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Ten Reasons To Hire Me

 

My Commitment

I am passionate about helping people find jobs and careers that allow them to support themselves and their families. Everyone needs money! But more than that, I want people to enjoy their work, be challenged, have room for growth, and be able to make a difference for other people.

This is the Work that I love to do. It never gets old when someone tells me they got the job they wanted!

Experience

I have more than 20 years of experience in helping people get jobs, first as a recruiter, now as a professional resume writer and a coach. I have written more than 2,000 resumes and other career support documents, and have reviewed thousands more over the years. My coaching includes exploration, job search, LinkedIn and interview preparation.

Recruiter Background

I worked as a recruiter for Robert Half for 3+ years, placing finance and accounting professionals into permanent positions. This gave me a thorough understanding of the hiring process. It is the foundation of all the work I do now. This is it in a nutshell:

Why should someone hire you instead of someone else?

My Clients

I am unique in my profession because I really am a generalist in my work. My clients span all career stages – from new graduates up to very senior executives. They work in a wide variety of industries. I bring a deep understanding of the hiring process, which is basically the same for every job.

Client Experience

For more than 20 years, I have had people tell me the same thing. They all say that they have more confidence in themselves after working with me. I am proud of this because then I know they have received value from my collaborative approach, my ability to engage with people, and my real skills for writing and coaching. I know how to listen to people.

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In the brief time I have known Irene, she has been a great help.

In the brief time I have known Irene, she has been a great help. She also is a person who follows up on commitments in a timely manner.

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Services

I offer both writing and coaching services. Many of my writer colleagues choose not to coach, and many coaches choose not to write. I do both because I consider them to be so related that there is a natural flow between the writing and coaching, depending on what my clients need.

Business Background

My work history is eclectic and mostly happened through serendipity. I started as a switchboard operator, then became a receptionist. I moved up to being an Executive Assistant (which actually used to be called “Secretary”) to the top executives of my company.

My bosses took a chance and moved me into the role as Accounting Manager supervising about 20 people. I didn’t even know the difference between a debit and a credit! That eventually led me in a different direction -- the sales of promotional products. I was able to establish an environmental division in one of the companies that was focused on public education.

But then I took a break in 1999 to figure out what to do next. I decided to go back to accounting and interviewed at Robert Half, a large staffing agency. But it was the dot.com era, the market was hot, and I was hired in as a Recruiter instead. I left that job in 2003 and established Tools for Transition.

In addition, my husband and I owned an independent auto repair shop and then a franchise selling tools to auto technicians for about 20 years. I’m pretty sure I am the only career professional in the world who knows how to do the service writing so people can get their cars repaired!

On the Personal Side

My husband and I really believe in pet adoption. We have had seven dogs over time – Susie, Meg, Misty, Emma, Brownie, Bella and now Nikki. And we helped George (a cat!), Lily, Leo and Danny also find homes. We can’t imagine life without them.

We love travel and have visited different countries with half-day trips up to one month. Mexico, Hong Kong, Macao, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Greece, Italy, Spain. We have a long “bucket list,” and hope that the global problems with Covid will eventually get better.

I’ve been learning how to bake over these past almost two years around Covid. My baking partner is very experienced and I started as a complete novice. We have been baking in tandem. We are each in our own kitchens, pick a recipe, and then use our iPhones and iPads to talk and share pictures.

I’m up to more than 70 recipes now! Cakes, pies, cookies, candy, bread, donuts, muffins, pastries. And more…… eclairs, scones, biscotti, tiramisu. And more…….

Certifications

CPRW: Certified Professional Resume Writer
CPCC: Certified Professional Career Coach
CEIP: Certified Employment Interview Professional
OJSRM: Certified Professional – Online Job Search and Reputation Management

Education

California State University East Bay: Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Accounting
University of Santa Clara, MBA

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