- Career Design Coach - Principal | Professional Speaker | Author | Personal Branding Strategist | Social Media Strategist | Career Coach When I started Career Design Coach in April 2008, I could have never imagined the opportunities that would come my way via social media. I've written and had a book published, contributed to other published books, and have been named as one of the Top 150 Experts on Twitter for Job Seekers to follow as well as one of the Top 100 Personal Brand Strategists. I am frequently tapped by the media for interviews on online identity and social media, including the Wall Street Journal, Monster.com, TheLadders.com, and many more. I love to learn and my passion in leveraging social media as part of a person's career marketing strategy is unwavering. Firsthand, I have seen the positive effects of networking in real-world and social media environments. You can contact me directly about speaking or consulting at email@example.com
Hi, I’m Kristen Jacoway, a career strategist, coach, author, social media expert and Auburn Tigers football fan.
I help you zero in on and excel in your ideal job by getting clear on your individual strengths and how to use the person you are to do the work that matters.
Here are three very simple things that I hold to be true:
People Are Amazing – Each career journey is completely unique. As individuals we have distinctive talents and expertise. Every person has a gift, and gifts are meant to be shared.
Community Matters – When people treat each other with respect, work together and communicate with one another, great things can happen.
There’s a World Waiting for Us – The Internet and technology have made the world a smaller place. It’s time to reach out, engage openly and build authentic networks and relationships.
Since graduating from Auburn University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Vocational Counseling, I’ve worked in a wide variety of HR-related capacities from job search counseling to coaching staff to achieve peak performance to working with local Alabama businesses to develop job leads. My one aim was to help people have a rewarding career.
But it became even more personal when my husband’s job was off-shored, bringing an abrupt end to his 20-year manufacturing career. As he looked for a new job, I saw the job search process from the other side, and it became quickly evident that the employment market had changed completely. The previously tried-and-true techniques of resumes and cover letters were not enough. Social media had changed the game.
Always one to embrace new technologies –I come by it honestly, my dad was a NASA rocket scientist!– I learned everything I could about social media and social networks. I also studied with personal branding industry experts, like Reach’s William Arruda, earning numerous certifications.
In 2008, I launched Career Design Coach, a career coaching company that combines personal brand, traditional career marketing and social media strategies. I’m very proud to have helped senior executives, students and entrepreneurs here in my local community of Auburn as well as across Alabama to have happier, more productive professional lives.
- Auburn UniversityVocational Counseling
- Birmingham Southern College
- University of TennesseeOrientation to Deafness