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IF YOU ARE A COLLEGE ALUMNUS CONDUCTING A JOB SEARCH OR HAVE BEEN LAID OFF, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO DURING THIS COVID-19 CRISIS?

If you are currently looking for a job, it will be different and might take a bit longer. For example, you will have to conduct video interviews. You might use this time co...

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NO ONE READS COVER LETTERS, SO WHY SHOULD I WRITE ONE?

Some of you will still apply for jobs during this coronacrisis. And when you do, even though many say cover letters are going the way of the typewriter, there are still many employers who require one. If a job posting says “cover letter is o...

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Video interviews were happening before the coronavirus. Now, these are the only way to interview with employers or college admissions officers.

Some basic tips:
-Research the employer/college as you would for an in-person interview
-Know your skills and how you can leverage them on the role/coll...

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This is something I hear all the time from clients. The best tip is to pay attention to 'key words.' Since companies receive hundreds of resume each day, they often upload them to ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to determine which ones will be 'read.' Meaning, recruiters spend, on average, six t...

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NEW - CAREER ASSESSMENTS
Recently added: career assessments. Want to change careers, laid off, burned out or just need to find a new role? Consider taking an assessment(s) to get started.

#careerchange #careertesting #newjob #careercoaching #careercoaches #careerassessments

ABOUT LINKEDIN:
You might not have needed it before. But did you know most employers now check your profile BEFORE they read your resume?

I’ve encountered so many people who do not want a LinkedIn profile but you might want to reconsider. It is not hard to create. If you are in the job market, i...

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WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INTERVIEWER WANT TO HEAR?
They want to know how you can add value to their company. There are generally no right or wrong answers so be yourself.
Please contact me if you want to learn more about interviewing.

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Ten Things to Do as You Begin Your Job Search

1. LinkedIn Profile URL – Delete numbers after your LinkedIn URL.

2. LinkedIn Headline – Change the default job title to your key expertise and skills.

3. Resume – Tailor your resume to different roles using key words from job descriptions.

4. Cov...

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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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Testimonials

3 weeks ago
I was looking for some guidance in my job search and came across Karen's name on the career services page for USC Alumni. Karen and I worked together on resume, LinkedIn profile, interview strategy and job search strategy. I felt my resume improved tremendously after working with Karen. My situation was unique and I wanted to ensure that my resume told my professional narrative in a way that played to my strengths. Karen was able to help me craft a resume that I feel helps me do just that. In addition, Karen helped me identify some tools in the job search strategy I had previously overlooked. I highly recommend that anyone who is looking for some guidance in their job search process to consider utilizing Karen's services.
- William Y
4 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
2 months ago
It’s worth it for any professional who wants to be a better communicator, not just job search!
- Hui-Ling C

Job Search & Admissions Interviews Help

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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