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Work experience

Mar 2014Present

Resume Writer

The Resume Center

Developing professional resumes/CVs and job search documents, including LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and job application templates for clients all over the globe

Building relationships with clients to clarify expectations, directions and potential hidden qualities to best position their content for their job search goals

Assessing client's needs for content, style and format and creating professional finished product to highlight key skills and competencies, accomplishments and personality

Adapting content anf format to clients' job search culture and employer expectations for various jobs markets/industry cultures to ensure that finished product sends the right message

Delivering finished product within expected time-frames and to tight deadlines when necessary

Jun 2008Aug 2014

IEHP Advisor

HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency

Provided supportive counselling and case management to over 300 internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) per year, enabling them to develop a clear understanding of the licensing and employment requirements for their profession in Canada

Planned, organized and delivered information sessions, cultural competency programs and job search workshops

Worked collaboratively with team members and outside stakeholders to ensure that information is accurate and clearly presented to clients, as well as facilitating referrals to regulatory bodies, service providers and training programs

Developed and delivered workshops for staff on interview coaching and provided leadership and mentoring to fellow Advisors

Created and presented information sessions and workshops to external stakeholders on licensing requirements for internationally educated health professionals, alternate career options and interview skills

Dec 2006Apr 2008

Career Coach

Bow Valley College

Provided referrals and support to clients in accessing other relevant supports and services

Coached clients on issues affecting successful job search and self-marketing strategies

Supplied information to clients regarding accreditation requirements for regulated professions and trades

Contacted regulatory bodies and professional associations to gather information regarding accreditation and certification requirements for internationally educated professionals

Developed and facilitated study groups for clients pursuing evaluation/licensing exams, and labour market and job search related workshops

Developed Action Plans co-operatively with clients to identify goals and barriers to re-entering the labor market

Created and implemented Clear Communication study group to assist clients in improving professional communication skills and cultural awareness

Dec 2006Apr 2008

ESL Instructor

Bow Valley College

Developed lesson plans covering listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for ESL students covering a wide level of ability

Created handout material and activities using multi-media resources

Provided feedback to students regarding progress and strategies for improvement

Offered advice to students regarding additional resources available for professional and career growth

Aug 2004Aug 2006

Native English Language Teacher

GEOS

Prepared and taught lesson plans using standard textbooks and original materials for students representing a wide level of ability

Assessed students’ level of language ability in order to recommend an appropriate course of study and supplementary practice materials

Evaluated students’ learning progress and provided customized learning and study goals to facilitate improvement

Counseled students on their progress to maintain a high level of motivation for continued study and language progress

Participated in regular teacher and staff training to maintain a consistently high standard of lesson and staff professionalism through sharing teaching and presentation ideas and resources

Coached, supported and mentored new teachers to ensure a constant level of student satisfaction

Dec 1999Aug 2004

Employment Resource Specialist

The Centre for Education and Training

Conducted client interviews to assess barriers to successful employment, assessed client needs and provided referrals as appropriate

Managed client files and project documents and maintained client confidentiality

Designed, implemented and facilitated workshops and computer tutorials to meet client needs

Facilitated workshops for groups of 5-30 clients on Resume and Cover-letter Preparation, Employability and Job Skills, Interviews and Job Search Methods

Conducted practice interviews to prepare clients for employment opportunities

Created and developed handout materials, forms, surveys and marketing materials

Coached clients from diverse backgrounds, provided support and resources to meet individual client needs

Produced reports and summaries of client surveys and identified trends in client service requirements

Education

20142014

TESOL Canada Professional Certification Level 1

Canadian College of Educators
2001

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

University of Guelph

Skills

Leadership Development
Mentoring
Writing
Cover Letters
Teaching
Leadership
Mock Interviews
Interview Coaching
Case Management
Interview Preparation
Social Media
Event Management
Job Coaching
Stakeholder Management
Job Search Strategies
Non-profits
Strategic Planning
Program Facilitation
Government
Workshop Development
Public Health
Public Relations
Project Management
Media Relations
Healthcare
Fundraising
Interview Skills Training
Job Search Coach
Job Search
Strategic Communications
Research
Event Planning
Policy Analysis
Community Development
Career Development
Community Outreach
Career Counseling
Policy
Job Search Support
Public Policy
Stakeholder Engagement
Job Search Advice
Resume Writing
Public Speaking
Coaching
Community Engagement
Training
Career Development Coaching
Workshop Facilitation
Interviews

Certifications

TESOL Professional Certification Level 1

Personality Dimensions Level 1

Professional Profile

A motivated, team oriented, enthusiastic teacher, coach and facilitator with over 10 years of counselling and teaching experience with internationally educated individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Committed to providing client-focused, collaborative coaching and teaching to enable clients to identify, work towards and achieve their learning and career goals. Bilingual in English and French, and comfortable working with a wide range of software packages and multi-media tools to create effective learning and presentation packages around a wide variety of cultural and professional competencies and learning needs.