"Co-create a life and world reflective of your own true voice and be heard. Because YOU do you best!"
As a career-brand coach and resume specialist, I partner with inspired individuals to:
◦ positively and powerfully connect with their strengths, passions and talents;
◦ define their unique voice; and
◦ present themselves in the most optimal way.
Simply put, I collaborate with adults and teens to flourish… at work, at home and within.
I bring 15+ years of combined coaching and content-creation expertise to my client engagements -- whether it is assisting a workplace professional seeking to discover or advance their career; an entrepreneur looking to grow their business; a young adult initiating their career journey; a passive job seeker updating their resume, cover letter and online profiles; a public figure choosing to increase their visibility through online and in-person media and public events; or an individual ready to speak their unique voice and be heard on social media or at social, community, networking and family events.
I have been blessed to work with -- and be inspired by -- numerous clients both in and outside of the US. Together, we explore their vision, goals, talents, strengths, interests, passions and essence through guided coaching techniques and exercises, to define a brand they are eager to share. Then, we jointly work on sculpting content that speaks authentically to the compelling new voice they have crafted.
My passion for coaching centers on serving with integrity as a collaborative partner to validate; offer valuable perspective; open up vision; and champion individuals on to success. My coaching philosophy is two-fold: I believe in the immense necessity for every individual to embrace the power of their unique brand and understand their value at work, in business, within their own lives and in the world. And then, for individuals to take that robust self-knowledge and craft a voice they share as avid and active participation in -- and contribution to -- the world in ways best for them.
Likewise, I am honored to serve as Brand Champion of The Wellspring. As such, it is my job together with its founder, Lindsay P. Conn Pekar, to ensure our brand maintains integrity and aligns well with its vision and essence. In other words, my goal is to maintain brand integrity by upholding a consistent, authentic voice through well-crafted content and optimal presentation.
Knowing your value and expressing your inspired voice through authentic customized content -- be it written or verbal, in person or online, audio or on video -- allows you to set yourself apart and speak to your unique brand in the best and most informed way. After all, we are each authors of our own unique stories and co-creators of our worlds… because only YOU do you best!
I offer my confidential, virtual coaching sessions, in a safe, positive, upbeat and engaging environment, with my full investment in your success. My process begins with a 15-minute meet-and-greet by phone to determine if we are a good fit for each other, based on your current goals and needs; and my process and approach. Then, If and when you are ready to begin your coaching engagement, you can feel free to contact me to set up your initial coaching session.
Please feel free to contact me to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation, or click on the button below to schedule online.
I am grateful and blessed to have worked with so many amazing adults, business owners, young professionals and teens who continue to inspire and awe me with the depths, light and fullness of their talents, innate qualities and unique personas -- and how brightly and bravely they learn to shine.
My diverse array of clients -- both in the US and around the globe -- represent a wide range of professions and backgrounds, including: Authors/novelists; commercial real estate; education; engineering; federal and state government; full-time parents and homemakers; graduate and doctorate students; healthcare (including holistic and integrative); human resources; investment banking and finance; interior design; IT; legal; life, executive and leadership coaches; marketing; medical residents; pharmaceutical; PR/communications; private sector; project management; publishing; recruiting; retail; sales; small business; sole proprietorships; among others.
It is also important to me to allocate a portion of my schedule for coaching both pro bono and scholarship clients.
“Working with Ayfer was tremendously insightful. It was really great, because it wasn't just about writing, or a resume, or just about the next steps to create my business. Her coaching approach really allowed me the opportunity to take a look at what I've done in my life, what interests me and the difference I want to make in the world. And she was somehow able to put all of that in a format others were able to relate to and understand.”
“Ayfer, I’ve really enjoyed our collaborative work together. I’ve found your insights very valuable, both from learning about The Birkman Method®,
as well as the coaching tools that have honed my interpersonal and networking skills. One of the very most valuable gifts from our sessions is how you’ve helped me to become aware of how much I’ve grown over the years, in terms of my self-development, which I often I forget. It’s helped me tremendously in understanding the value of taking time to reflect on how much I’ve achieved, when it’s easy to get into the pattern of only looking ahead. I truly appreciate your coaching methods and, more specifically, how you’ve helped me recognize and realize the progress I’ve made over time. I’m happy to refer you anytime. Thank you so much!”
“Ayfer helped me see what my true strengths are -- things I do every day that I take for granted and that I thought everyone else did, too. That has helped me focus on those strengths as selling points when pitching to clients and has generated more consultancy work for my business. Very concrete results.”
“I was struggling to pull together my personal statement for my medical fellowship application. While it seemed easy enough to write, it was a challenge to get my thoughts on paper. I did not know how to begin!
Ayfer was able to guide and coach me through the process, and provide many helpful pointers. She was a great listener, motivating, encouraging and making me believe in my-self. Working with her enabled me to structure a cohesive, smooth personal statement. I grew confident in the quality of my fellowship application and, as a result, secured a fellowship at my first choice! Thanks, Ayfer, for making my application process so enjoyable!”
“I was looking to start a new career and was referred to speak with Ayfer about the Birkman assessment before choosing a path to follow. Ayfer gave me a very realistic idea of what the Birkman would accomplish for me and how it would increase the quality of my life. After taking the Birkman and sitting down for the sessions that followed, I had an amazing new perspective on life!
I am very thankful for her open and honest dialogue and commitment towards ensuring my satisfaction with the assessment, our sessions, and the results. Ayfer is such a beautiful soul. She turned out to be an amazing professional resource, and today I am blessed to also call her an incredible friend! I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with her.”
“I recently quit a management job that I had for three years without another job lined up. After the reality hit, I was very worried and nervous. I was nervous I would make a bad decision and rush into a new job that I wouldn’t be happy in. With Ayfer's coaching and the Birkman assessment, I now have better insight on my daily needs, my strengths, and what I need in my career and my life. The Birkman Method® has helped me to have more confidence about this transition and to see all the opportunities I wouldn’t have noticed before. The combination of Ayfer’s encouragement and my assessment results has empowered me tremendously. It’s been a wonderful experience!”
“Ayfer, working with you on my resume was a pleasant, simple and enjoyable experience. You clearly have the skills, knowledge and desire to sincerely help people improve on their resumes, as well as assist in clarifying the career goals they're pursuing. I have referred you, and look forward to working with you again in the future. I have the most admiration for the work you do and the quality you produce!!!!”
“Ayfer, thank you for making work with you easy and very accommodating to my particular work style. You were flexible, without imposing a rigid approach. Instead, you served as a guide throughout the process, allowing me to incorporate my own lifestyle and work preferences. It wasn’t a one-size-fits-all method. Patient and non-judgmental.”
“Ayfer was extremely helpful during my transition to a new employer. She reinforced professional techniques to structure my resume, and also was very helpful in guiding me through the search and initial interview process. The resume was detailed yet, at the same time, kept a professional marketable approach. Even though I had previous career coaching throughout various phases of my life, it was great to hear her walk me through a few steps to marketing my resume. I also needed to hear professional ways to handle the initial interview process, as well. She certainly knows her business in this area.”
“I knew something was wrong with my resume after almost six months of applying for jobs and not successfully getting one. Ayfer had one session with me to understand what my career goals were. She promised the resume process was going to take a set amount of time as a collaborative effort. She kept to her word, and the end result was absolutely wonderful. I found my dream jobs as a researcher and a university professor within one month of applying to jobs with my new resume.
I can say without a doubt that working with Ayfer, I was able to find these jobs and did not end up working in something that I do not like at all.
In addition to making my resume great, she also coached and taught me on how to make every day of my life a great, productive and positive day by scheduling my day according to what worked best for me. I'm no longer stressed or scared of doing too many things at the same time and getting overwhelmed. I highly recommend Ayfer to anyone for resume or coaching services!”
“The Birkman process validated quality personality information about myself, which I suspected. But more than that, it truly helped me to discover aspects of myself that had long been hidden and surprised even me! I am now in a dream job and the Birkman helped me to see that going in a new professional direction was right for me!
As a Life Coach and recruiter, I have recommended Birkman to my clients, as well as suggested to family and friends that they explore going through the process themselves. In the past, I have taken many 'personality' tests in the workplace, and the Birkman is truly in a realm of its own.
Ayfer's passion for and expertise in the Birkman makes her the perfect coach to support anyone participating in this self-explorative process. She is the best!”
“I took the Birkman assessment because I felt stuck in my career. Ayfer’s terrific coaching helped me understand my needs and strengths. I was surprised to find how well this new information clarified and validated aspects about myself. Her expertise on the Birkman assessment and thoughtful, thorough coaching have given me new ideas of types of jobs to search for and what career direction to pursue. I feel more empowered in my job search.
Ayfer went a step further and coached me on how to effectively update my resume to target more specific jobs. I definitely recommend my friends and family to take the Birkman assessment with her. Thank you, Ayfer!”