Frequently asked questions

I've tried to answer some of the questions that I am asked over and over again on this page. If you do not find the answer to your question(s) please contact me.
  1. What is the difference between a Career Coach and a Recruiter?
    Recruiters are hired by companies to help them find people who fit the job descriptions of positions they have open. They often have job listings and will answer your questions but they don't typically spend time helping you to create a plan to find and get hired for the jobs that you want. Coaches act more like mentors, strategists, and accountability partners.
  2. Why does coaching cost so much?
    We totally understand that when a person is in job search mode they often do not have access to a lot of savings or you they are anticipating being out of a job and needing to save money. The reality is, that a coach has a lot of valuable knowledge and experience and their time is very important.
  3. Do you just work with students?
    As a career changer myself, I work with both students and people who are already working professionals. If you're unsatisfied with your current work situation, I know how you feel! I also know how to get out and move on!
  4. What if I work with you and I still don't find a job?
    The good news is that most do get hired during the time that we work together. Unfortunately, due to the fact that sometimes life just isn't fair, I can't guarantee that you'll receive a job offer in the time that we're working together.
  5. How do I get started?
    Getting started is easy. Check out the options from the coaching page or contact me.
  6. What does a Career Coach do?
    A career coach plays many roles. My main goal as your coach is to help you to identify areas that you could work on that will get you hired faster! My second goal is to build your confidence through assessment and actvities. Finally, we will create a job search plan that is a perfect fit for you and monitor your progress routinely.
  7. What is the difference between a Career Coach and a Counselor?
    While the terms coach and counselor can be used interchangeably, in most cases a counselor is someone who spends more time focused on personal issues rather than building an actionable strategy.
  8. Can you tell me how much money I can make?
    The short answer is no. There are lots of sources online that can give you market reports and estimated salaries. There are many factors that ultimately play into that when you're actually applying for a job. If money is one of the important issues for you, that is certainly a factor that we will ensure makes it into your job search plan.
  9. How can I fill a gap in my experience
    As usual, there isn't one specific way that will work for everyone. Make researching this topic part of your plan. Look up options like pasecorp.org, a nonprofit that helps you gain experience by learning and training others. Consider volunteering and internships, or taking up a project on your own. Get creative, ask local environmental businesses if there is someone you can shadow to learn more on a specific subject like permitting or field work.
  10. How can I gain experience abroad?
    As always, begin with research and start creating a plan. First, verify with yourself the type of experience you'd like to gain. Then, narrow your search to a few places you might like to go and then research options in that area. Look to connect with people in the area on LinkedIn. Be sure your plan includes learning, networking, and applying tasks.