Karen Suarez, MA, CMCS, CPRW
Certified Master of Career Services | National Career Development Association Member
Certified Professional Résumé Writer | Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches
As a Career Counselor for 25+ years, I have been passionate about helping people identify their goals. Even before the pandemic, I understood the anxiety people felt when thinking about the job search, interviewing, or changing jobs. It is hard to send out dozens of resumes and not receive replies. Also, it's discouraging to conduct job interviews only to be rejected.
I have helped thousands discover their career interests, write résumés and LinkedIn profiles, develop interview skills and learn successful job search/networking strategies. All of this has helped instill confidence in my clients. I remain aware of trends affecting the job search. Based in Los Angeles, California, I provide virtual career coaching throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Professionally, I am honored to be recognized as an expert in the career coaching field, interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for an article providing advice for laid-off individuals, and included as a guest on a Southern California TV news program, So Cal In Focus (interview begins at 16:38) about hiring and job trends amid the pandemic. In addition, LinkedIn has listed me as one of their 'Top Career Coaching Providers.'
I have held Career Consulting roles at the University of Southern California's main career center, the Marshall School of Business, and Occidental College. Additionally, I served as the Career Services Director at Pitzer College (part of the Claremont College Consortium) for over 12 years.
As a former Mock Interview Consultant with two highly regarded international Education Admissions Advising companies, many of my clients were accepted into top-tier institutions.
Certifications & Affiliations
Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS)
Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW)
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Professional Association of Résumé Writers/Career Coaches (PARW/CC)
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA – global career services for alumni from the Classes of 2020 and earlier.
NetExpat – comprehensive career coaching services for international and domestic partners of expats working for multinational companies in the US through this global HR firm.
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA – provide career support to alumni who graduated more than three years ago.
Master's degree, Industrial Psychology
Bachelor's degree, Psychology