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What's the why?

My journey to becoming an independent career services professional started when I was young.

Seeing the pain of career mismatch

My father was a former Navy lieutenant with a strong sense of duty and honor who worked for 40+ years supporting his family as an engineering project manager. He would have thrived as a senior engineer, but those were the days before dual promotion tracks.

My mother was a frustrated healer and fighter for justice. Life circumstances combined to thwart her. While she eventually found meaning fighting for clean water and air as an activist and lobbyist she regretted that she didn’t have a fulfilling paid career as a doctor or lawyer.

Changing college majors, careers, and jobs

In my case, I tried several majors in college. Then I successfully changed jobs and careers several times over 25+ years to better fit my needs and interests.

  • After college, I did statistical research in a nonprofit consulting firm.
  • During graduate school, I was a custom decorator for Sears and an editor for a university-affiliated welding engineering consulting firm.
  • After earning my master's, I became:
    • an internal and external training consultant, project manager, and trainer at AT&T and Sprint;
    • an adult education instructor; and
    • a higher education instructor and learning center director.

Becoming 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 resume 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 more information on my services.

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, past newsletter editor, and 17+ resume writing and related CEUs
  • Certified Instructor for AT&T's Career Coaching for Supervisors and Career Develop for Employees 
  • Career Directors International: Member
  • 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!

Holly

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