Helping clients in transition uncover purpose, cultivate presence,
and realize potential for career results.

 

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Helping clients in transition uncover purpose, cultivate presence,
and realize potential for career results.

 

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6 career
building blocks

NAVIGATE EDUCATION

Whether transitioning from high school to higher ed, or the workplace back to higher ed, the options are dizzying! What are your learning goals? Who do you want to become? What options will get you there? How can you excel in your application?

Let’s tackle these questions together and beat a path to your true purpose.

FIND/CREATE WORK

The world of work is in constant flux. What’s out there for you?

Get perspective on work options that make you excited to hop out of bed and start your  day. Consider options you didn’t even know existed. And if the perfect job isn’t out there for you, we can work together to create work that is perfectly fitting.

PRESENT IN WRITING

Most career transitions require that you reach out in writing. Yet mastering the art of self presentation on paper takes time and practice.

Work with me to cultivate your writing skills for the most common career transition documents: resumes, CVs, letters and business proposals that bond with your audiences.

PRESENT IN PERSON

Your career will put you in face-to-face situations ranging from social events and conferences to interviews and business presentations. For some, this is easy. For others, a hardship.

Learn to feel at home around others. Learn techniques to tell interesting stories and cultivate relationships.

BUILD RESILIENCE

Resilience is all about rebounding from setbacks common in the pursuit of career, education and work goals. What setbacks you ask? Uncertainty. Rejection. Conflict. Fear. Insecurity. Loss. Failure.

Take a deep dive with me into your inner world. Learn to master your mind and emotions in pursuit of your purpose and potential.

SHIFT INTO ACTION

The many steps in the process of applying for education or work can feel daunting. While we may long to be somewhere else, our circumstances and/or our beliefs can hold us back and keep us stuck.

Action is the bridge to getting unstuck. To realizing your potential. Create with me strategies that inspire action.

looking forward
to your future

For individuals looking to claim their place on a career path that feels fulfilling, Ruth Louden is a Career Coach, focussed on uncovering your  purpose and potential during education and work transitions so you can look forward to a future of possibilities.

 

Thank you Ruth for all of the help. All of our work and practice paid off so well. It has been life changing to not only get into a fantastic school, but also learn so much about the business world and how to do important tasks that will be crucial in my future.  What you have taught me will last for decades.

benefits of working
with a coach

1 FOCUS
We live in a world of instant information and unlimited possibility. How in the world do we get clear on what we want to do in our future and where we want to go? A coach stands back and helps you clear away the confusion, You can then zoom in on what’s important to you and get moving on a realistic plan that targets your unique needs, wants and goals.
2 FIND YOUR WAY
Navigating the world of education and work is a bit like navigating a new city. To find your way, it helps to have a map, knowledge of the lingo, insight on the rules and targets for how you want to spend your precious time. Working with a coach saves you time and frustration. You will see more clearly your options and develop skills to chart a realistic path forward.
3 STAND OUT
Every time you make an application – be it for education or work – you put yourself out there. Your accomplishments, your interests, your values and goals are all under the spotlight. A coach helps you clarify your audience, select your most relevant accomplishments and articulate these on paper or in person with energy, enthusiasm and confidence.
4 GET THE OFFER
What do you want? An admission offer to a competitive education program? A job with the organization of your dreams? A promotion within your current organization? As your coach, I stand by you step-by-step through the application process, helping you bounce back from setbacks and providing a sounding board for challenges along the way to the offer.

frequently

asked questions

WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE MY COACH?

I’ve worked in higher education and employment services for + 20 years with quality employers – the University of Toronto and Deloitte to name two.

I am passionate about the power of higher education to create for my clients a lifetime of career and personal mobility. For 18 years, I worked in Canada’s top university, meeting students as early as Grade 12, continuing to work with them on their education and work goals throughout university and into their early careers.

My educational background includes a Master of Education (Career & Work specialization) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Environmental Studies (Quality of Work Life specialization) from York University. I’m trained to administer psycho-educational assessments, including the MBTI, the Strong Interest Inventory and the EQi.  I also have extensive experience using the VIA character strengths assessment.

Read more about me or visit my LinkedIn profile for more details.

WHAT DOES YOUR COACHING PROCESS ENTAIL?

Prior to working with me, you’ll sign off on your goals for coaching and agree to a budget and approach.

In the first 1-1.5 hour session, we get to know each other. You’ll have a guided questionnaire to prepare for this session. At the end of each session, we agree on what each of us will do before the next session. We begin each session reviewing our commitments and confirming our focus for the new session.

I’m trained in solution-focused coaching, which believes that within clients resides the resourcefulness to find the right solutions for their problems. My questions draw on clients’ power to be resourceful, imaginative and knowledgeable about what will work best for them.

Learn more about my 4-step approach that I tailor to the needs of each individual client.

WILL YOU WRITE MY DOCUMENTS FOR ME?

The short answer is “no”. We work together on your resume, cover letter, personal statement and LinkedIn profile. Think of me as your writing coach and editor.

We start with your own draft document(s) and build from there, working first on the substance of your message, then moving to format, layout, grammar and spelling. Sometimes, it takes only a couple editorial meetings, sometimes many more.

I work with you to make sure you submit a quality document that is thoughtful, strategically targeted to its audience, clearly and logically written and professionally formatted. You will feel proud and motivated to submit it to its intended audience AND knowledgeable about how to re-purpose it for other applications.

In the end, you become a much better writer, and feel more confident about your writing, a necessary skill in today’s workplace.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?

It all depends on what you need. We can meet online (Zoom) for a 1-hour resume critique to strengthen your resume for an emergency job application. We can meet in person for a 2-hour mock interview to prep you for that big interview coming up. Or we can meet weekly by phone or Zoom for an hour over a 3- to 6-month period to coach you through an important career transition such as your university application or a major job change.

WHAT WILL IT COST ME?

My fees range from an hourly rate of $100 to bundled packages ranging from $500 to $2,000.

I can also tailor a program to your specific needs and budget.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Book a consult with me. Use my appointment contact form to tell me a little more about yourself. First 30 minutes are on me!

contact ruth

LOCATION

Serving the GTA
and beyond

BOOK A FREE CONSULT

Make an appointment to chat with Ruth for a half hour free

EMAIL

ruth@ruthlouden.com

                  

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