- “I just got laid off. Can you help me get a new job ASAP?”
- “My career has followed a random path. Can you help me figure out what I really want to do?”
- “I get interviews, but I don’t get job offers. Can you help me land the job?”
- “I like my job, but I feel like it’s time for a promotion. Can you help me communicate that and create some kind of plan?”
HMS helps you answer all of your career questions
It’s not easy to navigate the complexities of today’s workplace on your own—even with decades of experience. The HMS team can guide you in making smart career decisions that reflect your values, skills, and desires. We’ll support you in all aspects of a job transition, starting with helping you figure out what it is you really want to do. Our team is trained and certified to provide coaching and counseling services through a process that’s efficient and results-oriented. We employ a philosophy of positive psychology and will work with your strengths to tap into what engages and motivates you.
Resilience Coaching 101
We’re experts in resilience coaching—helping people learn to bounce back from setbacks in their careers and, by extension, in all aspects of their lives. We also provide coaching to overcome fear and anxiety associated with career transitions, leadership changes, and other workplace upheavals.
The foundation of resilience coaching is helping our clients to understand, acknowledge, and move past the emotional and other personal struggles that come part and parcel with workplace and employment challenges. With a strong psychological and emotional foundation of resilience, many otherwise difficult situations can be overcome with aplomb.
We build on this foundation of mental and emotional strength with skill-building and insights in the form of Career Development Counseling.
Career Development Counseling
Career development is a continual process for modern professionals who often have to reinvent themselves several times over the course of their careers, thanks to changing technology, market conditions, and skill requirements.
Self-assessment is the most important starting point for improving and developing as professionals and advancing our careers. Knowing yourself, your style of interacting, your strengths, values, interests, ambitions, and so on, is necessary so you can reasonably assess how important something is to you in the near and long term. With the right information, it’s much easier to determine how much energy to expend on training and maintaining your existing skills, learning new skills, and generally developing yourself in ways that your current or potential employer will appreciate. After all, your next job might be just one step towards your ultimate goal.
We will help guide you through the process of first understanding your own motivations, marketable skills, and general priorities and then help you plan where to go from here. Maybe you need new skills, maybe you need to work on your emotional and mental fortitude, and maybe you need to emphasize soft skills to grow beyond your current role. Maybe you just need a change. Everyone’s situation and needs are different, and we’ll help you come to grips with yours.
A Career Counseling Case Study
Switching Careers Without Starting All Over
Our Client’s Problem
Our client had a college degree in politics but landed a job in education right out of school and followed that career path for two decades. In addition to teaching, she published a book on reading and writing theory. Despite this success, she felt ever more limited by her career path and wanted to move beyond education.
She had not needed to look for a job in years and didn’t know how to seek a new job successfully. She also lacked information and insight about her career options. Despite her substantial skills, she wasn’t sure how to pivot her career and leverage her experience and abilities in a new way.
She came to us in February, expecting to finish the school year in June, and tasked us with helping her start a new job in July.
After an intake interview, we administered a suite of career assessments and interpreted them with the client. She felt much more confident about her transferable skills, including leadership and project management, after seeing how her experience translated into objectively measured assessments.
By establishing this foundation, we were able to work together to define her career goals. We designed a competitive resume, a LinkedIn bio, and a career transition planning sheet that we used together to track progress towards specific goals for maximum efficiency.
Results That Matter
After eight weeks, our client landed a job as a Program Manager for a regional non-profit and seamlessly transitioned from one job to the next. There was no period of uncertainty, no flailing at the end of the school year, just a clean switchover to her new career, putting her leadership and management skills to better use.