Coaching Job Seekers & Career Changers

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CAN YOU USE A RESUME INSTEAD OF A CV?
What is the difference between the two?

Simply put, a CV, short for Curriculum Vitae, is a longer document (sometimes 5+ pages) typically used by those in academia and graduate school applicants. It includes detailed information about research, publication...

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HOW TO IGNORE THE COMPETITION DURING YOUR JOBSEARCH

When searching for jobs, many find the competition intimidating. Begin by scrutinizing your job responsibilities. Think about the impact you had on the job. This concept applies to almost any role, whether you are dealing with people or data.
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DOES YOUR RESUME NEED A MAKEOVER?

If any of these are on your resume, then yes, it’s time for a change. As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I am still seeing resumes with the following items:

OBJECTIVE – It’s time to do away with this. The days of saying you want a ‘challenging job that ...

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IS PROMOTING YOURSELF OKAY OR WILL IT SEEM LIKE BRAGGING?

When you tell an employer you are perfect for the job, are you being conceited?

No, as long as you use examples to show how you have used skills they seek.

Many people have told me, “I don’t want to sound like a showoff, but…” If you ...

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ARE YOU CONDUCTING A JOBSEARCH?
IF SO, THERE IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW

Hiring managers will search for you on social media. Not only that, they often conduct a deep dive into your public online history including blogs, etc.

Therefore, set your privacy settings accordingly if you don’t what...

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DO YOU HAVE TOO MUCH EXPERIENCE FOR THAT JOB?

If you apply for a job that requires fewer years of experience than you have, does that mean you should not consider it? Not necessarily.

Perhaps you have been a leader and want more customer-facing responsibilities, or you want to make a career pi...

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CONGRATULATIONS. YOU’VE RECEIVED THE JOB OFFER, HOWEVER, THE SALARY IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED.

In many cases, you can negotiate a salary offer. Most employers are used to candidates asking to do this. Remember, you can often include perks beyond salary (remote working, continued education, flexi...

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CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO AND WHO YOU ARE IN 30 SECONDS?

Sounds challenging, but it's possible. It is called an 'Elevator Pitch' because it is the length of time you would describe yourself during a short elevator ride. Since there are a limited number of points you will discuss, it should be...

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Happy New Year! Clearly, 2021 will be different as we continue to settle into this ‘new normal’ lifestyle. If your year includes looking for a job or changing careers, take a look at this blog entry that summarizes some of the important points to consider as you begin your search. Employers are h...

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Services

Career Coaching | Assessments | Job Search Strategies

  • Career Coaching & Assessments

    This comprehensive program is designed to help you identify your career passions. It is for individuals in all career stages including recent graduates, career changers, entry-level and mid to senior career professionals in all industries.​ THREE 50 MINUTE CAREER COACHING SESSION PACKAGE (one or more of the following assessments can be offered if needed: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), SkillScan, and the Strong Interest Inventory). Clarification of your personality, interests and skills. Detailed written career reports summarizing possible options. Discussion of next steps, goal setting, and developing your action plan.​ 50-MINUTE COACHING sessions are also available.​​
  • Resumes

    Reformatting, editing, and updating an existing document.​ Creating a unique new document that is not from a template.​ Ensuring your résumé has the necessary keywords to improve the chance it will pass the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) software used by 90% of recruiters at large companies.
  • Cover Letters

    Reviewing and editing an existing document. Creating a letter targeted to the employer. Ensuring your letter proves you have the specific qualifications the employer seeks.​​​
  • LinkedIn Profiles

    ​Critiquing and editing an existing profile. Creating a complete profile for you. Ensuring your profile has keywords sought by employers. Quantifying your experiences when possible.
  • Interview Preparation

    Due to covid-19, an emphasis will be place on video and phone interviews. Meeting will include a detailed discussion of what to expect during an interview with an employer or college admissions officer. Included will be typical questions to expect and to ask, formats (resume based, behavioral, panel, committees), types of interviews (screening, on-site visits, etc.) and how to overcome challenges you may have faced during previous interviews
  • Mock Interview

    50-minute Mock Interview - Interview Package: Two 50-minute sessions (Interview Preparation appointment and Mock Interview) - Job Applicants: Questions will be based on the role for which you are applying, your resume and cover letter (if the latter is required for the job application). College & Graduate School applicants: Questions will be based on your application, resume and institution/program to which you are applying.
  • Job Search Assistance & Networking Strategies

    Discover the best strategies to uncover the "hidden job market" especially since only approximately only 15% of all jobs are posted. Learn how to develop your network and how to leverage LinkedIn to your advantage. Advice about how to negotiate salary offers and how to develop an excellent elevator pitch.

Testimonials

3 months ago
I found Karen through the USC career services website and I am so incredibly grateful for her!!! She redid my resume for me as I am applying for graduate schools and she tailored my resume to highlight how my skills and experience compliment what the schools are looking for - something I would have no idea how to do effectively! She took the time to get to know my background and my goals and had great communication with me during the entire process. I absolutely recommend her, as she is clearly an expert at writing resumes. You will be beyond happy with the resume she crafts for you!
- Maureen G
2 months ago
Call Karen if you need direction in your search and help with your resume. She took the time to really understand my skill-set and background. Most importantly what to edit out of my resume...which was a lot! Since sending this new version to hiring managers, I have two promising interviews scheduled. Laura K.
- Laura K
2 months ago
I was feeling stuck in my career development and found job searching daunting. For the first time ever, I reached out to a few resume services and career coaches. With the phone consultation alone, Karen clearly and succinctly highlighted areas for improvement, was super empathetic, and helped build my confidence back up. Each session was extremely useful, and Karen "taught me how to fish" rather than simply handing me a fish. Karen really knows her stuff and also explains the hiring perspective / psychology very well. I re-vamped my resume and LinkedIn per Karen's coaching and I am already getting more responses than ever before. I have always dreaded cover letters the most, but Karen gave me the tools necessary to write a strong and effective letter. There are so many companies and services out there, but I am very glad I decided to go with KTS Career Coaching. The cost was much more reasonable than I anticipated , and every penny was well spent. I have already refered frie...
- Jasmine M

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Feeling stuck? Do you want to make a career change, have you been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, or have you recently graduated from college? As an experienced Career Coaching professional, I can help you explore your options and identify your interests.

KTS Career Coaching is a boutique firm providing you with customized career coaching, assessments and comprehensive job search assistance. 

As a Career Counselor for over 25 years, I have helped thousands discover their career interests, write résumés and LinkedIn profiles, develop interview skills and learn successful job search/networking strategies.   

Even before the pandemic, I understood the anxiety people felt when thinking about the job search, interviewing, or changing jobs. In light of Covid-19, I remain aware of trends affecting job hunting by speaking with recruiters regularly which gives me insight into what they seek in candidates.   

I offer one-on-one career coaching to help you determine your ideal role. Since everyone is unique, my counseling style provides a personalized action plan rather than a 'one size fits all' approach. With my experience of living abroad and traveling to 33 countries, I have a deep appreciation of diverse cultures and connect easily with people from all parts of the world.  

Professionally, I am pleased to be recognized as an expert in the career coaching field, interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for an article about advice for recently laid-off individuals. I have held Career Consulting roles at the University of Southern California's main career center, the Marshall School of Business, and Occidental College. Additionally, I served as the Career Services Director at Pitzer College (part of the Claremont College Consortium) for over 12 years.     

Furthermore, I served as a Mock Interview Consultant with two highly regarded International Education Admissions Advising companies. In that role, I prepared clients for admissions interviews at colleges, MBA and graduate programs.   

I am a longstanding National Career Development Association (NCDA) member, a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers/Career Coaches (PARW/CC).  My Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology and I hold a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology.​   

Clients include mid-to-senior career professionals, C-suite executives, individuals returning to the workforce after taking time off, recent college graduates, those laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus outbreak and individuals changing careers.   

Industries include entertainment, education, engineering, healthcare, technology, finance, business, marketing, sales, public relations, nonprofits, real estate, management consulting, higher education, communication & media, science, startups, the arts, military and more.    

KTS Career Coaching is pleased to provide career counseling services to all University of Southern California alumni (Classes of 2017 or before) worldwide. 

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