Television and Digital Producer of Kid’s Media

After leaving my last place of employment, I decided that now was the time to refocus and go for my dream job. I did my research and read the many articles on how to go about it, but what I really needed was focused guidance. On top of everything else I was suffering from resume writing fatigue.

Two years ago, I reached out to Melissa. Due to the death of my father we were unable to work together. My initial conversation with her had such an impact, that two years later I reached out to her again. What was it that made me circle back? During our initial call Melissa took time to listen to my work experience. Unlike some others she didn’t try to dominate the conversation with her “pitch.” She asked detailed questions and in real time helped me understand how we would work together.

Although I was eager to address my job hunt, I was a bit hesitant because this was the first time I had worked with a career coach. Really, it’s a bit like going into therapy. You find yourself feeling a bit apprehensive about having an honest conversation regarding your past, present, and future. Melissa makes you feel at ease with the process by kicking things off with a fabulous in depth questionnaire that basically has you scratching your head and saying, “Yikes, I never even took the time to think about that before.” By the time you complete the workshop portion, you see yourself in a whole new light.

I can’t recommend Melissa enough. Note, this is a two-way process. Be ready to do the work. This will not be a series a sessions in which you sit back and look to Melissa to diagnose and provide that magical answer.

Melissa’s greatest strength is her talent for pinpointing your strengths, weakness, what has worked for you in the past, what has not, and identifying skills that you may not feel make you shine, but do.

I can say that after working with Melissa I feel even more confident when it comes to networking, especially in LinkedIn. She has helped me learn to formulate just the right questions to ask myself as to why I am taking specific actions.

The things I like best about Melissa: she is extremely ernest, does not sugar coat things, and is a pro at leading you through self-examination. No matter what your field, Melissa is able to jump right in and sound as if she had been working in it for years.

If you are coming off of a stressful work situation I suggest taking that badly needed vacation. When you return bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, call Melissa.

Gabrielle Howard