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  • 3 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary M.
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This will be my second week working with Elin Personal Training Redefined. So far I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Elin responds very quickly to any question or inquiry that I may have, and the trainer Alek has done a great job during my sessions. I also really appreciate the guidance and advice on nutrition. I would definitely recommend Elin. Thanks!

Write4You
4.4
from 41 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 96 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.

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Laura Fay Life Coaching, LLC
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney R.
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Laura Fay has been a complete blessing to my adult life. She has been coaching me for over five years on things like work presentations, life relationships, and spiritual learning. Laura has multiple degrees and years of experience, but her ability to meet people where they are in life is true gift of hers. Her coaching has made my quality of life better. I have and will continue to recommend Laura to my dearest friends and family.

  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney D.
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Tarah have me hope again. She was patient and very understanding. She gave of herself freely. Tarah was available day and night. She was more than a trainer she was a friend. She pushed me when I needed pushing and motivated and uplifted me when I met a challenge. She helped to save my career. She cares more about you as a while person than just getting to the size you want. I am truly blessed God sent me more than a trainer.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra B.
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I'm a mother of three and needed some guidance with my eldest 7 year old son. I heard Sharon Khen on a radio talk show and was really impressed, so I decided to contact her for parenting coaching and I'm so glad I did!  Sharon has been wonderful and clearly knows what she's doing. I immediately started to feel a difference in my son's behavior and in our family dynamics in general. Things are much better now, and after every session I feel better about myself as a parent, and this feeling is priceless!

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Justin M.
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Patrick is amazing knowledgeable and helped me personally and professionally in my career. Not only does he have years of interviewing under his belt, he's seen countless resumes. He helped me polish up my resume in terms of wording, look, and feel. I couldn't thank him enough for the candid career advice and tools to help make me successful.

  • 4 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy R.
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Raffi Bilek is a phenomenal resource. He actively listens before he speaks, and provides meaningful feedback and direction that clearly reflects my unique situation. His comments are wise, productive, and well thought-out. His humor also helps me feel comfortable and makes him relatable – sometimes it is the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. I am indebted to him for his active listening and articulate, wise, and compassionate guidance. Thank you!

The Spirit Ascension Group
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Jody U.
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Celeste has a true gift. The guidance she offers is uplifting and empowering.

Dr. WinFitness LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa P.
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I really love how dedicated he is to helping me teach my goals.. He looks at diet and excersise as one and gives me the tools, support anf guidance i need to loose this weight once and for all.

FIT-ish BossBabe
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kat K.
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I started working with Tammy Park over 3 years ago, her guidance, encouragement, and knowledge has helped me gain more confidence as a leader. I'm so grateful to consider her not only my mentor but now, my very dear friend.. Thank you for everything Tammy!

Joseph Deck Ministries
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christopher S.
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Exceptional Life Coach/Spiritual Counselor. Provided me with relevant and needed guidance as I went through the process of gaining legal custody of my 2 sons.

Curvy Wellness Coach
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Veronica A.
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I am so happy that I got the opportunity to work with Jenny through one of the most stressful periods of my life. She used her experience and research to help me come up with action items and held me accountable when I wanted her to. She makes you feel comfortable right away and after a session or two you feel like you've known her for years. I would recommend her to anyone who needed guidance and coaching!

Soares Life Coaching
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Jana S.
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Eduardo Soares has a gift. I believe that he has found his purpose in life. He can help you in many areas of life. He is very profissional, detail oriented and very determinated to extract the best out of you. I would highly recommend his coach guidance!!

WRTraining
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Saream J.
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The journey hasn't been easy but the process of getting there with help has made it bearable. The key was to keep focus on the gosl at hand. The visual workouts of video's was a tremendous guidance for each day workouts. In addition, the meal plan was an added bonus in achieving and completing weekly goals. I appreciate my online coach for all the times he pushed me to see what was in front of me and not beneath me such as the scale. And, to appreciate how far I have come. An environment of professionalism and constructive feedback in persuading clients like myself to keep pushing. It wasn't easy but with this online program, it made changing my bad habits into habits that will better my overall healthy lifestyle. Thank you, Coach Reese.

Two Bird Coaching
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Jessica H.
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    Atieno came into a time of my life when I really needed some guidance. She was very helpful for me to find myself and work through some 'bumps' that I was facing in my life road. I became a more focused and happy person by working with her.

    Happy Work Week
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    Katie R.
    Verified review

    I thoroughly enjoyed working with Quianna over the past month. We decided that a package of five sessions would match my needs and we went well above and beyond what I was expecting to get out of our meetings! Not only did Quianna help me narrow down which field I should be looking for a career in, but she also helped me discover what motivates me professionally and why I was so unhappy in my previous position. An awesome part of her approach is how she starts with the foundation of who you are. I hadn't wanted to admit that I was severely lacking in professional confidence. However, she encouraged me to tackle that head on before we began talking about a new career field and those initial discussions were immensely helpful. Logistically speaking, scheduling and communicating with Quianna between sessions was very easy as well. Over the course of our sessions, I contacted her via text message, phone call and email and she was always very prompt and friendly in her replies. On a personal level, I truly enjoyed working with Quianna. She was incredibly warm and understanding and made me feel that I could be comfortable and open with her about what I was looking for and how I felt about my new job search. Not only did she help me before I began looking for a new job in a new field, but I believe that she can help others with any variety of questions or problems about their current or future work experiences.

    Andrea V.
    Verified review

    Tyler Goddard has helped me transform my body and my life. Without his help I wouldn't be where I am today. I have lost over 30 pounds, built muscle for the first time in my life and gained confidence and happiness that can't be measured. He writes me personalized work-out plans for a 90-day plan with each week and month being different and closely monitored by him. His workouts are challenging yet easy to follow and he tapers them to match my performance. What I enjoy most about my experience in training with Tyler is his genuine concern over my progress and well-being. He is so dedicated to all of his clients and is so happy and excited for me when I meet my goals! He is always a phone call, or text away and will help you with anything even if it's not fitness. Just one thing that makes him different from other coaches. Tyler is truly passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and live a healthy lifestyle. I have trained with other personal trainers and met with life coaches, but the difference is that Tyler actually cares about his clients on a personal level. He is so warm and motivating and I would recommend him to anyone looking for exercise/nutrition advice to just life and well-being guidance. Since working with Tyler, there is no one else I will train with!

    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.

    MentorMe

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      About

      My team of three helps review and write resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles; teach interview skills; and perform all other job-search-related activities and documents. We are geared toward student and recent graduates but have advice for every level. Let us help you get where you want to go!

      Career & Life Coach

      New To Thumbtack

      • 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!

      Resume Crafters

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        Resume Crafters is a full-service resume writing and career-coaching business that provides clients with a dynamic, competitive edge. We write outstanding executive and federal resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and bios for professionals. We provide mock interviewing sessions and strategies for job search and effective social media job campaigns. We are also supporting career-changing solutions and workplace goals. Our services entail building a positive relationship with a client through careful analysis and interviewing that highlight strengths, transferable skills, and accomplishments. We believe that your resume is a unique sales tool that highlights your notable leadership ability, personality, and expertise in a customized format that makes you stand out from the crowd and get interviews. Customers love the fact that they get lots of interviews and are impressed with the insight, clarity and presentation of a Resume Crafters resume that makes them look great on paper. They also receive updates at no additional cost. Resume Crafters has been in business since 1992 and is owned by Barbara LaBier, a certified career coach and resume writer with over 15 years experience. She also blogs and has worked for 25 years as a technical and freelance writer.

        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

        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.

        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 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.   

        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.

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