"Inspiring you to gain the confidence to find the purpose and passion in your career."
Location: Jacksonville, FL
How will clients benefit with you as their coach?
Understand and manage career changes
Tap into your hidden talents, abilities and skills using self-assessments
Create career possibilities that fuel your interests and passions
Clarify your strengths and develop an action plan
Develop branding statements and marketing strategies that help you network confidently
Networking / Building Relationships / Conducting Informational Interviews
Prepare you to seal the interview and handle the job offer
Negotiate salaries and benefits
Make a successful transition
What results have clients reported after working with you?
Developed insights into their strengths and believed that someone will compensate them for their skills
Increased confidence to follow their passions and dreams
Appreciated having a coach to lean on when they got discouraged and to cheer them on to success
Landed their ideal positions
What do clients say about working with you?
“I was at a real loss as to what I wanted to do with my life because I did not think that my life’s dream was compatible with the American marketplace. I thought that I would have to find a “runner-up” career instead, or pursue my deepest joy merely on a part-time, volunteer level. But thanks to you and the confidence you gave me, I was able to realize that I could make it happen! Over the past year, that is exactly what I’ve been doing, and I have enjoyed every day of this journey.” College Professor
“During the early period of my transition, I was going it alone. I made the decision during this challenging job market that my search needed a jump start. I felt Marilyn was the best person to turn to as my personal career coach. She has a very focused approach, using different techniques to gain an understanding of the job seekers’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as their target positions. Using this analysis, she then zeros in as she finds the best way to describe those strengths and targets positions for networking contacts and potential employers. Together, we created a marketing strategy, enhanced my résumé, developed a more effective and versatile ‘elevator speech’ as well as a business card. When opportunities came, she helped prepare me for the interviews. Marilyn was always available for supportive consultation, comments and advice. She is now part of my professional support team. I’ve recommended her without hesitation to several friends and fellow job seekers.” Executive
“My transition into the finance industry began a new world of professional opportunities, and I have Marilyn to thank. Marilyn took the time to understand my professional strengths, accomplishments, and aspirations fully. She translated that information into a powerful résumé that garnered attention for positions I never knew were possible. My phone rang multiple times. Marilyn’s assistance did not stop with just my résumé; she coached me on interviewing and job negotiations. I felt as if I had a partner with me each step of the way. Marilyn is now a critical component to my professional support team—when I’m ready to begin new challenges, she will be the first person I call.” COO/Consultant/Trainer
“She helped me first focus on what skills/knowledge I wanted to use, where I could use these, and with what kind of organizational culture. Marilyn not only helped me search out sources, recalibrate my résumé and cover letter, but also served as the consummate cheerleader. I could not have found the ideal job without Marilyn’s expert advice and counsel and the emotional support she offered during the most trying of times, in the most trying of economies.” Senior V.P. of Human Resources
“She’s outstanding!” She helped me navigate from “soup-to-nuts,” including self-assessment, networking strategies, formal/informal research, job offer, debrief, etc. I highly recommend her. She’s a valuable resource.” CEO
“You taught me the value of getting out there, truly networking. I don’t think I would have had any offers at all if I relied only on the Internet. Thank you! Project Manager
What are 5 strengths you have as a coach?
Insightful and creative
Passionate about obtaining results
Caring and nurturing
Evoke positive energy in a world filled with negative news
Excel at branding clients based on their unique gifts, talents and abilities
Skilled at helping clients find the right path
What is your coaching philosophy?
I give you the tools, techniques and support to develop a career plan to fulfill your goals, successfully market yourself and gain proven job search skills that get results.
What types of people do you typically coach?
Managers and professionals
Recent college graduates
Individuals in career transition within or outside their organizations
Those who want to find their purpose and passion
What is your professional background?
President of Career Choices Unlimited, Inc. for 10+ years
Certified as a Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC), a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and as a Qualified Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
More than 20 years’ experience working in both corporate and nonprofit organizations
Held several management / leadership positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T American Transtech, Director of Staffing at AccuStaff PeopleSystems and Vice President of Employment at Merrill Lynch
Adjunct Full Professor of Career Management at Webster University Graduate School
Provided career transition services as a Senior Consultant for several outplacement companies, including Drake Beam Morin (DBM), Inc., Spherion, The Curtiss Group International and Williams, Roberts, Young, Inc.
Assisted in the merger of BB&T Bank and First South Bank by creating and managing a Career Center and providing individualized coaching, which resulted in 100% placement of all downsized employees
Professional Speaker to more than 7,000 employees at numerous professional organizations, including ASTD, SHRM, PMI, ISPI, IIBA, FENG, the University of North Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Webster University and many more
Featured on TV4, Channel 47 News, National Public Radio and Clear Channel Radio discussing career-related topics
Past President and current Vice President of the Career Management Special Interest Group for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
ASTD Board Member for 10 years
Career Coach in the Career Center at ASTD ICE in Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL
Member of ASTD, Career Directors International (CDI), International Coaches Federation (ICF), First Coast Coaches Association (FCCA), Career Planning & Adult Network, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Honored with The Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring Award presented by the University of North Florida, ASTD and SHRM
Published in three résumé books: No-Nonsense Résumés by Career Press , Expert Résumés for Baby Boomers by JIST Works and the Directory of Professional Resume Writers: How To Find and Work with a Pro to Accelerate Your Job Search by JIST Works. Also published in Job Search Bloopers: Every Mistake You Can Make on the Road to Career Suicide…and How to Avoid Them by Career Press
Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University, specializing in Human Resource Management and Management Information Systems
Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and Sociology from The University of South Florida
How can clients get started working with you as their coach?
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Career Coaching Programs
What You Get
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Three 30-Minute Coaching Sessions
The Career Coaching service matches individuals with a personal coach--a confidant, champion, and challenger who will help you:
Gain personalized guidance through job transitions
Prepare and navigate through your annual reviews
Leverage your behavioral and professional strengths effectively
Diagnose reasons for career dissatisfaction
Learn how to take action in networking, interviewing, and taking on new opportunities
With Career Coaching you can:
Learn how your behavioral style affects those you work with
Build a compelling value proposition for a potential employer
Manage change more effectively
Overcome hurdles that impede success
Sustain professional success and maintain balance
Get ongoing support through all phases of your career