JOLITA - Counsellor and Psychotherapist at One Therapy
SITUATION BEFORE COACHING
WHAT WE WORKED ON
Jolita made a career change from retail management where she spent 12 years to counselling.
Store Manager with 12 years experience in retail and recent graduate with MA in Counselling.
Jolita came to me for two reasons: firstly, she was finally making a career change she dreamt of doing for years, however she wasn’t sure that her CV was getting enough attraction, and, secondly, feeling anxious during job interviews stopped her from showing up as the best candidate for a job. She was certain that she has the right skills for her new career but struggled to convince hiring managers to see it.
The key challenges she was facing were:
• She lacked an understanding of how use her previous work experience to break into a new profession
• She lacked a CV which would emphasise her transferable skills and experience
• She lacked an overall understanding how to make herself more attractive for future employers
• She didn’t understand how to “sell herself” effectively while writing cover letters and answering application and interview questions
• She felt extremely anxious during job interviews which stopped her from showing her best self
First of all, we worked on identifying the transferable skills and experience that would enable Jolita to make the transition easier. Then I helped her to emphasise these skills on her CV and cover letters which straight away led to interview invitations. Then we worked on developing Jolita’s interview skills. We had a few mock interview sessions where I explained how to predict the questions she will be asked and during which she was able to practice her answers. My feedback on how to improve her answers ensured that Jolita’s answers were top notch which made her feel more confident. She stopped questioning herself whether her answers were good enough so she finally was able to sound more convincing during interviews. It didn’t take a long time to see results! Just after 2 mock interview sessions and 2 months of coaching Jolita received a job offer that enabled her to start her counselling career.
My coaching has enabled Jolita to change her career from retail management to counselling – something she was dreaming for years. Career change enabled her to live the lifestyle she always wanted – have more freedom and flexibility, spend more time with her husband and make a difference to others’ lives.
“I want to express my gratitude and highly recommend Evelina as a career coach. She supported and helped me to make a career move that I dreamed of doing for a few years. I was moving from retail management, where I spent 12 years, to counselling. Evelina helped me to look for the job opportunities that would incorporate both experiences. She gave great advice and feedback on how to improve my CV and make it more attractive for the potential employers. I am always very anxious in the interviews, and I felt that it stopped me from showing my best. However, after practicing interview skills and exploring potential questions that I could be asked, I stepped into the interview room for the first time in my life feeling absolutely calm and confident. I couldn't have expected better and quicker results! I had my first interview after only a few sessions of coaching with Evelina, and this morning I received a telephone call with the job offer! Thank you so much, Evelina!”