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YOU SENT DOZENS, IF NOT MORE, RESUMES TO ONLINE JOB POSTINGS. AND, YOU FELT GOOD ABOUT THIS.

-So, what happened?
-Not even a rejection.
-Not one response.

Clearly, you need a new approach.

So, what is this approach? Consider this: only 15% of all jobs are listed. Amazing, isn’t it. T...

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COVID-19 Update:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, recruiters cannot conduct in-person interviews so you will need to prepare for video-interviews. Also, networking will change and take place over video platforms or by phone. Traditionally, these would happen over coffee or in an office
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CAN YOU GUESS WHATAN INTERVIEWER WANTS TO HEAR?

No, you cannot. Focus on highlighting your accomplishments and relate them to the role. Do not try to read the recruiter’s mind. It is that simple. There are usually no right or wrong answers.

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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS YOU CAN EXPECT DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

1. What did you learn about yourself?
2. Describe any challenges you faced if you worked from home
3. Would you be willing to work from home in the future?

In addition to typical questions about why you want to work for the employer and wha...

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FORCED TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19?

Start with these four questions:
1. What skills do you have that you WANT to use in a job?
2. What is most important to you in a job?
3. What are your interests and passions?
4. What is your personality type?

These are the basics for identifying a...

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WHAT IS THE 'NEW NORMAL' FOR JOB SEARCHING DURING COVID-19

-Using Zoom for virtual interviews
-Including coronavirus-related volunteering on your resume and LinkedIn profile
-Networking without meeting at an office or coffee house

Life has changed and so will your job search. Be well and stay ...

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WHAT IS ONE THING I CAN DO FOR MY JOB SEARCH WHILE STAYING AT HOME?

You can NETWORK. Since only 15% of jobs are listed, you need to tap into the 'hidden job market.' Your goal should be to seek 'advice' from others and not to ask is there a job at their company. To learn more about how to networ...

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WHAT'S NEXT IF YOU WERE LAID OFF?

First, my thoughts go out to those who have lost jobs due to Covid-19. Know it takes time to process and grieve your loss. After filing for unemployment, take small steps to begin your job search. Some steps to begin with include tailoring your resume to job pos...

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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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Karen is a wonderful and gifted career counselor. She is really easy to talk with and very supportive. Her expertise comes through quickly, as she gives very clear and practical direction. Or she may ask just the right question that helps open up possibilities that weren’t previously in view. I had a great experience working with her. She helped me to get my resume looking fantastic and supported me with a challenging career transition. I am grateful to have had her support and guidance. I highly recommend her!
- Nicole L
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I strongly endorse Karen for resume critique and career coaching. I was at a transitional point in my career and Karen was pivotal in helping me market my skills and experience in new and current ways. If you need guidance on your career, your linked in profile or your resume, call Karen today!
- DC A
2 months 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

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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