SmART Career Solutions (SCS)
was created in 2019 as a solution to fill-in-the-gap of specialty career transition and job search coaching services in BC, Canada. We know Career Coaching works & believe these solutions can extend nationally & internationally.
Not unlike herself, Charlene, Founder & Principal Career Coach with SCS, recognized that a significant number of professionals don’t fit into a traditional service model and that NOT ALL PROFESSIONALS wear a suit or would consider themselves an "average" job seeker.
Our services live between high-priced "executive" services that might not feel relatable and the local government funded programs that have natural limitations based on their overwhelming caseloads.
With a variety of services and price levels, Smart Career Solutions addresses all levels of urgency, phases & stages of career transition. We focus on being accessible, relatable and timely, to provide results when you need them.
CREATIVITY can define or enhance your career success and is critical for problem-solving
BE KIND to yourself, each other and our planet
HAVE FUN & embrace DIVERSITY in lifestyles, talents, values and learning styles
Be HONEST - Cut the BS, engage in real talk and grow in vulnerability
SHOW UP and accept RESPONSIBILITY aka "respond to your ability"
OUR SMART TEAM
Founder & Principal Career Coach.
As a Career Coach & Group Facilitator for over a decade, I have supported 1000’s of job seekers, performed 100’s of Mock Interviews, wrote/revised 4000 Marketing tools and Facilitated 1500+ Workshops (with 5000+ hours teaching).
As an Creativepreneur, I built 2 successful businesses providing creative services. I spent 10 years, dba chalkwrightimages, designing and creating chalkboard signs throughout Western Canada.
For 5 years, dba artdonewright, I have taught drawing and painting classes, as the Artist in Residence for an art studio in Cloverdale, BC.
I studied Fine Arts and Interior Design, and hold diplomas in each. I trained in Professional Coaching with an ICF accredited training program and I am also certified in Peer Counselling.
In addition, I have worked as a Peer Facilitator for BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, where I assisted other creative-types find new employment solutions.
Marketing Tools Expert &
Contributing Employment Coach.
Writing resumes and cover letters, and otherwise helping people realize their potential, motivates me!
I have a great deal of writing experience having helped people from all walks of life; a professional Engineer CV or a Customer Service document will get the same attention, customized to make it sing!
P.S. I also have a background as a Singer.
In my ‘former life’ worked as a Graphic Artist for about 25 years. I can’t draw a stick man if you paid me, but give me a computer and I can create what you need! This creative side allows me to think outside the box with writing material and how to best market your skills, accomplishments and personality.
After my ‘course correction’ and retraining, I have now been working in this field of employment counselling for 12 years and have seen first hand, on hundreds of occasions, the difference personal branding and strong documents can make in job search.
After over a decade working with thousands of job seekers,
here is what IS TRUE....
CAREER COACHING WORKS!
As an example - An Earner that makes $25/hour
Typical job search timeline is 6 months
= $25,000 of
The odds of obtaining employment are
2.67 times higher
for job seekers who use a job search program
As noted in The Harvard Business Review:
“The Effectiveness of Job Search Interventions: A Meta-Analytic Review.”
Multiple factors drive a job search, including the person’s ability to network, prepare a resume, and succeed in an interview.
The article states that people learn proper job search strategies quicker when they work directly with a coach, consultant, or trainer.
Career Solution Services
To overwhelmed professionals that need to better manage their career transition and trajectory, Smart Career Solutions is a career coaching agency that provides step-by-step support, structure & solutions to facilitate self-management & design of a customized career insurance plan.
Check Your Pulse
Chat with a Career Coach
to review your current situation.
Use our proven
SCS “readiness” checklist
to assess just that –
NO RISK / NO COMMITMENT!
KNOW where you stand with regard to the
9 key factors that determine
Career Transition readiness
on your existing marketing tools.
Leave feeling more clear, confident and better able to manage your Career Transition more effectively!