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Career Coaching

How do you support individuals engaged in a job search?

  • The first step is to clarify career goals.  Second, to make sure the client has the right tools--those that present him/her in the best light possible in order to compete in a tough market.  Clients are motivated to optimize their network and make new contacts, in addition to traditional job search channels (e.g. newspaper ads, online postings, etc.) 

    Progress is measured each session, and new tactics identified accordingly.  Use of assessment tools is on an as-needed basis, and dependent upon client interest and comfort level with these tools.

What is coaching?

  • Coaching is a facilitative process, and different from counseling, as it utilizes tools and self-awareness techniques to support the client in taking desired action and achieving goals in a shorter time frame than ordinarily possible alone.  A career coach can help you identify and/or chart a clear course leading you to achievement of your career ambitions. 

Does coaching really work?

  • Absolutely!  However, there are prerequisites.  Clients who benefit most from coaching have a strong: 
    • Desire to achieve
    • Desire and ability to introspect
    • Willingness to be challenged and gently pushed
    • Willingness to stare down excuses and debilitating constraints
    • Willingness to be open and honest
    • Willingness to "do the work" in-between sessions

What are your coaching fees?

  • Coaching fees range based on the number of sessions per month, where they take place, what materials/assessments will be required.  On average, 2 sessions per month are $250/month and 3 sessions $350/month, with the average engagement lasting between 3 and 6 months.  *Some relationships may end earlier, as would be the case with a quick and successful conclusion to a job search.

    I would encourage anyone interested in getting support and achieving their goals quicker, to instead focus on the upside.  How much would a career you wholly enjoy be worth to you?  How much would the ability to earn more be worth to you?  Coaching pays itself off over time. 

    Sometimes it's simply a matter of shifting perspective.  Some of us could trim the fat from our budgets and find a ready reserve.  For example, premium cappuccinos 2x a day for a month could easily add up to more than the cost of a coaching relationship where I come from.  Why not invest that money into your future instead?

What would previous clients tell me about you?

  • All of my clients who have entered into the coaching relationship ready to "do the work" have had positive, enlightening, life-changing experiences as a result of our work together.  Remember, it's a relationship--that means that both coach and client need to be equally engaged.  Coaches do not hold the answers for your career, they can only facilitate your process of finding them.  You can read specific feedback from some of my clients here.

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Résumé Writing

Why hire a professional résumé writer?

  • Effective résumés aren't just documents that capture titles and responsibilities you've held throughout your career.  Effective résumés are powerful marketing tools, tailored to give the hiring manager or recruiter exactly what they're looking for in an easy-to-read, clear and compelling format. 

    A professional résumé writer studies job market trends and can best design an attractive résumé, help you uncover the key elements that should stand out on your résumé (specific to your target position), and weave key industry search terms and phrases throughout your résumé to enhance your chances of getting pulled to the top of the pile.  In short, a résumé writer can help you get noticed and get hired. 

    If your current résumé is not opening the door for numerous interviews, consider hiring a résumé writer.  See my Career Page for a description of the services I provide. 

    I also offer a free résumé evaluation--submit yours today for a comprehensive review.

What are your résumé writing/editing fees?

  • Fees vary based on the following:

    • Is there a current version of the resume? Quality?
    • Are there particular challenges (e.g. gaps in employment, short tenures, frequent job/career changes, uncertain direction) to compensate for in design?
    • Number of hours estimated for completion? (phone calls, design and writing)
    • How many years of work experience?
      • New Graduate: Under 5 years: $200 +
      • Professional: Between 5-10 years: $300 +
      • Experienced Professional: 10 - 20 years: $400 +
      • Executive: 20+ years: $500 +

How do you support individuals engaged in a job search?

  • The first step is to clarify career goals.  Second, to make sure the client has the right tools--those that present him/her in the best light possible in order to compete in a tough market.  Clients are motivated to optimize their network and make new contacts, in addition to traditional job search channels (e.g. newspaper ads, online postings, etc.) 

    Progress is measured each session, and new tactics identified accordingly.  Use of assessment tools is on an as-needed basis, and dependent upon client interest and comfort level with these tools.

Have a different question?  Email me for a quick reply