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Many of you know how it works. To learn about a career, you reach out to someone for advice, often called an informational interview. I cannot tell you how many times I recommend this to clients. However, you need to do this properly or you might find yourself not meeting with anyone. Some import...

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I have talked to many clients who have received LinkedIn messages from recruiters and have not known how to respond. Sometimes they feel special and other times they think it's a generic message sent to everyone. I have seen both, however, it is good to respond with professionalism regardless of ...

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Employers are using one way videos more often as a screening technique in place of phone calls. So it is time to get comfortable with recording yourself. Once you do that, remember, you cannot know what the interviewer wants to hear, so answer from your point of view. In addition, candidates are ...

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There are many elements to creating a resume that will get you an interview. Choosing a legible font size is important (10 – 12 point fonts are ideal). Avoid very small fonts to pack a lot of information on your resume. I have seen resumes written in 8 point fonts that are difficult to read. Ma...

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Finding the perfect job is all about the ‘fit.’ Often, this is talked about from the employer’s point of view but, remember, you are interviewing them as well. If there are any red flags, think again. You are going to spend hours with your colleagues and boss so it is crucial to get a sense of t...

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Even though many say cover letters are going the way of the typewriter, there are still many employers who require one. As with writing anything, your ‘lead’ is the most important. Avoid writing, “My name is …….. and I am applying for…..” Your name is already on the letter and it is not necessary...

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Congratulations, you just landed your dream job. Although it may have taken months to find, this does not give you the freedom to relax and coast once you start work on day one. Your first few days are crucial. It is up to you to make a good impression, learn the ropes and organizational cultur...

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“Um,” “ Like,” “You Know.” These are my main pet peeves when I am preparing someone for an interview. In my career coaching practice, I conduct mock interviews with clients and school applicants of all ages. If I am not recording the interview for them to view (which I highly recommend), I not...

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Yay, you finally you received the job offer you wanted, but there is one last hurdle. Negotiating your salary. Unfortunately, it is not common knowledge that many offers can be negotiated. I have met with clients who regretted accepting the first offer because they were so excited to get the job....

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Testimonials

2 months ago
Writing a resumè and cover letter has never been a strong point of mine, yet Karen made me feel much more capable. She is no-nonsense, sharp and very logical when detailing the most current and applicable trends in job search skills an employer is looking for. Her grammar skills stand out as better than most, as well. I’m extremely happy with her services. I really appreciate her advice AND resources she generously supplied.
- Kara M
a week ago
If you are looking for help with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, or career counseling then there is no one better than Karen Suarez to help you. I found Karen through the USC alumni website and am so thankful because Karen helped me completely rewrite and revamp my outdated resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile so that they all properly reflected my career experience, passion, and achievements. Karen is extremely talented when it comes to writing as she has a way with words that most people do not have. In addition, Karen is very knowledgeable in this field, easy to work with, and reasonably priced. I am so pleased with the results from working with her that I would highly recommend Karen Suarez to anyone who is looking for help with their resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, or career counseling in general.
- Robert S
6 days ago
It’s worth it for any professional who wants to be a better communicator, not just job search!
- Hui-Ling C

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KTS Career Coaching is a boutique firm providing customized career coaching and assessments, job search assistance to individuals in all career stages and admissions interviewing preparation for college, university and MBA program applicants. My clients include mid- to  senior career professionals seeking new jobs, those returning to the workforce after taking time off, recent graduates seeking their first full-time job or individuals changing careers. I have worked with clients in entertainment, education, engineering, the technology sector, finance, business, nonprofits, communication & media, science, the arts, veterans and more. 

For many years I interacted with human resources representatives in various industries which has given me insight into what recruiters seek from candidates. My 25 years of career counseling experience has made me comfortable working with clients who may be apprehensive about conducting job searches and admissions interviews; whereas many have entered the career coaching field with minimal experience. With so much information available online, it can be challenging to navigate a job search on one's own. I remain current about job search, résumé writing, interviewing and career development trends through my involvement with professional associations.  

​I hold the Master Career Counselor designation from the National Career Development Association (NCDA), am a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and a member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers/Career Coaches (PARW/CC). My Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology and my Master’s degree is in Industrial Psychology.​ Professionally, I have held positions in higher education at the University of Southern California, Occidental College and the Claremont Colleges including serving as a Director of Career Services for 12 years. ​With my international experience of living in three countries and visiting 33 countries, I have an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. ​ 

In addition, I have been a mock interview consultant with two highly regarded international Education Admissions Advising companies. My college and MBA clients have been accepted into: Columbia University Business School | Duke University Fuqua School of Business | Harvard Business School | INSEAD Business School | Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University | London Business School | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Michigan Ross School of Business | New York University Stern School of Business | New York University, Abu Dhabi | Pomona College | Stanford Graduate School of Business | UCLA Anderson School of Management University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business | University of California, Berkeley | University of Chicago Booth School of Business | University of Toronto | Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania​.  ​

KTS Career Coaching also provides career counseling services to University of Southern California alumni (Classes of 2016 or before) worldwide.  

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