What to Expect
Although I tailor my work precisely to my individual clients’ challenges, there are certain overall aspects common to almost every one of my engagements.
- First, we will agree on as precise a goal for our work as possible.
- Second, I will ask you to give me all of the background relevant to the issue(s) we are addressing. Of course the extent of this background will vary according to the challenge.
If you are seeing me for a fairly straightforward issues, such as developing a more effective job search strategy, improving your resume, or interview coaching, the background information I need will be fairly brief and we can dive right in to solutions.
If, on the other hand, if you are coming to me with more complex problems (e.g. uncertainty as to what career paths to explore, feeling stuck in your job search process, lack of self-confidence) the intake process will be more extensive*.
I have had the pleasure working with Jim for the past 6 years. I say “working with” as this has been an extremely successful collaborative process. I approached Jim as I was struggling with working through a rough patch in my professional career...
I received a promotion and pay raise after working with Jim to help me move forward in my career! Jim was a great help when it came to reaching my career goals. Together, we revamped my resumé and cover letter and put new interviewing skills to practice...
Asking Jim Weinstein to help me navigate my career path was the best decision I could make in my life. Jim was instrumental in helping me envision a complete change in careers – something I wish I had done years ago, but now have the courage and clarity to pursue. Two years later, and I’m deeply committed in that process...
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.
Jim helped me through a critical time in my business. My market research business had been deeply affected by technology and changes in corporate culture. Do I close the doors and move on? If not what are my options? Is it time for a change? In addition to Jim’s counseling background, he’s a Harvard MBA with years of experience at the highest levels of the advertising industry so he really understood my issues.
As an executive search/headhunter I have been lucky enough to partner with Jim on a number of occasions. I have referred several local and remote (Skype, etc.) mid-level to executive-level candidates to him who have reported back to me with rave reviews. Jim has also consulted with me whenever my executive search expertise has been a helpful element to his full-service thoughtful career advice he provides his clients. 100% class act and worth the investment.
I’ve introduced Jim to many colleagues and friends - from recent college graduates to CEOs. In every instance, he’s offered sage advice, solid direction, compassionate support leading to superb results.
I am often asked how many sessions work with me will involve. The answer depends first on the complexity of the issue(s) we are handling, and second on the amount of time, energy, and effort you are willing to devote to the process. For the simpler issues two to three sessions usually suffice. For more complex issues, the average number of meetings is six to seven, although this can vary widely.
As to how frequently we should meet, that again depends on both the nature of the issue(s) and your time / resources / motivation (I often assign homework which in some cases might take several weeks to complete). We might meet weekly for a couple of times, then space sessions out. Or in a “crisis" situation (salary negotiation, upcoming interview, negative performance review) we might meet a couple or three times in the course of a week or two if necessary.
How much are my career counseling sessions? The average charge per 50 minute session ranges from $150 to $350, depending on the complexity of the issues, time of day, day of the week, and whether insurance is filed and reimbursement received**.
I guarantee to ALL of my clients that if for ANY reason they feel they have not gotten their money’s worth from sessions with me there will be no charge. That’s a situation I have encountered only three times over the past 10+ years working with close to two thousand clients. I am absolutely confident that the investment you make in our work will provide you with results worth many times the outlay.
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.
As one can expect, trying to make a career transition is a highly emotional and somewhat stressful experience as it requires a certain level of honesty, self-reflection and hard work. I reached out to a number of career coaches in the DC area when I began to contemplate a change but no one I spoke with had the quite the same intelligent, calm demeanor as Jim. Jim supported my growth, both professionally and personally, by providing me with thoughtful direction, insight, and feedback...
I chose to work with Jim after speaking with several other coaches. I was very impressed with his credentials, particularly his repeated success in several different career fields, and I found him very easy to talk with. Jim helped me discover what would be a fulfilling career path for me, gave me the confidence to pursue my passion, and provided invaluable guidance on the best way to do that. I can't recommend him highly enough.
I have known Jim for ten years. 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. If you need a new job immediately or if you are contemplating a career change going forward, I'd call Jim.
I decided to meet with Jim when I was contemplating making a big career change. I found my meetings with him to be supportive, helpful and constructive. Throughout the process he challenged me and helped me see what I could not see before. I was lost and scared in my previous job and Jim helped me by walking me through the process of change...
Jim was recommended to me by a mutual friend because I was at a major crossroads in my life and needed compassionate, insightful yet impartial readings of my options. I was especially impressed with Jim's business credentials as well as his counseling background. I continue to consult with Jim and highly recommend him to anyone in need of business counseling.
*If you know you need a new career path but are unable to identify it, I utilize a three stage process.
Stage One: Self awareness
What are your strengths, your skills, your likes and dislikes, your values, your life goals? The answers to these questions will enable us to identify the most promising paths to explore. In this stage I will also identify and help you overcome any major obstacles to progress such as low self-confidence, discouragement, or procrastination.
Stage Two: Exploration
I will review with you the pluses and minuses of various careers and craft a very specific program to enable you to gain the knowledge of these paths that is essential to making the best career choice.
Stage Three: Marketing
Once having identified the most promising career choices, as a marketing expert I will work with you to ensure that your approach and job hunting materials are first rate.
**If the work we do involves a significant emotional component (e.g. addressing anxiety, lack of confidence, confusion, procrastination, distractibility, etc.), and if you have a PPO health insurance plan that covers out-of-network mental health sessions, I will file your claims for you and you will be reimbursed directly by your insurance carrier. Only licensed mental health professionals may do this; career counselors or life coaches can’t.