So, you are searching for a new job?  Perhaps you are making a voluntary career transition.  Maybe you have been laid off, or worse, fired.  Regardless of the reason for your job search, one fact remains true: if you are conducting a job search, it is vital that you take an organized approach.  Managing your job search is just like managing any other major project.  You must create an infrastructure that allows you to operate in an efficient and productive manner.  A successful job search requires forethought and action.  Here are some tips for conducting an organized job search.

1. Declutter and Pre-Purge – If you are embarking on a job search, it will be difficult to do so if your physical space is covered in clutter with piles of papers everywhere.  Take some time to declutter.  Purge any unnecessary items, file papers that you need to keep, recycle junk mail, and get some order back into that space!  It will be easier for you to concentrate on your job search without all of that chaos and clutter around you.  Just be careful that you don’t spend too much time decluttering that you start using it as an excuse to procrastinate with regard to your job search.  A few days should suffice.  

2. Create a Job Search Schedule– Let’s face it – searching for a job is hard work!  If you are still employed while you are conducting your new job search, be prepared to have an extremely busy schedule.  If you are currently unemployed, realize that you do, indeed, have a job – conducting a job search!  Create a job search schedule that gives you ample time for all of the activities you need to focus on in order to succeed: resume and cover letter preparation, surfing the web for jobs, networking, interviewing, follow-up, etc.  Block out time in your calendar for job search activities and treat that time as you would any traditional work commitment.  Be consistent in the amount of time you spend each day and week on job search activities so that you keep your momentum going, and don’t lose focus and miss valuable opportunities.

3. Get Your Gear in Order– Update your resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample (if applicable).  Ask for letters of recommendation and testimonials from previous or current supervisors, co-workers, and professional colleagues.  Get some nice new stationery, and stock up on print cartridges for your printer.  If you want to use an outside source for printing, some local printing shops will copy resumes for free during an economic downturn, so ask around!  Be sure to have a computer with high-speed Internet access.  An all-in-one machine for printing, copying, faxing and scanning will also come in handy during a job search.

4. Create Job Search Central– Set aside space at home (or wherever you will be conducting your job search activities) and make it job search central.  Keep all of your job-search related supplies in that location, which will make it easy for you to find them when you need them.  This will also help you to get into job search mode when you are in that space.

5. Create a Job Search Paper Management System– You may be acquiring a lot of paper in your job search: resources, articles, sample resumes and cover letters, business cards of networking contacts, contact-us-later or rejection letters, etc.  To the extent that you can maintain these items in a paperless fashion, go for it.  But if you have to maintain hard copy paper, be sure to create a job search paper management or filing system, to be stored in your job search center.  Keep it simple and use whatever system makes the most sense to you for ease of use (binder, portable filing bin, traditional filing cabinet, etc).

6. Plan Job Search Activities– Plan out job search activities on a daily basis, such as phone calls to make, resumes to send, online applications to fill out, informational interviews to conduct, etc.  Write down your job search activities as calendar items, to-do’s, or tasks so that you take them seriously and treat them as measurable goals.  Be realistic with regard to what you can reasonably accomplish in one day, but also challenge yourself!

7. Track Job Search Activities – Organizing your job search involves keeping track of all information and communications.  Keep a record of where you sent your resume and when, whom you have spoken to, when interviews took place, etc.  This information will prove vital when deciding when to follow-up with leads.  You can track all of this information using a calendar such as Outlook or Google, or an online tool such as JobFiler.com.  Whatever tools you use, it is important that you be able to track the status of your job search.

8. Manage Job Search Email – In today’s world, much of your job search will likely be conducted by email.  Therefore, before you even start your search, whittle down the amount of email in your inbox so that you can hyper-focus on your job search emails, which will add up quickly.  Create folders within your email system using categories that make sense to you, such as Companies Applied To, Contacts Submitted Resumes To, etc.

9. Polish Your Online Profiles – If you are conducting a job search in today’s market, you would be remiss not to develop an online presence on social media sites, especially LinkedIn, which is the most “professional” of the social media sites and can essentially serve as your online resume.  But also consider other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  The opportunities are endless for employers and contacts to find you online.  You may even have your own website, e-zine, or blog.  Maybe you post articles on various article-marketing sites, or serve as a guest blogger on other blogs.  If you maintain profiles on any of social media sites, or have any type of online presence, be sure to polish your profiles so that they promote the image you want potential employers and contacts to see.

10.  Change Your Greetings – Change the message that greets callers for any phone number that you plan to use for your job search so that it sounds professional, and conveys the information you want callers to hear.  Be prepared, not embarrassed!

11.  Stay Positive – The longer a job search takes, the more chance you have of becoming negative about it.  Try to maintain a positive attitude to the extent you can by monitoring your progress and staying active in your search.  When the going gets rough during a job search, many people take a back seat and give up, which is counter-productive.  Try to stay focused and make valuable contacts that are likely to lead to a job.  However, don’t be all consumed by your search for a job!  Maintaining some balance in your life at this time will serve you well.  Get adequate sleep, eat well, see family and friends for pleasure, and make time for exercise.

Organization is one of the single most important things you can do to keep your job search manageable.  Just like being organized helps you improve any other area of your life, home, or work, it will also help move along your job search in quick and efficient fashion and with less stress.  It may even wind up being the key to finding that dream job you always wanted.

“When people go to work they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” ~ Betty Bender

Do you feel like you have to check your heart at the door before you walk into your office everyday? Are you disillusioned with your current job situation and would like to make a change? Maybe you’ve had it with “Corporate America” and want to jump ship?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out of work right now. Does this mean that you should give up all hope of changing jobs? No! This may be the perfect time to start planning your exit strategy, or to actually make it. The need for work that sustains you and satisfies you has not changed simply because the economy has changed. It may make your search more challenging, or you may have to delay your decision to look for greener pastures until employment prospects increase in your employment sector, but you should not abandon your hopes and dreams of finding more meaningful work. What you must do, however, is some serious preparation so that you are ready to take action when the time is right.

The following is some guidance to help you plan your eventual exit.

quit_jobTiming is Everything – How do you know when you are ready to jump ship? The answer depends on many factors. Unless you are absolutely miserable and need to get out of your current job situation immediately in order to preserve your health and well-being, I recommend you slowly plan your exit strategy while still working full time. There are many benefits to this approach, including financial (save money, pay off debt, etc.), and emotional/psychological (prepare yourself and your family for a major change). Consider going part time first if your employer is open to it. This may allow for a smooth transition on both sides.

Determine Your Motives – If you don’t know why you want to leave your present job, this is where you need to start. Why do you want to leave your current employer/ profession? Are you running away from your present position, or running towards something new? For example, before I became an entrepreneur, I practiced law for 9 years. Although I had a profound respect for the law, I did not appreciate the way it was practiced in our society.  It became too negative in the hands of those that wanted to use it to fight.  I started to become restless and knew that there were other ways I could share my talents and expertise with people and organizations to improve the world.  I did a lot of soul searching and arrived at the conclusion that I needed to leave the traditional practice of law and become an entrepreneur in order to truly make a difference. So my motives were a combination of wanting to leave my past profession and wanting to embark on a new one.

Examine Your Choices – Do you want to leave your present job to “go it alone?” In other words, would you like to become self-employed, start your own business, or work as a consultant or freelancer? If so, you will need to start researching entrepreneurship to make sure it is a good fit for you. What about moving to a different size employer? For example, if you currently work for a large corporation, consider a mid-sized business or small office where you may be able to take on more responsibility, and enjoy better life-work balance. Love the idea of helping others? Maybe the non-profit world would be a good fit for you. Start brainstorming job and career ideas, and then conduct empirical research to see if those ideas are realistic for you.

Don’t Burn Your Bridges – If you have an open relationship with your current employer and don’t think you’d risk losing your job, you could share your news and offer to help your employer find and train your replacement. Your current employer may become a great ally in your job search and career transition. If you strike out on your own, who knows? Your current employer could become your best new client!

Use Your Transferable Skills – If you are unsure what your next move is, start looking at your transferable skills. Many people get caught up in the title or position of their job. This is the time to think outside the box! Think of the types of work that you have thought about or admired in the past. Imagine the work environments you think you’d thrive in. Focus on tasks and activities you like to do and excel at.

re-trainingBuild New Skills – Try to gain the skills necessary to make the career transition while you are still working in your present job. Are there professional development workshops you can attend? Maybe you can take an online course? Can you conduct informational interviews with experts in the field you want to enter? Identify what skills you are lacking, and try to get experience and education in those areas before you start your job search in earnest.

Make Connections – Network with professionals in the field you want to enter. Call upon your sphere of influence to assist you in making crucial connections that will help you get a job in a new setting or industry that you have had your eye on. This is the time to build a professional network of people that are eager and willing to help you make this transition.

Get Support – Connect with others who have faced their own turning points and have survived and flourished. Talk to your friends and family so that they understand your desire and need for this change. Hire a professional coach or career counselor to become your guide on this journey.

Platinum Coaching

Are You Ready…

    • To kick your business, career, and life into high gear?
    • To stop working so hard, learn to work smarter, and enjoy some semblance of work-life balance?
    • To be more productive, successful and happy, find joy in your work, and make the money you deserve?
    • To dream big, stake your claim, and create the business, career, and life you’ve been striving for?

If you answered YES, then it is time to go Platinum!

Platinum Level Coaching is an intensive, private, long-term program designed to deliver a high level of accountability, coaching, consulting, mentoring and support so you can get the answers you need to make powerful decisions and take action towards your goals and vision of success for your business, career and life.

Clients that go Platinum choose that level because they find that the value that coaching brings to their business, career and life on a prolonged basis is well worth the investment, and they want a full access pass to me including email support, materials review, consistent coaching calls, accountability, joint ventures, tickets to live events, entry to my group coaching and mastermind programs, etc. (see below for specific details of each level). This is the closest you can get to having me as your business or life partner!

What can we work on during Platinum Level Coaching?

We can work on almost anything that you need assistance with!

As a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, lawyer, and fifteen-year successful entrepreneur who has coached hundreds of people, I have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to assist you in many areas.

And with my Platinum Level Coaching clients, I pull back the curtain and let them peek inside by sharing my journey, lessons learned, tricks/tips/tools, and being open and honest about what has worked (and not worked!) for my own career, business and life, and the many clients I have been privileged to work with.

Do any of these describe you?

  • I’m building a new business and I could really use some help figuring it all out.
  • I’ve got some things figured out with my business, but I feel like there’s still so much to learn and implement.
  • I am a professional that could benefit from executive coaching, and need a coach to push me to reach new levels of leadership and professional development.
  • I need a trusted career coach who I can run job postings by, ask for advice before interviews, help me fine tune my job search materials, and have on my job search team.
  • I am making some big personal changes and need a life/success coach to serve as an accountability partner and a “mirror” to reflect my journey back to me and keep me on track.
  • I need a sounding board, someone to ask questions, brainstorm with, and get guidance and support from so I can get results faster than I could on my own.
If so, you will love Platinum Coaching!

Platinum Level Coaching Packages with Lisa Montanaro

Program Contents

3 Months

6 Month

12 Month

Pre-coaching questionnaire/profile
2 coaching sessions per month (90 minutes)
6
12
24
Accountability Tracking Form
Choice of one of my e-books that best matches your needs
Subscription to Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion Ezine
Email Support
Materials Review
MP3s of all coaching calls
Access to Training Library
Templates/Checklists
Virtual or in person VIP Intensive at beginning of package($599 value for half day/$999 value for full day)
1/2-day Intensive
Full-day Intensive
Virtual or in person VIP Intensive at mid-point or end of package
1/2-day Intensive
Full-day Intensive
Full or discounted Platinum Client Loyalty Pass to any online teleclasses/webinars/group coaching/mastermind programs launched during the 12 months
1/3 off
half price
free
Free access to all newly launched digital products for 12 month period
Free ticket to any live events held during 12 month period with VIP treatment (not including travel and lodging)
Promotion of your business/products on social media and to my list
Opportunity for joint venture together
Up to 5 “emergency” calls with Lisa (30 minutes)
Private lunch with Lisa for VIP Intensives (if in person)
Airport transportation & 1 private dinner with Lisa for VIP Intensives (if in person)
Special bonus gifts!
Investment
$2,499*
$4,999*
$9,999*

Platinum Level Coaching: 3 Month Package

Pay in Full Option
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Easy Pay Option
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Platinum Level Coaching: 6 and 12 Month Packages

Pay in Full Bonuses:
For those that pay in full for the 6 month option, you are entitled to a bonus coaching call to schedule when you need it the most throughout the program (total of 13 calls). For those that pay in full for the 12 month option, you are entitled to 2 bonus coaching calls to schedule when you need them the most throughout the program (total of 26 calls).

Pay in Full for 6 Month Option
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Pay in Full for 12 Month Option
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Payment Plans:

6 Month Payment Plan

3 payments of $1,700 each. Secure your spot via a $1,700 one-time, non-refundable deposit. Deposit is applied to your total program investment, and will be charged immediately upon your acceptance into the program. 2 additional payments of $1700 each made 60 days (2 months) and 120 days (4 months) after the initial deposit. Total investment = $5,100

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12 Month Payment Plan

5 payments total. Secure your spot via a $1,999 one-time, non-refundable deposit. Deposit is applied to your total program investment, and will be charged immediately upon your acceptance into the program. Four additional payments of $2,100 to be made quarterly (60, 120, 180 and 240 days after initial deposit). Total investment = $10,399

Payment Plan Option
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If you think this is for you, the next step is to book a .

My Unique Approach to Coaching

What do you get when you combine an attorney, mediator, trainer of entrepreneurs, business/life/career coach to hundreds of clients, and an actual owner of a successful business? You get a Kick-Butt Coach!

Part consultant, part coach — I ask probing questions designed to help you dig deep, but also give expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek. I am skillful at guiding clients to successful results through motivation and encouragement, but without judgment. I offer an opportunity to brainstorm AND problem-solve, in a safe and supportive environment, BUT will also give you a (gentle) kick-in-the-pants when you need it! Thus, my clients lovingly refer to me as a Kick-Butt Coach! 🙂

I take a holistic approach to coaching. We work on a combination of internal AND external. My process with clients is like a laser beam to help you blast through issues holding you back, come up with a solid plan, and give you the tools to implement, so you can experience a huge shift. Thus, you experience the mind-set shifts that are so necessary to believing in and achieving success, but also receive solid business know-how to help you take real action!

Who I Work Best With

I tend to work best with high-performing individuals who have great ideas, but need someone to help funnel those ideas into action.  My ideal client is an implementer — someone that wants results and is ready, willing, and able to work for them because he or she knows that it is worth it.

Your experience and incredibly savvy business expertise has given me a new level of clarity and confidence

"I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for our session on Friday! For a long time I have felt that my decision to focus on a specific niche was a distinctive and sound decision for my new business. But having your input and review of my plans left me feeling both elated and reassured at the same time. With your experience and incredibly savvy business expertise, it has given me a new level of clarity and confidence that I ever could have reached on my own! I want to thank you again so much for your invaluable guidance. I am especially grateful that we met, especially at a time where I needed someone just like YOU to come into my life. I truly look forward to our continued relationship!"

Joanie Miller Levine
JML PROJECT GROUP LLC, Baltimore, MD

My mission is to help my clients find joy in business and in life. I believe that it is possible for each individual to be happy in their business, make the money he or she deserves, and have a full personal and professional life.  I also believe that happy individuals in turn leads to better business, greater productivity, and increased personal and professional satisfaction.

My goal is nothing short of groundbreaking professional and personal growth for my clients, leading to the highest possible success on each client’s terms.

If this describes you, then to see if we are a good fit.

How does Platinum Level Coaching work?

Start by choosing the level appropriate for your needs: 3, 6 or 12 months.

I will take you by the hand and coach you personally every step of the way.  During our time together, we will brainstorm, discover, co-create, and implement the changes needed to take you from where you are now to where you want to go!

ALL Platinum Level Coaching Programs include:
    • A Coaching Intake Form/Profile so that I can get to know you and the issues you want to work on ahead of time
    • 2 coaching sessions per month (90 minutes) to intensively focus on the strategies and plans that will move you forward in the quickest and simplest way possible
    • Accountability Tracking Form to keep you moving in the right direction
    • One of my fantastic ebooks to use as a valuable resource when needed
    • Email access to stay in touch, report on your progress, pick my brain and receive additional support between coaching sessions
    • MP3’s of all calls so that you can review if needed
    • Materials Review so that you get “my eyes” on your ongoing progress
    • Entry into my Platinum Client Loyalty Program which provides discounted or free access to my online group coaching programs (3 month Platinum clients get one third off, 6 month Platinum clients get half off, and 12 month Platinum clients get 100% off!)


Lisa is top notch!

"Lisa is top notch! She is inspiring, encouraging and cuts to the heart of the issue to offer right on solutions. And she's entertaining (and organized) to boot!"

Susan Chitwood
Maypop Design

 

In addition, the 6-month Platinum Level Program includes:

    • Access to my Training Library for loads of valuable resources
    • Templates/Checklists to help systematize your career, business and life so you don’t need to reinvent the wheel
    • A half-day virtual or in-person VIP Intensive to kick-off our time together and create a plan of action for the 6 months
    • A half-day virtual or in-person VIP Intensive at the end of our 6 months so that we can tie a ribbon around the experience and help you walk away with a solid plan for the future
    • Entry into the Platinum Client Loyalty Program, which gives you half off of all teleclasses/webinars/group coaching/mastermind programs launched and held during your coaching

And you really receive the “Full Access Pass” to me with the 12-Month Platinum Level Experience, which includes everything in the 3 and 6 month programs, plus:

    • A full-day virtual or in-person VIP Intensive to kick-off our time together, create a plan of action for the 12 months, and really dig deep into the items we plan to cover for the year (BONUS — Airport transportation, lunches & 1 private dinner with me!).
      (Note: I live in the fantastic college-town of Davis, California, which is within driving distance of San Francisco, Sacramento, Napa/Sonoma Valleys, the Pacific Ocean, and Lake Tahoe. Come a few days early or stay a few days late to enjoy this beautiful area! If you can’t do the full-day VIP Intensive in person, we can do it virtually by phone or Skype.)
    • A full-day virtual or in-person VIP Intensive at the end of our 12 months so that we can tie a ribbon around the experience and help you walk away with a solid plan for the future
    • A free ticket to any live events held during the 12-month period with VIP treatment (transportation, lodging and excursions not included)
    • Entry into the Platinum Client Loyalty Program, which gives you free access to any teleclasses/webinars/group coaching/mastermind programs launched and held during the 12-month period
    • Free access to all newly launched digital products for the 12-month period
    • Promotion of your business/products/career move or any other accolades you want to share with my list
    • Opportunity to Joint Venture together
    • Up to 5 “emergency” calls with me as needed (30 minutes each)
    • 2 books selected by me personally for you
    • Special bonus gifts!

Take Action

If you are at a pivotal point in your business, career, or life, and know it is time to work with a coach, then you owe it to yourself to seriously check out the Platinum Level Coaching Program.

However, due to the intensive nature of Platinum Level Coaching, I work with only a handful of Platinum clients at a time.  This helps to ensure that my clients at this level get the support they need from me.

So, if you think this is for you, the next step is to book a .

I feel like I have a new lease on life!

"I just want you to know how happy I am to be working with you on business and life coaching. I feel like I have a new lease on life! I wish I had worked with you years ago. You are awesome, and the perfect fit for me. We accomplish so much in our coaching sessions. Thanks again!"

Melanie Serra
Interior Revivals

VIP Intensives

YOU are the VIP of your own life, career, and business.

Do you treat yourself that way?

Do you give yourself the tools, support and time to take
your business, career and life to the next level?

If you are at a pivotal point in your business, career or life
and need to make some tough decisions —
you need guidance, expertise, an accountability partner…
and a support system.

Well… wait no more.

You asked and I listened! The result?
I have created VIP Intensives.

What are VIP Intensives?

Start by choosing your personalized, private VIP package and spend a half-day, full-day or 2 days with me virtually by phone or Skype, or in person in my area. I will take you by the hand and coach you personally on your specific issues. We will dissect your issues, and lay out a step-by-step plan for exactly how to take your business, career or life to the level you’ve been dreaming of.

Do any of these describe you?

  • I’m building a new business and I could really use some help figuring it all out.
  • I’ve got some things figured out with my business, but I feel like there’s still so much to learn and implement.
  • I am a professional that could benefit from executive coaching, and need a coach to push me to reach new levels of leadership and professional development.
  • I need a trusted career coach who I can run job postings by, ask for advice before interviews, help me fine tune my job search materials, and have on my job search team.
  • I am making some big personal changes and need a life/success coach to serve as an accountability partner and a “mirror” to reflect my journey back to me and keep me on track.
  • I’m need a sounding board, someone who I can ask questions, brainstorm with, and get guidance and support from so I can get results faster than I could on my own.
If so, a VIP Intensive is perfect for you!

ALL VIP Intensives include:

    • A coaching intake form/profile so that I can get to know you and your career, business or life issues ahead of time (and to start the coaching process before we even start!)
    • Valuable samples and templates to help you make real progress
    • Accountability Tracking Form to keep you moving in the right direction
    • 30-minute private follow-up accountability call (1, 2 or 3 calls depending on your package)

“You are so good at this, and such a pleasure to work with!

To say my full-day VIP Intensive with you was productive is an understatement! You rocked!
I was on such a roll, I went straight back to my office and implemented a few items on my new Action Plan.

Needless to say, I was beat that night when I arrived home, but elated at the progress. Many, many thanks for helping me clear the confusion, see the light at the end of the tunnel and chart a way forward for my business. It was exactly what I needed.
You are so good at this, and such a pleasure to work with! Thank you also for the book, notepad, pen, mints, post-its and wonderful lunch.

By the way, I finally opened your card this morning, and got very teary-eyed. ‘Following the stream and trusting its course’ – a turning point indeed.”~ Susan Chitwood, Maypop Design, Cortland Manor, NY

 

As an Upgrade in the 1 and 2 Day Sessions, you also will receive:

    • Email support after our VIP Intensive to pick my brain and receive additional support (14 days for half day, 30 days for 1-day and 60 days for 2-day)
    • Access to my Training Library for loads of valuable resources
    • Materials Review so that you get “my eyes” on your ongoing progress
    • Special Bonus Gifts!
    • And you really receive the “golden ticket” with the 2-Day In-Person VIP Intensive package.

Treat yourself with:

  • A free ticket to any half-day or full-day workshops/bootcamps within 3 months of VIP Intensives
  • Free access to any teleclasses/webinars/group coaching/mastermind programs held within 3 months of 2 day VIP Intensive (applies to programs of up to $999 registration fee)
  • Access to digital products launched within 3 months of 2 day VIP Intensive (applies to products that cost up to $299)
  • BONUS! Airport transportation, lunches & 1 private dinner with me!

(Virtual by phone or Skype or In-Person in Davis, CA)

Program Contents

1/2 Day

Full Day

2 Days

Investment
$599
$999
$1,999*

Coaching Intake Form/profile

Samples and Templates

Accountability Tracking Form

Subscription to Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion Ezine

30-minute follow-up accountability call (to be used within time frame of email support)

1
2
3

Access to Training Library

Materials Review

Free ticket to any half-day or full-day workshops/bootcamps within 3 months of VIP Intensives

Free access to any teleclasses/webinars/group coaching/mastermind programs held within 3 months of 2 day VIP Intensive (applies to programs of up to $999 registration fee)

Free access to digital products launched within 3 months of 2 day VIP Intensive (applies to products that cost up to $299)

Special Bonus Gifts!

Private lunch with Lisa

Airport transportation & 1 private dinner with Lisa for 2-day in-person VIP Intensive


*Payment plan available for 2 day version: $1100 down with 1 additional $1000 payment due after 14 days, totaling $2100, click here to purchase with this 2-payment option.

Please Note: VIP Intensive half and full days can be credited toward Platinum Level Coaching Programs (half day towards 6 month program, and full day towards 12 month program). This is a great way to do a concentrated amount of coaching with me, and then preserve your right to upgrade to the next level if you need longer-term coaching. All I ask is that you upgrade within 30 days to be eligible to apply the cost of the VIP Intensive to Platinum Coaching.

Our full day VIP Intensive coaching session was just what I needed!

When I went to Lisa’s website, I realized that she’s making the footsteps that I want to follow in in the organizing world. She came from a professional environment as a lawyer turned professional organizer (I too left my profession in an accounting background to become a professional organizer), she deals with organizing residential and business clients (although I mainly deal with residential clients I see in my future working with businesses), and she’s a business and life coach meaning she’s willing to help me create the level of success she has created. BINGO! I knew she would be a great fit for me. And I was right!

As a new organizer, my biggest problem was not knowing where to start or what to finish what I started in the vein of marketing and business growth. Our full day VIP Intensive coaching session was just what I needed! Having Lisa give me ideas, we mapped out a plan of action. We have followed that plan with a level of accountability during our Skype and phone sessions as I am doing a 6-month coaching package with Lisa. The coaching calls have made a HUGE difference in the way I look at my business and have given me the focus I needed to have a plan and stick to it. It’s much like I do for my own organizing clients, but in the way of business marketing and growth. Lisa is fun and easy to talk to, and I look forward to her input during our coaching calls.

Sometimes you feel that I can’t talk to a local NAPO association colleague/friend because when it boils down to it, unless you are business partners together, or don’t have the same target market, you are competitors at the end of the day. Lisa is my coach and not my competition, and she’s often the only one who will understand the organizing entrepreneur’s problems and have legitimate feedback that is helpful. I’m so glad we are working together.”

~ Andrea I. Hancock, B Dexterous, LLC, Head Professional Organizer & Owner

Take Action

I can only offer so many VIP Intensive coaching slots as I only have so much room on my calendar. I would hate for you to miss out because these slots book up quickly. So, if you know this is for you, all you have to do is take action! to see if we are a good match, and which level of program is best for you.

Please Note: Strategy Sessions and e-Coaching can be booked immediately online. All other longer-term coaching programs require a , so that we can make sure we are a good fit before we dive in and spend some time together.

Warmly,

Personal e-Mail Coaching

Would you like to have access to your own successful online coach to get all your questions answered on a daily basis?

If yes, Personal e-Coaching is for you!

This program is an easy way for you to brainstorm, get support, and get your most pressing questions answered, exactly when you need it. And it is an affordable way for you to get the access you need without the big sticker price.

Do any of these describe you?

  • I’m building a new business and I could really use some help figuring it all out.
  • I’ve got some things figured out with my business, but I feel like there’s still so much to learn and implement.
  • I am a professional with a busy schedule that can’t find time to commit to in-person or phone/Skype sessions of executive coaching, but could use a coach to push me to reach new levels of leadership and professional development.
  • I need a trusted career coach who I can run job postings by, ask for advice before interviews and have on my job search team.
  • I am making some big personal changes and need a life/success coach to serve as an accountability partner and a “mirror” to reflect my journey back to me and keep me on track.
  • I’m self-disciplined and just need a sounding board, someone further on the path than I am, who I can ask questions, get guidance and support from so I can get results faster than I could on my own.
If any of the above describes you, then you would benefit from e-coaching!

I believe that e-coaching is just as powerful as phone coaching. Not only do you get my answer, but as soon as you send the email, your brain is already working on a solution, whether you realize it or not. The simple act of asking for help and getting it out of your head helps most people. (It’s why experienced coaches understand that the real coaching often happens between coaching sessions.) But then you also benefit from my actual coaching and consulting. In other words, you get instant results (okay, maybe not instant, but I do reply within 24 hours, and usually much sooner!).

And e-coaching is also just a whole lot easier for both of us — we don’t have to schedule a call, be tied to a phone, or even a computer (you can send me a question via your smartphone, if something occurs to you while you’re not at your desk). You don’t have to wait until your next session to get the support you need — you just send an email, and voila, the coaching process starts!

And you’ll have a written record of our coaching to refer to instead of trying to remember what was said.

In this program, you get private personalized coaching that will answer all your questions with a format that will be…

Personalized. This is truly a personalized coaching experience. You will get answers to your questions that are focused specifically on your situation. No boilerplate answers here.

Consistent. Not only will you get consistent coaching from me, you’ll also get the added bonus of consistent accountability. If we’re communicating almost daily, and you’ve made this investment in yourself, then you are extremely likely to take action. The most successful people have learned that consistency counts for a lot!

Comprehensive. One of the benefits of e-coaching that my private clients love is how comprehensive my responses are! I am known to write pretty darn good emails, and to not only give you the answer you are seeking, but other resources that may be appropriate as well.

No Nonsense. I’ll always tell you the truth as I see it. If you’re moving in a direction that I don’t think will serve you, I’ll let you know. You don’t pay me to sugar coat things, but to tell you the real deal! Sometimes what I share may not be what you want to hear, and sometimes you’ll be relieved for the validation. Either way, our e-coaching will be designed to help guide you in the direction you want to go in, while helping you avoid too many detours if we can help it.

If you’re feeling a strong pull towards this program, then I’ll encourage you to secure your private e-coaching spot so we can get started TODAY.

What Can We Cover in e-Coaching?

Really, the possibilities are endless. It’s really up to you what we cover. And in a format such as this, your most pressing questions are going to naturally rise to the top. Those questions may lead us in a different direction than you originally intended, but that’s my job as your coach — to guide you and hold a mirror up to you so that you can see the real you and not hide behind fear or excuses.

How to Get Started

  1. Sign up and get access to my private email address

    After you sign up for the program, you’ll receive a welcome email with my designated email address for private e-coaching clients. Your welcome email will also include some coaching questions that I’d like you to answer for me so I can get to know you and your coaching needs and wants.

  2. Send Me the Answers to My Questions

    (which will include Your First Coaching Question)

  3. Implement My Answers

    Every coaching day (Monday-Thursday), you’ll receive an email back from me with my answer to your most recent question. (Remember, if you don’t send a question, you won’t hear from me.)

    Then all you have to do is take action, even if it’s in some small way, on the answers you receive from me.

    By the end of our 30 days together, your business, career or life will be in a different place. How much so depends on how much you actually DO with the e-coaching I’ll be providing.

In order for me to offer this program and for it to run efficiently and successfully for both of us, there are some parameters. Please read these before you sign up:

Terms of the e-Coaching Program:

1. One email per day. Each day you may send one question for me to answer. If you have more than one question on that day, make a note to send it the following day so I can answer that one too. You are encouraged to share context for your question — just be sure that you end with asking a specific question that I can answer for you.

If you send more than one question in your email, I won’t be able to answer it, in order for me to honor the other participants on the program, as well to avoid overwhelming you with action steps. Remember, this program is designed to give you just the next step you need so you actually put it into action right away.

On that note, please keep your questions clear and concise to allow me to give you a clear and concise answer – making it much easier for you to take action!

2. Days off. Earlier I said that experienced coaches understand that the coaching happens between sessions. In order to provide time for you to process and implement, we will be taking days off of e-coaching — on the weekends, including Fridays, and any major holidays that occur during our time together, as well as days that I’m traveling, out of the office focused at an event or on vacation. I am trying to help you be more productive and embrace that downtime is just as productive, and many times more so, than always trying to DO something. In order to make best use of your days off of e-coaching, use them to process and implement, but also to take some time off and give your brain a rest!

3. This is YOUR program. What we coach on is up to you. You may have a certain goal you’d like to focus solely on with my help for your entire program, or you may have a bunch of different tasks and projects you need some guidance on — or you may want to use your program coaching on a combination of both.

4. Keep your questions realistic and reasonable. In addition to keeping your questions concise and focused, please don’t ask me open-ended questions. For example, please don’t send questions like, “Please tell me everything to do to prepare for an interview/speaking engagement/sales meeting, etc.” or “What are the exact steps to make 6-figures in my business or career.”

5. There may be some questions I can’t answer. I pride myself on having the breadth and depth to be an experienced and expert coach and consultant, but I do not profess to know everything! If you ask a question that I do not know the answer to, I will let you know and try to guide you to a resource or person who may be able to help.

6. If you don’t send a question, you won’t get an answer. I expect my clients to reach out for the help they’ve invested in. If you don’t send a question, you won’t hear from me. If you’ve sent a question in, you’ll get an answer from me within 24 hours and usually that same day. If you skip a day, you lose the opportunity to ask a question that day. So, if you skip sending a question on Monday, you can’t send two questions on Tuesday.

(Tip: if you have lots of questions, write them down as they come to you on a dedicated piece of paper or file on your computer, so you’ll always have a question to ask to take full advantage of your program.)

Your investment for one month of Personal E-Coaching is just $299.

To give you a sense of the value, one coaching session with me is $200. But you get to ask me all the questions you want for the next 30 days for just $299. That will add up to a lot more than a few hours, but because I am able to do this on my own time and in between client sessions, I am able to keep the rate affordable to reach as many people as possible that need help on a budget.

I’m ready to take you from where you are to where you want to be… It’s your move!

Click here to reserve Your Private e-Coaching spot now!

Please Note: Strategy Sessions and e-Coaching can be booked immediately online. All other longer-term coaching programs require a , so that we can make sure we are a good fit before we dive in and spend some time together.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
~ e.e. cummings

Does this describe you?

  • You want to reignite the passion for your work.
  • You would love to leap into a new career if only you had the guts to jump ship.
  • You want to become the leader in your career that is deep inside of you yearning to step into his or her power.
Well, you can!

Reinventing yourself in the workplace and in your career is possible. I will show you how to play to your strengths, discover your passions, and own your power and confidence as you plan your next career move.

I have years of experience coaching individuals on career issues, both from my background as an employment lawyer and by serving as a freelance career consultant for several law schools and on a freelance basis.  I’ve had the pleasure of assisting individuals with varied careers, including lawyers, rabbis, professional musicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and financial services professionals to name a few.

“I have known Lisa Montanaro for five years. Since meeting her, she has served as a career coach and mentor to me. Because of her extensive experience and knowledge, I have always valued her opinion and insight. She seems to always have a solution. In fact, Lisa just assisted me in applying for a position that I received an offer for. Her help was invaluable from application to interview to negotiating an offer. I start my new job next month and am thrilled! I am fortunate to have met her.”  ~ Sheila, Middletown, NY


Career Transition and Job Search

Some people change careers by choice and others by necessity. If you are ready for change, you are not alone. Pursue what you REALLY want to do!

Take the first steps toward a career or business that best complements your unique abilities and interests, one that provides meaning and fulfillment so you wake up saying, “I LOVE what I do!”

Dust off the ideas you’ve pushed to the back of your mind – you know the ones (e.g., starting your own business, becoming a veterinarian, making a career of travel, transitioning to the non-profit sector, etc.). Whatever that dream is, let’s make it happen.

Career transition and job search services include:

  • Self assessment (values, interests, personality and skills), strengths identification, and finding a satisfying career role.
  • Navigating career transitions in and out of the workplace.
  • Research of jobs, industries, and potential employers.
  • Identifying and building a personal brand for success.
  • Developing an effective professional toolkit: resumes, CVs, cover letters, and thank you letters.
  • Honing professional image and effective communication techniques.
  • Perfecting your elevator pitch and marketing yourself in the job search.
  • Building and nurturing professional networks and relationships.
  • Strategies for work-life balance.
  • Leaving a traditional job to launch a business.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Post–interview follow-up.

“Thank you again for your career coaching guidance. It helped me put a lot of thought into the places I was applying. I realized that it is critical to “believe in” what I am doing. Yes, office work is office work, but at the end of the day, I have to feel I am doing something worthwhile.  I ended up with three interviews scheduled in one week and two offers coming in on the same day! The job I wound up accepting is a perfect fit. And you hear it over and over today, but even though I am making less money, I am happier.  The thought process that you helped me with really steered me in this direction. Otherwise I would most likely just have repeated history, taken the better paying job and eventually found myself dissatisfied. Thanks again for everything.” ~ Heidi, Beacon, NY


Professional Development  & Growth

Take your professional and leadership abilities to the next level. Expand your experience in areas such as change management, employee relations, and team dynamics.

Explore new communication, management, and leadership skills that will increase your effectiveness, engage and empower you (and your staff if you have one!), and exceed expectations.

Professional Development & Growth services include:

  • Executive coaching for supervisors and leaders.
  • Identifying and building a personal brand for success.
  • Coaching on job satisfaction.
  • Productivity consulting, including time management and streamlining personal systems.
  • Honing professional poise and effective communication techniques.
  • Perfecting your elevator pitch for your career and current position.
  • Building and nurturing professional networks and relationships.
  • Strategies for work/life balance.
  • Effectively navigating office conflict.
  • Setting and achieving goals for your career and position.
  • Etiquette for business professionals, including poise, image, wardrobe, and cultural protocol.
  • Interview and public speaking coaching.
  • Developing leadership techniques for emerging professionals

Be sure to visit the Corporate/Organizational Consulting page for more information about coaching and consulting services for business professionals, and the Speaking page for information on speaking and training workshops offered in the workplace.

Take Action

Career & Professional Development Coaching is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

You can book a Strategy Session online if you know you want a targeted session and are ready to get started.

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you want to explore longer term options, such as VIP Intensives or my Platinum Level Coaching Programs, then let’s set up a to see what is the best match for you at this time.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  ~ Thomas Edison

So, you are searching for a new job?  Perhaps you are making a voluntary career transition.  Maybe you have been laid off, or worse, fired.  Regardless of the reason for your job search, one fact remains true: if you are conducting a job search, it is vital that you take an organized approach.  Managing your job search is just like managing any other major project.  You must create an infrastructure that allows you to operate in an efficient and productive manner.  A successful job search requires forethought and action.  Here are some tips for conducting an organized job search.

1.      Declutter and Pre-Purge – If you are embarking on a job search, it will be difficult to do so if your physical space is covered in clutter with piles of papers everywhere.  Take some time to declutter.  Purge any unnecessary items, file papers that you need to keep, recycle junk mail, and get some order back into that space!  It will be easier for you to concentrate on your job search without all of that chaos and clutter around you.  Just be careful that you don’t spend too much time decluttering that you start using it as an excuse to procrastinate with regard to your job search.  A few days should suffice.  

2.      Create a Job Search Schedule – Let’s face it – searching for a job is hard work!  If you are still employed while you are conducting your new job search, be prepared to have an extremely busy schedule.  If you are currently unemployed, realize that you do, indeed, have a job – conducting a job search!  Create a job search schedule that gives you ample time for all of the activities you need to focus on in order to succeed: resume and cover letter preparation, surfing the web for jobs, networking, interviewing, follow-up, etc.  Block out time in your calendar for job search activities and treat that time as you would any traditional work commitment.  Be consistent in the amount of time you spend each day and week on job search activities so that you keep your momentum going, and don’t lose focus and miss valuable opportunities.  

3.      Get Your Gear in Order – Update your resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample (if applicable).  Ask for letters of recommendation and testimonials from previous or current supervisors, co-workers, and professional colleagues.  Get some nice new stationery, and stock up on print cartridges for your printer.  If you want to use an outside source for printing, some local printing shops will copy resumes for free during an economic downturn, so ask around!  Be sure to have a computer with high-speed Internet access.  An all-in-one machine for printing, copying, faxing and scanning will also come in handy during a job search.

4.      Create a Job Search Center – Set aside space at home (or wherever you will be conducting your job search activities) and make it job search central.  Keep all of your job-search related supplies in that location, which will make it easy for you to find them when you need them.  This will also help you to get into job search mode when you are in that space. 

5.      Create a Job Search Paper Management System – You may be acquiring a lot of paper in your job search: resources, articles, sample resumes and cover letters, business cards of networking contacts, contact-us-later or rejection letters, etc.  To the extent that you can maintain these items in a paperless fashion, go for it.  But if you have to maintain hard copy paper, be sure to create a job search paper management or filing system, to be stored in your job search center.  Keep it simple and use whatever system makes the most sense to you for ease of use (binder, portable filing bin, traditional filing cabinet, etc).

6.      Plan Job Search Activities – Plan out job search activities on a daily basis, such as phone calls to make, resumes to send, online applications to fill out, informational interviews to conduct, etc.  Write down your job search activities as calendar items, to-do’s, or tasks so that you take them seriously and treat them as measurable goals.  Be realistic with regard to what you can reasonably accomplish in one day, but also challenge yourself!

7.      Track Job Search Activities – Organizing your job search involves keeping track of all information and communications.  Keep a record of where you sent your resume and when, whom you have spoken to, when interviews took place, etc.  This information will prove vital when deciding when to follow-up with leads.  You can track all of this information using a calendar such as Outlook or Google, or an online tool such as JobFiler.com.  Whatever tools you use, it is important that you be able to track the status of your job search.

8.      Manage Job Search Email – In today’s world, much of your job search will likely be conducted by email.  Therefore, before you even start your search, whittle down the amount of email in your inbox so that you can hyper-focus on your job search emails, which will add up quickly.  Create folders within your email system using categories that make sense to you, such as Companies Applied To, Contacts Submitted Resumes To, etc.    

9.      Polish Your Online Profiles – If you are conducting a job search in today’s market, you would be remiss not to develop an online presence on social media sites, especially LinkedIn, which is the most “professional” of the social media sites and can essentially serve as your online resume.  But also consider other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  The opportunities are endless for employers and contacts to find you online.  You may even have your own website, e-zine, or blog.  Maybe you post articles on various article-marketing sites, or serve as a guest blogger on other blogs.  If you maintain profiles on any of social media sites, or have any type of online presence, be sure to polish your profiles so that they promote the image you want potential employers and contacts to see.     

10.  Change Your Greetings – Change the message that greets callers for any phone number that you plan to use for your job search so that it sounds professional, and conveys the information you want callers to hear.  Be prepared, not embarrassed! 

11.  Stay Positive – The longer a job search takes, the more chance you have of becoming negative about it.  Try to maintain a positive attitude to the extent you can by monitoring your progress and staying active in your search.  When the going gets rough during a job search, many people take a back seat and give up, which is counter-productive.  Try to stay focused and make valuable contacts that are likely to lead to a job.  However, don’t be all consumed by your search for a job!  Maintaining some balance in your life at this time will serve you well.  Get adequate sleep, eat well, see family and friends for pleasure, and make time for exercise.     

Organization is one of the single most important things you can do to keep your job search manageable.  Just like being organized helps you improve any other area of your life, home, or work, it will also help move along your job search in quick and efficient fashion and with less stress.  It may even wind up being the key to finding that dream job you always wanted. 

Good luck!