Coaching FAQs

See below for some additional information about my coaching approach and what it’s like to work with me. Ready to learn more? Please contact me to set up an initial consultation. I’m excited to learn more about you!

What makes you unique? 

As a recruiter and talent strategy consultant to organizations, I have a unique viewpoint and understanding of what employers are looking for, and I will share this knowledge with you. And because I continue to work in the recruiting world, I stay up to date on the latest trends and changing strategies. In addition, I offer:

  • Concrete, tangible advice: I will give you tools, tips, and tactics that you can implement right away, and we’ll check in regularly to make sure that you’re getting the traction you want in your search.
  • Lifelong job search skills: I will “teach you to fish”, helping you unlock the secrets of an effective job search so that you can be a master moving forward.

Some of the specific things I can help with include:

  • How to tap into the “hidden” job market. Did you know that 80% of jobs are never posted? This probably includes the job you’re looking for!
  • How to leverage and build your personal and professional network to support your job search. People want to help you, but first you have to ask. I can help you get more comfortable with networking and identify specific people to target in your search.
  • How to budget your time and keep yourself organized. It’s often said that looking for a job is a full-time job, and we’ll talk about how you can work smarter to ensure that you’re conducting your search efficiently and effectively.

What don’t you do?

While I pride myself in my flexibility to tailor my work to your needs, there are a few things I won’t do, including:

  • Do all of the work for you: I’ll provide lots of feedback, suggest specific language and written edits to documents, and share best practices, but I won’t go away and write your resume for you and hand it back to you as a finished product. Instead, we will work together through a collaborative process to co-create a fantastic resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile and ensure you learn the skills and best practices so that you can continue to update your materials in the future.
  • Tell you what to be when you grow up: I will give you my advice and ask you targeted questions to help you determine what the best path or decision is, but ultimately this process is about YOU owning your search and your career. That means there will be some hard work involved, but I will be here to help and support you along the way!

Who do you typically work with?

I have worked with clients from a wide variety of career stages and industries, and my specialty is working with early to mid-career professionals (from recent grads to 20-25 years of experience) who have an interest in the social sector.

Where will we meet?

I am based in Seattle and meet with local clients in my locations in Lower Queen Anne or Pioneer Square, or by phone or Skype. For clients outside the Seattle area, we’ll meet by Skype.

How long would we work together?

That depends on your situation! I offer three and six session programs for individual coaching, and a six week group coaching program. After completing one of these programs, we may continue to touch base throughout your search to troubleshoot questions that come up. Once we have an initial conversation and I learn more about what you need, we can jointly identify a program that meets your needs.

How much do you charge?

I offer several individual coaching programs starting at $250 for a single session. I also offer group coaching as a lower cost alternative; please see the Job Search Bootcamp page for pricing information. For recruitment consulting, please contact me to discuss the specifics of what you need help with so that I can prepare a quote for your project.

Why should I work with a coach anyway?

Working with a coach is a big decision, and an investment of your time and money. So what should you expect in return? The biggest benefits of working with a coach include:

  • Motivation and accountability: your coach should encourage you, help you set ambitious yet achievable goals, and hold you accountable by asking about your progress. Ultimately, this should help you achieve your goal more quickly and effectively than you would on your own.
  • Encouragement and support: the job search process can be tough on your confidence. Your coach should offer consistent encouragement, help your reframe and learn from disappointments, and ensure that you celebrate your successes so that you continue to approach the search with confidence, which is key to landing a job!
  • Objective feedback and fresh perspective: friends and family members can be great supports in your search, however they have preconceived ideas about your strengths, weaknesses, and career path that may not match who you really are or what you want. A coach can serve as an objective, trusted third party who can help you see things differently and give you a perspective that you would never get from those who already know you well.
  • Expertise: while you can certainly learn a lot on your own, your coach can provide a level of industry knowledge and expertise that you can’t find on books or online. They can also tailor that expertise to your specific situation and give you advice that is meaningful for you and your search.

How do I get started?

The first step is to set up an initial consultation so I can learn more about your needs and we can determine if there’s a good fit. Please contact me to set up a time and we’ll take it from there!