About The Zippia Career Advice And Research Team

Zippia Career Advice Blog and Research Team

Every month, more than 1.5 million people read the Zippia Career Advice Blog researching everything job search related — from how to answer specific interview questions to how to negotiate your job offer. We help you navigate office politics, find something interesting to talk about at lunch, and report on trends in the job market. Since launching the publication in early 2015, the Zippia team has prided itself on creating awesome content to assist job-seekers as the progress through their career.

The Zippia research team has also produced numerous reports, surveys, and comprehensive guides on everything from the future of napping at work to how to estimate unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

The blog and research team are part of Zippia’s larger mission to empower every individual to make informed and accurate decisions throughout their career. All the content is free and open so that everyone can have a career mentor. Our library of over 1,000 articles is continuously refreshed to reflect changes in the research and best practices for getting a job.

Zippia has raised over $10 million in several investment rounds to further expand our efforts to help everyone make informed career decisions. Our investors include Headline, MHS Capital, Nextview Ventures, and Correlation Ventures, among others.

The Zippia Career Advice Blog Mission

The team at Zippia behind the Career Advice blog is dedicated to bringing you actionable, up-to-date information on best practices for every step of the job search. Every member of the team believes in Zippia’s mission to help people find the career and job that they want. We consult with industry experts and use our own expertise and experience to help deliver content that will improve your job search.

We know a career is a long journey, but we want to make the next step easier.

The Zippia Career Advice Blog Team

Editors

Chris Kolmar
Editor-in-Chief

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia Career Advice Blog. His career has spanned over 10 years hiring in several fields and industries. He’s the main data analyst behind the research team and his research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news.

Chris is a graduate of Pomona College with a degree in Mathematical Economics.

Kathy Morris
Content Manager

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Her research has been featured on the WSJ, FastCompany, and the LATimes. She is frequently interviewed for her research by local media and has been an expert for the WSJ and LA Times, among others.

Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

Matthew Zane is the lead editor of Zippia’s How To Get A Job Guides. He is a teacher, writer, and world-traveler that wants to help people at every stage of the career life cycle. His team has helped to answer questions for job seekers through every phase of the job search.

He completed his masters in American Literature from Trinity College Dublin and BA in English from the University of Connecticut.

Writers

Sky Ariella is a professional content writer at Zippia who creates short and long-form content. Her writing specialities are the topics of travel, career and lifestyle. She has researched and written over 240 articles for Zippia amassing more than 1.3 million viewers. These pieces range in focuses from job advice for the average employee to in-depth company profiles.

Originally from New York, she graduated Cum Laude from Hunter College in 2018 with a degree in Psychology/English and has been developing her career as a writer ever since.

Kristin Kizer is an experienced, versatile, and professional writer with more than two decades in the field. She has written articles, ad copy, blogs and other promotional materials for many high-profile companies including Target, Nordstrom, the ACT Test, and of course, Zippia. She works both behind and in front of the camera, sometimes doing on-camera performances and contributing voice-over talent.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Caitlin Mazur is a freelance writer at Zippia where she has written 140+ articles that have reached over 275K viewers as of July 2021. Caitlin is passionate about helping Zippia’s readers land the jobs of their dreams by offering content that discusses job-seeking advice based on experience and extensive research.

Caitlin holds a degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

Abby McCain is a writer who is passionate about the power of story. Whether it’s communicating complicated topics in a clear way or helping readers connect with another person or place from the comfort of their couch, Abby believes stories are some of the most powerful ways to create empathy and understanding.

Abby attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in writing with concentrations in journalism and business.

Elsie is an experienced writer, reporter, and content creator. As a leader in her field, Elsie is best known for her work as a Reporter for The Southampton Press, but she can also be credited with contributions to Long Island Pulse Magazine and Hamptons Online.

Besides her primary job functions, Elsie has been recognized by the Press Club of Long Island and the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University for her commitment to journalism and storytelling. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism from Stony Brook University and currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee.

Sam is a lifelong writer who has been writing professionally for the last six years. After graduating with honors from Greensboro College with a degree in English & Communications, she went on to find work as an in-house copywriter for several companies including Costume Supercenter, and Blueprint Education.

Sam has been working as a contract writer for the last year and has done work for Noodle Partners, HubSpot, and The Scout Guide Oklahoma City in addition to Zippia. During her time writing for Noodle Partners, she completed work for the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Kennedy School.

Jack Flynn has been a passionate writer for Zippia since August of 2020. In his professional career he’s written over 100 research papers, articles and blog posts. Some of his most popular published works include his writing about economic terms and research into job classificaitons.

Jack recieved his BS from Hampshire College Graduate with a heavy focus in writing and research.

Zippia Career Experts

Denise Bitler has 30+ years of HR experience working in various industries and with all level of employees from hourly through C-suite, as well as company Board Members. She is the founder of Resume-Interview Success, LLC and is an expert in best practices related to resume, cover letter, and Executive bio writing, LinkedIn Profile optimization, job search strategies, and interview coaching.

Matt Warzel is president of a resume writing firm (MJW Careers, LLC) with 15+ years of recruitment, outplacement, career coaching and resume writing experience. He is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing Focus) from John Carroll University.

Matt has been featured on websites including Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! News, and Money among many others.

Don Pippin is an executive and HR leader for Fortune 50 and 500 companies and startups. In 2008, Don launched area|Talent with a focus on helping clients identify their brand. As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Digital Career Strategist, and Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Don guides clients through career transitions across companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Aston Martin, TikTok, and more. Don is a resume consultant for Stewart Cooper Coon, an executive search firm and a Career Coach with Aim Hire.

Contributors

Amanda was a former writer for the Zippia Career Advice Blog. She is a writer with experience in various industries, including travel, real estate, and career advice. After taking on internships and entry-level jobs, she is familiar with the job search process and landing that crucial first job. Included in her experience is work at an employer/intern matching startup where she marketed an intern database to employers and supported college interns looking for work experience.

Amanda graduated from Tufts University with BA in International Relations.

Amanda Postma is a former writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. Her writing made sense of what it was like to hold a positon, or work at a specific company, for job seekers. Before and after her time at Zippia, Amanda has worked as a journalist covering local events and news.

She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia in journalism.

Heidi Cope is a former writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog. Her writing focused primarily on Zippia’s suite of rankings and general career advice. After leaving Zippia, Heidi joined The Mighty as a writer and editor, among other positions.

Heidi was a Fulbright Scholar from 2016-2107 doing field research in New Delhi, India.

She received her BS from UNC Charlotte in German Studies.

McLeod Brown is a former writer and researcher for the Zippia Career Advice blog. His work at Zippia focused on understanding the relationship between colleges, debt, and jobs. After leaving Zippia, he joined the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an economist. He previously worked as a sports journalist at StarNews Media.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in Business Administrator, he is now pursuing a masters of science in analytics from the Institute of Advanced Analytics.

Kavita Pillai is a former writer and researcher for the Zippia Career Advice blog. Her research and writing spanned understanding the relationship between income and age to reports on the gender pay gap and monthly BLS jobs report. After leaving Zippia, Kavita became a visiting professor at Duke University and a technical writer for Deem. She previously held research positions during her academic career.

Kavita earned her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia in English Language and Literature and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in English.

Ryan Morris was a writer for the Zippia Advice blog who tried to make the job process a little more entertaining for all those involved. After leaving Zippia, Ryan has written for various organizations including LoanWell. He previously worked as an adjuct professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Ryan obtained his BA and Masters from Appalachian State University in English Language and Literature.

Maddie Lloyd was a writer for the Zippia Advice blog focused on researching tips for interview, resume, and cover letter preparation. After leaving Zippia, she has pursued a Masters from North Carolina State University.

She’s currently a graduate student at North Carolina State University’s department of English concentrating in Film and Media Studies.

David Luther was the Content Marketing Editor for the Zippia Advice blog. He developed partnerships with external reporting agencies in addition to generating original research and reporting for the Zippia Career Advice blog. Afer leaving Zippia, David has worked as a content strategist and manager for various organizations including Oracle. Previous to joining Zippia, he was an editor for several organizations

David recently completed his CORe from Harvard Business School Online and obtained his BA from UNC Chapel Hill in English Language and Literature.