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Why I'm a career coach

Witness to career mismatch

My journey to becoming an independent career services professional started as a child when I saw the pain of career mismatch in my parents. I felt frustrated because I couldn't help them. As a young adult, I felt career confusion myself as I changed college majors several times as I had difficulty relating my interests to a career.

Experience with job and career change

After college, I was a researcher for a private, nonprofit consulting firm. During graduate school, I was a custom decorator (outside sales) for Sears and an editor and consultant for a university-affiliated welding engineering consultancy.

After graduate school, I continued to change jobs and careers in these roles:

  • Internal and external training consultant, project manager, and trainer at AT&T and Sprint;
  • Adult education instructor;
  • Higher education instructor and learning center director; and
  • Career transitions coach and career documents writers.

How I became passionate about career development

During my corporate training career, AT&T certified me to teach workshops Career Coaching for Supervisors and Career Development for Employees. Then, at Sprint, I led the development of Selection Interviewing for Supervisors and Job Interviewing Skills for Employees workshops.

I studied résumé writing, too, and used all the career materials and skills on myself and with my friends and family members.

Eventually, I trained as a personal coach, then as a career transitions coach and professional branded resume and LinkedIn profile, web, and email writer.

Who benefits from custom career services?

Having worked with people from many backgrounds and organization levels, I've found that those who work well with me are discerning professionals, leaders, and executives in HR, training, organizational development, healthcare, behavioral health, hospitality, IT, engineering, sales, marketing, or creative fields.
In addition, clients who benefit are ready to:

  • Enjoy making a contribution and developing others.
  • Have high standards
  • Want to feel more relaxed, fulfilled, and in charge of their lives
  • Are ready to change their job, company, or industry within the next year or sooner
  • Assess their needs, preferences, strengths, and vision for fulfilling work and life so they can make the best choices, focus their search efforts, and have targeted, branded communications that get noticed
  • Invest time and money in the change they want, knowing that they will be rewarded with more time, fulfillment, and money later.
  • Complete assignments and participate in discussions that require thought and reflection.
  • Become proactive in their job search rather than waiting for online applications.

What custom services speed your transition?

Based on your needs, I ask questions and listen deeply to:

  • Clarify your criteria for choosing your next career step.
  • Articulate your organization impacts and value proposition.
  • Position you as a high-quality candidate who stands out above the average by developing custom career documents that authentically present your organization impacts and value to employers and clients.
  • Train you to gain confidence and poise in job interviews.
  • Provide information and tools to tap the 75% of job openings that are not advertised to find or create work you love.

See my career coaching page, resume writing page, and LinkedIn profile page for service descriptions and fees.

What are my Qualifications?

I invest in training, collegial relationships, and certifications to provide you with high-quality services and to keep up with the latest trends in job search and career documents.

  • Certified Coach: 90 International Coach Federation (ICF) credits through Coach Training Alliance (CTA)
  • Certified Career Transitions Coach: Earned 15.5 additional ICF credits in coaching career transitions through CTA
  • National Resume Writers'Association: Member, 17+ resume writing CEUs; past newsletter coordinator
  • Career Thought Leaders: Master Lessons in Executive Resume and LinkedIn Profile Writing; Blueprint for the Hidden Job Market; Strategies for the 60+ Job Seeker
  • Career Directors International: Member
  • Certified Instructor for AT&T's Career Coaching for Supervisors and Career Development for Employees workshops
  • Copywriting and Marketing Courses: American Writers and Artists, Inc. (AWAI), Freelance Writers Den, and Novice to Advanced Marketing System (NAMS)
  • Master of Arts in Training and Development, The Ohio State University

Let's Talk!

Contact me for a consultation to discuss your situation,  goals, and challenges. If we both think I can help you, I'll tell you how I work.

I look forward to talking with you soon!


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