Dedicated to providing effective career guidance and tools that result in greater success for our clients.
Vantage Point Career Coaching allows Vertical Elevation to take advantage of our unique ability to ascertain essential information from our clients and translate this understanding into the best and most marketable use of the client’s skill set.
Vantage Point, developed by Vertical Elevation founder Carol Schultz, is tantamount to the classical SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, performed in virtually every business due-diligence process, yet better. Due to Carol’s nearly three decades of experience in career strategy and professional leadership coaching, she is able to provide the insight needed to create individualized curriculum, planning, and analysis for every client regardless of their goals or industry. She is also well-versed in personal development enabling her to work effectively with an individual’s “mindset”. Mindset work shifts the internal conversations that have been running their lives leaving no possibility for something different and productive. Another way to look at this is “ego management” and how you show up to the people in your life, both professionally and personally.
You don’t have business problems. You have personal problems that show up in your business. What this illustrates is that professional development and personal development go hand in hand. Providing clients this access to personal/human development makes them better leaders.
Vertical Elevation presents our clients the Vantage Point by which they can be in control of, and successfully navigate, their career strategy.
On our discovery call, we will clarify your goals and expectations and what you would like to achieve through executive career coaching. Additionally, we will cover what’s expected out of you in the process, including communication expectations. If your goals and expectations do not align with Vertical Elevation’s expectations of what it will take for you to succeed in this process, we will not take you on as a client.
Vantage Point Career Coaching Steps:
The first step is discovery and an in-depth analysis of your career history. Through this process, Carol reviews your professional development. She looks at such things as, what has worked and not worked in your professional career, common denominators that drive you, behaviors that have limited you, and the patterns that have emerged as a result. Immediately following the strategy session, you will be invited to complete a Kolbe A profile. At a high level, Kolbe tests look at preference, as the Jungian models do (such as Myers Briggs), but at what it calls “connation” which is really about motivation and what causes people to take action or be self-mobilized. This will help us to further define our strategy.
2. Professional Career Development:
After your initial homework (Needs/Wants list) is completed, we will begin to develop appropriate next steps in your career. We look at specific industries, locations, quality of work/life issues, and job title/positions. This is the time where we’ll begin diving into mindset and professional and personal development as these things are not mutually exclusive.
3. Resume & LinkedIn:
Depending upon what kind of shape your resume and LI profiles are in we will determine together if you need a new or rewritten resume and LI profile. There is an extra charge for this service. At that point, you will complete a questionnaire that will be sent to our writer and you will work with her directly. Carol reviews the drafts and final product with you during the process and prior to your acceptance of the resume/cover letter. This process is typically complete within two-three weeks of the questionnaire completion.
4. Plan of Action:
We begin to construct a plan of action derived from our conversations, your questionnaire, and your goals and expectations to determine exactly what steps need to be taken to target the companies at which you will excel. We typically do not recommend mass resume emailing of any kind.
5. Contacting Companies:
While the resume and LinkedIn profile are being written, Carol will begin the process of teaching you how to best contact companies determined to be a match. She will teach you the best, most effective ways to navigate companies such that you have a greater probability of reaching decision-makers and getting their attention. This is done through a variety of tools and scripts.
6. Interview Training:
While you are waiting to hear from those companies you’ve reached out to, Carol will begin preparing you to excel during interviews. We will practice your interviewing skills through “real-play” to ensure you use the most effective communication through exceptional language skills. One tip is the critical nature of asking smart questions geared around what you can do for the company, not what they can do for you.
7. Interview post-mortem:
One key point to interviewing is taking precise notes during an interview. This serves as a tool so that each interview advances your ability and further prepares you for the next. You should write down everything you discussed in the interview as soon as it concludes while it’s still fresh in your mind. Be specific. The process works much better if you can relay the conversations verbatim. Exact words used by everyone involved will provide greater insight to allow for specific coaching on what worked and what needs to be modified in your technique.
8. Due Diligence:
Over 50% of people leave employment within the first 18 months for reasons having nothing to do with skills and abilities. Consequently, once a company has invited you to a second interview, Carol will teach you how to do effective “due diligence” as well as getting as much “G2” (the process of gathering pertinent information about the company and the individuals you will be working for without them knowing you’ve done this) as you can. This will help you determine if these are companies and people you want to work for/with.
9. Negotiation/Decision Making:
As your interview process with each company starts to conclude Carol will train you on how to negotiate the best offer possible. We will also cover how to “hold off” a company preparing to make an offer if you are early in the process with one or more other companies that interest you. Finally, we’ll talk about how to choose between offers.
After most sessions, you will be assigned homework to be completed prior to the next call. On the subsequent call, we will review your homework and make necessary adjustments. Completing homework is essential to successfully move on to each successive step in the process.
Vertical Elevation | 8662 Pawnee Rd | Parker, CO 80134 | Telephone: 303-805-7635