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Top Rated Career Consultants Around Ashburn, VA

  • 26 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Charmeda M.
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I have been working in a field for over a decade and was ready for a career change. I am a person who, can always help others in their career aspirations, but I was having difficulties identifying and addressing my own. I decided to look into obtaining a career/life coach. I thought I needed to make an investment in my future and I needed help. I spoke with several individuals but Coach Lynn, stood out, and I booked her shortly after our initial consultation. The coaching I have received thus far has been phenomenal, and life-changing. I believe it has changed my career and life's trajectory for the better. This woman can take your career to new heights and bring life back to a barren desert. I highly recommend working with Coach Lynn.

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Francis S.
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When looking for a personal trainer, it struck me exactly how hard it is to find quality in any service. Most people are bad at most things, and people that take their work seriously are rare. I signed up for some classes with a trainer at my gym. Paid a reasonable amount. Got terrible advice and hurt myself. The trainer was probably trying his best but just didn't have the experience or knowledge to help me learn correctly. I was afraid to make a more serious financial commitment with no guarantee that I'd get better results... but I tried out ELIN, and I'm glad I did. I got a phone call from Elin and was immediately impressed with his knowledge and his ability to communicate effectively about critical aspects of getting in shape. It was clear this was a no-bs trainer that was interested in actually providing training rather than tricking me into paying an exorbitant price and then phoning it in. I began sessions with a trainer named Kris. Kris had the body to indicate that he knows how to work out, but that isn't always enough. You have to be an effective teacher as well. It turns out Kris has an excellent eye for form and was able to explain, over the course of our sessions, specific issues with my body that needed to be addressed. He found exercises that addressed those issues, and if I had difficulty with that exercise, he found a new one that worked better. He strikes an excellent balance between fixing form and letting you get on with the workout, neither constantly interrupting you nor letting you do useless reps. He was also able to explain and demonstrate over time the importance of the less glamorous parts of the workout, such as stretching and SMR, which all of us "know" are important but which we never really accept as crucial. In short, all of my expectations for hiring a professional trainer were met. These guys don't screw around. If you're serious, hire ELIN.

Knowledge Kinetics
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Janet W.
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Gaurav Bhalla is an experienced and versatile business consultant and executive education specialist. As a consultant and educator, he brings to his clients excellent communication and strategic thinking skills, developed over a 35-year career working with Fortune 500 companies and teaching in executive programs at leading business schools. Since 2002, Gaurav has taught numerous times in executive education programs at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He has taught modules on marketing management, service innovation, customer journey mapping, and customer experience management. As director of Smith's Center for Excellence in Service, I have had ample opportunity to observe his teaching style. Gaurav is a highly effective executive educator, whose teaching evaluations are always stellar. The content of his courses is always conceptually rigorous and managerially relevant, and the executives in our programs rave about the quality of his presentation style. Gaurav Bhalla is the consummate business consulting and executive education professional. He can be trusted to deliver an unparalleled client experience.

Write4You
4.4
from 40 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
Dustin W.
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Tom was Great all around. He was able to provide sound advise through career counseling that proved valuable within days of meeting. Tom had examples on hand to assist with choosing formats and how to consolidate years of training & experience to make you look like a Rock Star at your profession.

Coaching with Dr. Neal
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Casey J.
Verified review

So far I am pleased with the work Dr. Neal and I are doing to help me reach my goals. Dr. Neal is professional, engaged, dependable, accommodating, and knowledgeable in his field. His career and life experience make him a quality candidate for a life coach.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
David C.
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Dr. Guckert is an absolute asset for any life or career needs you may need. I have been very impressed with her professionalism, knowledgeability in goal setting/motivation/practical action steps/accountability/etc., and follow up. It has been very easy to communicate with her and to have online sessions. I had honestly felt lost in my life and career, but Dr. Guckert has provided clarity and helped me install confidence in my strengths. I’m looking forward to following through on my business idea. Also, she’s got great business acumen! In any case, if you’re on the fence about a life or career coach, please just contact Dr. Guckert. You’ll be glad you did. I know I am.

Highest Good Wellness
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Crysi H.
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I have received several services from Highest Good Wellness, and each experience left me full. The Reiki healing/ Crystal Reiki are my favorite. Sessions are intense and intentional with consultation before. Salimah always prepares time for initial consultation to get to the heart why I am seeking the service and what I hope will be revealed. Salimah always leaves time for reflection at the end of services. I especially appreciate the write up of our sessions and readings that Salimah provides. It’s nice to have something tangible that I can keep and go back to.

  • 1 year in business
Sonja M.
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I was not sure what to expect when I entered into a coaching relationship with Chris but have been beyond impressed with the value I've received from our sessions. During our coaching sessions, I feel Chris is able to deeply listen and then re-direct the conversation or discussion in a way that is insightful and productive for me. I would recommend Chris to anyone who wants professional or personal coaching! I've also been impressed with the range of topics we are able to cover together.

Tawawn Lowe Consultancy
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Felicia P.
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Working with Tawawn Lowe Consultancy has been an interesting experience. She forces you to be honest with yourself and confront the things that could be blocking your growth. She also provides you with tools, strategies and techniques that you can implement right away and build your confidence as you move to your next level. Because of her coaching, I have successfully mapped out my goals and feel confident on my path to achievement. As part of doing the work to achieve my goals, I am presented with various opportunities for success. I highly recommend working with Tawawn to achieve success in your personal development. If you are ready to do the real work and tired of fluff and want to see real results in your life and from your employees, Tawawn Lowe Consultancy is the way to go.

About

We offer: * Analyst or Consultant * Administrator * Marketer * Human Resources * Program Coordination * Life Coach * Resume Writing * Job Interview Preparation * Salary Negotiation * Award-Winning Public Speaker * Counselor or Crisis Worker * Volunteer Leader

Fresh Water Alchemy, LLC.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Olivia B.
Verified review

Leslie’s approach to life-coaching is completely unique and it works. She gets to the heart of the matter, quickly and effectively with an approachable and formidable style. Her personal experience and deep understanding produced new insights that for me, were invaluable. The wisdom in Leslie’s coaching was key in gaining new vision and moving people through cloudy areas of their life. A key foundation to her success in life coaching is her engaging and active listening skills and ability to identify areas for improvement in a supportive way. I reached out to Leslie for assistance with achieving greater balance in my life as I was juggling five children, a potential career, and managing my own life. I highly recommend Leslie as a Life Coach, she is easy to talk to, honest, direct and has a great sense of humor.

Life Quality by Design, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Hua S.
    Verified review

    To expose students to career options and inspire them to pursue research in microbiology I invited Nancy to speak to students on “The development of Biopharmaceutical Products” at Virginia State University where I taught for 15 years. I warned her in advance that it was not uncommon for students to get up and leave during a talk. I was pleasantly surprised that all students were totally absorbed and stayed for the entire time she spoke. The students found her personal and professional stories very inspiring and felt comfortable approaching her afterwards! I would highly recommend Nancy as a speaker for any group!

    Ben G.
    Verified review

    Marc Hayes is an excellent professional life coach. He asked me the right questions and got me to understand the importance of creating, setting, maintaining and reaching my goals. I have dealt with other life coaches in the past, but Marc Hayes is the best.

    • 10 years in business
    About

    PROTEUS' work stands out due to our commitment to service, honesty, and providing value. We will respond promptly. We will give our honest and candid insight and opinions on what can and can't be done, who can do it and how. And we only engage where we see the value we add.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sarah U.
    Verified review

    Lucie is truly an amazing coach. She has helped me initiate and generate greater personal and professional awareness. She keeps me on track and accountable for my goals at each session. Lucie is an excellent listener and really digs deep to help get the clarity I need to move forward. I've noticed great shifts and changes since my coaching with Lucie has begun. I would recommend Lucie to you if you are ready to do the work and take your life and career to the next level.

    Josh Stewart
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    Vinessa M.
    Verified review

    Wonderful communicator, prompt at retuning emails, phone calls, very knowledgable about social media and dealing wit the press.

    Dr. G @ Your Service
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 16 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Janel P.
    Verified review

    When I worked with Dr. G. I got so clear on my goals and vison for my business. We worked together to develop the blueprint for my business goals. She is awesome and professional. I look forward to working with her again in the future. I am reading The Blue Ocean Strategy because that is her recommendation.

    • 2 years in business
    About

    Hello! I am a Career & Life Coach in private practice; I combine my expertise as a Career Coach at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with my training as a Therapist in Mental Health Counseling. This specialty and intersection of career and life training enable me to support high functioning individuals in achieving their goals. I work with clients as a thought partner as we engage in conversation to design a happier, more fulfilling life. Our conversations can cover topics around work/life balance, family, hobbies, career, relationships, or health. My approach is holistic and relational, which means the coaching relationship is the vehicle for change. I'll help you recognize your strengths and reframe limiting beliefs to overcome and break free of past barriers and habits. Sessions are confidential and give you space to talk without judgement. I incorporate insightful feedback, gentle humor, and a focus on mindfulness that will leave you feeling more confident, self-aware, and inspired!

    About

    Zebra Strategies provides management and leadership consulting and training. In addition, we are experts in sales and marketing.

    High Performance Coaching
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Joshua S.
    Verified review

    Amazing coach and mentor to me for over 20 years. I am a tough critic but with all sincerity I believe hiring Jay would be the best career decision an ambitious professional could make!!!

    Kim R.
    Verified review

    Ms. McCain served our organization by leading our board members through a very effective and thorough Strategic Planning session during our board retreat. Her teaching style is very personable and empowering so that you leave with not only the knowledge to take further steps, but she provides you with "take away" tools to use on your own AFTER the training. I HIGHLY recommend her services and we will be using her for training in additional subject matters.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is a life coach?

    A professional, accredited life coach works with people to help them make important changes in their life, either growing in their profession or changing gears in their personal lives. They help clients turn their dreams or wishes into realistic, attainable goals. They guide people through the process of making life changes by helping them evaluate the steps they must take to reach a particular goal, then help them decide how — and whether — to take those steps in the most efficient, effective and rewarding way possible. A life coach acts as a motivator, strategist and accountability partner. Unlike a therapist, a life coach doesn’t help solve problems from your past — they’re focused on helping you move forward with new ways of acting and thinking that will help you reach your goals. Some people specialize in particular types of life coaching, including life balancing coaches, small business coaches, executive coaches and personal finance coaches. Some meet clients in person, while others hold consultations over the phone.

    Regardless of which type of life coach you’re interested in, make sure the person holds an International Coach Federation (ICF) credential. There are three tiers of credentials: Associate, Professional and Master, which require coaching experience ranging from 100 hours to 2,500 hours.

    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

    How much does a life coach cost?

    A life coach helps clients set and reach professional and personal goals, develop positive habits, and deal with stress. Some people meet with a life coach once or twice, while others form an ongoing professional relationship, meeting regularly in person or on the phone. The average national cost to meet with a life coach ranges from $80 to $130 an hour. Some coaches offer per-session pricing, especially for one-time meetings; expect to pay an average of $100-$125. People who want to work with a coach over a period of time to explore life transitions, career growth or lifestyle changes may be able to get discounted pricing in a package. For example, three 60-minute sessions cost an average of $300, four 60-minute sessions cost an average of $350, and four 60- to 90-minute sessions plus unlimited contact between sessions cost an average of $400. Some specific types of coaching, such as relationship or marriage coaching, cost more than standard life coaching. For instance, three 60-minute relationship coaching sessions cost an average of $500, four 60-minute sessions cost an average of $550, and six 60- to 90-minute sessions cost an average of $650 when purchased as a package. Training and experience can also affect the cost of hiring a life coach. An Associate Certified Coach, who holds a certification that requires only 60 hours of training and 100 hours of coaching experience, will charge less than a Master Certified Coach, who typically has at least 200 hours of training and 2,500 hours of coaching experience.   

    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

    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.