Young Professional Success Stories

Tim Wigington, JD, magna cum laude Lewis & Clark Law School, MBA University of Portland

Position Tim Landed: Special Assistant to the Managing Director, The Freshwater Trust

“Sheila helped me discover what I wanted out of my career, and provided me the tools, insight and strategies to make it happen for myself. I just finished 5 years of grad school (JD and MBA) and was seeking the professional path where I could best apply my skills, and most importantly, come home from work every day feeling fulfilled, engaged and most fully utilized. From the outset, Sheila gave me her full attention and then filtered the information I communicated to her into goals, plans and most influentially, personal empowerment. She constantly pushed me to articulate what success meant to me, and was always willing to think outside the box such that I came to believe that I really had no limitations in terms of doing what I wanted to do. What most impressed me was not her impressive business acumen and experience (which gives her the credibility to speak with authority on complex personal development issues), her flexibility (which speaks to the transferable nature of the service she provides), her incredible ability to listen and provide constructive feedback (which helped me set interim goals and strategies for achieving what I wanted), or even the incredible attentiveness and dedication she afforded me (which made me feel like I was her only client). Rather, it was her willingness to work with me until I had identified what professional satisfaction meant to me on a very deep personal level, and then her patience and incredible ability to help me translate my personalized definition of satisfaction into the types of jobs/roles I would be most fulfilled by. I have the highest respect for Sheila and believe that she is truly blessed with a unique gift. If you are ready to go on a journey of personal exploration and growth (which has the great side effect of helping you land THE job), Sheila is the one and only person I would turn to. I give Sheila my highest recommendation!”

Scott Allen, MA, Government, California State University, Sacramento

Position Scott Landed: Legislative Analyst, State of California

“I contacted Sheila for employment guidance after being laid off early in 2012. First, she worked closely with me to rework my resume and cover letter. I didn’t realize how badly I needed a makeover for both documents! Her input and suggestions were of immediate value as I felt vastly more confident applying for jobs with a well written resume and cover letter. We then got to work on preparing for an interview. This is where Sheila’s expertise really became apparent. Before I consulted with Sheila, job interviews for me were always an exercise in simply reacting and responding. Sheila helped me become proactive and showed me how to let prospective employers know exactly how and why I was qualified and how to genuinely connect with my interviewers. I’ve never felt so confident in a job interview since consulting with Sheila. Her expertise and ability to bring out the best in me was absolutely critical in helping me land my current job, which was the exact job I was looking for! I certainly saw great results from working with her and she is a joy to work with. Sheila impressed me not only with her great results and extensive knowledge, but with her ability to immediately identify areas that needed improvement and her creativity in addressing those areas. If anyone asked me for employment or career advice, I would immediately put them in touch with Sheila Madden. She is the real deal.”

Molly Thivierge, BS, Organization Communications, University of Portland

Position Molly Landed: E-Marketing Assistant at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Hershey, PA 

“It was incredibly empowering to work with Sheila. I was confident and prepared going into the interview, and I felt as though the interviewers were seeing my best self as a result of the work we had done together. Sheila was fabulous at identifying my value as a potential employee and helping me to understand and communicate that value in the context of the job. Sheila also suggested very insightful questions for me to ask in the interview so that I could fully understand the organization.  When I asked those question, I could see that the interviewers were impressed. I could also see the passion and conviction the panel had for their jobs and it showed me a more human, personal side that I really connected with. Sheila is a joy to work with, and I know that I am armed with invaluable information and insight moving forward in my professional career as a result of her coaching.”

Tyler Mullin, BA Communications, University of Colorado

Position Tyler Landed: Sales Rep, Gallo Industries, San Diego, CA

“Sheila is an absolute pleasure to work with and is very knowledgeable in what she does. I am a recent college graduate and have asked her for help with interviews, follow-up e-mails and advice on how to network with prospective employers. Not only does she provide excellent insight, but also she is very effective in inspiring people and pointing out personal attributes that you may not be aware of yourself. Her dedication to her clients goes beyond reproach. Sheila is extremely reliable and I have always been able to count on her. Anyone could benefit from working with Sheila and I highly recommend her services.”

Mark Wheeler, BA in Social Work and Spanish, University of Portland

Position Mark Landed: Match Support Specialist – Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Portland, OR

“I’m a young professional who, with the help of Sheila as my career coach, secured a job in my sector of interest in a very short time and during a period of high unemployment. Sheila was very easy to talk to and to work with. She helped me understand and then articulate how my skills and experience fit the needs of the organization with which I interviewed. I learned techniques to calm my nerves, engage with prospective employers, and turn an interview into a meaningful conversation. Through mock interviews, I practiced and sharpened delivery of important messages I wanted to convey. I was able to create a clear, self-assured voice. Through working with Sheila, I gained confidence to step above the rest of the applicant pool and prove I was the one my employers wanted to hire. Sheila was honest and productive, yet creative and wise. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.”

Call Sheila today for a free consultation on how career coaching can help you have a career and life with meaning and financial success. 831 277-4919

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