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I have been Career Coaching full-time for 20 years now, but it all started long ago when my Dad lost his job. I was just 10 years old, and frightened that our family of eight would end up on the street! It was the early 60’s, and I was too young to know about unemployment benefits. I just couldn’t understand why any company wouldn’t jump at the chance to have my Dad. He was such a hard worker, so detail oriented, yet really creative and solution-oriented. I listened to Dad’s stories of job-seeking and interviewing. The process was scary and fascinating to me.
All these years later, I still love to hear about job seeking and interviewing. Only now, I am truly an expert who can help you navigate this frightening and exciting time.
My Dad took a risk. He learned a new business and learned how to use his skills in a new way. Soon, he became part owner of a small construction company. His investment of time and energy proved to be a windfall for Mom when he passed in 1979. His biggest leap of faith turned our family finances from struggling to comfortable.
In the same way, I help my clients evaluate the risks and rewards of making a career change—whether they decide on a new industry, a new function, or even both. I lead with my heart because I know how important these decisions can be.
My own career has had some interesting twists. With a journalism degree in hand, I started in the magazine industry, working in production at first, then later as an editor. I experienced a large, national company (ABC Broadcasting) and a small entrepreneurial company (Business & Industry Magazine). Later, I would experience a worldwide advertising company (Young & Rubicam) and a mid-size national accounting firm (McGladrey & Pullen). I would eventually supervise 15 creative staff, and work with a client portfolio of several million dollars.
My experience helps me understand management and office politics. Many of my clients hire me just to sort out the politics at work. I help my clients excel where they are, while plotting their next career move.
After 17 years in marketing, I realized that something big was missing. I dreamed of being a freelance trainer, speaker, and career coach. I began with Toastmasters, honing my speaking skills. I started volunteering to create training programs. Soon, I was also coaching my fellow employees—about whether to stay or go, how to ask for a raise, or about what to write on their resumes.
I couldn’t get enough career information. I read more than 50 books on the topic, and kept coaching on the side. After four short years as a training director, I was ready to launch my own business. Since then, I have become certified in behavioral and career testing. I have become a Professional Career Manager (PCM). I have written three books, including “New Resume New Career,” nationally published by Penguin Books.
I know that dreams can come true. I found my perfect work. Working together, we can help you find your Career Passion® and find a job you love.
Please look around my website to see what appeals to you. If you would like a free 60-minute consultation, please email me your current resume and use this link to set up a time to talk.