employee-centric organizational culture and implemented alternative methods to
enhance the employee experience.
Business Owner, and Instructor
After working in human resources for over 15
years, reviewing thousands of résumés and interviewing hundreds of candidates,
Cathy wanted to share her expertise and knowledge to help individuals looking
for a new job, or a different career, and help them get the edge they needed to
succeed. So, in January 2017, she
launched Write-Résumé-For-The-Job. In October 2018, she became the new owner of
Inspire Careers, Inc. Based in WNY since 1990, Inspire Careers was founded by nationally
renowned writer and career coach Beth Stefani, serving the résumé writing and
career management needs of executives around world. Sadly, Ms. Stefani passed
away earlier this year and Cathy was handpicked to be her successor to continue
the work of Inspire Careers in conjunction with Write-Résumé-For-The-Job.
In addition to leading her successful
business, Cathy is also an adjunct professor at Niagara University in Lewiston,
NY teaching Human Resources Management to students in the College of Business.
She has also served as a guest lecturer at The Buffalo Academy of the Sacred
Heart in Eggertsville, NY for the senior internship students, advising on résumé
writing and career preparation techniques to set them up for success as they
begin their college careers.
ROAR Award Winner and Published Résumé Writer
Cathy recently returned from Seattle,
Washington where she accepted the 2018 ROAR Award for New Writers Modern
Classic Résumé at the annual National Résumé Writers’ Association conference. This
month, she will have a new college graduate résumé published in Modernize Your Résumé:
Get Noticed…Get Hired, 2nd Ed., Emerald Career Publishing.
Cathy holds an MBA and BS in Business
Management from the State University of New York. She obtained national certifications as a Certified
Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Senior
Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Senior Certified Professional
(SHRM-SCP), and retains an active NYS license as a Registered Nurse. She is a member of the Society for Human
Resource Management (SHRM) and Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association
(BNHRA). Cathy is also a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers
& Career Coaches (PARWW/CC), The National Résumé Writers’ Association
(NRWA) and Career Thought Leaders.