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about me

I thoroughly enjoy helping job seekers find a job they love in the quickest and most stress-free way possible.

Because let’s be totally honest here…

Doing a job search can be one of the most unenjoyable ways to spend your time. I totally get it. I used to be a job seeker too. Many times. (I had a funny habit of moving to new cities without a job.)

I understand the frustration of sending off resumes and never hearing back. Or feeling like you bombed an interview even though you SWORE you were prepared. Or wondering if your LinkedIn profile is helping or hurting you. Or…knowing you should be networking, but not exactly sure how.

That’s Where I Come In…

When I start working with clients, they’re usually spinning their wheels.

  • They might have an idea of what they’re looking for, but they’re still somewhat unclear.
  • They think their resume and cover letter are “ok” but probably need improvement.
  • They have a general sense of how to prepare for interviews, but are pretty out of practice.
  • And they basically have zero networking strategy.

All of these issues are incredibly common! I see them time and time again.

My Approach

I give clients a clear plan of action and helpful resources so that their job search goes from disorganized and dawdling to focused, streamlined and fast-tracked.

Aside from all the critical components (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview prep), I ensure that clients take a full self-inventory and are branding themselves in the most specific and strategic way.

I also help them use a multi-pronged networking approach to tap the hidden job market — the upwards of 50% of jobs that aren’t posted online!

As a coach, I’m a cheerleader, task-master, and sounding board all rolled into one. What I’ve learned is that it’s not only about tactics, but also mindset. Slogging through a job search can be demoralizing, so I’m here as a support system on those rough days.

My Story

It all started when working in recruiting and HR in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. While doing full-cycle recruiting for a wide array of positions, I reviewed thousands of resumes and cover letters, interviewed hundreds of job seekers, and made job offers to over a hundred final candidates. I really saw it all – the good, bad and everything in between.

In doing this work, I quickly learned why certain job seekers stood out and why others landed in the “no” pile. More than anything, I was motivated and inspired to arm candidates with the knowledge and skills to be successful in their job search. I had remembered making so many of the same mistakes when I was job searching and wanted to help others avoid these doozies.

So how did I go from recruiter to career coach? My interest was sparked while volunteering at Upwardly Global, an organization that assists underserved populations with their job search. There I conducted mock-interviews and provided resume consultation. I knew at that moment that I was meant to do this work!

I then completed the Certified Professional Career Coach program through the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, the longest-running professional association of its kind.

The coaching skills I honed from this program along with my experience on the “other side of the table” propelled me into starting my own coaching business. And here I am!

A Few More Nuggets…

Working with me you’ll quickly learn that I’m not terribly formal or buttoned up. (I have a loud laugh and will sometimes come up with silly analogies to explain a concept.)

This isn’t to say that I don’t take my work seriously – I absolutely do.  But I also try to make it as fun as humanly possible.

Aside from career coaching, I also have a background in the performing arts – acting, singing and dancing. All of these make my life more meaningful. But if you think this might be unrelated to helping clients with their job search, interestingly enough, I’ve found the opposite to be true!

As a performer, you’re basically a professional job seeker. You really learn the value of knowing and branding yourself effectively, networking, and confidently showcasing your relevant skills at an audition. (Auditions and interviews are more similar than you would think. Preparation is vital.)

This is all to say that my “career” and “creative” lives go hand in hand and have made me a more effective and well-rounded career coach. I’m able to use my varied experience to help my clients communicate with confidence, clarity and focus…and impress prospective employers.

So, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this. I am committed to helping you land your dream job in most strategic and pain-free way possible!

All the best,
Janna Kefalas

Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC)
Member, Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC)

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