Meet Our Team

The HIRED guys (and gals) is a confederation of Career Counselors, Coaches, Interview Gurus and Resume Writers.
We have one goal: For you to get HIRED! As quickly as possible.


Executive Career Counselor, Author, Keynote Speaker

Al Smith is author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling Job Search “encyclopedia,” HIRED! Every Employment Method (look for the book with the gold cover), and co-author of the Amazon Top Rated job search manual, HIRED! Paths to Employment in the Social Media Era. For good reasons, Al is widely known as “The HIRED! Guy.”

He has been an executive for seven companies in five industries. Al’s record of success as a multiple award-winner in each industry, speaks to his innate ability to transfer skills to changing landscapes. Those skills now aid candidates with their most challenging “sales” and “marketing” experience: Job Transition.

Al has adapted techniques from Xerox, Kimberly-Clark, American Management Association, Miller-Heiman, Systema, and others morphing his tested experiences with a proprietary methodology interspersed deliberately with humor.

Al’s proprietary Words-to-Work™ LinkedIn Page 1 keyword discovery method is the surest way to page 1 on LinkedIn and through the “Black Hole” of online resume submissions while exponentially increasing profile views for the elusive Hidden Job Market. “If you don’t have the right words, in the right quantity you won’t find work!” Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.”  If correct, few know how to help candidates secure employment better than Al Smith, theHIREDguy.

Al is Director of the Unity North Atlanta Church Career Ministry, volunteers 20% of the workweek, and is an entertaining, insightful keynote speaker.



Alex Freund is a Career Coach whose specialty is Interview Preparation. Known as “The Landing Expert,” Alex teaches clients how to confront and survive the most challenging interview scenarios with grace and confidence. Most clients are job seekers (90%) or those contemplating a career or position change (10%).

Clients benefit from Alex’s services since most clients land within 5 months. In-office clients are videotaped in an interview simulation followed by a lively discussion.

Clients get “straight-talk” coaching. This “tough-love” approach pinpoints their weaknesses quickly and lets them make real-time performance improvements.

Interview preparation techniques are customized for a wide range of professional backgrounds, age groups and learning styles. Clients are trained to analyze an interviewer’s question then provide a focused response. They are exposed to a variety of interview questions from across many industries. Audio/Video and screen collaboration sessions can be recorded for future viewing. Clients have on-demand access to “in-transition” support.

Alex volunteers extensively throughout the New York to Washington DC region.



Executive Career Counselor, Certified Resume Writer, Contributing Author, Keynote Speaker

Richard Morgan is a certified resume writer (PARW), Career Transition/Executive Consultant, Keynote Speaker and Outplacement Counselor.

Richard collaborates with his clients (individual and corporate) to provide value-added services within the areas of resume development, interview preparation, one-on-one counseling, the development of written and verbal communications skills and offers analysis/negotiation.

Richard is proficient in individual, group and outplacement transition coaching. He equips professionals-in-transition with the tools and resources necessary to obtain a higher rate of success with their career campaign activation and increased interview opportunities. Richard leverages subject matter expertise in multiple areas to ensure successful communication with hiring professionals including recruiters, HR executives, and hiring managers. Most of all, Richard’s clients rave about both his manner and results.

In addition, Richard has been a long-time volunteer and workshop facilitator at many venues throughout the greater Atlanta area for over a decade.



Certified Executive Coach

Michele Brant supports Professionals thriving in their careers while living a balanced life of purpose and wellness. She works with clients throughout the the world in person and virtually. She has a solid background in Leadership Development, Wellness and Job Search Strategy which makes her uniquely qualified to reach successful outcomes for her clients.

Michelle built her Career Counselling business from scratch beginning in 2005 after enjoying a 20-year Corporate career in various roles including project management, training and development, and digital marketing.

Michele grew up the daughter of a military officer so, she has traveled extensively and have been exposed to many cultures. She has great passion for being the catalyst for change, especially in supporting others in seeing their unique potential. Ms. Brant works with clients in Job Search Strategies including: Resume / LinkedIN Optimization, Interview Preparation, Effective Networking and Salary Negotiations, Leadership Development, Career Transition, Career Advancement, Career Development, Planning, Time Management and Wellness. 

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