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A great resume might get you in the door, but without a proper strategy and action plan to back it up, it’s a lot like getting a brand-new Mercedes without an engine! One-on-one coaching allows you to explore your options, get some clarity on what you want to do, and then take the steps for the next part of your career. I offer a complete package of coaching services that will take you through this entire cycle so you can take action.
Maybe it’s time for a career switch? From accounting > sales > independent auto repair shop owner > automotive franchise owner > recruiter > resume writer / coach, I’m on my sixth career! I know what it’s like to transition and transfer your skills to a new industry.
I can help you assess where you are now, and then guide you to explore your options. We can brainstorm ideas, assess what are doing now, and develop a realist plan of action. You will get more clarity on what you want to do.
My certification of career coach has given me a strong foundation for this work.
CPCC: Certified Professional Career Coach
Job Search Coaching
You have a fantastic resume, and now you are ready to look for your ideal job. Now what? Together we can put together a strategy and an action plan, including the use of LinkedIn.
OJSRM: Certified Professional Online Job Search and Reputation Management
It can be challenging to understand how to use LinkedIn because it is not very intuitive. Coaching includes an overview, then guidance on topics such as how to create a profile, how to build your professional network, and how to find a job. I have 16 years of experience with LinkedIn, so I know how to make it work for you.
If you already have had interviews that did not turn into job offers, we can assess what happened. Then going forward we can put together a new strategy and action plan that will include researching the company and the interviewers. We can role play to get some practice. Finally, I can help you negotiate your salary.
I have been doing interview coaching for 20 years. I always leverage the training and experience I received as a recruiter. People always tell me that they have more confidence going into an interview.
CEIP: Certified Employment Interview Professional
The difference was night and day.
After I began using the resume Irene crafted, I started to get phone calls and interviews. The difference was night and day. I have had five interviews with four different companies and have two call back interviews scheduled for this week and next week. This all happened in the first month I started using Irene’s resume. Thank you, Irene! Your pre-work and finished product are outstanding.
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From resumes to cover letters and optimizing your LinkedIn profile, I offer several writing services.
Your resume needs to have a targeted strategy as it spotlights your accomplishments, making it clear why you’re the best candidate for the position.
For over 16 years, I have written more than 2,000 resumes and other career documents, along with reviewing thousands more since 1999. I have a very defined collaborative writing process, including use of my proprietary questionnaire. We do two resume drafts, one in-person or screen share appointment, plus professional proofreading.
CPRW: Certified Professional Resume Writer
Cover Letters and More
Creating a stand-out resume is a fantastic place to start. But you’ll also need a compelling cover letter. It should complement your resume with a more personal approach, giving employers a taste of why they should be interested in you.
Other important documents that can be part of your complete career portfolio can include interview follow-up letters, professional fees, and reference sheets.
LinkedIn is a professional business networking tool with more than 500 million users, making it a key part of your job search. Some people estimate that as many as 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn, so you need to show up!
After 16 years on the platform, I know how to leverage its features for success. Let’s work together to tap into the hidden job market and create a strong profile that attracts recruiters and showcases your personal brand.
I definitely recommend including coaching about LinkedIn as part of the process of optimizing your profile. It is not a very intuitive platform, and LinkedIn regularly makes changes without announcing them. We will start with getting an overview, and then learn the details about how to use it as you represent your current employer, how to build your professional network, and how to find a job.
Irene has been very insightful in transitioning my career. When I hear anyone who needs help with career choices, I simply tell them to call Irene!
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