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“When most people think about career coaching, I find they see it as ‘only necessary if you’re in a rut,’ or ‘only for those who have who don’t know how to look for a job.’ After working with Janna, it’s clear that these notions are so far from the truth.

What makes Janna stand out from the rest is that she doesn’t just coach you on your search, resume, and interview skills, she aligns those efforts with industry best practices. As an industry professional seasoned in recruitment, coaching, and professional search, Janna understands the science of the job search, she brings experience-based knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work.

Even for those who have network, and past experiences in job search, Janna takes your background and network and sharpens it to truly cut through the job search process. Her “JobFinder Formula” lessons, tutorials, and templates really facilitate all of the steps needed during the search process.

Finally, her person-to-person demeanor and standard coaching techniques provide the confidence building, instruction, and insight to really accelerate your search.”

– Craig I., Sr Product Marketing Manager, Los Angeles

“I had the pleasure of working with Janna for several months while I was reevaluating my current career goals, long term goals, and developing a strategy on how to get there.

I already had a good job, my resume was in pretty decent shape, my LinkedIn was “good enough”, but after everything was said and done, the recommendations and changes Janna helped me make ended up cranking everything up another notch. My LinkedIn was already annoyingly busy by the wrong people. After Janna’s changes, I received a lot more attention and finally from a lot more of the right people. This ultimately led to finding an opportunity I wouldn’t have even thought to pursue before.

Janna exemplifies professionalism, and her wealth of experience and knowledge shines through. She does make YOU put in the work though. Janna doesn’t just do everything for you, but she enables and supports you and this allows you to have actionable takeaways that will continue to benefit you over and over again.

Even if you just need an unbiased soundboard to help make difficult decisions, Janna is that person to support you.

I highly recommend Janna.”

– Michael S., Technical Architect, Greater Philadelphia

“I had been working in the same industry for over six years when I realized I needed to transition to a new one to meet my financial goals. As I began my search, it was like trying to hike up a mountain in a blizzard.

Janna was like a sherpa in the storm. She dazzled me with insight on hiring practices and job search methods I never even knew about. We had an in-depth discussion regarding the specific ways I could leverage all my past work history into a new field.

She was extraordinarily helpful as we completed the deliberate work of overhauling my entire professional persona—resume, cover letter, and digital presence—and offered a thoughtful give-and-take every step of the way.

Plus, she was very responsive throughout: always able to offer a quick bit of insight or advice while I was riding the job search roller coaster. I’m very happy with the way things turned out—and I owe a debt of gratitude to Janna for that.

I suppose it is possible to find a new job or make a career transition without the assistance of someone like Janna. But, like climbing a mountain without a guide, why would you ever want to?”

– Mark K., Senior Copywriter, Los Angeles

“I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Janna during a recent career exploration process. She helped to guide, coach, train and ask me questions I needed to ask myself to get on the right path. She helped me to think through the tactics I needed to use in my search to connect with a mission that I was truly passionate about.

Throughout our working relationship, she was always very encouraging, supportive and generous in sharing her knowledge. I appreciated her honest and candid feedback throughout the phases of job research, interview preparation, salary negotiation and finally checking in after I began my new job. I particularly appreciated her video training tutorials as an added bonus to our live training sessions.

I would highly recommend Janna to anyone confused about what they want to do or wanting to explore different career possibilities. She has a dynamic personality and presence and is sure to bring positivity and good energy your way!”

– Monica G., Program Manager, Washington, DC

“As a first-generation American and the first college graduate in my family, navigating the career path has always come off as something very daunting for me. However, after some research, I came across Janna and contacted her to see what I could do about my most recent job hunt and some anxieties that I had around it.

She definitely filled in some gaps in knowledge that I had and provided me with some keen insight, especially with regards to interviewing. Though, I finished her course (JobFinder Formula) before I landed my most recent job, her help with interviewing was definitely a game-changer. I landed the job! And one that I really like too!

Janna does a really great job of getting to know your strengths and weaknesses and strategizing how to improve in those areas you could use more help in. I’m definitely looking forward to checking in with her again when considering my next career move!”

– William R., Arts Associate, Los Angeles

“Janna was invaluable throughout my first job search. In one-on-one sessions we worked on improving my resume, leveraging my network, and even responding to job offers. Coming from academia there was a lot I didn’t fully understand about job searching, but Janna helped me understand the process and stand out as an applicant.

Her video courses and worksheets (JobFinder Formula) also helped me think about what kind of job and career I really wanted, in addition to providing interview prep strategies and cover letter tips. Most importantly, Janna was wonderful to work with; I can’t recommend her enough.”

– Oliver E., Systems Engineer, Greater Los Angeles Area

“I first got acquainted with Janna through her blog. I found her insights and advice right on target with my experience in the market. I was in transition between jobs last year and decided to take her JobFinder course. It was just the boost I needed to catch up on the latest with LinkedIn and develop my game plan.

My resume presented well after I added the metrics Janna recommended. I can’t say enough about Janna’s course if you are in transition or trying to change careers, she is truly an expert who cares.”

– Romona W., Sr Manager, Tech Strategy & Advisory, Kansas City

“Janna played a large part in my recent job search. She assisted me in navigating through challenging questions that came up during the interview process and provided tips during negotiation once I got the job offer.

Aside from the one-on-one coaching, I found the online program JobFinder Formula extremely helpful. After viewing the videos and completing the worksheets, I felt prepared for interviews and even looked forward to them.

I highly recommend working with Janna. She is an extremely knowledgeable, results-driven career coach.”

– Irena K., Studio Coordinator, Chicago

“Janna is a truly wonderful career coach, and I am so very glad that I found her!  She came into my life at exactly when I needed her the most.  I was floundering in my job search, had little direction and a lot of fear.

Janna’s positive and caring character, years of experience as a recruiter, and her career coaching certification make her the PERFECT coach for those who are feeling vulnerable and lost in their job search. She gave me constructive, helpful advice and the practical tools I needed to stand out from the crowd.

Most importantly, Janna’s support helped me feel confident about myself as a job candidate, and that has made all the difference in the world. If you are serious about your job search, I highly recommend that you contact her.”

– Carrie S., Marketing & Communication Specialist, Los Angeles

“I truly enjoyed working with Ms. Kefalas during my job search. She assisted and guided me with everything. She helped me draft my cover letter and resume to make them concise, focused and tailored to the job description. 

She helped me prepare for interviews. She provided me with sample interview questions. She helped me with best ways to answer these questions so I could do so in an organized and concise manner, highlighting my accomplishments. She even helped me develop great questions to ask the interviewer.

Lastly, she helped me assess the offer I did get! We looked at salary, benefits, etc. Needless to say, I got the job. My new employer even upped the initial salary offer. I highly recommend her services.”

– Alberto R., Principal, Greater Los Angeles Area

“Getting laid-off (for the first time) creates a lot of personal turmoil, however in my case, I had the good fortune of having Janna in my corner during my job search. She really knows the ins and outs of job hunting.

She helped me with my resume and cover letters so that they were focused on what I had really accomplished in my career, both soft and hard skills. She also showed me how the resumes and cover letters could be customized and tailored to the job description.

The hard part of the process, for me, was prepping for interviews. I had not interviewed for many years and was not good at it.  She worked with me performing mock interviews, helping me answer the difficult questions in a concise and organized way and generally pointing me in the right direction – she knows the questions!! As my interviewing skills improved, I started getting positive feedback from my interviewers and ultimately landed a new position.

Finally, there was something I did not expect to get but glad I did – a very positive and energetic partner. Really great to have someone on your side as you navigate through the difficulties of job hunting. Honestly, do yourself a favor and hire Janna. She goes above and beyond.”

– Steven O., Data Analyst, Greater Los Angeles Area

“Janna is the best career coach I’ve worked with. I knew what I didn’t want to do, but was having trouble pinpointing what I’d really enjoy doing. Janna’s methods really worked for me.

The techniques she employs and her positive attitude helped to make my job search less frustrating than experiences I’ve had in the past with other counselors. I can’t recommend her highly enough! On a scale of 1-5, she’s a 10!”

– Holly G., Writer/Content Creator, Santa Rosa

“Janna The Gem. I have been in need of a career change and couldn’t find assistance through the traditional job hunting methods. Free and paid advice didn’t give as much guidance and clarity as Janna, and she gets it done quickly!

Her savvy with resume re-building and re-branding was essential to bringing out the best aspects of my work history, allowing me to see myself in a totally different light, and giving me the confidence to apply for a role that I thought was out of my range.

She has your best interests at heart, and once she sees your assets, she makes certain you see them too. It’s a joy to work with her, she made the dreadful process of resume revamping fun! We got things done within my budget and in a way that didn’t overwhelm me, because she’s very sharp where I am blurry.  I hope to consult with her for the interview process; her support is incredible and encouraging, and her knowledge is vast.”

– Yvette F., Co-Active Coach, San Francisco

“Having managed to steer clear of the job-search market for more than a decade, I was wholly unprepared when presented unexpectedly with an invitation to interview for an exiting new job opportunity. Janna Kefalas skillfully walked me through every detail of the interview process: the questions to anticipate, the questions to ask, the details I should and shouldn’t share — even what to wear.

Under Janna’s guidance, I went into the first round of interviews feeling prepared and confident, and believe that without her leading the way, I wouldn’t have made it as far as I did: I got the job!

So whether you’re contemplating a full career transition, or simply looking for a new opportunity within your industry, Janna’s coaching will not let you down.”

– Emily L., Event Director, Washington DC