Lorene's Career Counseling Approach

Higher Levels, New Directions

Identifying Your Destination and Building the Path

Change isn't a comfortable process, and a job or career change involves some intimidating questions. Add in concerns about financial security and it’s easy to see why so many people stay unhappily stuck.

The good news is, there are proven strategies that help uncover the information you need to make decisions, organize and structure the process of change, and keep you focused on your goals and what you need to do to achieve them. Together we can put these tools to work for you.

If you live or work in Portsmouth, N.H. or the Seacoast area, my office is conveniently located in Kittery Point. If you're out of the area or can't get to the office, we can also conduct sessions via phone and email.

My Approach: Career Management

Using the 5-step approach outlined below, we'll determine where you are, where you want to go and how to get you there. Each step generally leads to the next, but we don't simply follow the approach like a checklist. We continuously evaluate where you are in the process and what you need to achieve your goals.

Also see my pages for mid-career changes, students and recent grads, working in retirement, getting Federal government jobs, and retired or downsized airline pilots for more specific information.

I. Self-Assessment — Getting a Clear Picture of YOU

Your needs are as unique as you are. Together we inventory and prioritize your skills, interests, job satisfiers, personality type and values. We use this list to identify the new jobs or careers that will maximize your satisfaction and success.

Assessments offered: Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Questions answered:

  • What are my skills? Can they be transferred to a new job or career?
  • What is important to me? What are my values?
  • What do I really enjoy doing?
  • What kind of work environment do I prefer?
  • What employment barriers might I face?
  • How can I eliminate or lessen the impact of those barriers?

II. Job Market Research — Exploring Your Options

Based on the jobs we identified in your Self-Assessment, we evaluate what opportunities are out there, what you need to successfully pursue them, and what resources are available to help.

Questions answered:

  • What career options do I have?
  • Where can I go to find out information about a job opportunity or an industry?
  • What kind of skills and experience are required for a specific job?
  • Can skills I acquired in my previous career be applied to future jobs?
  • Do I have to start all over again?
  • Do I need to pursue additional education or training?

III. Planning

We target a career destination and develop a structured plan to get you there.

Questions answered:

  • How do I connect what I know about myself (Self-Assessment) with what I know about possible work options (Job Market Research)?
  • What do I need to do to reach my goal?
  • What resources will I need to make it happen?
  • What will be my Plan B, C, and even D?

IV. Marketing Yourself — with Results

We make sure you're fully prepared to pursue your goal with coaching on developing your career network, creating an outstanding resume, sharpening interviewing skills, and negotiating a salary.

If you're targeting Federal government jobs we'll also address specific factors: the Federal resume, the KSA and differences in the interviewing process for example.

Questions answered:

  • How do I revise my resume? Which resume format is best for me?
  • How can I communicate my previous work experiences and document my transferable skills?
  • What job search tactics work best?
  • What do I need to know about each interview?
  • How do I handle the tough questions?

V. Follow-up

Once you've achieved your initial goal, you'll want to maintain momentum. The same tools we used in the first four steps can help you keep aware of your evolving needs in a new position, and signal when it's time to move up...or move on.


Schedule a free 20-minute session by phone to find out how you can benefit from my career counseling services.

Lorene works with clients nationwide by phone and email, and from her office just outside Portsmouth, NH.

Contact Lorene for more information