Career Transition Services

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I offer career transition services virtually, tailored to you and your unique needs. Wondering what package is best for you? Please reach out to michelle@mschafercoaching.ca to book a 30-min free consultation, so I can better understand your specific career goals/challenges and how I can help.

I love helping people who are considering a career transition, or are thrust into the job market unexpectedly. I am a conversation partner for my clients, helping people clarify their goals then market themselves.  I can explore with you what work energizes you, what organizations believe what you believe, and what your “non negotiables” are.  I can work with you to clarify your career direction (I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, as people have been thinking about their career during the pandemic!), then develop a job search strategy and marketing materials to support that direction.  I can help you be intentional in your job search – to create a job search strategy that will allow you to find a career – and organization –where you can do your best work.

There are 4 package options:

A)  Career Transition: 1 month exploration – $1000 + HST  – How to find work that honours what’s most important to you

Are you feeling disconnected from your work, knowing you need to find a new job (or new career),  and not sure where to start? Or you are dreading going back to an office environment, having worked from home through the pandemic? Perhaps you enjoy your work, and realize your organization’s values are out of synch with your own? Or you have experienced a restructure, and have been thrust back into the job market, needing to find new work quickly? Maybe you are returning from parental leave/leave of absence, trying to find your very first job, or looking for a promotion?  I  can help you start to formulate ideas and some initial steps to put you on the path of career fulfillment.

In this one-month package, you can start building your career awareness and get back in touch with work that gives you energy, your personal values and how these can be connected to your work, and start to develop ideas of where you can find work that honours the things most important to you.

What’s included in your investment:

  • Three 1-hour on-camera Zoom sessions to discuss reflections, learnings and adjustments to the career plan
  • Intake questionnaire and discussion to formulate career goals and build your career framework
  • Research activity to test your career framework in the job market
  • New tasks to complete in between sessions
  • Resources and tools to deepen your exploration
  • Email support in between sessions

Resume review and feedback (for a specific job posting) – additional cost of $350

“I decided to make some career changes and reached out to Michelle for her support. She immediately made me feel comfortable and I could tell that she really cared and wanted to help.  I left each session feeling more and more confident about my career decisions.  Michelle gave me the tools to present myself as the best possible and also made introductions with other business partners and connections with organizations, which helped me to find my ideal job! I would recommend Michelle to anyone who is seeking career support – she is fantastic!”

B)  Career Transition: 3 month “deep dive” – $2400 + HST – How to find work that gives you energy – and market yourself to get that job!

In this 3-month option, you will take your career exploration to the next level.  You will be able to deepen your self-awareness, clearly articulate your career direction, share your “career story” in conversation and through your marketing materials, and target your job search to secure a job you love for a company that believes what you believe in.  I can help you cut through the fog, clarify your career goals and develop a plan to find a job that energizes you.

What’s included in your investment:

  • Six 1-hour on-camera Zoom sessions to discuss reflections, learnings and progress against a selection of the topics below
  • Intake questionnaire and discussion of reflections to formulate career goals and build your career framework
  • Research activity to test your career framework in the job market
  • Personal branding discussion to ensure your marketing materials reflect who “you” are
  • Job targetting and job search strategy development (online job boards, recruiters, networking)
  • Resume and cover letter review and feedback (targetted to job)
  • Interview skills preparation, practice and feedback targetted to job (including Government of Canada, City of Ottawa and Crown corporations)
  • Networking approaches and best practices
  • LinkedIn review and feedback
  • Negotiating job offers
  • Transition to new work once an offer is accepted
  • Tasks to complete in between sessions
  • Resources and tools to deepen your exploration
  • Email support in between sessions

C)  Interview with Confidence: General preparation and practice – $400 + HST

You’ve been invited to an interview – congratulations! But you don’t have a lot of time – it’s in 2 days – and you want to feel well-prepared and able to confidently answer questions so you get the job.  I can provide you specific feedback to help you sharpen your answers, so you feel more prepared and practiced than other interviews in your career past.  With preparation, you won’t be surprised by questions, and feel more confident and empowered providing your responses.  For government interviews, I can help you better understand the scoring system so you maximize your points and provide full, specific responses.

What’s included in your investment:

  • One 1-hour on-camera Zoom session for interview practice and feedback delivery
  • Job posting analysis
  • Customized interview question development (including Government of Canada, City of Ottawa and Crown corporations)
  • Interview preparation resources and recommended readings
  • Post-session feedback recap with suggested areas of focus
  • Post-interview follow-up
  • Email support 

I went through a few interviews, with many failures and became very discouraged.  It was at that time I decided to look for a coach and started working with Michelle.  Michelle is very friendly and helped me with my confidence for interviews.  She was a great help with giving me tips and reviewing scenarios and questions that could be asked during my next interview.  After two sessions, I had one interview and became successful and I was offered a position for my dream career.  Michelle was very helpful with every step of my process, and was always checking in via e-mail, asking how every step went.  I cannot thank Michelle enough for all the help she’s given me

D) Interview with Confidence: 1 month “deep dive” – $1000 + HST

You’ve applied for a job – and you really, really want this job! You know your interview skills are “okay”, and you’d like to feel solidly ready when you get called for your next interview.  You want multiple chances to practice, receive feedback and then port that feedback to new responses.  This package is for you! I can provide you specific feedback to help you sharpen your answers, so you feel more prepared and practiced than other interviews.  With preparation, you won’t be surprised by questions, and feel more confident and empowered providing your responses.  For government interviews, I can help you better understand the scoring system so you maximize your points and provide full, specific responses.

What’s included in your investment:

  • Three 1-hour on-camera Zoom sessions for interview practice and feedback delivery
  • Job posting analysis to pinpoint competencies/skills to be assessed in the interview
  • Customized interview question development (including Government of Canada and City of Ottawa) based on the job posting, to capture questions that will likely be asked in the “real” interview
  • Discussion and practice of questions or a screening, first and second interview
  • Interview preparation resources and recommended readings
  • Post-session feedback recap with suggested areas of focus
  • Post-interview follow-up
  • Email support

Need a 1-hour on-camera session to discuss other career transition topics? Just ask!

Cancellation policy: Please provide 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a confirmed session.  A cancellation fee may apply if less than 48 hours notice is provided.

What clients say about working with me:

Coaching is an investment in “you”, and similar to any investment, you want to ensure you receive a return.  Want to explore the ROI I have helped clients achieve? Click here to review my client testimonials.

Resources and information:

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