The Career Assessment Goddess unveiled...
As you can see, the Assessment Goddess is a real person. Dubbed this by my professional career counseling and career coaching colleagues and clients, I decided to outrageously own it. So, if I seem a bit spunky at times... well, I'm a goddess (it comes with the territory).
Career and industry transition isn't easy - I know. Having gone through 5 career changes myself (BEFORE I became a professional career counselor), I know how important it is to get a clarity about future dreams and goals, nail a career focus, and then go after it with commitment and courage!
My Fish Story
You see, my first professional career was in limnology - the study of freshwater fish. This would have been fine except that I'm an extreme extrovert and working alone with fish was NOT a good match! In case you wondered, fish are not scintillating conversationalists...
I accidentally discovered that helping others enrich their lives by identifying and securing jobs they could love was my "dream job". My first step on the journey to realizing that dream was attaining a Master's Degree in Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University.
Since then I have pursued and obtained the most elite credentials in the careers industry (listed below), so that my clients could have the best, cutting-edge tools for career transformation.
13 Certifications and Credentials:
National Certified Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, Distance Career Counselor, Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Job-Loss Recovery Coach, Certified Expert Resume Writer, Master Resume Writer with Lifetime Achievement Award, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Coach, Certified International Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified 360Reach Facilitator, Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Certified Online Identity Management Strategist.
Some people ask why I have so many certifications. There are two key reasons:
1. Keeping up-to-date with the latest career and job search trends, career management strategies, and cutting-edge job search tools is my commitment to my clients. I pride myself on staying knowledgeable about what really works to advance your career - now, and not what used to work 10 years ago.
2. My thirst for knowledge is insatiable, especially in my profession. This is my dream job, and I love to learn everything I can about it!
My love of learning combined with a future-focus orientation shows up in the specialty services I offer: distance career counseling and telecoaching; career coaching; personal branding; online identity management; executive coaching; career assessments; leadership development; branded resumes, bios and online profiles such as LinkedIn; web portfolios; blog development; corporate training; and outplacement.
Select List of Clients
Corporate clients: Fortune 500 companies, such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies, General Motors, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as NJ pharmaceutical companies including Covance and Pharmacopeia.
Government clients: NYC Dept. of Employment, NJ Division of Women, MD Dept. of Human Resources.
Non-profit clients: Mercer County Community College, Princeton Adult School, Urban Schools Service Corps
American Counseling Association (ACA)
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Wisconsin Career Development Association (WCDA) - Board of Directors, Private Practice Rep
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Career Directors International (CDI) - Board of Directors, Career Assessments Advisor, and Member of the Innovation Advisory Committee (formerly Chair)
Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARWCC)
Reach Consulting Communications, Inc. - former Executive Producer of the Reach Personal Branding Interview Series for 4 years
Co-Author, Job Search Bloopers: Every Mistake You Can Make on the Road to Career Suicide and How to Avoid Them (Career Press)
More than 50 book contributions - chosen for expertise in career assessments, career coaching, career counseling, personal branding, resume writing, and cover letters.
Articles have appeared in print and e-book publications, such as The Princeton Business Journal, The National Business Employment Weekly, the National Resume Writers Association (NRWA) newsletter, the Wausau Record-Herald, the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Reach Personal Branding Green Careers Guide, and Launchpad (Volume 2).
Published online articles have appeared in careerjournal.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com, Career Masters Institute (Career Management Alliance) newsletter, The Gladiator, CoreNetGlobal.com, Reach Personal Branding, CareerHub blog, and Job-Hunt.org blog (Career Assessments columnist).
Select Interviews and Speaking Gigs
New Jersey Network (NJN) video series on Job Search Tactics, Resume Writing, Networking, Career Transition, and Cover Letters.
JobTalk (Dick Bolles' Radioshow) 2-part audio interview on How to Create a Resume.
Presentations, workshops, and/or teleclasses for the American Society of Association Executives, Career Directors International, Global Summit Conferences, Middle Atlantic Career Counselors Association, National Resume Writers Association, Career Coach Academy, Careers Conference (Wisconsin), National Career Development Association, Executive Women's Network of the Wausau Chamber of Commerce, Parachute Associates, and the Professional Resume Writers and Research Association.
My Promise to You
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed...I will work with you to make sure that is so, no matter what it takes.
You can count on me as your "partner in career success", guiding and inspiring courageous career leaps into the future.
Your return on investment for my services and products will be significant...and you will be so pleased that you will want to refer others to me.
Humor, laughter and creativity will be dispensed in large doses.
Will you join me on the journey into the future? Get ready to make the LEAP!