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Albany Career Coaches

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Zion Health and Wellness
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hantz F.
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Best coach ever!

  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey B.
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I've been working out with John for over 3 years, and he has transformed my body. He helped me lose about 13 pounds before my wedding. He's more than just a personal trainer - he's a life and health coach as well. I know if I have any questions about health or what I should be eating, I can always send him a note, and he'll respond. Every workout we do is always different. He keeps things interesting, and I always leave feeling good/sore. John is the best!

Sean Michael Imler
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Candace C.
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Sean is an amazing healer, life coach, therapist, and body talk expert. He was able to bring peace to some old emotional wounds that I hadn’t thought about or even realized were still there. I went to him because I felt “stuck” and was searching for advice on my life purpose. After just two months of sessions, I already felt much healing and therefore more joy than ever in my daily life and am also able to express myself better and see more clearly changes to make to encourage my happiness and growth so that I may pursue my dreams being more in the flow and in the spirit of love.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tim J.
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Leslie is a great coach. She really listens, and is very focused on helping you figure out how to move forward.

Aurelian Coaching
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Amy D.
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Working with Nicole: WOW! Nicole is at the top of her game! She's enthusiastic and professional. She's prepared and punctual. Her methodology and coaching are comprehensive, creative and targeted for the modern market place. My cover letters, resume and interview prep are anything but generic! She has tailored them to reflect me uniquely. Having been out of the work place for 10 years, raising a family, she has prepared me to be confident and competitive as I begin a new career. I know that my relationship with her will most certainly continue. She's an asset in regards to staff development, communication strategies, and furthering future career steps towards higher management. I cant recommend working with her enough! Thank you, Nicole!

Life Coach
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara L.
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Melissa's enthusiasm and positivity is infectious and present in everything she brings to the table. She's helped me question and think deeply about what I truly want in life, in both my career and my well being. She's pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and I've grown immensely. I highly recommend Melissa for anyone who is at a crossroads about their future!

  • 40 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ilana K.
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The best coaching!!

Empowered Journey
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Madeleina B.
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Arya is a master counselor and life coach. He brings a potent combination of skills into his work: a sincere heart, a highly intelligent mind, and a wealth of professional training and experience. Every session feels expertly held in a professional yet humane container; the real issues are addressed, directly and sometimes sternly, but always with an authentic kindness and care. Arya has helped me to: -cut through my insecurities and obstacles around my artwork -focus in on and take more action with my career in more ambitious and visionary ways -navigate very old and difficult patterns with my family -recognize and begin to authentically relate to things I was avoiding about myself/my life in a way that has led to way more relief, freedom and positive action -and just more generally, being someone in my life I can trust to help me through the ups and downs of being a human I'll share one more thing: though I didn't experience this directly, my dear friends went to Arya for couples coaching/relationship counseling. They said they received incredible benefit from their work with Arya, and that if not for his intervention, they don't know if they would have made it. They spoke about his acute attention to detail, especially in tracking the subtle habitual ways that they would shut down or leave their hearts, while giving them practicable alternatives to create the kind of connected, intimate, and fulfilling relationship they were longing for but couldn't find. There's a reason (many reasons) why Arya is at the top of this yelp list. He is absolutely worth it!

The Explorer's Club
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ann M.
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I've been working with Conrad Sherby of Life Sherpa Fitness for more than 2 years and find my weekly sessions with him a true highlight of every week. The gym where he practices is clean and uncrowded and reserved only for trainers with clients. It's a positive place where the trainers and clients are all respectful, happy, and working on their various goals. Conrad is a rare gem of a trainer, although the term "trainer" doesn't begin to cover what he offers! He is truly gifted and fully oriented to helping his clients achieve whatever health/fitness goals they want; heck, if you're not sure of your goals, he'll help you by asking the right questions, getting to know you and your habits, and figuring out plans with you. As you continue your teamwork, Conrad frequently adjusts the trajectory of your workouts and recommendations for you as your body or life events change (eg, you get stronger, you're injured, you're overly stressed from a poor work-life balance, your life has too little happiness at the moment, and so on!). Conrad also has a myriad of excellent referrals for you to increase your wellness, for example, to a massage therapist or gifted yoga instructor. Conrad gave me a reference to my new-favorite cookbook, too. As a true educator, he also will send you interesting and helpful videos, articles, or links to apps you may benefit from. We've even gone on weekend hikes with a small group together--just for fun and camaraderie while exploring something new. Conrad could easily have chosen to become a doctor, neuroscientist, teacher at any level, psychologist/counselor, among others, but it speaks to his passion that he chose what drives him the most: a career as a health/happiness/wellness/mindfulness coach using his large base of knowledge, his passion for science-based information, his innate ability to "get" people, and his orientation toward helping others attain a healthy life that works within their life patterns. He has tremendous patience and never judges others; plus, in between sessions, he will even text you to see how that new "habit" is going (eg, "how's the stretching going during the work day?" "Did you have a chance to step away from the computer and take a walk this week?"). I cannot recommend him highly enough--you deserve a try with Conrad to increase your levels of happiness and overall wellness.

  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Maria S.
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Rachel is the number one, brilliant and genuine Life coach! If you want the results, she is for you! When I was referred to Rachel (she was highly recommended by a dear friend of mine), my life was falling into pieces and I was uncertain which direction should I take to move forward. Rachel helped me in every little detail to transform my life for better professionally and personally, and got the wanted results in a matter of couple sessions, although we continued working together for 6 months because you don't want to stop the pleasure of coaching process and can not get enough! Her vast professional experience is very rare and unique. I would recommend Rachel Jacobs "Jacobs and Associates" to anyone who craves a change, want to improve their career and relationships, open to new opportunities and ready to take new heights. Rachel is highly professional, extremely qualified, resourceful, right to the point, attentive to detail, punctual and fun to be around! Coaching with Rachel will enrich, empower and inspire you! It will help you live the life of your dreams! Coaching sessions with Rachel is a must have for any successful person!!! Fondly, Masha Shidlovskaya

EHM Coaching
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Catherine M.
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When I first decided to work with a coach, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had an initial goal, which was to uncover my core values and use them to chart a path forward for my business. My only experience with coaching was through sports, so I set my expectations according to that dynamic – direction, skill building, tough love, and intensity. But after a few sessions with Emily, I realized that her form of coaching is more powerful than the kind where someone tells you what to do. Instead, every discovery, decision, and behavior change in this process has come from my own inner voice and deep knowing. When I arrived at each of my core values, it was thanks to Emily’s ability to listen, feel the energy, and make connections across themes that came up over a series of sessions. Her guided visualizations have helped me connect with my values in a way that I can feel them in my body and immediately sense when they are fully expressed or compromised. And just like magic, I have seen a shift in the way I show up with my clients, my friends, and my family that feels completely genuine, true, and easeful.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Neda N.
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I spoke with Velina on Skype about the challenges I'm dealing with in my life and she was really helpful. I highly recommend her to anyone having difficulties or needing a good coach in their life. She seems to know a lot and has a lot of experience helping people with all kinds of issues. For me, I really felt like she cared deeply for me and understood me like a close friend and yet is very professional. She is warm and kind. I'm so glad I found her. She helped me so much.

  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sam C.
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I truly see Emily as a lifelong collaborator. She took the time to understand my professional and personal goals in order to help me work through my next career move. By artfully blending a holistic mind, body and soul approach to professional coaching she helped me articulate my passions and how those passions might align with my career goals. I highly recommend any person or organization to bring her into your process, the outcome was so valuable!

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Lindelof Consulting
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim W.
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I am currently a special education teacher looking to move into an administrative position. Leanne was a huge resource with assisting in locating resume examples and educating me on what a professional resume should entail. She proofread my current resume and gave me constructive feedback on how to present myself for my desired job. She read and provided feedback for job cover letters, especially highlighting appropriate experience for each job I was applying for. She was highly professional, kind, and highly effective with coaching me in regards to my resume. I highly recommend her and Communication Coaching to anyone in need of building a resume and all other services! She is a great person to work with and I will always refer her when someone is in need of coaching for public speaking, editing of professional documents, and or advice on advancing careers.

Embodied Transformations
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
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I have been working with Laura for about a year as a coaching client. Laura uses a lot of novel approaches as a coach and sessions are always fresh and interesting. I've been going through a lot personally over the last year and have found Laura to be an amazing guide during a really big transition. Her insights have translated into new actions for me, like learning to keep better boundaries for myself and I'm forever grateful. ~Danielle

Hamlin Harkins, Ltd.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Alan C.
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Donna is not only a knowledgable career adviser but also a very supportive mentor throughout my job search and offer negotiation process. In the first meeting, she already identified my weak points and developed a plan for tackling each of them. Throughout the process I learned to communicate succinctly, maintain poise and overall demonstrate seasoned professional material. After working with Donna, I have successfully landed a few offers and negotiated terms for my dream job which I am happily working on now. I definitely recommend Donna for anyone who is looking for a career adviser or for any help to advance her/his career. Just one meeting will help you understand the changes needed and where you can get to. I love to continue working with Donna!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mike P.
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I have Natasha as a life coach. She listens and holds me accountable. She checks in on me, texts me, and makes sure that I'm on course. She is loving but tough. She gets excited about my progression, and reminds me to stay positive and patient when I need it most. Her energy is awesome, and I am delighted to have found her.

Fog City Career Coaching
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Grace Z.
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Michelle is an incredible mentor and career coach. First, I love that she is very high empathy and supportive. Michelle listens in a way that makes people feel comfortable, and she seeks to connect on a deeper level. She's also seen it all herself. Across her years in venture capital, management consulting, and fast-paced tech companies, Michelle has learned and succeeded in diverse, highly demanding environments. Because of these experiences, she's able to consistently provide both high-level perspective *and* super concrete, actionable next steps for career development. Finally, what I most appreciate about Michelle is that she's not afraid to give a push every now and then. She knows how to challenge people in the right ways. Meeting Michelle has accelerated my professional learning, and I highly recommend her to anyone.

  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
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The coaching i received was exactly what i needed to improve. I'm practicing more because I have specifics to work with whereas prior to lessons, i was working on problems blindly.

The Barefoot Coach
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Rebecca A.
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I've been meeting with the Barefoot coach for over a year now and my experience with him has been absolutely life changing for me in a wonderful way he has helped me tapped into the part of me that has joy and nature and beautiful surroundings the comments to my my which helps me focus and believe in myself and achieve my goals with his friend forcement of positive strong words that he puts plan into action on making me a better person

Live Your Dreams Coaching
5.0
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
Ivory A.
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I was looking for someone who doe's taxes and came across Charlotte on thumbtack. I was tired of getting gouged by H&R block. She not only did my taxes for less she got me back more than i would have with H&R. I've also used other services she provides ie; life coaching and financial advice. she motivated me to purchase my first home. Thank you Charlotte so much!!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a career coach?

If you’re interested in furthering your career and want expert help, a career coach is a smart solution. A career coach is a professional you hire to guide you during a job search or a career transition, or to help you improve and advance in your current position. A career coach analyzes your work situation and learns what your professional goals are. They then create a strategy to help you achieve your targets. Throughout the process they should provide objective feedback and guide you in approaching the process strategically. Here are some of the tools and tasks a career coach may assist you with:

  • Helping you build a strong resume that reflects your work history, potential, and skills
  • Coaching for interviews and strategies for solid answers built around your resume and the target job
  • Defining your career goals
  • Creating a plan for job searching
  • Improving networking strategies and skills
  • Developing strategies for negotiating raises or promotions
  • Assessing why you’re not getting where you want to go
  • Identifying new positions or career opportunities that fit your skills

Why is career counseling important?

Career counseling can help you discover your career path, help you overcome challenges preventing you from finding happiness in your job, or help you learn more about career opportunities that are available to you. Career counselors are typically counselors who specialize in helping guide people into their best career choices. As professionals, they have typically completed a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career counseling and bring a nuanced understanding of the emotional blocks that prevent someone from doing what they love or getting ahead in their current position. Here are some of the ways that career counseling can help:

  • Identify your skills and talents and how they correlate to different career paths
  • Educate you about the educational requirements for launching in various careers and what earnings can look like
  • Help you understand the kind of environment you want to work in, and which careers are best suited for that
  • See opportunities to transfer your existing skill set to other career areas
  • Help you identify causes of tension or unhappiness in your current career and how to overcome those difficulties
  • Help you create a game plan for moving forward
  • Provide a safe space for you to understand your feelings about career choices you’re making

What is a career counselor?

If you’re feeling lost in your career path, overwhelmed, in need of a job but confused as where to start, or ready for change but uncertain what you want, a career counselor is a good choice for you. A career counselor is typically a licensed professional who has earned a master’s degree in counseling — likely with an emphasis on career counseling. Each state has different licensing requirements for career counselors, so be sure to research before reaching out to a pro.

Due to their academic backgrounds, career counselors often have a more holistic and in-depth approach than a career coach. Career coaches are not regulated by states and also tend to be more business-focused — a good fit for those who know what they want but need help achieving it. On the other hand, a career counselor provides guidance and clarity around some of the more emotional aspects that job hunting and career movement entail. Career counselors meet with you in a series of one-on-one sessions. They assess your personality and learn what drives you. They get a detailed understanding of your work history and your hopes, and often work to help you discover any internal blocks preventing you from going where you want to go. Hiring a career counselor is appropriate at any time in your career, from recent graduate to executive-level management.

How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

When it’s time to take your career to the next level, it’s time to hire a career coach. The cost to have a career coach help you with your professional journey will vary based on how many sessions you require, the level of coaching you desire, and the rates of the coach as determined by their experience, expertise, education and training. On average, career coaching sessions can range from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the professional and what your needs are. Career coaches in smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living will also typically have lower rates than those residing in large metro areas like New York, although most do offer remote coaching. Many coaches also offer a free introductory consultation, which gives you the opportunity to determine if their personality and coaching style are the right fit. It’s helpful to ask the coach about their relevant experience and get references from former clients. Depending on the professional, session rates could range anywhere from under $60 to well over $250 per session. Package discounts are a good way to commit to the relationship as well as get savings on services.

How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

A career coach provides one-on-one sessions to help you reach your career goals or overcome any challenges you’re having in your career path. The cost to have career coaching can vary based on factors such as the number of sessions you purchase at one time and the experience and rates of your counselor. Career counselors are typically professionals who have earned at least a master’s degree in their field. Based on their academic background, supplemental certifications they have received, and any postdoctoral work they have done, their rates may vary. Typically career counselors offer reduced rates when you sign on for their services on an ongoing basis. A typical price range for career counseling services (nationally) could be $75-$150 per session. Remember to always ask if the career counselor offers a complimentary introductory session. You want to make sure the relationship will be the right personality and counseling style fit to help launch your confidence and upcoming career changes.

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