“Donna delivered a presentation about LinkedIn that really opened my eyes to what’s possible by using LinkedIn effectively. While expertly mixing clear, informative slides with real time demos, her crisp narrative showed an excellent ability to think on her feet and a genuine concern for giving her audience what they need most – the “why” and “how to” for professional networking with LinkedIn’s evolving technology.” —Vaughn Spurlin, Software Engineer
“Donna enthralled and inspired the Connecticut Press Club with her demonstration on using LinkedIn for career advancement and new sources. She’s engaging and is a superb communicator. We got great feedback about her and the presentation she gave. We were lucky to have her and consider her one of our most memorable speakers.”
—Sherry Shameer Cohen, President, CT Press Club
Resume & Cover Letter clients:
“Thank you again for your helpful work on the resume & cover letter: Following on it, a new school in Queens called me last week for an interview…..This marked a better rate of return in contrast to the previous targeted mass mailings.. I am hopeful. ” —August L.
“I love it. It is just fabulous. I can’t believe this resume is for the same person as my old one. But it really is me. The way you’ve done it shows who I am and what I’m about. Not just a boring list of things I’ve done on past jobs, and with volunteer work stuck at the end as an afterthought. I sent it to a long time friend (19 years) and she loved it. “ —Jean, Re-entry professional
“The work Donna did on my resume was terrific. She’s really up-to-date with current professional resume format and presentation. I’m very pleased with the results.” —Gillian K., Editorial Assistant
Job Search & Networking Clients:
“I must admit I was a little skeptical about how effective career counseling was going to be – I had an unfortunate image of my high school guidance counselors. After my experience, however, I cannot recommend Careerfolk any more highly. During my first session, Tava led me through some exercises to find out precisely what I was looking for in a career. It turned out that what I said I wanted and what I really wanted were not the same thing. . .Tava also struck a perfect balance between supporting and encouraging me while honestly advising me of practical considerations.
“Within two months of my first call with Tava, I had found a new career path, had a new resume, had increased my social media presence ten-fold, had reviewed job application and interview strategies, and was making plans to move to a new city. Calling Careerfolk was one of the best decisions I have made, and I could not be happier!” —R. Murphy
“…Her approach to the task was methodical and thorough. She was invaluable in directing me to review and refine my career goals, develop a strategic approach to moving forward, and build the necessary materials to achieve my objective. From this I developed a professionally styled resume, “action-oriented” letters of introduction, and a battery of questions to ask during an interview. She also provided links to employment web sites that I had not previously considered for my professional arena. Donna’s technique of having her clients consistently return to the primary reason they have engaged her….in my case for career development/change…is very important for achieving positive results. She is very personable, has a wonderful sense of humor, and was a pleasure to work with. I was successful in getting many interviews and two job offers, one of which I took. I would certainly recommend Donna!” —Duncan Himmelman, Horticulturist
“I was searching for someone with an international background to provide long-distance career counseling. After year’s of living outside the US, Donna helped get me back in the loop. She has excellent knowledge of web-based career resources, and worked with me through several exercises that helped me focus on what I want and where I want to go. She’s a great person, easy to talk to, and really proactive. I highly recommend her!” —Tom Divney, Senior Corporate Sustainability Specialist, Costa Rica
“I really benefited from Donna’s expertise. She was very encouraging and helped me gain the confidence to pursue the job I really wanted. She understood what I was capable of, and helped me to recognize my potential. I got the job I really wanted after only two coaching sessions!” —Ida Marx, Artist & Teacher
“Donna, You really gave me the tools and the networking skills necessary to land a good job I had the skills and general background within my field, but you really taught me how to put it all together and network myself properly in order to grow properly in my line of work. You were very attentive and knowledgeable, and someone who I knew I could count on to help me from the very beginning. Thank you.” —Gregory Azoff Real Estate Professional and Appraiser
“Donna is a very personable, empathetic career coach who has tremendous passion and insights. She has provided me great ideas and inspiration that have helped me tremendously. She is a great career coach.” —Carla Visser, Career Coach
“Donna helped me to identify my strengths and develop my marketing plan in record time. I have been able to implement her suggestions and feel confident about my career path. I recommend her highly.” —Noreen Shevlin, Producer
“Donna is an excellent career coach, combining her professional knowledge and interpersonal skills. I am currently in the process of my career search, following my doctoral study. Donna has shared numerous valuable resources to enable my search, and guided me generously toward my ultimate goal. I view her not only as a career coach — but my friend.” —Michelle Y. Wang, PhD.
“She was invaluable to me in finding job leads and landing several interviews. From revamping my resume to offering great moral support, she was an integral part of my job search. So much so that I even looked her up again to seek her guidance in my current search. Her influence and assistance is beyond words.” —Bancha Srikacha, Distribution Coordinator, American Museum of Natural History
“I am at a critical junction in my career and Donna is taking just the right approach of personal caring and professional structure to help me get focused. She is very knowledgeable, experienced and truly cares about her clients. Additionally, she gives a lot of homework that makes you really THINK! I recommend her services highly.” —Nancy C.
“Donna has been very helpful to me during my ongoing process of career development. I found both the practical exercises she guided me through as well as her regular meetings very useful in building skills, esteem and morale. Her understanding character and her practical experience make her a effective counselor and coach.” —Kevin Keiper, Print Supervisor
“Donna is just a delight to work with. She is unbelievably knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and extremely generous. I was, and still am, amazed at the depth of her business acumen and her understanding of people and organizations as a whole. Combine that with her passion for the work and sincere desire to see you succeed, and you have a real winner. You can’t go wrong with Donna Sweidan on your team.” —Lance Contrucci, Project Manager
“Donna helped me tremendously when I was looking for new work. She is a personable, knowledgeable professional who does not coddle but rather encourages with crisp and useful recommendations. She turned my resume around, gave me invaluable tips on strategizing and networking, and helped me resolve some of the stickier aspects of leaving an employer. I found a job within a month of working with Donna.” —Cindy Mindell, Writer/ Editor
Career Change Clients:
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your advice over the last couple of years. I finally found a way to get out of immigration and find something that will give me a future that I will enjoy and could not have done that without your help.” —Josh D. Immigration Paralegal to Recruiter
“Donna is a pleasure to work with. She is an attentive professional who is focused on understanding the goals her clients seek to achieve and who tailors the planned solution to their strengths. Donna is careful to note the challenges that her clients will face and works with them to strengthen their chances of success.” —Ingrid R. Private Banking to International Affairs
“Donna is enthusiastic about her career and explained how to begin a job search and how to assess my career goals. I look forward to continue working with her to fulfill my goals. Thank you Donna for being there for me!” —Susan C. Former Assistant VP, General Reinsurance
“Donna has been very helpful to me during my ongoing process of career development. I found both the practical exercises she guided me through as well as her regular meetings very useful in building skills, esteem and morale. Her understanding character and her practical experience make her a effective counselor and coach.” —Kevin Keiper, From Print Supervisor to Senior Web Designer
College & Graduate School Decision-Making and Application Process:
“I knew that I wanted to pursue a PH.D., however, I wasn’t certain about which schools to apply to, or which area to specialize in. Donna Sweidan’s guidance helped me chart a detailed and clear map towards achieving these goals. Donna’s questions about my passions, interests, motives, academic background and financial situation illuminated every step of my graduate application process and the type of work I wanted to do with children. Following my meetings with Donna, I applied to the New School Social Science graduate program and got admitted into the Department of Psychology for the spring 2006 semester. Donna’s invaluable guidance and advice inspired me to search for my puzzle pieces in the right places, and to finally create my academic and professional puzzle.” —Katia Smith