"I totally believe in personal branding, my epiphany hit me like a tidal wave. The "tidal wave" was that through this branding process, I was able to divorce myself; my skills, my experience, my value proposition, from the lack of results in the current job market. It can get depressing to attach one’s self worth on how many job interviews you get. Personal branding made me realize I can't allow the current circumstances affecting everyone looking for a job to define my worth. Its led to a greater feeling of confidence and realism about what I believe sets me apart from other candidates and how to communicate that to prospective business partners/employers. I now have a potential offer and two other strong inroads where I am interviewing. Thanks again for your faithful assistance." At new position: "I am extremely happy… all things are going great (and) this feels like such a great fit. It’s been kind of an amazing experience, especially after going through all the branding I just can’t tell you how much more confident and how much better I feel about myself and what I bring to the table and my brand and how that helps (my new employer). Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Director of Salesforce Effectivenes
"One word...AWESOME! I love the changes and how you included the quotes. I could not be more impressed."
Construction industry Director of Sales and Operations
"I have appreciated all of your hard work in getting not only my resume redone, but in turning my career aspirations around. You insight and advice, and positive support have been immeasurable and have made such a difference, not to mention my confidence returning. Thank you for all of the help, even on a moment’s notice. Again, Thank You."
Sales Distribution Professional
"Yes Career Services, and specifically Kelly Stewart, assisted me through a professional transition that resulted in an even greater outlook than expected. Kelly is an extremely talented, insightful, objective, and supportive business professional that knows her business and leads the industry in her talent. I have enjoyed and learned from Kelly's workshops regarding resume writing, interviewing skills, company research, target marketing for opportunities, and her individual and group coaching sessions. She has the innate ability to connect your vision and talent to the tangible tools needed in this competitive market place. Her branding focus not only allows for the individual to truly know what differentiates them, but also to truly communicate this competitive differentiator throughout the career process. In addition to her talent, her dedication and pursuit of your success is always present. She coached me through numerous interview processes, helped identify key strategies by company and by person, and helped prioritize the activities."
Director, International Consumer Packaged Goods
"I love the résumé… Thank you so much for all of your help, you are amazing at what you do. I was so frustrated going into that class, but you were such a great help."
Sales professional Transitioning to Training Role
"Most of my career, I've always counted on my experience to get noticed for a job, not the presentation. Those days are long gone! When I heard you speaking, everything you said made sense and made me re-think my approach to getting a job. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect when we first made arrangements to meet. However, the more we talked, the more comfortable I became in relating my professional history to you. You treated me as a professional, you never talked down to me, and I got the feeling you were interested in what I had to say. One of the benefits of hiring you was the result. With just some history that I gave you, you put together an awesome resume that I know will help me down the road should the time arise." "I want to again, thank you for all that's been done with my resume and interview coaching, you are a definite credit to your profession."
"Thank you for your informative presentation last night! You took a broad, multidimensional topic and broke it into components that we could easily grasp and remember. The rave evaluations from the audience speak for themselves. From a personal standpoint, I awoke this morning feeling well equipped and eager to revise my personal branding and marketing strategy."
VP of Programs
"Going through the 360° Assessment with Kelly has made a huge, lasting impact on my business. I've been in rebranding mode with my business for the past nine months and this process really helped me get clear and excited about my message. The assessment itself is interesting, but having Kelly lead me through the results and help me figure out which parts of my brand are getting across easily and which ones I may need to beef up was extremely valuable. She had great ideas about using my strengths to differentiate my brand. I've been using all the nuggets gleaned from this experience, and now writing marketing material is so much more focused and fun. I highly recommend you setting up a Reach 360° assessment with Kelly so you know what you are getting across now and how to shift that to represent your full self in the marketplace. Thanks Kelly!"
President, The 360 Woman
"I just read through all the documents. The resume looks great, as we previously discussed and the cover letter is fantastic! I also have to say it was our (coaching) work together which crystallized my understanding of my VALUE and led me to make the proposal to the CEO. Thanks so much."
Global VP of Human Resources
"My experience with your services were superb and it truly helped me define my strengths as a salesperson. I now recognize my brand and continue to seek positions that are fit for my style and will position me to succeed."
National Account Manager
"It was your feedback that got me focused to think about what VALUE I can offer…I have one potential offer already and another interview coming up, so THANK YOU."
pediatrician Who Successfully 'onramped' After Raising Family
"WOW – do I like it?? I LOVE IT!! Man, you are good, you NAILED it! Writing is your strength big-time!! It looks perfect. Thanks so much for your great support. You are amazing."
VP, Client Strategy
"Working with you on this project has been a rewarding experience. I'm very pleased with the final results. I'll not hesitate to refer anyone I know seeking assistance of this type to you in the future."
Manager of Software Quality Assurance
"Kelly presented to members of our HR group who are seeking new positions. She made a very persuasive case for the importance of branding yourself as a professional. It is obvious that Kelly has researched her topic thoroughly-she mentioned several references during the course of her presentation. She understands the nuances of the various forms of social media. Equally apparent is Kelly's passion for her subject matter. She has a genuine interest in helping people embrace and showcase their strengths in the most effective ways. Our group left the presentation with several clear and achievable takeaways."
Transitions Manager, Raleigh Wake Human Resource Management Association
"Three thoughts that describe Kelly Stewart: refuses to be defeated, no matter the odds or challenge; seemingly doesn't require sleep re: her dedication to a client; unparalleled professional. She's not the Special Forces of Career Coaches, she's the person whom the Special Forces of Career Coaches call in to bail them out!"
"I’ve been in HR-related fields for over 25 years. Kelly is the best I’ve seen – she is creative, positive, gifted at writing, and has exemplary business experience, so she knows the right approach. You’ll have time and money well spent when you work with her."
President, Integrated Leadership Solutions Firm
"Awesome job. I am very happy with how this resume has blossomed...the difference (from my old résumé) is like night and day."
Follow up email: "It has been a pretty good 2010 thus far. I recently (3 months ago) got promoted to EVP, Eng and Prod Development with my firm. I have to say that I truly believe going through the resume development process with you positioned me well to take advantage of this opportunity. It also keeps me on the path heading towards my ultimate goal of COO and/or CEO. To that end, I would like to optimize my LinkedIn profile and If I recall correctly this is one of the services you offer."
EVP, Engineering and Product Development
"Developing your own brand can be one of the most daunting tasks any individual can face. Kelly made the process fun, educational, and she delivered amazing results. Kelly approached the process as a friend, as a seasoned HR professional, as a customer, and as a top tier branding expert. That unique combination clearly set Kelly and her results apart. It is rare in today's business environment to find such a qualified person who can not only deliver the numbers to drive their own business but who also treats every client as a friend in whose success she is fully invested. Thanks for everything Kelly."
"I feel grateful that I found you, you have been able to open my eyes to things I have never felt or seen before- these sessions have been eye opening for me and I never knew that I could do it (make a radical career change), and now I know I can- thank you very much."
Not-for-Profit Program Manager
"I am thankful for the day when a close friend referred me to Kelly. I was on a career path that was not what I wanted. Although I was desperate for a change, I didn’t know how to begin the process. Kelly has been instrumental in helping me discover what my true abilities are, which work environments will suit me, and how to go about finding the job of my dreams. She is extremely intuitive and helps me to streamline my thoughts and keep me focused on my ultimate goal.
Kelly is a wealth of information and is constantly sending me articles and studies that guide me in my search. I am now able to read a job description and quickly decide if that is an opportunity that I would be interested in. Although I am still in the early phases of discovering what will be the right direction for me, I am confident that Kelly will be there for me at each crucial step necessary in finding the right career. She has counseled me in aptitude, career strengths and weaknesses, interests, effective job searching techniques, resume and cover letters, and interviewing skills.
There is no doubt that Kelly is an expert in her field, but there is so much more to her than proficiency. She takes the time at every appointment to ask how I am doing personally and cares about the successes and struggles that I face. She listens attentively and remembers intricate details about our conversations.
I truly believe that Kelly has found her calling in helping other find theirs!"
"I was impressed with Kelly from our first encounter and that respect has only grown as I have gotten to know her over the years. She holds critical skills for the work she does. Specifically, she is extremely knowledgeable, very personable and always positive, encouraging and upbeat. Her feedback is continually valuable. I look to her as an expert, colleague, mentor and someone who I hope to know for many more years to come.
When working with Kelly professionally, it is obvious that she loves what she does, but it is also just as obvious that she is very good at doing it. Kelly gave a thorough interpretation of my 360 REACH Assessment results and provided valuable insights that I can immediately put to use. She has a unique way of looking at information from a different angle that will provoke new ideas about how you want to brand yourself. She makes the data easy to understand by putting it in plain language and she helps you break down the results into manageable next steps and future goals.
In summary, Kelly is a class act and consummate professional - always trustworthy, competent, and generous with her time. Not only does she provide the information you need to be become the best you can be, she empowers you to feel that you can implement the actions needed to make it happen."
"The coaching I did with you really worked. I employed the techniques you suggested in an effort to overcome a (self aware) weakness of 'over polishing' my work and I have successful results to share:
The next opportunity I had to obsess on a document I did not. Instead, I gave it to someone who can use the development. I spent a LOT less time 'polishing' the memo. I only ever provided comments, …then I let it go. I did not rewrite it as I usually do!
This freed me from spending so much time on it. It gave this person the development opportunities. It was not what I am used to doing and it was a little stressful…it took me out of my comfort zone. However, there were multiple levels of benefit; this team member learned so much and we are both a better professionals because of this.
This takeaway allows me to apply this to how I deal with subordinates or clients. Now, I can ask ‘should I be doing this or should subordinates do this. Ultimately, this will benefit my clients and the firm as a whole and it is something I will be using going forward. Thank you for your guidance and coaching!"
Executive, Top Tier Accounting and Advisory Services Firm
"I had no idea how to put together my resume, but I knew if I ever wanted to leave where I was, I needed to get some professional help to get noticed from other candidates. The resume I got from YES was very creative, well worded, and straight to the point. The organization was great; and the strong use of vocabulary I feel will really grab any employers attention! Thank you so very much! I can't wait to start circulating it!"
"WOW!! It is so much better than I could have ever done!!
Thanks for your hard work! I'm amazed at your ability to transform my old list of work tasks into a description of more abstract skills that have meaning to a future employer! I could have sat at my computer for decades and never been able to do that magic!"
"You encouraged me so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
As you could see I have already applied minor corrections (to my LinkedIn profile) that you suggested at your last message. I am happy to hear that you like what I did/add on my profile. As I said, I am going to change the photo next week (I will see a photographer, so it will be a professional photo.)
Thank you for all you advice and support."
Just wanted to give you an update on my interview yesterday. It was a panel interview - five people (exactly what you told me to expect). Your advice was perfect. I made sure to make eye contact with everyone at the table - not just the one asking questions. They were super nice and I found out more about the job. It must have gone well because they emailed this morning asking for references.
Then I got a message from Company XYZ when I left the interview - they've scheduled me for an in-person interview on Dec 21st. I thought for sure they had decided not to schedule a 3rd interview. How exciting!
Thanks again for all your support and wonderful suggestions. I'll keep you posted!
Manager, Business Analyst, and Accountant
You’re pretty special in regard to putting together verbal and written 'sound bytes' and I can see why people hire you to help them with these things. You have formulated your world with regard with coaching and counseling and as execs we put blinders on with regard to these skillsets. We get rusty and it’s out of our comfort zone and you help by providing salient and relevant and really brilliant options for communicating. Thank you so much!
Director, Global Business Development
I just wanted to let you know that I had several great interviews with Credit Suisse and I have been offered an Analyst position!!
I am super excited to start a new career in finance after working in Operations for the past 15 years.
Thank you so much for the resume and the LinkedIn profile because I really do believe that they both helped to drive the ” see me in a red sweater” view.
I won’t start until the end of November and I am excited and anxious all at the same time because I haven’t done the Financial Analyst role before, but sometimes you have to go after what you want and also be willing to step out of the comfort zone.
Thanks again for all of your help, SH