As a Career Visibility Coach I help credentialed women who are tired of being passed over for advancement to recognize what makes them unique and harness it to have the career they have always dreamed of. I coach my clients through a simple step-by-step process to uncover their personal brand, and develop attention-getting career marketing materials, and a complete career management strategy to increase their Career Visibility and attract the attention of top employers. My clients are not only able to take their careers to the next level, they also reduce the burn out of trying to be everything to everyone by specializing in doing the work that they love and excel at. Through a 1:1 coaching process, I use personal brands to create simple career management plans that continuously advance and bullet-proof my clients' careers against economic downturns by magnifying their Career Visibility. As a Personal Branding Strategist, I hold four top industry certifications from Reach, the global leader in Personal Branding, which is the cornerstone of the successes my clients are able to achieve, and central to my own success. I am completely energized by my work helping talented women who have an MBA, Accounting, Human Resource Professional, or other professional designation, to stand out from their similarly credentialed peers by recognizing and being recognized for what makes them unique.
Visual CV is a leading Career Management 2.0 tool, just like other online and offline strategies and tools that have emerged recently for increasing your Career Visibility in the new world of work.
Multi-media presentations of what makes you stand out from your peers are as important today as having a business card was 20 years ago.
So how do I stand out? I've discovered that my strengths lie in my natural intuitive talent for unearthing the natural intuitive talents of others! I help women who are tired of being lumped in with their similarly credentialed peers, and want to stand up and stand out for doing the work that energizes them.
I hope you will set up your own Visual CV and share it with me!
Sep 2007 - Present
Principal and Career Visibility Coach
Competitive Edge Career Services is a powerfully insightful career strategy company that uses creative insight and proven personal branding techniques to ignite the careers of women who are tired of being passed over.
We work with MBAs, Accountants, Human Resource, and other credentialed professional women to increase their Career Visibility, and make sure that they stand out from their competition.Career Management Strategies
Online Reputation Management
Reach 360 Personal Brand Assessment Analysis
Personal Branding for Organizations
Job Search Strategies
Workshops and Seminars
Keynotes and Speaking Engagements
Mar 1995 - Oct 2004
Human Resource Services
Demonstrated expertise in Human Resource Services with various Ministries and Commissions throughout the BC Public Service.Relevant accomplishments include: developing and advertising job postings, chairing Selection Committees, developing Succession Plans, implementing and managing the Corporate Human Resources and Payroll Information Management System in a regional work environment spanning the province of British Columbia.
Jun 2010 - Sep 2010
As Personal Branding becomes a fashionable term, its easy to get confused about what it is, how it works, and what it can do for you and your career. As a Keynote Speaker, I am now certified by Reach Communications to deliver the 1-2-3 Success! model to people all over North America, and spread the word about Career Visibility.
Mar 2010 - Apr 2010
Certified Online Identity Strategist
Building on the principals of personal branding, Online Identity delves further into Reputation Management and marries together online and offline networking activities into easy to implement steps that will set you apart from your peers, and increase your career visibility with employers!
Ever since I discovered Reach in the fall of 2008, this was the certification I was most excited about completing. I was fortunate to be in the first class to experience the fully revised program and content designed and delivered by William Arruda,the Personal Branding Guru, and Kirsten Dixson, who has set the gold standard for web portfolios and blogs.
Nov 2008 - Feb 2009
Personal Branding Strategist Certification
Personal branding is a revolution in the way you manage your career or business. Your personal brand is what is authentic to you, differentiating from your peers and relevant and compelling to those who are making decisions about you. In a phrase, it’s your unique promise of value.
The Reach 1-2-3 Success!™ personal branding process was developed by William Arruda and has been proven with thousands of executives and entrepreneurs around the world. Comprised of three steps, Extract, Express and Exude, it’s a structured methodology for building, communicating and nurturing your personal brand.
Aug 2008 - Oct 2008
Reach 360 Personal Branding Assessment Certification
360Reach is the first and leading web-based personal brand assessment that helps you get the real story about how you are perceived by those around you.
It gives you the critical feedback you need so you can expand your career or business success. It's an integral part of the personal branding process and an indispensible tool for thriving in today's professional environment.
May 2008 - Oct 2008
Certified Employment Interview Consultant
Training from the Global Career Services Network in Interview Coaching includes a 19 module program that is on target with today's ever-changing world of work. It includes training in 1:1 coaching and lecture-style training for groups and institutions, and a wealth of resources that are unavailable to the average job-seeker.
Sep 2007 - Nov 2007
Certified Resume Strategist
The Resume Strategist training from Career Professionals of Canada is a foundational course that includes training in resume writing and strategic preparation of portfolio documents. It has enhanced the value that I provide to my clients immensely!
Sep 1989 - Apr 1994
Bachelor of Music
As an Undergraduate student in the Faculty of Fine Arts I spent the first 2 years of my degree focusing on Music Education, exploring a career as a secondary-school music instructor. The final 3 years of my degree I focused on laying a strong foundation for pursuing a career in Law, taking more Canadian History, Canadian Culture, and Political Science electives.
I was Principal Bass for the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra for 4 years, performed and toured the US and Asia with the University of Victoria Chamber Singers for 3 years, and spent 1 memorable year with the University of Victoria Wind Symphony.
It was my very great pleasure to be immersed in a creative environment abounding with talented composers, instructors, performers, conductors, and future teachers.