Helping Job Seekers &
College and University Applicants
Looking for a job can be a daunting process. Perhaps you are returning to the workforce after a hiatus, looking for your first entry level job, have been laid off, want to change careers or have not applied for a job in years and have found the search landscape is different.
I work with clients in all industries and at various career stages. Every person is different and my approach is to offer a unique action plan to assess the tools you need and help you develop the required skills to conduct your search.
Applying to college, MBA programs or graduate school can be stressful and time consuming. When you receive the interview invitation, you are undoubtedly excited and almost there. The best way to prepare is to conduct a video recorded mock interview you can review later. Together, we can assess your strengths and identify areas you might need to improve.
Résumés | Cover Letters | LinkedIn Profiles
Interviewing Assistance | Mock Interviews | Job Search Strategies
Recruiters receive hundreds of résumés each day and they only spend six seconds reviewing each one. Learn how to make yours stand out.
Reformatting, editing, and updating an existing document.
Creating a unique new document that is not from a template.
Including the necessary keywords on your résumé improves the chance it will pass the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) software used by 90% of recruiters at large companies.
Includes a 30 minute discussion of the final copy.
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.
Includes a 30 minute discussion of the final copy.
Approximately 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates. When you apply for a job, potential employers will always view your profile.
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.
Includes a 30 minute discussion of the final copy.
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.
VIDEO RECORDED MOCK INTERVIEWS
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 position for which you are applying based upon your resume, cover letter and the job description.
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.
A detailed written summary of your interview.
A link to your video for your review.
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 ASSISTANCE
As a Career Counselor for over 25 years, I have been passionate about helping people meet their goals. I have helped thousands of people write résumés, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, develop interview skills, learn successful job search strategies, conduct informational interviews, network, negotiate salaries, and optimize social media.
My goal is to help you create the required tools and learn the needed skills for your job search or college admissions interviews. I recognize every individual is unique and deserves specialized attention. My counseling style offers a personalized action plan rather than a ‘one size fits all’ model approach to helping you.
With my international experience of living in three countries and visiting 33 countries, I have an understanding and appreciation of the needs of diverse cultures.
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. I am also qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory assessments
Professionally, I have held positions in higher education at the University of Southern California, Occidental College and the Claremont Colleges including serving as a Career Services Director for over 12 years.
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 contracts with the University of Southern California (USC) to provide global services to alumni from the Classes of 2016 and earlier.
Endorsements & Testimonials
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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 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 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!
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.
'"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! :)"
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