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Provide exceptional service to clients through relationship building, assessing client needs, analyzing their challenges and creating personalized solutions.
Recognize that job seekers are fully-functioning, capable people who need credible advice, effective guidance and valuable tools in order to achieve their employment goal.
My Personal Story
Although I am not one to travel the continent and stand on stages trying to inspire the world, I do share my personal story often on an individual or small group basis, and I am so often told I should write a book or become an inspirational guru….. guru?…nah, write a book…maybe one day… but for now, I love my work as a career coach, I inspire and make a difference in the lives of others, one person at a time and I am happy to continue on this way.
Since I could write a book, it would be impossible to tell you my entire story here, so let’s jump about two-thirds into my life’s novel because I would like to share what caused me to become a Career Coach.
The short version is – becoming a Career Coach saved my life. In 2009 my world as I knew it imploded. That summer my sister died suddenly and the day after her memorial, my father devastated over the loss of my sister, died unexpectedly from ‘broken heart syndrome’ – he basically went to sleep and never woke up. After 5 days on life support and being declared brain dead, I along with my remaining family had to make the difficult decision to ‘pull the plug’. I was pregnant at the time with my 6th desperately wanted baby (I had miscarried the previous 5) and due to my high risk was advised not to travel the 3000 miles to be with my family during this tragedy. Everything was going fine until shortly before Christmas when I discovered during a routine ultrasound that my son’s heartbeat had stopped. That is the day my world ended.
If it were not for a promise I made to my Mother, I very likely would have ended my own life. I spent most of the following year in a zombie-like state, existing but not living, trying to work through my overwhelming grief, anger and resentment. The life I had spent 37 years planning and working towards was over and as far as I was concerned I was dead….and not too long afterwards my marriage also ended.
A grief counsellor helped me realize I needed to find a new purpose, to “paint a new future” and that is when I decided I could take all of my career skills, knowledge and experience, and if I could reignite my tenacity, charisma, and love for helping others – then I had the opportunity to build a great new future and find my new purpose.
So in 2010, I changed my business model, obtained my certification as a Professional in Career Management, rebranded myself and literally started over both personally and professionally. I decided to start ‘living and giving’ my life to the fullest in honour of my sister, father and my son….to do the things that they would never have the opportunity to do (the craziest was cliff diving!) and here I am 10 years later, living my new life, doing what I do best, inspiring and helping others and loving every minute of it!
To date, I have helped over 1100 people discover and pursue their career passion and land their dream job and for many that has been life changing for them. I often say “Life is too short not to love what you do!” and considering we spend more hours in our job than any other activity in our lives – more than sleeping, more than spending time with our loved ones, more than our favourite hobbies – I am a huge advocate that you need to love what you do. So if you don’t love what you do, then let me help you discover it!
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