Apr 28, 2011

Career and Life Coaching Thought of the Day...


Read over the following list of values. Rate yourself in terms of their
importance to you according to the following scale:

1= Not important at all 3= Somewhat important
2= Not very important 4= Very important































Please list below the six values that are most important to you personally.

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Competitive Interview Strategies, Preparation and Coaching for New College

Graduates...What really counts in your interview meeting is how to master your next

one and land a new job opportunity.

Designing and creating your own specific goals and objectives for the interview process:

* Dressing for Interview Success~

* Job fair success~

* On-Campus interviewing~

* Phone interview preparation~

* Company site research~

* After "the interview" recommendations ~

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Of the inspirational people in your life (past and present), how have they influenced you? How you can pass this influence on to others?

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

An effective job search begins with an analysis of your experience, skills, and

qualifications to help you determine the perfect career position for this time of your

life. The next step employs an effective transition strategy and a proactive marketing

campaign to achieve results. “Transferable Skills”.

Apr 26, 2011

College Career Coaching News~

Our Coaching Sessions:

Objective: You will get a clearer picture of your values and what you want out of career.


You will be able to set realistic, achievable and practical career goals.

You will increase your self belief and confidence in your ability to achieve these goals.

To think outside the box in order to achieve clarity.

You will be able to resolve issues and challenges in a constructive way.

You will be more motivated about goal setting and action planning.

Deciding on several options that are best for you.

Insight to understand one’s potential.

You will choose a job or career that will be enjoyable and fulfilling.

Apr 24, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Values ~The principles by which you live your life.

Strengths~ Your own skills, gifts and talents.

Beliefs~What you treasure, cherish and hold to be very important to you. What personally motivates and drives you to do what you do?


"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve"~ . J. K. Rowling

Apr 20, 2011

Career Coaching Thought of the Day...

Values ~the principles by which you live your life.

Strengths~ your own skills and talents.

Beliefs~what you treasure,cherish and hold to be very important to you. What personally motivates and drives you to do what you do.


Apr 19, 2011

College Career Coaching News~

Congratulations Class of 2011! You've Worked Extremely Hard to
Obtain Your Degree. Now What?

• Career Strategy
• Assessments
• Self-Assessments (values, interests, motivators, abilities)
• Career research
• Coaching (individual, peer and group coaching)
• Mentoring
• Job Search Preparation
• Resume and Cover Letter Creation
• Interview Techniques
• Networking strategy
• Business etiquette
• Salary Negotiation
• Market Research
• Personal Branding
• Communication
• Innovation and Creativity
• Decision making and planning

Thoughts and Quotes of the Week from Career Integrity Recruitment & Coaching

"Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.

Today can be a healthy unusual day for you and for others...if you take time to give someone a smile...to express a word of kindness...
to lend a helping hand to someone in need...to write a note of gratitude...to give a word of encouragement to someone who is temporarily overcome with problems...to share a portion of your material possessions with others.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Apr 16, 2011

Career Coaching News-

Career and Life Coaching sessions are a great graduation gift for a new COLLEGE GRADUATE:

Enable your graduate to identify personal strengths...

Map out a comprehensive career action plan...

Set challenging career goals aligned with personal and professional aspirations.

Career and LIfe Coaching News~

Building the Foundations of Your Success...Your unique talents and
personality traits aren't being fully utilized to the maximum levels.

Determining What You Want to Accomplish. Manage the "inner critic"
that's keeping you currently stuck...

Learn what really matters to you personally in your daily life...

Get a "clear sense" about what true success on your terms looks
and feels like in the short and long term...

Gain the tools to "take action" toward achieving the goal of a
meaningful life and work...

Apr 12, 2011

College Career Coaching News~

Always have specific inquires and questions for your interviewers during your interview process. Your questions will definitely keep the conversation during your interview meeting run smoothly and express a high interest level on your part.

What are the short term/long term goals of this sector?

Please describe the responsibilities of the opportunity for me.

Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?

Does your company encourage further education?

When will you be making a hiring decision for the opportunity I am interviewing for?

Apr 10, 2011

Career Coaching News~

Interview Questions: Your Future Plans~

• What are you looking for in your next opportunity? What is important
to you in a new position?
• What are your long term goals for the next five years/ten years?
• How do you plan to achieve your short term and long term goals?
• What are your salary requirements - both short-term and long-term?
• Questions about your career goals. Be VERY detailed and specific!
• What will you do if you don't get this position?

Apr 9, 2011

Career Coaching Thought of the Day...

Spencer Johnson's Peaks and Valleys "Making Good and Bad Times Work For You – At Work and in Life"

The key to a balanced life is learning life's lessons during the down times and appreciating life's blessings during the good times.

The Story:
Michael Brown is in a personal and professional valley – discouraged at work, his relationships are strained and his outlook for the future is bleak. He meets a friend who shares a story of peaks and valleys. The story is about a young man, a wise old man and how the young man’s journey to reach the highest mountain peak changed his attitude and life forever.

Finding Balance and Learning The Lessons:
Filled with a wealth of wisdom. Covers a valuable lesson about finding balance in life. Peaks and Valleys teaches that the key to a balanced life is learning life’s lessons during the down times and appreciating life’s blessings during the good times.
Life is filled with valleys – job dissatisfaction, job loss, relationship challenges, not appreciating our talents and so many more. According to Spencer Johnson, each valley is a valuable lesson in disguise. Learn and appreciate the lessons available to you in the down
times and the view from the peak is even more breath taking.
Life is filled with peaks – job promotions, financial success, a loving family and our other proud and happy moments. It’s a fact of life; you have to get through the valleys to reach the peaks in life. The author tells us that to stay on the peak longer, you must appreciate and manage the good times just as well as you learn to manage the bad times.

Career Coaching News

Job Interview Questions~
• What interests you the most about this opportunity?
• Why do you want this job?
• What applicable and unique attributes / experience do you have?
• Are you overqualified for this position?
• What can you do for this company?
• Why should we hire you?
• Why are you the best person for the position?
• What do you know about this company?
• Why do you want to work here?
• What challenges are you looking for in an new opportunity?
• What can you contribute to this company?
• Are you willing to travel?
• What is excellent client service?
• Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company
that you would like to know?

Apr 7, 2011

Career Coaching News-

College Career Coaching News-

Our highly individualized programs at Career Integrity Coaching assist students while in college and after graduation to personally and professionally progress through the stages of their lives with incredible career and life success.

Assisting college students to attain objectives and goals that may seem out of reach. Clarifying where they want to be and comparing where they are, they can begin to set goals, resolve both internal and external conflict, and make quicker, smarter and enduring improvements along the way. Through goal planning and coaching sessions they are held accountable for continuously working toward achieving for a stronger and more prosperous life.

Who Are Our Current Clients?

• High School Seniors
• College Freshmen
• College Sophomores
• College Juniors
• College Seniors
• College Graduates
• Graduate Students

Apr 4, 2011

The RESULTS of career coaching….

The RESULTS of career coaching….

An INCREASE in Salary, Job Growth, Networking, Visibility, Efficiency and Confidence.

A REDUCTION in Frustration, Time-Wasters, Rejection, Risk, Mistakes and Failure.

An IMPROVEMENT in Skills, Communication, Morale, Image, Reputation and

CREATING a Strategy, System, Process, Business and Branding Marketing.

Career Coaching Thought of the Day...

Thoughts and Quotes of the Day from Career Integrity Recruitment & Coaching for Monday, April 4, 2011... :-)

"The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors." ~ Tony Robbins

challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk." ~ Tony Robbins

Career Resume Tip~ Have you used and included keywords and “action verbs” to enhance your resume? Use “strong adjectives”.

Have a fabulous and productive day, I

Irene M. Porto, MBA

Career Integrity Recruitment and Coaching




"Doing the difficult things that you've never done awakens the talents you never knew you had." ~ Robin Sharma 


Apr 3, 2011

Career and Life Coaching Tip of the Day...

Career Integrity Coaching April, 2011 Newsletter Tips For Writing “Thank You Letters”: Approximately, less than 10 percent of job seekers complete the necessary task of “writing a thank you letter to a potential employer” which is a crucial practice of the process. It is proper business etiquette to send a thank you letter, but numerous candidates ignore this matter of courtesy. Writing a thank-you letter can be a significant reason on receiving the opportunity you are currently seeking. A thank you letter can make you be noticed from other potential candidate contenders. In our current job climate, it is smart and necessary to consider every tool that will give you the ultimate edge and advantage. A thank you letter allows you to explain, restate and clarify. In addition, you can redirect your focus on topics that you learned during the interview and re-emphasize your strengths, accomplishments, and skills. An effective thank you note should be forwarded to the interviewer before the final hiring decision has been made by the organization. • Situations that call for a thank you letter: o Immediately after you have your interview meeting. E-mail your letter/note within one day-----ASAP! DO NOT PUT IT OFF! Remember to spell check. You want to convey your interest level in the position. o After a corporation meeting or an exploratory and informational interview. o When a business associate provides a networking contact or refers you directly to an employer. • Main ideas that a Thank You letter should include”: o State your appreciation of your interview meeting and the time spent. o Articulate your interest level in the opportunity. o Re-emphasize your qualifications that match their position summary. o Provide important information that you didn’t have the opportunity to share and cover during your interview meeting. o Keep your thank you letters to one page- simple, clear, concise and short. o Assist the interviewer in remembering you by referring to specific examples and points reviewed in your meeting. o Express your continued interest and enthusiasm for the opportunity. o Demonstrate to your interviewer that you a true professional that is concerned about details. o Keep in mind, a minimal amount of candidates do not send thank you letters - This can be your ADVANTAGE! This is your last opportunity to leave your interviewer with a positive impression of you and your interview meeting Sample “Thank You Letter” Anthony F. Marano Director of Human Resources DIAL Consultants Inc. 337 Court Street Stamford, CT, 06878 April 3, 2011 Greetings Mr. Marano, It was a true pleasure meeting with you today in regards to your Assistant Controller opportunity at DIAL Consultants Inc. I wanted to thank you so much for spending a significant amount of time informing me about your organization and your operational and financial management needs. I especially want to thank you for being so kind to me and making me feel extremely welcomed during our interview meeting. The opportunity, as you presented it, seems to be a very good match in regards to my interest level and my experience in reviewing and preparing external financial reports and establishing and maintaining accounting policy. Once again, thank you for the opportunity to meet with me for this interesting opportunity with your company. I am very excited about the prospect of working with such a dedicated team of professionals. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional inquires. I truly look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, your name Additional Tips: • Proofread the letter before sending it: grammatical errors and typos are unprofessional. You may want to wait awhile and proofread it again. Some decision makers proofread by reading the letter backwards. • Email your thank you letter/note to a specific contact not just the company or organization in general. If you were interviewed by more than one person, either forward a separate letter or note to each person or send a single letter to a key contact for distribution. When sending more than one letter, tailor the message to each recipient. • Stick to your point and message. • Be sincere--most people can sense when you aren't being honest and genuine. • Be specific and detailed….. make certain your letter stands out from the rest. • Do not thank the person beforehand (for example, "Thanking your interviewer in advance for their help in this matter"). To do so is presumptuous and suggests you are unwilling to write a follow-up letter. • Close with either an expression of thanks or an indication of your intention to continue contact. Irene “Highly Recommends”: Connect with your interviewers and check if they are Linked In members immediately after your interview meeting. Remember, you want to continue to build your business and professional network during your job search. To a potential employer, “a Linked In recommendation” is an opportunity to review and read a reference in advance. Having strong references can only assist you when it comes to getting selected for an interview and obtaining a new position. The best way to get recommendations is to give them, so take some time to write recommendations for your fellow peers and colleagues and they will most likely will reciprocate the gesture. Good luck to all, Irene

Apr 1, 2011

What is Career Coaching?

“Go on with a spirit that fears nothing!”  Homer

Frequently Asked Questions:   

1. How does coaching differ from therapy and counseling?

Counseling:  Is an advice-giving approach.

Therapy:  Assist individuals to address root causes.

Career Coaching:  

*     Collaborative and personalized approach that provides constant encouragement.
*     Objective to achieve career goals, aspirations and ambitions based on one’s interest and values.
*     Developing and maximizing one’s specific skills.
*     An opportunity to think out of the box.
*     Problem solving and decision making.
*     Institute an active career plan.

2. The Benefits of the Career Coaching Process?

*     A Career Coach explores and uncovers the career possibilities that have never been considered or understood before.
*    A Career Coach assists you to move forward in a positive direction.
*    Career Coaching is a customized hands-on approach.
*    Career Coaching is a journey to career fulfillment.
*    Career Coaching will eliminate your self-limiting beliefs.
*    Career Coaching focuses on specific techniques and encourages a client to be accountable.
*    Career Coaching is a relationship between a coach that aligns and matches with their clients needs.
*    Career Coaching “enlightens” clients; gives a spiritual insight.
*    Career Coaching is one the most empowering experiences. It has the potential to provide a client a conscious awareness of how they truly feel.

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.
“Willingness to change is strength.”

College Career Coaching News~

College Career Coaching News-

Our highly individualized programs at Career Integrity Coaching assist students while in college and after graduation to personally and professionally progress through the stages of their lives with incredible career and life success.

5 Important Resume Tips:

1.     Should I have an objective? Yes, absolutely!
2.     Your educational history must be the top header.
3.    You resume should fit onto one page.
4.     Proofread: your spelling and grammar MUST be perfect.
5.     Leadership skills: indicate your campus organizations, community service projects, sports or club affiliations involvement.

Career and Life Coaching Tip of the Day...

Goal Setting” during your current job search”... 

"For me, goals are my road map to the life I want. They have helped me accomplish things I once thought were impossible." - Catherine Pulsifer
“Goal setting” during your current job search is crucial, important and necessary. Achievers are candidates who set goals and meet them.

Goal Setting involves…….being positive, thinking in the present, having a greater sense of self awareness, creating and developing objectives, measuring obtainable achievements, being specific, being realistic, being purposeful, action-oriented, creating a vision and monitoring the progress.
Evaluation and Checklist Form for my current job search:
1. Understand what you want to accomplish.
2. Brainstorm ideas.
3. Make your questions open-ended.
4. Utilization of: email and instant message accounts, google and other search engines, blogs, linkedIn, my space, facebook, and other social networking sites.
5. Identifying: my career options, work experience, background , interests and values so I know what type of opportunity will match my personality and aptitudes the best.
6. Networking with peers, colleagues, friends and family members to discover job positions.
7. Researching and being proactive in contacting prospective firms.
8. What size firm do I want to work in? industry? Why?
9. What’s working and what’s not working?
10. I need to increase/decrease my efforts in?
"You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential." - Steve Garvey.