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Coaching Services

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.

Exploratory Coaching

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

LinkedIn Coaching

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.

Interview Coaching

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

 

I was motivated to make a career decision…

A few years ago, Irene helped me become aware of my work style and preferences. As a result of Irene’s coaching, I was motivated to make a career decision and act upon it, which led me to take my career in a different direction. Irene transformed my resume and I received more calls than I received in the old format. Irene helped me take the one necessary step that eventually led me to further explore my career aspirations. I am now pursuing a career in career counseling. What a twist!

K.B., Program Manager, Counselor, and Instructor

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Writing Services

From resumes to cover letters and optimizing your LinkedIn profile, I offer several writing services.

Resumes

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 Profiles

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.

I was really pleased…

I was really pleased with the final version of my resume and have been happily sending it out to everybody I promised it to. Irene, thanks for your help in better articulating my story!

A.S., Solutions Management

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Resources

Latest Blog Posts

How Do You Write A Resume From Scratch?

How Do You Write A Resume From Scratch?

What if you don’t have a resume but need one now? Or maybe your resume is ancient history, so it will be like writing one from scratch anyway. I went 17 years without needing a resume at one point in my career.  https://youtu.be/XAtYeBQa4H8 But how do you even...

SUCCESS STORY: Move from Corporate to Nonprofit

SUCCESS STORY: Move from Corporate to Nonprofit

How do you move from a corporate job into the nonprofit world?  I have a client who did just that. Here is her story.  https://youtu.be/Yh1DIygHO1U SHE MADE A PLAN and THEN WORKED THE PLAN!  It took one full year from when we met until she started her new...

Why Were You Passed Over For A Promotion?

Why Were You Passed Over For A Promotion?

So you think you were passed over for a promotion? Now what?    Address your feelings of disappointment, frustration, or anger. You have to get past that. You need to actually know what happened, not just guess. It could be an awkward conversation with your...

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