Aug 01, 2010 05:28PM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
Career Focus provides professional career counseling and career transition services for people who are re-entering the workforce, considering a career change, or need job search assistance in the form of resume review and critique, job search strategies and interview preparation and negotiation skills coaching. I have worked with clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including high-tech, manufacturing, banking and finance, construction management, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, entertainment, insurance, government and public sector, legal, political and legislative, among others. I discovered the field of career counseling after researching the master’s degree program in career development at JFK University in the Bay Area. After receiving an M.A. in Career Development, I started a private practice in career counseling in Walnut Creek and opened the El Dorado Hills practice in 2002.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I volunteer to provide resume critique at local job fairs and belong to several local professional associations, including SAHRA (Sacramento Area Human Resource Association) and FACT (Folsom Area Counselors and Therapists), and teach career planning classes at local community colleges.
Where do you and your family go locally to have fun?
Apple Hill and any of the local wine country areas: Amador, El Dorado, and Fair Play.
What’s your favorite local event that you go to?
“The Big Crush” and “Behind the Cellar Door.”
If you could be any other profession what would it have been?
Any helping-related profession (i.e. therapist, social worker); something that would allow me to make a difference in someone’s life.
And finally, customer service is…?
Helping clients discover their passion when it comes to a career, or providing them with the tools to land their next job by learning best practices for job search and how to be a competitive job applicant, especially in a tough job market.
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