True “Career Transformation” Success Stories by 7 Fabulous Coaches!

Career Transformation CoachingI am so excited to bring to you 7 true stories of “Career Transformation” told by 7 of the greatest coaches you could ever meet.

As part of this team, I've captured these 7 "Career Transformation" stories in 7 individual (5-10) minute interviews.

Click here to listen to the "Career Transformation" interviews FREE!

The 7 coaches who have shared their true stories are:

1. E.G. Sebastian

2. Dr. Joe Rubino

3. Kim Marino

4. Scott Armstrong

5. Jaden Sterling

6. Catherine Jewell

7. Catherine Howley


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The questions that I have for you are:

· Has fear ever stopped you in your tracks?

· Do you blame yourself for your current career situation?

· Could self sabotage be the cause of your problems?

· Could low self esteem be a contributor to your career struggles?

· Is your career over if you are in your 40’s and have lost your job?

· Do you want to have the job you really love?

· Do you want to get to a point where you feel passionate about your job, so much so that it does not feel like a job anymore?


If the answer to any of the abovementioned question is yes then you want to listen to these #Career Transformation" interviews.

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Here is to your success.

Kim Marino, Business Owner,, Certified Career Coach,
Resume Writer, Certified Life Coach & Leader Development


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Join LinkedIn Groups to Develop Your Online Presence!

LinkedIn color Background IconI love LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great place to be a voice. And to also connect with people you in a similar industry to yourself. For many of us, LinkedIn is used as a way to search for jobs and connect. But for businesses, it can go beyond this, with the use of something like Linkedin Integration, by targeting the right audiences for their products and content. There is so much more to this platform than we think. Today I’m going to write about one of the many ways you can begin to establish your online presence through LinkedIn Groups. When I discovered people were watching me on LinkedIn, I honestly had no idea. I was just doing what I do, i.e., helping people. After all, I am a Career Coach. And, I do participate in Groups on LinkedIn with other professionals related to Career Coaching.

Typically, I would simply answer a question by commenting for one of my teammates or Group members. I didn’t realize I was creating an online presence until people started contacting me and telling me they knew who I was from my online presence on LinkedIn.


Here are a few pointers just to begin your LinkedIn online presence:

1. Join a Group

2. Write a Comment or ask a question in the Group

3. Create a Group


Join a Group. To find LinkedIn Groups, go to the top right corner of the menu bar. Click on the arrow next to the hourglass in the search key. You’ll see options to search for People, Companies, Groups and more. Click on Groups. Select a Group of interest to you. For example, Charlotte Job Help is a great Group to join, if you’re a job seeker in Charlotte North Carolina. As a Career Coach from the Outplacement industry I joined Outplacement Professionals Network, and many more Groups related to my profession as a coach, trainer and resume writer.

Join a LinkedIn group you are passionate about!

Write a Comment or Ask a Question. This will encourage you to jump in and ask a question or discuss a comment. Here’s how you can develop your online presence. For example, when you ask a question to begin a discussion in a LinkedIn Group that creates the highest number of members commenting on your question, suddenly you will find yourself …

A LinkedIn Group “Top Influencer of the Day” or “Manager’s Choice.”

Create a Group. You can also Create a Group on LinkedIn. Why? There are many great reasons. Here’s one example. Let’s say you’re working for a company experiencing a planned or unplanned major expansion. You can create a LinkedIn Group as a forum for the employees to quickly have answers to questions 24/7 by and for the members of the LinkedIn group. Why? To share information for the organization or for specific groups within the organization.

To create a group, click on Groups in the right center of the menu bar. Then click on Create a Group, fill out the form options and select Create an Open Group or Members only Group.


In closing,  I hope this blog has challenged you to take the next step and dig a little deeper into LinkedIn. Are you the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world?  Or, maybe you are a job seeker or know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered “Yes” to any one of these situations, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career. You can reach me on LinkedIn, call 970-672-8476 or email me at Until next time. Remember to be inspired and be an inspiration to others.

How I Accelerated My Public Speaking at Toastmasters!

How I Overcame Fear of Public SpeakingI love Toastmasters.  I joined Toastmasters earlier this year to increase my public speaking skills. I presented three speeches to this group so far.  With over 25 weekly members, the calendar for public speakers fills up quickly. 

Whether you are already a member of Toastmasters, thinking about joining a chapter or simply curious about public speaking, there will be a golden nugget and insight for you as you reflect upon this extraordinary story. This experience happened to me at the previous Toastmasters meeting only a couple weeks ago.  Looking back, I clearly see how it accelerated my awareness of my public speaking potential.

As you read this story, imagine being the character  practicing your public speaking skills. How would you act? how would you feel? What would you think? And, what would you have done?

This is what transpired…


I received an email from my Toastmasters group “Noonshiners.”  They were looking for a volunteer because a slot just opened up for a public speaking engagement the following day.  I’ve been practicing my speech to be presented at the end of September for three weeks now and felt ready to take on this challenge.  So I volunteered and added myself to the Toastmasters calendar.


The next morning I checked my mail 15 minutes before I left the house to go to Toastmasters.  I received a letter from my mortgage company telling me they were going to stop my current pay plan. They said my bank returned their automatic withdrawal.  I don’t know about you, but for me, this was a big fear I needed to take care of as soon as possible. And this fear was a distraction to my public speaking engagement. Can you imagine what may have been going through your mind if this was happening to you?


However, in my mind, not presenting my Toastmasters speech was not an option for me.  So I practiced my public speaking one more time and was off to present my speech titled “Conversations with Doubt and Fear.”


I was number two of three people that signed up for speaking that day. I honestly felt my heart beating out of my chest as a couple of the members shook my hand to thank me for being a brave soul and volunteer at the last minute.  No one could know how nervous I was to present this speech today. But this time, I wasn’t nervous about my speech. My fear was from the letter I received from the mortgage company.  Can you relate to this? 


While I was speaking, I realized how much I was living the “Conversations with Doubt and Fear.” How real it all was as I spoke. I mean, I even had a line in the speech when Doubt and Fear said to me “Kim, your heart is beating so fast, you can’t even hear yourself speak.”  I was so aware of living everything I was speaking about, but it wasn't distracting .  It was almost like I was an observer in my own experience.


At the end of my speech,  everyone clapped their hands as I bowed, shook the Toastmasters hand and walked back to my seat.  I knew I connected well because everyone laughed when I said something funny.  I spoke without my notes, walked around the room with lots of eye contact to my audience of around 30 people.  I did it!


My Evaluator said “Kim you jumped five levels today from your last speech. You came across as genuine, natural, everything flowed, you weren't nervous at allAnd," she said "I learned so much from you. Everything was great. The only critique I even have for you is to pause a few more seconds before you ended the speech with thank you.” I couldn’t believe it. I never even heard a critique that good since I’ve been there.


Looking back, I realized so many things had to come into alignment for this to happen.

1. I volunteered at the last minute to do this speech three weeks earlier than planned.

2. I received a letter 15 minutes before going to present my speech from my mortgage company which drove my entire presentation.

3. I was speaking on the topic of “Doubt and Fear,” which again, accelerated my awareness of my speaking potential. 

Oh, and, by the way, the letter from my mortgage company turned out to be a computer error.

“Wow,” I thought, “how cool is all this.  How many things had to line up in the universe to make all that happen?”  The reason I am writing this to you is this… 

There is a reason to be grateful for everything in life, the good and the bad. 

I am so grateful I volunteered to be the public speaker at Toastmasters that day.  And, I am grateful for receiving the letter that filled me with fear and drove me to accelerate the awareness of my potential as a public speaker!

Here's another life lesson I learned while talking to my mentor. I told her I now have to write another speech as funny and impactful as that one. She said to me, "No Kim, it wasn't the speech, it was you. Whatever you did that day, do that in all your speeches."

As I write this blog, I realized two more nuggets for you as a take away…

1. When you are public speaking, be in the moment, think of a time that will put you in the same situation I was in that day. This is similar to what actors and actresses do when they are performing.

2. Begin practicing positive affirmations. I began practicing positive affirmations for all I want in my life. I started this three weeks prior to this event. One of my affirmations is "I am connecting well to my audience at Toastmasters." Could this also be a reason everything came into alignment?


As a Career Coach, my purpose, vision and goal is writing professional resumes and professional coaching. I am focused on Career Development and Life Coaching – helping you realize your true potential and lift the lid from your limiting beliefs! If you need help in these areas, you're welcome to call me to schedule an initial free consultation at 970-672-8476 or email me at  FYI! My next speech at Toastmasters at the end of September is “How to be Happy,” scientifically speaking.

Executive Job Search Networking! 3 Tips to Land Informational Meetings

As an Executive Coach, I work with Executives through their career transition and beyond. I write professional resumes and coach professionals on how to successfully network, social network, interview, negotiate the salary and/or move up to the next level at the company.  Last week, we discussed how to get past voicemail in order to reach the decision maker when networking and making follow up phone calls. Networking purposely and successfully is the key to reaching your job search goals in today’s job market.  This week, we will continue to focus on “Networking for the Executive job search.”


If you have a mutual networking contact, most of you are aware, the percentage of landing the informational meeting is higher than without a contact. I’d like to share with you 3 tips that will be sure to increase your success to land informational meetings on your follow up phone calls without a networking contact. 

As an Executive Coach, I have listened to many phone calls while clients made their initial calls in my office. Through listening to client phone calls and hearing the decision maker’s needs on the calls …


I discovered 3 common responses from decision makers. And, created 3 not-so-common answers for the Executive to successfully land informational meetings


These 3 tips will increase your chances of landing the informational meeting without having a mutual contact, simply be meeting the decision maker’s immediate needs.  I recommend the Executive make follow up calls immediately after you send your resume or networking brief and informational cover letter.  Here are the 3 most common responses and answers for you to respond. 


1. If they say “I’m busy at the moment.” I recommend the Executive SAY this …”I sent you information, is it okay if I call back in a couple days after you received it?”


2. If they say “We have no openings.”  I recommend the Executive SAY this … “I understand, I am not JUST looking for a job right now, I am networking and looking for contacts and would really like your expertise and I find networking more effective, meeting face-to-face.  Do you have 15 minutes to meet with me in the next week or so?”


3. If it is clear that they are too busy to meet in person, I recommend the Executive SAY this…”Do you have time to schedule a phone meeting with me?”


If they say “I’m busy at the moment." Respond by letting them know you sent information and ask if it’s okay if you call back in a couple days. This response is mutually beneficial for three reasons …

First, you’re respecting the fact they are busy at the moment.

Second, they just gave you permission to make the next follow up call after they receive your resume or networking brief. 

Third, they are now expecting your call.


If they say “We have no openings.” This can be a very positive response for the Executive setting up informational meetings.

This is a common response when the decision maker has a need, but hasn't had the time to discuss it with Human Resources yet.  This is where you are in the right place, at the right time.  I found while listening to the initial calls, when the decision maker says “We have no openings,” they typically are thinking …

"They have a need for an Executive and would like to meet with you, but do not want the pressure of you thinking there is a job open.” 

Why? Because there is no job open, not yet, anyway. And, they want to meet you to see if you’re a good fit before they let you know they have a need. With the response of being respectful and honest by letting them know you really are networking and only interested in setting up an informational meeting, you probably will land that informational meeting.  And, they will let you know "at the end" of the meeting by asking you if you're interested in having Human Resources interview you for a potential, upcoming job opportunity.


If it is clear that they are too busy to meet in person, ask if they have time to schedule a phone meeting.  If they're not interested, thank them and move on to your next call. If you're still interested in the company, however, continue to look for a contact through networking or social networking, via Facebook, LinkedIn or join the company discussion's on Twitter to get to know employees at the company. And let them get to know you. I wrote a blog two weeks ago on the Job Seeker's Toolkit using Twitter.


I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information useful. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage other job seekers. 


If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at


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