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The Next Step Solution, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Cora G.
Verified review

As a previous client of The Next Step Solution, I want to say I highly recommend the complete package to anyone who is seeking to learn what their God-given strengths and passions are. We are all unique and have characteristics that are innately built in us that naturally make us perfect in certain roles. However, like myself, though I had these strengths and passions deep inside me, I needed help discovering what they were and how these strengths and passions had already been playing out in my life without me fully realizing it. As my career coach took me through the journey of self-discovery, I learned that I had much experience with transferable skills that my prospective employer would be looking for in their search for the perfect candidate. I share with you my testimonial so you can see the contrast of where I was to how the journey with my career counselor truly made all the difference in my results. I was seeking to enter a new career as a registered nurse. I had been an in-home daycare provider for over 15 years. I had not done an interview in over 17 years, nor had I ever put together a resume or letter of intent. The job seeking process had changed drastically in all those years. I didn’t know how to sell myself on paper to get to the point of getting the interview, let alone knowing what to say in the interview to assure them I was the right person for the job. My career coach started me off discovering what my strengths were by taking an online test. I had a deadline to submit all my paperwork, so at the time I remember thinking I don’t have time to do a self-discovery journey… I need a resume quick! I couldn’t have been more wrong. It turns out discovering my strengths was the foundation to everything else we did and ultimately what landed me two job offers at two different hospitals in the area, both of which were a direct track to what was my passion. In other words, I got TWO offers for what were my DREAM jobs. My resume showed a consistent application of transferrable skills in all my previous roles that they were skills they were specifically looking for. I remember several aha moments as I struggled to see how certain skills had been performed in my previous roles as my coach guided and encouraged to pull out specific examples I had performed. She showed me how that applied to a transferable skill. By end of my journey with my career coach, I had a new confidence of who I was, what specific path I wanted to take that would lead me to fulfilling my passions of doing what I love and I had an arsenal of prepared documents that gave me the tools needed to land the job! Though I was done with my sessions with my coach, she went above and beyond the call of duty and continued to coach me through my interview process. Seeing how nervous I was, my coach took the time to help me realize I had all the tools I needed to be successful. She even practiced doing interview questions with me. I had been so nervous about this process, I pictured myself walking into the interview and clamming up with no personality and having brain block. The interviews I faced were particularly intimidating because both positions I was interviewing for required me to be interviewed by a 5-person panel by important supervisory people that were in charge of finding just the right candidate for the position. What I didn’t realize fully at this point was that my coach had fully prepared me to shine during this moment. After saying a small prayer, I walked into the interview surrounded by all these important people, knowing this was the most important interview I had ever had in my life. I was amazed as the process unfolded how confident and sure of myself I felt. I truly did shine and I knew without a doubt I had hit the target during the interaction I had with each person. Ultimately, at the end of each of the two interviews I was asked the dreaded question, “Why should we hire you compared to all the other candidates applying for the job?” This is where I was able to pull out the strengths finder test results and fully explained what my strengths were, why those were important as a nurse and how those strengths had already been consistently applied in all my other roles and life experience and how those strengths were a perfect fit for their organization’s vision and purpose. I walked out seeing smiling faces and knowing that I was going to be offered the job. Money was tight for me at the time I considered the services provided and I questioned if I could afford it. Looking back at the journey, I know it was an investment that will pay off for years to come. I know without a doubt that I would not have had the same results if I had tried to do this alone and not taken the time to discover my strengths and passions first. Thank you, Next Step Solution! You helped to change my future!

Jody L. Halsted
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Gudrun E.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Jody for over a year now - her writing is solid and complete, she is always on time, and is a pleasure to work with. Communication is easy, she responds quickly to requests and is not hesitant about asking for clarification or additional responsibilities.

    Way With Words
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Kyle C.
    Verified review

    I needed a blog writer who would deliver quality work, hit deadlines and ultimately go beyond the call. Annie did just that! She is a true professional in every sense of the word. What stands out the most, is how she never cuts corners just to get to a certain word count. She even does the extra research necessary to make sure each piece comes to together accurately and professionally. Deadlines are always hit and the quality of writing is top-notch! If you are looking for someone who will surpass your expectations and get the job done right, hire Annie for your project. She has my highest recommendation!

    About

    I do freelance editing and writing for everything from articles to novels. This involves eliminating style and grammatical errors, as well as ensuring that the story flows well.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I am a very good writer, and while I may not have the journalism degree or years of experience, I am confident in my ability to perform any writing task I am challenged to perform. Whether you need an article written (including research, I have a strong scientific background which has honed my critical thinking skills and allows me to weed out the nonsense), or an article edited to read in such a way that your point is clearly made, I can do it. If you need proof, give me a small assignment and I will complete it before you decide to hire me, since I am new at this and lack a long list of references.

    About

    Growing up, I believed that words had the power to ultimately change the world. As a seasoned writer/editor with more than 15 years of publishing and project management experience, I am equal parts creative and strategic. Digging for golden nuggets of information is challenging, but the sweet spot of any interview is when I hear words that would make an excellent quote, and it’s in those moments I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I apply that passion for storytelling in everything that I do. Every story matters. It’s my job to bring yours to life.

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    I can edit resumes, manuscripts, articles, you name it! I also provide resume writing services. I can transcribe as well as set up services for medical-in home care assistance businesses.

    About

    I am mainly a writer and editor. I am proficient in multiple areas of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. I do a lot of work outside of writing and editing as well, so just ask!

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    I can do resume writing, editing for scripts, short stories or novels, or even transcribe work as well. Anything you need, just ask!

    About

    Providing writing and editing services as a freelance writer/editor. Working from home, services provided anywhere via internet.

    About

    I offer writing and self-publication services. If you have a story to tell, I will help you tell it. I generate content, edit, and/or provide assistance in getting your story self-published.

    About

    More than 20 years experience working on national magazines, web sites, and apps for major-player publisher in Des Moines, Iowa.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    We pride ourselves in having excellent work ethic and always doing the best job we can the first time.

    About

    I am a book author for two text books and all ancillaries (test bank, power points, online version, instructors manuals etc.). I am also a reviewer for textbooks. I can translate from English to German and visa versa.

    About

    Professional editing and proofreading on demand, any document, book or magazine project. Willing to travel to you.

    About

    Action Career Solutions is a professional resume writing, staffing, recruiting and general copy editing service.

    About

    I am a technical communications major at Iowa State University providing services in writing, design, and fine arts.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    I do make sure that i complete the assigned job right on time and with quality results

    About

    Are you looking for someone to help write what you want to say, I can help do that. I do editing, writing, online billing. Let's talk about what I can do for you.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    I have been a creative and technical writer for over 5 years and have 4 years of marketing experience. I compose, review, and edit training manuals, process and procedures, proposals, web content, press publications, and much more. I also have 5 years of experience as a business reports writer using crystal reports and MS SQL Server. I have extensive experience using MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress. This type of work is my passion, and my business gives me the opportunity to do something I love every single day while meeting new people and creating long-lasting, trusting relationships.

    About

    I'm a freelance writer specializing in web content for business, environmental writing and agricultural writing. I have two years of experience working in the conservation sector and have five years of experience writing for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. I know how important it is for your audience to understand your mission and know how to weave it into all of your copy.

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