Does it make sense to switch careers to find fulfillment at work or improve your work/life balance? And even if the answer is yes, can you find greater satisfaction in what you’re currently doing while you’re pursuing alternatives? And if you decide to switch, how do you decide in which direction to go? I will guide you to the right questions to ask yourself, help you answer them, and identify the best ways of going about exploring alternative career paths so that you make the smartest decision.
I’m a career coach who knows how essential networking is to finding the best opportunities, and can teach you how to identify and reach out to the exactly the right people to connect you with the best opportunities. A good portion of today’s hiring managers will reach out directly to potential candidates on LinkedIn, even if you haven’t expressed interest in the position. Reviewing and optimizing your LinkedIn profile is a great way to get the ball rolling on your perfect job, even if you don’t know where or when you’re starting the hunt.
I will show you how to maximize the impact of these critical documents, including the most appealing formats to use. How to tailor them to the audience you are looking to impress (they should ALWAYS be tailored). And, most importantly, I will guide you as to how to emphasize your accomplishments, rather than just your functions, to phrase your accomplishments in the most compelling and persuasive way, and suggest the right keywords to be using.
In just about all cases, coming out on top as a finalist very much depends on nailing your interviews. I will help ensure that you make the best case for why you’re ideally suited for the position, and help you prepare to answer even the trickiest questions, such as “What’s your greatest weakness?” And “Where do you see yourself in ____ years?” I will also share with you the winning formula for answering just about any type of behavioral question, I.e. “Tell me about a time that you…..”
What’s the best way to get ahead? Two paths to consider are getting additional training or skills; and going back to school. But just as often barriers to advancement relate to less tangible factors like low self-confidence and problems you may have with handling organizational politics and critical work relationships with your boss or colleagues. I will provide an informed and objective diagnosis of your situation and suggest the best solutions.
Today’s job market would look totally foreign to someone 20 years ago. The explosion of the internet and hiring websites has fundamentally changed the process of applying to jobs. Additionally, thousands of new types of jobs have been created as technology booms. If it’s been a few years since you were last looking for a job, you’ll really benefit from spending time with me to learn what’s changed and how to tailor your approach now.
Think of our work together as an investment in yourself and your future, in the same way that you might hire an investment advisor to help you get maximum value from your personal financial assets. As a career counselor I can provide the same value.
I bring to this process my substantial “real world” experience in the business and non-profit fields, as well as my professional credentials as a therapist and the knowledge I’ve gained through coaching many hundreds of clients in fields as diverse as finance, law, the arts, IT, entrepreneurship, real estate, hospitality, education, health care, not-for-profit, and of course government.
Career choice is often made with sub-optimal research and deliberation. Certainly that’s true of initial career choice. Twenty somethings’ are very much swayed by the opinions of family, peers, and popular culture, and their career choices often reflect (I would say excessively) those influences.
A vitally important step in narrowing down a career path is to make an effort to filter out the “noise” of these outside influences.
I will place special emphasis on keeping you motivated and productive while looking for a new career. I look forward to working closely with you on this often times scary, but ultimately manageable journey.
Jim is a gifted career coach who brings invaluable personal experience and perspective to any every conversation. I have worked with Jim for nearly a decade, and his wisdom and insight have helped me not only to become a better team member and colleague, but to navigate the difficult transition to executive leadership. I highly recommend Jim to anybody who is looking to take their professional standing to the next level.
I strongly recommend Jim for his career and life coaching. Jim brings wisdom, life experience and guidance with compassion. He brings the rare constellation of executive management experience in business layered with a Psychotherapy license and topped with years of life experiences that has made him a careful listener and a source of intelligent, compassionate guidance tuned to the person and to the person's unique needs. I've known Jim for over 30 years and implicitly trust his judgment and guidance.
I've been speaking with Jim for a number of years about my various career moves and anxieties. He has been an incredibly stabilizing presence over the long term as I navigate my complicated career path. Jim combines no-nonsense guidance with a touch of personal empathy that has made him the right choice for me in a counselor and will be for many years to come.
With just a few sessions, Jim helped me fine tune my resume and prepare for interviews to successfully make a career transition. His services are well worth the investment.
We all have career stuff, whether it's self-inflicted or termination beyond one's control. I've experienced both. Jim can help you through whatever your circumstances may be. He creates a connection where it's safe to share what is really going on.
I have known Jim professionally for almost 15 years. His intelligence, experience, and background are all exceptional, which has led me to send numerous patients of mine to him when they are in need of career guidance (I am a Jungian psychoanalyst). The feedback I've gotten from them has been uniformly positive - he's made a real difference in their lives.
Jim is a trusted and effective advisor who helps you develop the skills, insights, connections and tools you need to be successful in all aspects of your life. Jim's committed to helping you achieve your goals with no-nonsense guidance and a compassionate style. Working with him puts you on the fast track to meeting and exceeding your goals.
I cannot tell you how many times he contacted me out of the blue and asked me how things are, right when I needed it. I do not know if that is serendipity or professional knowhow but it is truly amazing how he manages me. I know my balance today is a result of his extremely personalized, exact, considerate, insightful, counsel.
It was a pleasure working with Jim. His open-minded approach to exploring possibilities helped me see things I hadn't considered and created greater self-belief and financial reward. I am on track to doubling my income this year. His counsel on managing work and home-life have been of immense value.
Downsized and uncertain at 62, I sought out Jim based upon his impressive academic and “real-world” (Harvard/public relations) background. Within two appointments, he had me thinking of a completely different approach to working my contacts and marketing myself. This was no small accomplishment given that I was absolutely convinced I knew how to present myself to the marketplace, even though I’d received nothing more than cursory courtesy interviews for over 9 months. Jim gently, but firmly, got my ego under control and gave me measurable focus. When a traumatic personal challenge arose, Jim immediately and seamlessly shifted our focus. His business acumen morphed in front of my eyes to a kind, compassionate, yet firm, ear, shoulder and guide. His patience and wisdom allowed me to come to terms with issues I’d never acknowledged and to build a new life platform.
I’ve helped clients from all over the greater D.C. area – Alexandria, Arlington, Silver Spring, Reston, Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Bethesda, Potomac, McLean, Falls Church, and more – land their dream jobs and make successful career transitions. I’ve also taken on clients from across the United States and world in a virtual setting. In Washington, I counsel clients at my Dupont Circle office and at my home office in Alexandria, although due to COVID I am only conducting virtual sessions presently.Contact Jim