Karen Munro

Karen Munro

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Gerrards Cross
Buckinghamshire
SL9

07507555136

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Gerrards Cross
Buckinghamshire
SL9

07507555136

About me

I am a Career and Transition Coach based in Gerrards Cross, South Buckinghamshire. I provide individual and confidential support in all aspects of Career Transition, including effective CV Coaching, Interview Skills and Networking Techniques.

I am absolutely passionate about helping people make informed choices and decisions about their careers and specialise in supporting people who are in that 'mid-life transition' when personal and family circumstances change and it's time to start focusing on what's right for them!

With so many of my clients looking at the prospect of working much longer now, the focus on having a job you love is more important than ever!

I work with some of the most highly respected and recognised Career Outplacement Companies in the UK, including supporting Service Leavers transitioning out of the UK's Armed Forces. I facilitate Career Transition workshops and offer individual Career Coaching.

Outside of the Associate work I do, I offer one to one Career Coaching sessions to individuals on a private basis. Together with my experience of being a Senior Recruiter with the BBC for over 10 years, my corporate and public sector Coaching experience, I am able to give a wide range of support to my clients.

Having set up on my own in 2010 I also understand the transition from working in the Corporate World of Work to self employment and all the challenges that brings.

My intuitive approach and wealth of experience has enabled me to really build strong working relationships quickly and effectively with my clients gaining their trust and empowering them through difficult career transitions. 

With over 20 year's experience across HR and Recruitment at the BBC and over 15 years Career Coaching experience, I am a natural networker, with a strong client-centred approach and an absolute passion for developing individual talent.

I don't have expensive offices or hefty overheads as I meet clients either via Skype or if they are fairly local, at suitable venues such as hotel lobbies and comfortable meeting places. 

Finding a Career Coach is also a very personal, and for some, brave, option to consider.  So, it is really important to find one who you feel comfortable with.  With this in mind, I offer an initial telephone consultation for free. 

Have a look at my website and linked in profile for more information, or just contact me through my website and I will get back to you within 48 working hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • A full member of the Association for Coaching
  • A full member of the Career Development Institute
  • Coaching Certificate with CCS (Career Counselling Services)
  • CDI Registered Professional
  • Level 6 Diploma Career Guidance & Development
  • Level 4 Diploma Career Information & Advice
  • NVQ level 4 Business Management
  • ASE & SHL Level A and B Psychometric Testing
  • Career Counselling Training (CCS – Career Counselling Services)
  • Introduction in Neuro Linguistic Programming

Member organisations

AC

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Coaching clients to learn how to write strong and effective CV's, cover letters
  • Coaching clients through the full application process to interview
  • Interview techniques including mock interviews
  • Managing Change and Transformation in the workplace
  • Networking techniques and tapping in to the hidden job market
  • Making the most of Linked In

I also run bespoke training courses for organisations or small groups.  These can be completely tailored to meet the needs of the client.  Here is some recent feedback from a 2 day workshop I did for a Public Service department going through a TUPE transfer and needed support on change in the workplace as well as interview techniques and CV writing:

"Such an informative workshop where I have learnt so much about how to move forward, but mostly now having the knowledge and confidence to be in the best version of me!  Thanks to the knowledge I have gained from this workshop.”

“I will use what I have learnt to create my new C.V”

“What a brilliant workshop!”

“I found the 2 days really useful and learnt lots!”

“I very much enjoyed the workshop. It was set at a good pace and Karen is extremely helpful and good at what she does. I look forward to working with her again.”

“Brilliant workshop.  Lots to take away, think about and work on.  Good handouts.  Great – thank you Karen!”

“A great confidence boosting 2 days!”

“An excellent 2 days which has provided the team with practical ideas to support them at this tricky time of change.  The team responded well to Karen’s personable facilitation style and participated in the discussions and activities"

Photos & videos

  • Career Change

Fees

I offer a free telephone consultation to discuss individual needs and to ascertain what and how much support is required.

There are no specific programmes to tie clients in to set fees.

Sessions are built around the clients needs and agreed in line with individual requirements, needs and levels of support.

A 60 minute session will cost from £79 dependent on the level of support required. There are no hidden or additional costs.

If you require virtual / off line support such as support viewing and improving your CV or Linked In profile, each virtual hour will be charged at £69 per hour.

Further information

Client Testimonials:

Wai, London

“Karen was assigned to provide Outplacement Support following my departure from a previous employer, and her engagement and support was invaluable throughout the entire process. Karen was extremely empathetic and an exceptional listener, providing sound advice concerning my CV and LinkedIn profile, following which enhancements were made to refine my profile.

My approach to job hunting was questioned, therefore I adjusted my approach and benefits were yielded overnight. My proposed actions were challenged, always in a candid yet professional manner, which prompted me to question my own thought process. Even after I had secured a new role, Karen continued to surpass my expectations and provided advice regarding how to make an impression with my new employer from day one.

If you are considering engaging with Karen for the plethora of services she offers, I ask you to consider no more and simply do it! You will not be disappointed. “

Lauren, Northampton,

“I started working with Karen after feeling trapped in my job and having no idea which way to run. She quickly helped me to identify the skills I had as well as focus on where I wanted to go and who I’d need to speak to in order to get there.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reconnecting with former industry colleagues and Karen’s advice helped restore my faith in my own ability. 

Within a very short space of time I managed to repair a damaged relationship with my boss to land the job I wanted within my own organisation.  When I’m ready to move on I will definitely be contacting Karen for support with my CV and interview techniques. She’s friendly, supportive and incredibly knowledgeable. 

I would recommend her to anyone stuck in a rut –career coaching has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”

Jeremy, Leeds,

“I got in touch with Karen after I had a REALLY bad 2nd interview for a job. You know the feeling… Words not coming out right, embarrassed, stressed out, confidence hit, etc. Even though I’d prepared I just wasn’t ready for the type of tricky competency based questions that were fired at me. I didn’t want to go through that horrendous experience again! 

Karen helped me do a postmortem of the interview, how I’d handled it and how I’d ended up getting into the state I did during it and the reasons why. She then gave me some fantastic, simple techniques on how to prepare for competency based interviews. She explained it all in such a simple and understandable way that it all fell into place and made perfect sense.

I had the one hour session with Karen about 3 years ago and since then EVERY job interview I’ve had has gone well. In fact, over the past 18 months I’ve had three interviews and have been offered every job. At one point I had to choose between them! I now have a great job working on Emmerdale for ITV and I’m extremely happy.

Without Karen’s training I really wouldn’t have achieved this!”

Gerrards Cross, SL9

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

available Monday - Thursday 09:30 - 18:00

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