Work experience

Work experience
Sep 1998 - Present

Founder: Lead Transition/Performance Coach


Provide career consulting and coaching to professionals seeking to make changes in their careers through advancement, transition and career change.

Delivered ongoing performance assessment, management  and coaching to professionals at different levels of employment including senior management and executive clients in industries including business, government, technology and not-for-profit sectors. 

Demonstrated expertise in identifying and building individual professional brands. Provided expert consultation on the development of social media strategies for brand deployment and network engagement. 

Expert resume and portfolio writer, job search strategist and interview coach who knows how to move clients forward and support them along the way.

Provide individual assessment and coaching using tools including the MBTI, Typefocus, Career-leader and Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i) to assist in career selection and career and relationship management. 

Created and managed social media accounts: Facebook, Blog, Youtube, Linkedin and Twitter

A reputation among clients as an outstanding coach who facilitates great insights and provides ongoing support and guidance. Described by clients as 'wonderful' and 'amazing' and at the 'top' of my profession.

2012 - Present

Career/Lifestyle coach and writer

Latin Business Today

Contributing writer on a range of topics including lifestyle, psychology, business, social networking, recruiting, workplace performance.

Mar 2011 - Present

Social Media Coordinator/Facilitator

Not-For-Profit Sports Organization

An international Sports Organization leading the development and promotion of  sport internationally. 

Provide guidance and strategy on the development of social media community building, awareness and engagement. Delivered education and training on the effective use of key social media channels and identifying best ROI opportunities for SM.Developed and coordinated the communication and community building activities of social media channels including twitter, blog and Linkedin and website management. Assistance in building a communications plan for 2011 and the push to the 2012 Paralympics

2012 - Present


HR Insider

Contributing freelance writer on Human Resources and Career topics

2012 - Present

Career/job Coach


Provide a full range of job and career coaching outplacement services to job seekers in transition. 

Specialize in academic, research, science and professional job seekers

Aug 2009 - Present

Social Media Consultant


Provided social media consultation, support and strategy to 100's of individuals and organizations seeking to better understand and engage on social media. Developed education, training and policy materials. 

Consulted on the development of internal social media channels and external engagement options. Offered guidance on Brand development and articulation. 

Advised and educated a successfully re-elected political candidate on various social media options and strategies. Provided social media strategies and technical support prior to and during the election cycle

Built and consulted on the building of social media profiles and channels including creating wordpress blogs, websites, twitter accounts, facebook groups and business pages and Linkedin Groups

Wrangled bloggers, community engagers and contributors to support discussions and information gathering and dissemination across different social media channels. 

I offer an understanding of the psychology and emotionally intelligent use of social media to help manage the day to day stress and challenge of ongoing social media performance. 

Jan 2012 - Present

Career Performance Leader


Careeradex is a start-up currently in beta. Careeradex offers a series of career performance tools to facilitate positive career transitions and support effective career performance for individual career seekers. 

A full cycle career service provider that provides recruitment, outplacement and onboarding services to support organizations.

Currently I am working on the ongoing development of the Careeradex Career Management System tm  (CMS) training content and an array of services delivered to individual member clients

Jan 1998 - Present

Trainer/Social Media Trainer

The Training Edge

Provided consulting and targeted training development to small organizations, not-for-profits and government offices in areas of team building, leadership, change management, communications, personal development, time management

Developed a series of corporate organizational development training workshops designed to include a model of understanding individual personality and style differences (based on the work of Jung incorporating  "True Color tm' and MBTI assessments). 

Consulted with management to identify organizational training needs and gaps and craft tailored training sessions relevant to the organizational culture and needs. Solid ability to help articulate strategies and visions. 

Successfully balanced high energy training engagement with credibility and professionalism to create fun, memorable and effective training initiatives. A subscriber to the 'Edutainment' model of training.  Clients feedback includes 'Smart and fun', 'Wow, Tara really knows her stuff', 'Tara really gets me'. 

An outstanding developer, trainer and facilitator with solid insights and instincts.

Jan 2000 - 2010

Career Consultant Coordinator

Public University, Canada

Lead the strategic development and delivery of leading edge programs and services for university students, alumni and other internal and external university partners.

Developed and provided a full range of career consulting services to clients including individual consultation meetings, group facilitation and e-communications. Topics including career discovery, social media, branding, applying for further education, career profile building, job searching, workplace management and career actualization strategies. 

Conducted numerous professional development training sessions for other university staff and departments and student organizations on topics including leadership, self-awareness, communication skills and team work.  

Researched, designed and delivered 1000's of hours of workshops, training sessions and events including: employment preparation workshops, career development workshops and many special targeted programs and events. 

Created education and training materials incorporating written and multi-media content. Effectively wrote and produced training materials for print, web and video including: the Resume, Job Search and Interview Guidebooks, Career Development, Informational Interviewing and Transferable Skills booklets and more. 

Spearheaded the development of departmental social media strategies, policies and engagement including twitter, linkedin, youtube and mobile application communications. Successfully engaged students, alumni, and other internal and external partners. Provided consultation and education on social media options and strategies. 

Championed and lead the development and implementation of the 'RBC Career Transition Program for Student's with Disabilities'

Created and implemented a series of programs and initiatives including: the Graduate and Professional Student program, the Career Immersion program and the Career Mentor Connections program. 

Client comments include 'Tara is a Rock Star' and Tara is 'Awesome. Frequently requested by clients based on word of mouth referral and by other departments to deliver presentations and provide training to their own staff.

Recognized with the annual University "Merit Award' on several occasions.



Bachelor of Arts

University of Winnipeg

Master of Arts

University of Guelph



Emotional Intelligence Certification

 Certification in the use and intrepretation of the EQ-i - Emotion Quotient, emotional intelligence tool. An excellent tool used to provide clients with personal insights designed to identify personal strengths and blind spots to facilitate enhanced performance. 

Personality Assessment

Qualified and experienced in the delivery, assessment and interpretation of Jungian Type using the MBTI and the Typefocus instruments with individuals and groups.  In-depth ability to interpret type assessments to facilitate change and decision making in career planners and career changers

Individual Assessment

Particular skills in delivering individual career and personality assessments. In-depth knowledge and understanding in the area of Type assessment (MBTI and Typefocus). 

Program Development

Identify, research and create training programs related to career development and management for individuals and oranizations

Career Consulting

Consult with individuals, groups and organizations to provide targeted career consulting services