Helping Job Seekers & Career Changers
Career Coaching | Assessments | Résumés | Cover Letters | LinkedIn Profiles
Interviewing | Mock Interviews | Job Search Strategies
My goal is to teach you how to identify your dream job and how to land it.
Perhaps you want to make a career change, have lost your job due to the pandemic, or recently graduated from college. Since everyone is different, my approach is to offer a unique action plan to help you identify your passions and assist with developing the necessary tools and skills to conduct your job search.
Identifying career opportunities and seeking jobs can be daunting and time-consuming. If you have not conducted a search in years, you will find the landscape has changed.
Although this is a challenging time, there are jobs out there. I work with people in all industries and career stages and can help you position yourself to land a role.
Contact me for a free initial consultation.
As a Career Counselor for over 25 years, I have been passionate about helping people identify and reach their goals. I have helped thousands of people discover their career interests, write résumés, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, develop interview skills, learn successful job search strategies, conduct informational interviews, network, negotiate salaries, and optimize social media. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, I remain aware of trends affecting your job search.
I offer one-on-one career coaching sessions and assessments to help you determine your ideal career. My goal is to also teach you to create the required tools and learn the necessary skills for your job search or college admissions interviews. I recognize every individual is unique and deserves specialized attention. Therefore, my counseling style offers a personalized action plan rather than a ‘one size fits all’ model approach.
Professionally, I have held higher education positions at the University of Southern California (USC), Occidental College and the Claremont Colleges including serving as a Career Services Director for over 12 years.
As a former Mock Interview Consultant with two highly regarded international Education Admissions Advising companies, over 75% of my clients were accepted into top tier institutions.
Based in Los Angeles, California, I provide virtual career advising (phone or Zoom) throughout the U.S. and internationally. With my experience of living abroad and traveling to 33 countries, I have a deep appreciation of diverse cultures and connect easily with people from all parts of the world. I offer career coaching & assessments, comprehensive job search assistance, and mock admissions interviews for college, MBA and graduate school applicants.
I am a longstanding National Career Development Association (NCDA) member, 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. In addition, I am qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory assessments.
KTS Career Coaching is pleased to contract with the University of Southern California (USC) to provide global services to alumni from the Classes of 2017 and earlier.
CAREER COACHING & ASSESSMENTS
Are you unsure about staying in your current role or is the Covid-19 crisis making you re-evaluate what is important to you?
Or, perhaps you have recently graduated and want to explore your options.
Learning about yourself is the most important step in choosing or changing your career. You will identify your skills/strengths, personality type, what is most important to you in a job, and discover your general interests/passions.
Three 50-minute session package including assessments:
An initial discussion of your employment, education, training and career goals.
Interpretation of assessments (Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory, and SkillScan)
Clarification of your personality, interests, values and skills.
Detailed written career reports summarizing possible options.
Discussion of next steps, goal setting, and developing your action plan.
Additional 50-minute career coaching sessions are available.
Add-Ons - Reduced rates for job search related services (resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profile, job search strategies, interviewing assistance, and mock interviews).
RESUME REVIEW & WRITING
Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes each day and only spend six seconds, on average, reviewing each one. Learn how to make your stand out.
Reformatting, editing, and updating an existing document.
Creating a unique document directed to a specific job that is not from a template.
Including the necessary keywords on your resume improves the chance it will pass through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software used by 90% of recruiters at large companies.
COVER LETTER REVIEW & WRITING
Your cover letter must be unique (not a template) and tailored to each job listing.
Editing an existing document.
Creating a letter targeted to the employer.
Ensuring your letter proves you have the specific qualifications the employer seeks.
REVIEW & WRITING
Approximately 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates. When you apply for a job, potential employers will always view your profile. They will often look at your profile before reviewing your resume.
Critiquing and editing an existing profile.
Creating a complete profile for you.
Including keywords on your profile sought by employers.
Quantifying your experiences when possible.
Interviewing is a learned skill. It is important to tell your story in a compelling way.
For Job Seekers & College Applicants:
Discussing the various styles including behavioral and résumé-based interviews.
Providing typical interview questions and appropriate responses.
Reviewing best methods to prepare and respond with confidence.
Determining appropriate attire which is dependent upon your targeted industry or academic program.
Learning about the criteria employers and college admissions officers use to rate candidates.
Advice for following up after your interview.
As a result of covid-19, you will need to be prepared for video interviewing.
This is the best way to evaluate your interviewing skills. You will receive an honest critique of your strengths and areas to improve.
Questions will be tailored to the role for which you are applying based upon your resume, cover letter and the job description.
College & Graduate School Applicants:
Questions will be tailored for the college or program based on your application, resume, and colleges or programs to which you are applying.
All clients will receive:
Verbal feedback immediately after the interview.
Approximately only 15% of all jobs are listed. Therefore, it is crucial to extend your search beyond job boards.
Discovering the best strategies to uncover the ‘hidden job market.'
Learning how to develop your network and how to leverage LinkedIn to your advantage.
Discussing how to conduct informational interviews to learn about various industries and jobs.
Advice about how to negotiate salary offers.
Developing an excellent elevator pitch.
JOB SEARCH & NETWORKING ASSISTANCE
Frequently Asked Questions
What is KTS Career Coaching and with whom do you work?
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, individuals changing careers and those who have been laid off. I have worked with clients in entertainment, education, health, engineering, technology, finance, business, nonprofits, communication & media, science, the arts and more.
What makes KTS Career Coaching unique?
I continue to connect with recruiters in various industries which has given me unique insight into what recruiters seek in candidates. In addition, I am staying current with how the Covid-19 crisis is affecting career trends, the job search and college admissions. My 25+ years of career counseling experience has made me comfortable working with clients who are undecided about which careers to pursue and are apprehensive about conducting job searches and admissions interviews. With so much information available online, it can be challenging to navigate a job search on one's own. I also remain current about career coaching, job search, résumé writing, interviewing and career development trends through my involvement with numerous professional associations.
Why can't I just use an online resume template?
You can, however, templates will not help you tailor your résumé to pass the ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) that most large companies use. The best résumé will meet the requirements listed on the job description. Even if you are applying to smaller companies, it helps to create your own document. There are several résumé formats and online templates that are generally inflexible. My goal is to help you craft a unique résumé highlighting pertinent achievements in an easy to read format.
I am not comfortable interviewing, especially via video. How can you help me with this?
How confidential is my information?
All discussions between the coach and client are strictly confidential. It is KTS Career Coaching’s policy to respect your privacy and protect the confidentiality of our discussions. Your personal information will never be shared with anyone.
How does the initial free consultation work?
KTS Career Coaching's free consultation will allow you to describe your goals, challenges, and needs so we can discuss the best ways to assist with your job search or college/MBA admissions interviews. Depending on the stage you are at, you may need little assistance. If you are just beginning the process, we can discuss the services that will be most useful.
Do I need to live in Los Angeles to schedule appointments?
No, all appointments are virtual and take place over the phone or Zoom.
Will a career assessment tell me what career I should choose?
Career assessments reflect your responses to items indicating your likes and dislikes. No 'test' can tell you what to pursue, however, they can serve as a starting point for us to discuss what is important to you and what you need to have in a career to make you happy.
I have lost my job due to the covid-19 crisis. How can I find a job now?
Of course, this is one of the most stressful times we have all experienced. Losing a job so suddenly is a shock and devastating, especially when it was unexpected. Once you take time to process and are ready to look for a new job or make a career change, know there really are jobs still there available. Yes, there will be much competition, however, the more you prepare during this time, the better your chances will be to land a new role. I have worked with people who have been laid-off before the pandemic and can help guide you through the job search process knowing it may be challenging if you have not looked for jobs in recent years.
Testimonials & Endorsements
What Clients Are Saying
Karen’s assessments and coaching helped me to successfully navigate a career transition during a global pandemic and I’m very confident that her resume expertise played a large role in my landing a job during a record breaking unemployment rate. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire her if you’re looking for the real deal when it comes to career coaches.
Karen's guidance has been invaluable to me while I've been looking for employment. She helped to update my resume, and was both candid and encouraging while critiquing my LinkedIn and recommending how to improve my profile. Additionally, Karen showed me how to network effectively through social media, and how to conduct informational interviews. While the latter task seemed daunting, once I began it almost immediately gave me a profound sense of direction. Throughout our working together, Karen was always generous, insightful, and supportive. I'm grateful to her for helping me to expand and reorganize my job search, and would strongly encourage anyone to seek her help.
Musician | Library Assistant | Writer | Ethnomusicologist
I would highly recommend working with Karen. She helped me learn self worth in my profession and it was amazing that after updating my resume I started receiving invitations when I updated my it on job boards (without even submitting applications) to interview. After each session, I became highly motivated to complete assignments and it actually increased my self-esteem and creativity. Karen taught me how to network on social media platforms and I have connected with other professionals that have empowered me to advance my career and personal goals.
Behavioral Health Coach
Karen was instrumental in my acceptance to the University of Southern California Law School. She is an extremely knowledgeable coach. She reviewed my interview process in detail. I highly recommend that she review your application process. I am a testament to having benefited from her expertise.
Rosalyn C, Ph.D.
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Working with Karen was great! She was extremely helpful in reviewing and editing my resume, and I appreciate that we met over Zoom to discuss it ‘in person’. She is very professional and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to fine tune the documents related to their career search.
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.
Financial Planning + Analysis | Entertainment + Consumer Tech Industry Focus
I loved working with Karen! She was so patient and kind. She really helped me figure out my next step in my career path and tightened up my resume and linkedin. Her help was invaluable! I had no idea the amount of resources out there!
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!
Director of Coaching & Development
Karen is an excellent career advisor, counselor, coach and resume writer. She is knowledgeable, thoughtful, critical and has a keen eye for packaging and marketing your career. And, she is abreast of current trends and she is super kind!
Marketing & Advertising
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!
Working with Karen was a valuable experience to help determine how I would be perceived by job recruiters. I personally appreciate her direct and honest approach, after all, what better way is there to learn how your resume and job interview skills measure up in the real world.
Los Angeles City Analyst
Working with Karen was a fantastic experience. I appreciate that she really took the time to get to know me as a professional. Her expertise in resume writing and knowledge of HR processes tremendously helped me revamp the way I represent myself on paper to potential employers. I look forward to working with her again soon to polish my interview skills. Highly recommended!
Karen was incredibly helpful in revamping my resume. She helped me update my decade-old, outdated format and optimize it for today's hiring process. Her tips are straightforward and intuitive, and even the smallest tweaks made a big difference. I would highly recommend Karen if you're looking for an expert opinion on how to strengthen your resume.
Creative Advertising Associate
Karen was great in helping me craft a killer resume. She has a keen eye for all of the details such as misspelled words, punctuation, key words to use, and how to create a professional profile as the centerpiece of your resume. She spent a lot of time with me and asked me a lot of questions. I highly recommend her.
I found Karen through the USC alumni site, and reached out for help polishing job application materials. My time with Karen was invaluable; she gave my resume and other materials the added luster they were missing.
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. I found Karen through the USC alumni website and am so thankful because she helped me completely rewrite and revamp my outdated resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile so they all properly reflect 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.
It’s worth it for any professional who wants to be a better communicator, not just job search!
Higher Educational Professional
Karen was extremely helpful in answering my questions and giving me a space to exercise my interview skills. She expertly showed me my weak points and gave concrete tips on how to do better. I went into my interview with more confidence than I've ever had, and they called me back for the second round!
'"Happy to inform you that I have got an admit from Stanford Business School. Very excited about it! Thanks a lot for your help with interview preparations and all the feedback. Really appreciate it."
"I wanted to share with you the news that I have made it to the Tuck School of Business. Wish to thank you for your support and help with interview preparations both this year and last. I believe the confidence I gained with the mock interview as well as the feedback you provided helped me give a great interview."
"Got an admit from Duke Fuqua School of Business today. Thank you for the mock, the interview prep help, and the feedback you gave me during our mock session. It really helped! :)"
What Professionals Are Saying
"I enjoy a long professional relationship with Karen and was thrilled to bring her on-board at Occidental College. Karen is a consummate professional who is skilled at establishing rapport readily and quickly with both traditional-aged students and new to mid-career professionals. There is nothing more comforting to a manager than to open an office space and have full confidence that the professional you have on staff can work productively with little to no oversight and serve your students exceedingly well. Karen is this professional. She worked one-on-one with students focusing on resume critiques and mock interviews, and when not booked, she served in the Resume Drop-In Program as well. Thoughtful, calming, and with broad and deep knowledge on career theory, career documents, and career preparation, I cannot recommend her highly enough."
Director, Career Services at University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy
"I first met Karen when she served as a contract Career Consultant/Pre-law Advisor, while I was the Senior Associate Director of Career Education & Advising at Occidental College. Her responsibilities included critiquing resumes, providing interview assistance and offering general career advising in addition to providing Pre-law advisement. Karen is a seasoned career professional, particularly adept at conducting mock interviews and providing constructive feedback to students enabling them to build their skills and confidence. She is a consummate professional who loves what she does. It was a pleasure to work with such a personable and reliable individual. I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again."
Director, Undergraduate Career Services at University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
Karen's experience was of tremendous value to our MBA and undergraduate applicants. She conducted mock interviews that tested applicant's self-awareness, ability to articulate their academic and professional goals and experience questioning outside their comfort zone. She gave effective and actionable feedback that contributed to the success of many of our applicants at top academic programs. I highly recommend Karen!
Higher education Counselor, Co-founder of The Red Pen
"Karen was a consultant with my firm for five years as our mock interview specialist. Her wide experience working in campus career services offices was instrumental in her preparing our MBA applicants for potential admissions interviews. Her approach and style helped applicants build confidence through honest critiques. Karen worked with a diverse population including those of various ages, cultural backgrounds, stages of career progression and goal sets. She is able to adapt her advice and style to the needs of the applicant without compromising quality or outcomes. While Karen worked with us in Mumbai for only two years, she continued her work remotely from Los Angeles. Her dependability and maturity were qualities we knew we could count on, even though she was thousands of miles away."
Co-Founder & CEO of The Red Pen, Mumbai, India
I had the pleasure of working with Karen in her role as Career Counselor at Occidental College. Karen was extremely flexible in counseling and coaching a range of students from over 30 disciplines. As a peer career counselor I had complete confidence in Karen’s ability to provide constructive feedback on a full range of career readiness topics including: resume writing, mock interviews and LinkedIn profile reviews. Although Karen worked as a contract counselor, she was adept at building trust with students and helping source campus resources outside of our office. It is clear that Karen loves what she does and has a passion for helping students achieve their professional goals. I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again in the future.
Associate Director of Employer Relations, Career Services at USC - Sol Price School of Public Policy
"I have known Karen as a professional colleague in Career Development and Higher Education for over 20 years. It was thanks to Karen that I first found my own footing as a new professional in Career Development as she was a fantastic mentor. Karen’s keen listening ability, patience, and determination to help people get to where they want to be makes her incredibly effective as a career counselor from process start to finish. She understands which key elements support a successful search and takes the time needed to be sure her clients understand their value as well. Additionally, Karen is an especially effective communicator with written materials. Whether drafting resumes or career development materials, Karen’s style is focused with clear points to convey the content she is sharing. I respect her expertise immensely and sincerely recommend her talents in the areas of career development, higher education, and instruction."
Higher Education Professional-Marketing and Digital Communications, Annual Giving, Alumni Engagement, Career Development
"A "true expert in her field" is how I would describe Karen. It has been a pleasure to work with Karen for the last two years at USC, supporting students in all aspects of career development. I am continually impressed with Karen's ability to listen on multiple levels, demonstrate empathy, and assist students in exploring their skills and strengths to achieve satisfying future career goals. She also has a wonderful sense of humor that can at times ease the stresses that accompany the search for jobs. Karen is an asset to students, clients or anyone in need of career management."
Professor of Statistics
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