Career Counseling/Coaching

Reconsidering your career or trapped in a job you hate? 

Meaning, purpose, and pleasure are missing from your work life?

Feeling stuck because you’ve been at your current career for so long you don’t know what else you can do?

We spend too much of our lives at work, traveling to and from work, or thinking about work NOT to enjoy what we do.  Trust me when I say I did this myself for way too long.  If you’re feeling bored or unsatisfied in your current job it can take a huge toll on your physical and mental health.  Perhaps you’re feeling frustrated, burned out, anxious, stressed out, depressed or unable to enjoy your time at home knowing that you’ll be right back at it in the morning. 

For work to not feel like a 4-letter word it should be meaningful and rewarding—without this it’s hard to generate the enthusiasm needed to advance in your job or career.  You are far more likely to achieve success in an occupation that you feel passionate about.  The right career brings meaning, purpose, pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, self-esteem, income, identity, and fulfillment into our lives.

So how do you gain meaning and satisfaction from your work?  

You can either:

  1. Change careers to something that plays to your strengths and are passionate about OR
  2. You can find joy and purpose in a job that you’re not crazy about

Whether you’re just finishing college, finding opportunities limited in your current skill set, facing unemployment, or feeling bored, disengaged, or not appreciated in your current job, it may be time to reconsider your chosen career or job.  By identifying what interests you, learning how to research options, realizing your strengths, and acquiring new skills, as well as gathering the courage to make a change, you can discover the career path that’s right for you.  Even if you feel stuck in a position you don’t love with no realistic opportunity for change, there are still ways to find more satisfaction and joy in what you’re doing.

So, where do you start when you finally feel you are ready to engage in making better career and life choices?  While many begin in the external world of resumes and job postings, to make truly satisfying career and life choices, it is the internal world—figuring out who you are, what you need, and what you value—that really counts!

Discovering the Possibilities

Whether you are embarking on your first career out of college or you’ve been at it a while and looking to make a career change or you’re not quite ready to retire and would love to explore an encore career, the first step is to think carefully about what really motivates you.  You may find it hard to get past thinking about careers that simply pay well or are the most secure.  But the truth is, most employees rank job satisfaction above salary in ensuring their happiness at work.  So, unless you’re in a situation where you must take the first available job just to pay the bills, it’s important to focus on your primary interests and passions.  This can open doors to careers that you might not have considered.  With this foundation, you can start fine tuning your search for the right career.  You may be surprised at how your passions can be part of a new career direction.

In career counseling / career coaching, we will explore your education, training, work experience, interests, skills, needs, wants, and personality traits.  Additionally, as a career counselor I provide support to people experiencing job stress, job loss, and other career transition challenges.  Together we will sort out whatever issues you might be having around obtaining the career of your dreams.

Some areas we might focus on include:

  • Assessing your best career/job options
  • Changing careers
  • Knowing when it’s time to leave a company
  • Learning key communication skills
  • Discovering work/life balance
  • Dealing with office politics and resolving conflict
  • Understanding your own strengths, weaknesses and blind spots
  • Finding a company that fits your personality and style
  • Practicing mock interviews and knowing how to answer key questions
  • Dealing with a layoff/job loss
  • Working with difficult co-workers
  • Developing a career plan
  • Making more effective decisions
  • Developing job search and networking skills
  • Composing an effective resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter
  • Navigating job stress, anxiety, career transitions and other challenging issues

I work to give job seekers the education, coaching, and support to work smarter, not harder.  You want someone who can help you with the tools you need to have an efficient and effective job search.  Someone to keep you moving forward and helping it be more fun than frustration.  Someone to work with you on your LinkedIn profile, your resume, your cover letter, and your networking and interview skills. 

Investing in yourself is the single best thing you can do in your lifetime and will pay for itself exponentially.  There’s a reason why successful athletes have at least one if not multiple coaches… to help them be the best that they can be.  They wouldn’t be where they are today without their coaches and wouldn’t think about going it alone. 

My clients have seen amazing results…

  • Building valuable network connections
  • Negotiating higher salaries
  • Cutting their job search time in half
  • Landing a job they love in a company that aligns with their personal values

Working with me online is easy and convenient—all you need is a computer/tablet/smartphone and a solid internet connection.  We will assess where you are now, where you want to be, and work at your own pace.  You’ll learn how to grow your career and actually feel excited about your career again when you experience real results. 

I bring real-life experience to this part of my work.  Having worked as a business professional and executive coach in corporate America for 2 decades prior to attaining counseling credentials and licensure, I specialize in helping executives, college grads, business owners and other professionals with the career challenges, needs and issues they face.  Career counseling or coaching from someone who walked in your shoes can be unique and truly beneficial.  Knowing how pressed for time your life may be, I offer services primarily via VIDEO CALL (such as Skype or Zoom) in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends.  In-person and phone sessions are available upon request.

Our communications will be completely confidential and the initial, no-obligation 20-minute conversation is free. 

Take that next step and give a call or send an email today.  Life’s too short not to be in a career you love!