Frequently Asked Questions

What is KTS Career Coaching and with whom do you work?

KTS Career Coaching is a boutique firm providing tailored career coaching, assessments, and job search assistance to individuals in all career stages. My clients include those laid off due to Covid-19, mid to senior career professionals seeking new jobs, recent graduates looking for their first full-time job, and individuals changing careers. I have worked with people in entertainment, education, health, engineering, technology, finance, business, nonprofits, communication & media, science, the arts, and more. I also provide services to employers offering outplacement coaching for separated employees. In addition, I provide comprehensive worldwide alumni career coaching services to colleges and universities seeking assistance for their graduates.

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. Additionally, I remain up-to-date with how the pandemic is affecting career trends and the job market. I provide one-on-one services to clients and do not outsource to others.. 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. With so much information available online, it can be challenging to navigate a job search independently. 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 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?

Many people are uncomfortable talking about themselves to a stranger and worry about saying too much, too little, or try to determine what the interviewer wants to hear. Interviewing by video is particularly challenging because it involves additional preparation. Interviewing is a skill that can be learned. In addition to content, nonverbal communication plays a role in how you will be evaluated. Simply thinking about what you will say is not enough. By conducting a formal video mock interview you will obtain helpful, objective feedback and learn how to present yourself confidently.

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 phone consultation work?

KTS Career Coaching's free phone consultation will allow you to describe your goals, challenges, and needs. Depending on the stage you are at, you may need little assistance. If, however, you are beginning to explore career options, start a job search, or make a career pivot, we can discuss the services that will be most useful. This meeting will help determine if there is a good fit.

Do I need to live in Los Angeles to schedule appointments?

No, all appointments are virtual and take place over the phone or via Zoom. KTS Career Coaching provides worldwide services.

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 pandemic. 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 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 are still available jobs. In my interview with the Los Angeles Times, I highlight the next steps to take. Yes, there will be a lot of 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.