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Where Raleigh & Durham’s Top Leaders Turn For Advice

Headquartered in Durham, NC, we are a local firm with a national reputation. We’re a trusted small boutique executive resume writing, corporate outplacement, and job search coaching practice with a heart for the community.  We’ve helped clients land amazing jobs at top local employers like the University of North Carolina, WakeMed, IBM, SAS, IQVIA, Red Hat, Duke Energy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Duke Hospital, Syneos, Duke University, and more.


The Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill's top rated career expert

Founder’s Story

Briefcase Coach founder, Sarah Johnston, is a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the proper marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. She has relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and has had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where she literally knew no one).

Clients appreciate Sarah’s kind demeanor and direct communication style. She usually knows the right question to ask at the right time.

Sarah is a certified YouMap coach who gives a holistic framework for helping uncover motivation and strengths. She was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, called the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers, and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

We are different.

Our clients are not looking for a quick solution. They appreciate the thoughtful approach we take to uncovering their unique career story. We are not a resume mill; we intentionally only take on a few clients at a time


“I’m blown away and amazed by how well you have captured and presented 22 years of your career in an impactful (and tastefully designed) way. I absolutely love everything, the resume, LI profile, and banners! (my wife does as well). I have a reputation for having incredibly high standards for work; you have not only exceeded my expectations for this project but also for what I imagined was even possible (especially after the scattered answers I gave you during the intake interview)! The video you made really illustrated how mindful you were about everything, true craftsmanship, and the results show!”
Executive Resume Writing Services
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Durham, NC

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