Career Coaching-Consulting Services
To get started working with Brad, clients may choose from three options: Pay-Per-Session, Package #1, or Package #2
The pay-per-session option provides hour-long calls to discuss any of the career assistance topics in the following Menu of Services:
Career discovery and clarification
Career path planning and strategy
Goal setting, motivation and accountability
Resume/cover letter/LinkedIn review & strategy
Job interview preparation
Creating a professional narrative/identity (professional branding & messaging)
Job search strategy
Career transitions and leveraging your prior experience
(Not offered: Placement Services or Contract/Job Offer Negotiation Services)
PACKAGE #1: RESUME, COVER LETTER, & LINKEDIN STRATEGY
Gives your materials a thorough review and your professional identity a major boost. This is not a resume writing service. Instead, clients send one current version of their resume, a cover letter sample, their LinkedIn profile, and (if available) examples of jobs they're interested in. We then schedule an initial consultation call to discuss your strengths, skills, and goals. I independently review the materials for improvement, email you a mark-up of the materials, and meet with you again by phone to discuss edits and strategy. Emailed questions are welcome and a final materials review is conducted by email as needed. The result is a strategic professional identity and narrative that is cohesive throughout your customized materials.
PACKAGE #2: RESUME STRATEGY
Package #2 focuses solely on giving your resume a thorough review and winning strategy. Like Package #1 above, this services includes an initial consultation call, one resume review with notes, one strategy call, and a final emailed review as needed.
THE COACHING-CONSULTING RELATIONSHIP
Supports and encourages you through the challenging process of making significant career-life changes.
Uncovers evidence that supports the direction and motivation for your next move.
Values and utilizes your creativity and individuality.
Helps you sustain the confidence and energy to take action.
Helps you develop a mindful relationship with the stress and anxiety associated with the change process.
Helps you clear the fog that clouds your view when you feel unsure of direction or mission.
Challenges you to dig deeper, try harder, and move beyond the comfort zone that might be keeping you stuck.
Assists you in developing real and practical action plans…and holds you accountable for them.
Identifies and implements your core values, strengths, interests, and purpose.
Encourages you to take responsibility for your choices and not get blocked by your excuses.
Provides you with warm support when you need an unbiased listening ear.
Gives voice to all of your interests and curiosities, while prioritizing what you choose to do next.
Helps you develop confidence in your career direction and approach.
Helps you balance your limited time with your hobbies, interests, passions, and obligations.
Encourages a more mindful and positive approach to daily living.
BradWatersMSW@gmail.com | 773-789-9330
WHO IS CAREER COACHING-CONSULTING FOR?
My coaching-consulting is not the right fit for everybody’s needs. For those who would like to make changes in their life but aren’t ready to make a strong commitment to do the work, coaching might not have as much impact. Coaching asks you to do more than just show up to each session. It’s an agreement to actively engage in the work that will bring about growth and change.
When we collaborate, we have the opportunity to do life changing work. As your coach, my mission is to provoke possibilities, spot your strengths, challenge rigid mindsets and excuses, shed light on ineffective behaviors, help you create an action plan, help you break down big challenges into manageable steps, teach effective strategies, provide resources, and support your growth. However, as your own best expert, you set the agenda based on your priorities. This is not a one-size-fits-all program. We design as we go based on your needs, remaining flexible to the changes that inevitably occur as we progress. I create a safe space for you to explore your vast potential, develop a sense of direction, and initiate the changes that will get you on your way. There is a place in the world for your unique talent so don’t lose your enthusiasm before you’ve had a chance to show the world what you have to offer.
Please understand that it is my ethical and professional obligation to make an initial assessment and determination on whether or not my services are an appropriate fit for each prospective client.
ISN’T COACHING ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AS THERAPY OR COUNSELING?
Our collaboration will look at your life at present and explore how you’d like to make changes that intentionally design your path forward. We may explore ineffective patterns, but our time together does not attempt to heal past trauma or treat mental illness like psychotherapy/counseling. While coaching is highly supportive, introspective, and life changing in its purpose, it is not equal to or an alternative to psychotherapy. It is possible to work concurrently with both me and a therapist, provided both professionals are informed of and agree to such an arrangement.
Clients who feel like they might be experiencing moderate to severe depression, emotional trauma, or other emotional/psychological difficulty should first consider an evaluation by a mental health professional. Because I practice solely as a career coach, I do not market myself as or provide psychotherapeutic services. To find a licensed mental health provider, you can search a provider directory such as Psychology Today. If you or someone you know is experiencing a health or mental health crisis, please dial 911 or your local emergency service. Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or click here to chat with one of their crisis experts.
IS MEETING BY PHONE AS EFFECTIVE AS MEETING IN PERSON?
When I hired my first phone-based coach, I had no idea what to expect. But after a session, I loved the fact that it was phone based… and not just because I could stay in my pajamas! When you’re on the phone, you’ll probably find that it heightens your attention, deepens your listening, and expands your ability to provide honest instinctual responses. You can find a place with no distractions and work with fewer time or location constraints. Together we’ll create a comfortable judgement-free environment. I think you’ll find that it’s a wonderfully creative and inspiring process.
Although I understand the initial apprehension of sharing personal details with a stranger, I ask you to consider being open to giving something new a try; especially if the old ways don’t seem to be working for you. I think you’ll find that once the content of our discussions brings us together, a trust and rhythm soon develops. Plus, our work together is confidential and respectful. Oh, and it’s fun too! I invite you to request a phone consultation at no risk or cost.
WHAT IS A SESSION LIKE?
It’s common for me to ask deep questions, observe and reflect your responses, make connections and notice patterns, provide honest feedback, assign homework that encourages breakthroughs, spot your strengths, utilize humor & story-telling, help create realistic plans, and offer support. You’ll feel challenged, and I believe you need that challenge in order to change old patterns and approach your career with fresh thinking. The power of coaching stems from a strong client-coach connection and open communication. I find joy in creating a warm atmosphere for doing creative work—always respectful and trusting of my clients’ inherent resourcefulness.
My process does not plug you into a one-size-fits-all coaching program. Every client and every session is different. However, I do work from a core strengths-based philosophy and a foundation of strategies that have developed over years of education, training, and direct client experience with hundreds of clients. You come to coaching with a lifetime of beliefs, habits, and desired outcomes, so this isn’t about changing who you are at your core or telling you who I think you should be. To the contrary, I’m here to help you live more aligned with what feels authentic to you.
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I HIRE YOU FOR COACHING-CONSULTING SERVICES?
One-on-one phone meetings with additional email support.
Access to a wide variety of integrative techniques, educational resources, homework assignments, assessments, and strategic planning.
Access to a private client site where you can securely send messages and write unlimited journal entries.
The flexibility of simple electronic PayPal payments and no expensive contracts or obligations.
A warm and encouraging space to develop a collaboration that’s tailor-made to your needs.
Warm conversations with a seasoned coach who has a proven track record of successfully working with a diverse clientele.
WHAT DON’T I GET WHEN I HIRE YOU?
A self-help guru.
A bobblehead who just affirms or mirrors back everything you say.
Walking on hot coals or other such “life-affirming” health hazards.
A one-size-fits-all miracle program or elite membership that doesn’t deliver the value it promises.
A job recruiter or placement service. I also don’t assist with contract/job offer negotiation.
Psychotherapy, Counseling, or any form of mental health services.
WHY DID YOU BECOME A CAREER COACH-CONSULTANT?
I’ve successfully worked with coaches for my own personal-professional development so I know helpful it can be. In those times when it felt like there was no hep to be found, it was the coaches and mentors in my life who gave me hope and helped me see a way forward.
I’m not one to follow convention and this format gives me great flexibility in working with my clients. I believe our culture has evolved in a way that is now craving creativity, individuality, authenticity, ethical responsibility, social connection, and entrepreneurial spirit. With coaching I can be at the forefront of this cultural shift.
I’ve integrated philosophies and tools from a variety of disciplines in a way that feels genuine to and gets results for my clients. Our relationship is action & change oriented, but it’s also nurturing, warm, and relaxed. My style is influenced by narrative, existential, holistic, and co-active coaching models. My coaching style embraces a positive, humanistic, strengths-based, whole-person approach. I thrive when I have the opportunity to be a supporter, collaborator, mentor, strategist, and teacher.
IS YOUR RESUME SERVICE THE SAME AS HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESUME WRITER?
It's so different it's like comparing apples to firetrucks. Numerous clients have come to me after hiring a professional resume writer and wonder why they're still not getting interviews. Sure the resumes look pretty, but far too often the content feels shallow- like the writer didn't take the time to truly get to know the client. That means an employer won't get to know them either. And that's why I don't write resumes for my clients.
A resume is personal, it's important, it should be in your voice, and therefore it should be written by you. That's where I step in. I will thoroughly review your materials, provide extensive notes with suggestions, teach you best practices and latest trends, then meet with you by phone to discuss a strategy tailored to the jobs you're applying for. My goal is to help you learn the techniques that will empower you to take control of your documents. You won't need to hire an expert every time you need a new resume... you'll become your own expert.
WHAT ABOUT THE COST?
I regularly hear feedback that my rates are among the most competitive in the industry. I believe in transparently showing my rates up front. As of February 1, 2019 my rates are:
Pay-Per-Session (60-Minute Call) = $195*
Package #1 (Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Strategy) = $425*
Package #2 (Resume Strategy) = $325*
Most career coaches charge between $200 and $500 per session, with some charging much more. So why would I charge less than other professionals if I could be making the “going rate”? It's not to undercut my competition, it’s not because I don’t put value on my expertise, and it’s not because I’m desperate to land new clients. It's because I'm a mission-driven coach who feels great when I can help people of all backgrounds and life situations. I don't want the cost of my services to be a barrier to getting the help they need, so I’ve set my rates as affordable as I can while taking into account all that goes into running an effective and experienced career development service.
Too many recent graduates, unemployed workers, struggling singles, “starving artists” (I hate that term, btw), and those who are underpaid/overworked tell me they simply can't afford quality help because of their current life situation. I've been there and I know how frustrating it is to not be able to afford the help you desire. I enjoy meeting all kinds of people and I have no interest in only working with millionaires who can afford those expensive life coaches. Please understand, also, that there are infrastructure costs to maintain and much work being done behind the scenes for every single client I work with. Therefore, my rates should not be mistaken as an “hourly rate”, but as a fair composite of operational costs, PayPal fees, prep time and background research, the resources I have created, and the value of my extensive education and experience.
*As a preferred career coach for the alumni associations at University of Michigan and Michigan State University, I've negotiated a discounted rate for U-M and MSU students and alumni. Please contact me or call your alumni association to learn more.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Step 1. Contact me to schedule a free 30 minute phone consultation.
Step 2. Relax. Read my coaching packet. Think about it. No pressure. Decide if you'd like to work together.
Step 3. Email back the signed client agreement. I will walk you through the rest.