Career Counseling

Career Counseling Plans Designed

Specifically For You

I know what employers are looking for and how to persuade them to hire you. I can teach you how to uncover opportunities you’ll never find on job sites. If you’re looking to change careers but don’t know to what or how, I can guide you through a fruitful discovery process. Here are some more specifics:
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Switching Careers

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.

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Networking

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.

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Resume & Cover Letter Review

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.

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Interview Coaching

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…..”

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Job Advancement

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.

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Keeping up with the Changes

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.

What to expect from career counseling

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.

Client Reviews

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Greater Washington D.C. and Beyond

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.

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