The Fancy Stuff
Confessions of a Career Expert
the thousands of resumes I have seen over the years, I have developed
a possibly unreasonable aversion to Times New Roman font.
It's nothing personal, TNR, you just bug me with your world domination.
I like to root for the underdogs.
This tells you a little bit about me but, just in case you are a person
who prefers your bios full of more factoids, here's:
The Fancy Stuff
Career Expert - Since 1998, I have assisted thousands
of individuals—from high school students to mid-career professionals—to
connect creatively and authentically with work or school that suits their
goals and aspirations. My former work recruiting internal medicine physicians
and 8-year role as a community member of the Queen's
University Medical School application process has resulted in many
medical students standing up and yelling, "She's the reason I'm in
medical school!" as I enter their classroom. Not true, but lovely of them
to be so appreciative of my coaching help! I have created and implemented
highly popular Applying to Meds, Meds Interviewing and Residency Application
and Interviewing programs.
I have been qualified to administer and interpret the personality tool,
MBTI™ (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
since 1999 and was an institutional member of the Canadian
Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) from 1998-2009.
I graduated from a Disability
Studies diploma program in 1993. Due to my ongoing commitment to and
interest in accessibility issues, I was appointed as Director Representing
Persons with Disabilities to the 1000
Islands Workforce Development Board from 2007-2011. I was also very
privileged to work as a voting member of the Employment
Standards Development Committee of the Accessibility Directorate of
Ontario during 2008/2009.
All of the diverse people I have worked with inspire my career writing
and speaking and they make me believe even more that everyone deserves
to find their own "Happily Ever After" at work.
Writer - I am the author of, "Career Cupid - Your Guide
to Landing and Loving Your Dream Job" (Writing
on Stone Press, 2009), a humorous and informative book that draws
parallels between the process of finding a great romance and finding
a great job. I was a career columnist for JobPostings
magazine from 2010-2012 and an Expert on CollegeXPress.com.
I am also the editor of two previous editions of the campus best-selling
book, "Queen's Best Résumés and Cover Letters". Currently,
I am spending my work-at-home days writing fiction for children and
more non-fiction for adults.
Speaker - I have been fortunate to speak at such diverse venues
as The National
Consultation on Career Development (NATCON), the Women in Science
and Engineering Conference (WISE), and the Withinsight
Canadian Student Leadership Conference. For 20 years, I taught thousands
of career strategies classes to university undergraduates and graduates
in diverse disciplines ranging from engineering to art history. I
have also counselled Executive MBA students and have developed and
delivered a career strategies course for technology students in community
Vintage Lover - I love all things vintage and collect vintage
vehicles (at least, that's my goal...to have a collection) and have
enjoyed a VW Beetle (2003-2012), a Fiat 500 (2013-present)
and a Boler travel trailer (2010-present). Read more about my
vintage-inspired life at my blog: avintagelife.wordpress.com
Excerpts from my Smile
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another. - Helen Keller
"I have been with other career counsellors and Christine has
been the best at helping push me but at the same time building my
confidence. The job search process is not easy yet Christine made
it fun and in the end very successful. She clearly cares about each
individual client and not just because it is her business." -
"Working with Christine has been a real pleasure. As a career counsellor,
she is forward-thinking, sincere, and empathetic – I wish that every
single student in Canada had the opportunity to sit down with Christine.
Thankfully, those are traits that come across in her writing. As a
columnist for jobpostings magazine, Christine is always well-ahead
of deadline, and her writing is an absolute pleasure to edit. She
never goes for the obvious lead, and her subject matter is always
fresh, insightful, and relevant; she never writes fluff pieces. She
is also damn funny, and has an uncanny ability to connect with readers
on a personal level, always understanding their concerns, and always
leaving them feeling encouraged" - Jason R.
"Not only was Christine's academic and career resource advice invaluable,
but also her support boosted my flagging morale at the right times.
I would always leave her office feeling more purposeful. Christine
was a valuable resource for me." - Marney S.
"Christine is a warm, reliable and insightful professional. She knows
how to truly listen, and she reflects what she hears in to useful
steps that help her clients find rewarding results. She is able to
help clients effectively analyze their aptitudes and interests and
then formulate an action plan for realizing their goals. She has a
clear passion for her field, and she is committed to helping people
find their passion as well. I highly endorse her abilities." - Chris
I found you to be an excellent speaker and your method of presentation was very effective. This is saying something, since as of 3:30 today, we had already endured 6 hours of lecture time and until your presentation began I was nodding-off at my desk. (Careers in Medicine workshop) - 1st-year Medical student
Best workshop I've taken so far in 3 years. Very helpful! (Applying to Meds workshop) - Graduating Biomedical Computing student
You were really helpful/informative and more than that, really warm and approachable such that I felt comfortable engaging in questions. (Applying to Meds workshop) - Graduating Life Sciences student