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Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect during my first session?
If you’re unsure of what type of career or job makes sense for you, we’ll start with a short test and a structured interview. Then I’ll have enough information to devise some viable options for us to discuss and for you to consider during a second session. These options are meant as a starting point or springboard, you’re not obligated to pursue those suggested options. In many cases, clients have selected one of those options and been pleased with the results.
If you’ve already decided on your next career or job then our first session might be a working meeting where we improve your resume and/or cover letter or practice answering realistic interview questions.
What would my second session look like?
I’ve been stuck a career rut for a long time. What do you do differently that will help me?What exactly is I/O psychology anyway?
Here’s why I/O makes an enormous difference!
I tackle career ruts differently than other career coaches. I use theory and practice to solve my clients’ problems. More than career coaching, it’s career psychology.
I’ve been using my specialization in I/O psychology at the doctoral level for over 15 years to solve practical problems in employee development, human resources, recruitment, and the assessment of job applicants’ ability. I understand what happens in practice.
What services do you offer?
Since I have skills and expertise that allow me to do career coaching and human resources (HR) consulting I offer both.
- A standardized test and structured interview to assess your skills, interests, and current circumstances
- Action-oriented feedback based on the test and interview to help you decide on viable career options
- Resume/cover letter assistance and mock interview preparation to help you land the job
- In instances where self-employment is appropriate, you’ll get concrete help with starting your own business (in other words, startup business coaching)
- Assessment of leadership skills for hiring, employee development, and for promotion
How long will I need to see you? Is this like psychotherapy?
This is not like psychotherapy. This is not meant to be a long-term process. The intention is to provide concrete and accurate advice and services efficiently so that you build a resilient career.
Most people have four to seven sessions, spread out over months. Some have only one or two sessions e.g. to prepare for a job interview, but some have more than seven sessions when their transition from one job to another is more dramatic or extreme.
Do you offer the exact same coaching program for everyone?
No, I offer coaching programs that are geared towards your specific needs. For example, if you need help deciding on a different career direction, but you don’t need help with resumes or cover letters, then we focus on making a sound decision around what type of career you’ll pursue. If you know what you’re searching for but you’ve had poor outcomes at job interviews then we can work on mock interviews to make sure you’ll succeed at your next interview.
These coaching programs are unique. This means I’ll never ask you to read 100+ pages of documentation and then try to apply what you learn. I may give you the occasional article to read but I focus on delivering customized solutions.
How much will this cost me?
My rates are competitive, especially since I offer customized services. Total fees will depend on the amount of time required. I’m friendly! Call me anytime for details.
Do I need to choose from one of the packages?
No. I’m willing (and able) to design services that suit my clients’ needs. If the number of sessions matches the number of hours in the packages then it will cost the same – even if the specific services are different.
Your address isn’t published. Where will we meet?
Many of my clients want to make a graceful exit from a job situation that isn’t going well. This means that they should be discreet while making plans that may take some time to execute. It is for this reason that we will meet discreetly at a location that makes sense. Telephone and video e.g., Skype or FaceTime options are also available.