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Exploring Life & Business with Anita Bryant Baxter of Novice + Pro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anita Bryant Baxter.

Hi Anita, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hi, my name is Anita and after over 30 years in corporate America, hiring, interviewing, training, and conducting new hire orientations, I knew there was a need for the services I now offer.

As resumes came across my desk, I was really disheartened to see how most of them read and were constructed. It was even more disheartening to interview someone that very well may have been qualified but didn’t know how to present themselves or their qualifications. So I found myself interviewing potential hires, and if I didn’t hire them… I told them exactly why I didn’t hire them. I gave constructive criticism, encouraged and coached them on how to interview for the next job they would apply for… coaching them on how to present themselves in the best possible way. I encouraged them to get a professional resume and to research any company they wish to work for. You know, just giving them words of wisdom.

Well it was a couple of years ago I decided to walk away from corporate America and take time out for family; but, I still had that desire to help the community. So I woke up one day and said “this is going to be my contribution to my community”, and Novice + Pro was born.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The road became bumpy when I was diagnosed its Conversion Disorder. I went through bouts of extreme anxiety and just trying to make it through the next hour. But my desire to help people allowed me to push through. So I started from scratch.

It took over three months for me to create my website with no technical background and a newly found health challenge, the road was long and tiresome.

But I got the site up and running the way I wanted it to work. Thank God for my patience and persistence I saw it through to fruition.

As you know, we’re big fans of Novice + Pro. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
At Novice + Pro, we empower the job seeker with professional services by encouraging self-development. We provide guaranteed professional resumes and interview coaching as well as other professional services to assist the job seeker or newly hired person.

Being genuine and personable is what sets me apart from others.

I am most proud of my repeat or referred clients, or when someone calls me to say they received 10 responses from their resume whereas previously they had no hits, or someone calls with a request for interview coaching for a last-minute interview. That makes me proud.. because I’m trusted with results…. and they trust me to deliver!

What makes you happy?
Wow! I’m a genuinely pretty happy person. I love helping people which makes me happy!

I also love writing poetry which takes me to a whole new world of happiness! It’s my therapy! Writing allows self-expression on any level. Expression is essential to a balanced mental and just general well-being. I’ve even published a book of poetry; “Emerge”, pen name Maureen Shane through my own publishing company. I’ve also helped others publish their books as well.

As you can see, I’m happiest helping others and seeing others smile!


  • 1-page Resume $49.99
  • 2+ page-Resume $54.99
  • Interview Coaching $79.99

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