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Spotlight Series: Certified Career Coach Judy M. Williams


1. Tell us a bit about yourself


I’m a certified career coach and resume writer based in New York. My mission is to help individuals find their passion and achieve their career goals. The work I do for my clients, from polishing resumes and clarifying career goals to simply supporting them as they go through career transitions or the job search process, is the result of my past HR experience as well as the work I’ve done for myself. Outside of career coaching, I’m big on fitness and nutrition, addicted to watching food and true crime documentaries, and enjoy visiting museums and participating in art gallery walking tours in Manhattan.


2. What was your first job and how did you get it?


I got my first job as an E-Marketing Associate at The Metropolitan Opera right out of graduate school. For a first job, I lucked out. At the time, I was determined to work at a performing arts organization, especially one located at Lincoln Center. When I saw the job posting with the Met, I immediately submitted my resume. I was pretty persistent in following up on my application…now that I think about it, maybe a little too persistent. But I really wanted the job and the persistence paid off because I guess the hiring manager knew how much I wanted to join their team.


3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

My career path was not always clear, and like so many others, I found myself wandering, confused, and sometimes straying from my life goals. After working at the Met for 3 years, I decided to make a career change into Human Resources based on the advice of a colleague who would later become not only one of my closest friends and confidante but also my mentor.


Within 4-5 years, I advanced from HR Assistant to HR Manager, but I began to feel dissatisfied with the profession and left the field to pursue a career in real estate. While working in real estate, I decided to leverage my HR and recruiting expertise and start a freelance gig writing resumes for professionals and recent college graduates. As my real estate business began to slow, my resume writing business picked up. I was introduced to the idea of career coaching after several colleagues and friends frequently sought out my HR/Recruiting experience and advice when navigating their own professional lives. In 2018, I began the work to become a certified Career Coach.

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

The advice I would give my younger self would be: Don’t live trying to fulfill other’s expectations. Do what you love - what you’re passionate about - and the rest (money, happiness, etc.) will follow.


Trying to satisfy the expectations of others can not only put a tremendous amount of pressure on us, but it can also steal away our identities. At one point in my life, I was resigned to living a life that would make others happy, paying no attention to what was in my heart, and it led to an intense period of depression and resentment. There will always be people who have an opinion about what you do and how you should live your life. Stay firm and live your life for you.


5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

Five years from now, my coaching business, Holistic Career Guidance, will still be going strong with a team of dedicated career coaches and resume writers, helping individuals pursue their professional fulfillment and guide them through their individual journeys to the career they envisioned for themselves. Personally, I would love to fulfill my childhood dream and write a novel.


Stay connected with Judy!


Website: www.holisticcareerguidance.com

Blog: https://www.holisticcareerguidance.com/blog

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judymichawilliams Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holisticcareerguidance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCG_Career

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holisticcareerguidance









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