What Is A Career Coach?

As a career coach, I help you conceive, plan and build the career and life you want to have.

As your career coach, I will help you determine the best work for you in the context of your life. We take a look at your values and the life you want to have, and determine whether you want to pursue a job, a career, or your calling, and then we get after it.

I help you see what’s possible. Clients typically seek career coaching when they are in one of two situations:

  1. You know exactly what you want to do and are having a tough time getting there.
  2. You don’t know where you want to be (yet), but you know you can no longer stay where you are!

I help you conceive, plan, and build the career and life you want to have.

Your Career In the Context of Your Life

Importantly, I help you recognize that your career is one of ten key areas of your life. A big one, but just one. Finance is another, and since career often leads to financial security or not, let’s say they account for two-tenths, or 20% of your life. I make sure that we find the work you want to do, the way you want to do it, realizing that there are many other components of your life that we need to make room for.

There’s a reason I am a career and life coach. Just focusing on your career without respecting the other needs of your life will leave you...unbalanced. Maybe you feel unbalanced already and that’s why you’re on this page? I use a tool called the Whole Life Model to consider and evaluate ten areas of your life, and we evaluate your career in the context of your life. If you’d like to learn more about the Whole Life Model, scroll down and sign up for my newsletter. I’ll send you a chapter 2 of my book, Personal (R)evolution, including the Whole Life Model assessment.

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I had never used a career coach before, but was in a situation where I needed a sounding board and career advice, so found Allison on Google where she had all 5 star reviews. After conducting further research, her very impressive background and the fact that she was published gave me the confidence that she could help me with my situation.Allison was amazing to work with, very personable, and her feedback to me absolutely ensured my success. I wouldn't have been able to navigate my situation properly if it wasn't for Allison, as she kept me grounded and focused on what was important during the process.Thank you Allison for all of your great insights, your amazing approach and helping to make a stressful situation much more manageable and successful!!
Dave Rossman
Dave Rossman
21:28 15 Aug 21
I can't say enough wonderful things about Allison! In our first session, she helped me troubleshoot a challenging work situation and visualize what a better opportunity might look like (which came to fruition not long after!). She is a great listener and I was impressed by how quickly she could dialogue about the specifics of my workplace and some of the challenges that were unique to me/my family and my work sector. She challenged me to think about what success looks like for me, and made specific suggestions for how to get there. Allison is clearly a champion for her clients and it feels great to have her in my corner!
Colleen Ijalana
Colleen Ijalana
13:41 29 Jun 21
Working with Allison is the best choice I've ever made for myself! When my Saturn return aligned with a global pandemic I was so lost and overwhelmed. I had a million things I wanted to do with my life and just no idea where to start, but Allison embraced my chaos and said welcome to adulthood babe, let's get you the tools to start figuring out your plan. She never judged or shamed me, but rather became a close confidant and dare I say friend. Often times our sessions were the highlight of my week! If you have the ability to invest in yourself with her program, no matter where you're at in your life, you will thank yourself later (and sooner) if you go for it. I couldn't recommend her more highly, anyone can benefit from her services!
Ceci Glidden
Ceci Glidden
14:02 03 Apr 21
I'm incredibly proud to share that Allison helped me achieve my DREAM job at my DREAM company!! I have been working with Allison for the past 6 months and her services are the best investment I've ever made. Allison's abilities to connect, understand and take action are second to none. Allison has solutions and techniques for everything. She provides so much care and attention which makes you feel as if you are her only client. Sessions are always productive and she ensures that you are feeling supported throughout the process. Thank you, Allison!!
Lauren Gerard
Lauren Gerard
16:12 01 Apr 21
Allison and I worked together over the course of 6 months and what an incredible journey it was together. When we began, I had no clear vision for what I wanted life to look like, just a definite certainty that I needed epic change. Allison is a master navigator in that quagmire. She gently pulls threads and follows them with you to tease out your passions, skills, dissatisfiers, and boundaries. I’d often leave sessions and reflect in awe at her ability to unpack all that I said and, more importantly, that which I didn’t. Her gift of unearthing insight, provoking thought, and inciting action is unparalleled. We covered an insane amount of territory in our time together and I’m on a clear, self-created(!) path forward to achieving that epic change I was seeking. Thank you, Allison! I’m looking forward to reconnecting from Peru!
Kati LaBeaume
Kati LaBeaume
22:47 09 Feb 21
In the short time I worked with Allison I got a new job WHILE exploring my own passions. I'm now happier in my career, actively coaching on my own, have a web site, and planned a yoga retreat.Allison gave me confidence and accountability when I needed it most. Each session was tailored to what I wanted support on. I was hesitant to spend the money, but I'm so glad I did. I appreciated that we could record our sessions so I could re-watch them (just so I didn't miss or forget anything!). Her support and guidance crashed down a huge wall I built up for myself.I truly feel transformed. Thank you, Allison!
Samantha Rhind
Samantha Rhind
23:34 13 Jan 21
My life transformed in the most wonderful way through coaching with Allison. She is an amazing person and talented coach. She knows how to listen deeply, connect and ask powerful questions that unlock awareness and open insight. She has a wealth of practical wisdom that inspires courage, agency and possibility. Our coaching engagement was deep, meaningful and impactful for me on so many levels. Working with Allison truly created a positive (r)evolution in my life. I highly recommend her coaching program. If you get the opportunity to work with her, take it!
Emily Peck
Emily Peck
19:44 06 Nov 20
Allison is a gifted, whip-smart, and wise career coach. Working with her was a terrific experience. She helped me transition from my previous career, putting me on a more fulfilling path forward. Her energy, enthusiasm, and optimism are infectious. I felt energized after every session with her. Now that we are in the midst of this great transition in terms of career-life, I’m grateful to have worked with Allison when I did. My time with her has helped me navigate the covid world with much more confidence and ease.
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
02:14 31 Aug 20
Working with Allison was just what I needed to shift focus for a new career! Although we started working in the middle of the pandemic, I knew working with her would help for years to come. She not only helped me through these uncertain times but prepared me to hit the ground running. Regardless if you’re just starting out or have been in an industry for years, she gets it!
Brianne Kennedy
Brianne Kennedy
16:49 24 Aug 20
I first contacted Allison because I was feeling lost in my job search and was hoping to find a new career path. After just a few months working with Allison I felt I had found a new career path and felt more confident as a professional in general, but also was finding improvements in other areas of my life that I didn’t expect. The thing I appreciated most is that she doesn’t tell you what you should do or what you should be, she just asks the right questions to help you find it in yourself and then helps come up with a plan for getting to where you want to be. She also is extreme positive and fun to talk to and I always left her office in a good mood. I highly recommend working with her.
Tim Higgins
Tim Higgins
23:05 23 Feb 20
Allison is the best! And that is a HUGE understatement. Unlike other Life/Career Coaches, Allison "gets it". She is extremely Relatable, not "Old-School", and very Realistic.When I first visited Allison, I was unhappy with my career, it's progression, and I knew that I wanted to do something different (something more in-line with ME) - but I didn't know what it was or how to find it.My fiance and I were also unhappy with where we were living, and had many ideas about moving away - but those were more like "dreams".Within a 3 month period, Allison, with her many skills/tools of: inspiration, open mindedness, being extremely well educated in the field of life/career coaching, support, connected-ness through communication, positivity, guidance, and what seems to be a vast knowledge of "everything coaching" ...The list goes on and on...Helped both of us create a plan to move to a new state, a place where we absolutely love!, and a plan to move forward with our careers which has been exciting and truly unbelievable. On my last session with her, she went down a list of items/life ideas which I brought to her attention on our 1st session, and within a 3 month period - I/we had accomplished everything on that list.I can't say thank you enough. And I can't recommend her services enough for anyone who is looking for a change/different perspective in their life/career.Thank you Allison!!!
Daniel Solomon
Daniel Solomon
17:00 28 Oct 19
I have been working with Allison for the last five months, and in that time, I have made changes in my life that I've been trying to make on my own for a decade. She is a sincere person who is deeply committed to helping you gain clarity and take concrete steps to achieve the life you want. I was in a state of so much confusion and all I knew was that I needed to change, but I didn't have a clear direction. She has a remarkable ability to distill our conversations into eye-opening insights and clear action steps. In working with her, I have been able to shift long-held patterns of thinking that were not serving me and, as a result, more fully inhabit my own life. Together we have been creating and refining my goals and I have been able to progress from the traction gained each week. I am incredibly grateful that I have the opportunity to work with her. The return on my investment is exponential.
Swapna Rao
Swapna Rao
13:27 19 Sep 19
Allison is incredibly sharp, diligent, and kind. Her attention and enthusiasm is especially beneficial to those who seek encouragement and guidance during large transitional periods. Allison understands exactly how to empower her clients, and provides them with practical tools to set and complete goals, making those uncomfortable transitions all the more beautiful.
EJ Barbato
EJ Barbato
21:40 22 Aug 19
I used to think there was nothing I could get from a career coach that I couldn't get from my existing network of mentors. Then I was given a copy of Allison's book. It opened my eyes to things about my professional self I hadn't acknowledged before and to a new way about thinking about my work, my career and myself. So, I signed up for an intro coaching session and hoped I was making a worthy investment of money I really didn't have to spend. In that first session, I learned a lot about the way I work, how I want to work and who I am. In subsequent sessions, I began to see opportunities for myself I had refused to open my eyes to in the past and the fears, societal and cultural expectations that I was allowing to limit my possibilities. With Allison's support, I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and into some of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life. I'm still finding my way, but my framework for thinking about my career and professional decision-making has changed. I am more confident in saying no to opportunities that aren't for me (and that I would have fretted over) and have a much better idea of what it is I want out of work and by extension life.
Meena Thiruvengadam
Meena Thiruvengadam
17:07 19 Aug 19
There truly is not enough space here to share all the wonderful things I experienced working with Allison. I am so appreciative she has chosen to apply her intelligence, positive energy, empathy and commitment to helping others through her coaching business. She has made a tremendous difference in my life for which I am so grateful.I had been suffering from 'analysis paralysis' for years, stuck obsessing over different opportunities available to me after working in network television as an investigative journalist. I had reached out to other professionals for help in sorting through all my ideas to get some traction in my life, but I realized they didn't seem to be able to relate to my thought process and I was only confusing them.I sensed I should reach out to Allison after I invited her to speak at a meetup group I organize locally. After my first personal session with her, it's as if the sun finally came out from behind the clouds in my mind. She helped me get all the jumbled up ideas in my head - out of my head so we could review each of them and decide which to prioritize now, later or toss out completely. She even guided me on how to test some of the ideas, with action vs going all in. And, I am using a terrific method to structure my day that she introduced to me.If you really want to create change in your life, work toward your best life, bring clarity to your life, I believe 100% Allison is the one to call. As her client I am expected to compensate her for her expertise and guidance, but I felt like she gave me far more than what I gave her.She fantastic!
maria afsharian
maria afsharian
05:29 29 Jul 19
I had just one session with Allison because I felt I needed a boost of motivation to get me going - both with my career and personal goals. After having my second baby, I was feeling stuck and frustrated and most importantly ready to make a change. In that one session Allison helped me come up with a plan and gave me the push that I needed.
Donna Dotan
Donna Dotan
17:42 24 Jul 19
Allison is a true star at what she does. She guided me through a career change with ease. She is a fresh perspective when things seem hopeless. The whole experience with her just amazing. She showed me that I was beyond capable to make the changes that I wanted to make in my life. With her support I was able to see the best in myself and make the necessary changes. She will not do the work for you but show you how to do it for yourself which is even more valuable. If you are considering working with her don’t hesitate for a second, you will not regret it!
Kristina J
Kristina J
21:08 22 Mar 19
I cannot recommend Allison enough. I find myself referring to our sessions & her book regularly. When you work with her, you have a true partner. I learned to verbalize my goals. I've gained clarity on my values and what is actually important to me, not just what I've told myself is important to me. My career has shifted. My creative life is flourishing. I've booked additional sessions. For as long as she's coaching, I'll be a client.
Nolan Denker
Nolan Denker
01:47 12 Feb 19
I had a terrific experience with Allison. When I started my 8-session package with her, I felt stuck professionally and full of self doubt. Undaunted, Allison Task was up for the task! Having finished the package with Allison a few weeks ago, I am astounded by her tenacity and willingness to hop right in and roll up her sleeves. She’s smart and laser focused! She kept me on message in terms of recognizing many entrenched and damaging mindsets. Doing this successfully is often the first step in making change happen. Allison has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, providing clients with a forum to articulate feelings. She is also great at framing key issues so they're seen in a whole new light. Allison’s presence, energy, and ability to cut right to what's important is rare. Her mission is to effectuate positive changes, and that’s just what she does. Also, she’s results driven. I am now taking positive steps forward. I have clear direction with my business, and am making money as a consultant. I would NEVER have made these changes without the insights I learned with Allison!
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
18:04 24 Jan 19
Allison is such a positive and special person to be around. She helped me see that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, in my career and personal life. She helped me plan goals and motivated me towards my achievement. I’m so greatful to her and I had a wonderful experience. She is truly professional and I highly recommend her for anyone looking to excel in life.
Chana Deena Benjamin
Chana Deena Benjamin
17:21 16 Jan 19
I went to see Allison this past week after reading her amazing reviews online. In our 75 minute intro season, She not only helped me figure out the best way to achieve my career goals, but also helped me identify parallels in my personal and professional life. It was an eye opening and invaluable experience. I feel more confident and secure in my decision making skills. She helped me see my value as an employee and showed me how I can achieve my goals in a reasonable time period. Her organizational skills are unmatched and she even emails you a recap of the session so you have something in writing to reflect on. I have already recommended her to my family and friends! Go see Allison - you won’t regret it!
Briana
Briana
17:14 17 Nov 18

How Do You Coach, Allison?

There are lots of career coaches out there. Perhaps you found me through a Google search and are vetting the options. Perhaps a former client enthusiastically recommended me and you’re doing your homework. Perhaps you started out looking for a career counselor and are now thinking a coach is the thing.

I have almost twenty years of experience with personal coaching, life coaching and career coaching. I have helped thousands of people leave their jobs and find work that works better.

I can help you find meaningful work, that keep you well within your financial goals (which I help clients set, meet and often exceed), I also take into consideration your values, workplace values, the type of contribution you want to make, and other attributes that are important to you. Click the links to learn more about me (Allison Task) or my coaching process.

Coaching Process Diagram

Will You Redo My Resume and LinkedIn Page?

Nope, that's not my specialty. However, I can connect you with terrific folks who specialize in this craft.

I’m a strategic partner, not an implementer, so while I'm happy to review every last cover letter you want to send; and I'm happy to help you write them, I'm not the person to outsource this to.

I teach you how to fish; I don't fish for you. And in this case, I help you know yourself better, return to your center, then amplify your needs. I can be you for you, but I can help you access your best self.

Resume writing and linked in optimizing are their own crafts. There are people who offer those services, and I will recommend the folks my clients use with great success.

Your Career and Your Network

90% of my clients find their next job through their network. As a result, I’m a fan of networking, as in the old-fashioned meet-for-coffee and connect-with-people networking. Social media, sure, but nothing beats meeting in the flesh, having a hug, buying lunch for a beloved colleague you haven’t seen in a while.

Two of the nine chapters in my book are about networking -- I focus on it because it works. And I do believe I’m able to get blood from a stone on this one; I have clients who HATE networking, and yet I’ve helped them navigate to that old buddy from 7th grade, that leads to coffee or a Zoom, and yes, a job referral.

It’s amazing how easy it is to ask for support from the people that know you and love you when you reframe the ask. We’ll talk more about reframing and networking when we meet.

I don’t like to annoy people, I don’t like spam and I don’t like aggressive inauthentic sales methods. I do like to help you self-advocate, and ask for help from the people who want to help you. That’s easy, graceful, fun -- and those connections are what makes life magical. Let me help you strengthen them.

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What’s The Difference Between A Career Coach, A Career Counselor and a Recruiter?

Good question. They are very different roles and often they are blurred together.

Let’s start with a recruiter. A recruiter works for a recruiting firm, or for a larger company. They are hired by and paid for by your prospective employer. The recruiter’s goal is to help the company find a candidate that fits their needs. They may be looking for a CEO, an administrative assistant or an IT specialist.

A recruiter do not work for you. You don’t pay their bills. They work for the company, and their goal is to find an employee that is a good fit for the company that has hired them. I have had many clients who think that recruiters are coaches, and wonder why the recruiter doesn’t want to listen as they tell their employment story. The recruiter isn’t a therapist or a life coach; they’re  trying to find a match for the employer, then broker that match. They can be a great partner on your search, but ultimately, they do not work for you.

A career counselor will often give you skills-based assessments to figure out what you are good at so that they can point you in the direction of a career. They work with you to help you identify what your assets are, and what assets you can build, so that you can find employment. This work is practical, and ultimately fruitful.

I will often work with my clients to find recruiters that can help them in their search, as well as experts that can help them build their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. For more on what I do, specifically, as a career coach, read on.

As a Career Coach, I Help My Clients Make a Meaningful Contribution To The World

I help my clients determine the kind of work that would be satisfying... professionally satisfying, personally satisfying, financially satisfying. We go beyond skill-matching into “meaningful contribution” matching; what kind of work turns you on, stirs your soul and helps you earn a living? And if you don’t have the skills you need to do the work you want to do, how can you gain those skills?

In the middle of an intro session, clients will often say, “You know, what I REALLY want to do is...” or “If it was up to me I’d…”, or , “You want to know the dream? The dream is…”

Those are the moments I drive toward in the session. When you share this -- with me and more importantly with yourself --  we’ve hit gold. Now we know the thing you REALLY want and we can go for it. This is the ultimate tell, the ultimate authentic moment.

Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you say. I listen for this moment -- and no matter how quickly it’s said or how quickly it’s covered up with “but that’s not realistic”, or “but that’s not gonna happen” or whatever level of “but, but, but” comes spilling out afterwards -- I’ve found my gold. And you’ve reclaimed your professional North Star.

My goal is to put a small dent in the matrix of humanity -- level up the game of the people who seek me out, and as a result, improve the lives of everyone they touch. I help those who seek my services find a way to connect with their work in a gratifying, powerful way.

We are not the 99% of people who go to work, count the hours ‘til quitting time and live for vacations and weekends. Perhaps you’re there now, but my goal is to help you transition to the other side, people who find great meaning and satisfaction from the work they do.

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I Help You Recalibrate Your Compass and Find Your North Star

I work best with high achievers; people who are used to succeeding. Perhaps you sat first seat in the clarinet section in your high school orchestra, or lead scorer on your soccer team. You’ve pursued achievement, tasted success, and you know what it’s like to be in the flow. (And I have yet to find a client who hasn’t achieved something at some time. We were all that 7-year-old who could dance in the living room for hours, climb the tree for hours, draw or read for hours...we all have it. I’ll help you dig for and reclaim it.)

But something is off right now -- you’ve felt “on” before so you know what “off” feels like. And you don’t like it. You may be wondering if this is the new you -- perhaps you’ve felt off for a year, five years, ten years, and have accepted this as the new you.

Oh heck no! That isn’t how this story ends.

I got you. We’re going to pull from your files, your long history of, well, being you. We’re going to recalibrate your internal compass (sleeping, eating, exercise will be part of it) and help you get back to your best self again. Once we reset your system, your compass will start working again, with the new data of who you are today. You’ll set goals, pursue, achieve. You will use your newly recalibrated compass, to move toward your destination.

Six Types of Career Coaching Clients: Are You One?

My career coaching clients tend to fall into six types (and yes, often these buckets merge):

  1. #adulting. Recent college grad, maybe with a couple of years of work experience wondering -- is this it? Is this what the rest of my life is going to be? Because if so, I need to make a change. This calls for a career and life coach.
  2. Big. Life. Change. You just got married. Or had a child. Or you became a stepparent. Something big happened in your life and you’re calling into question your career choices -- the career that’s worked until this point is no longer working. You are looking for a career and transition coach. And in some cases a stepmom coach.
  3. Didn’t See That Coming. You were fired at 40, 50 or 60. Life was going well and you didn’t see this coming. And since you are at the peak of my career (Editor in Chief, CEO, Finance Executive), you are not sure where to go from here. You need someone with career and transition coach expertise. A strong, committed personal coach.
  4. Ready to Retire (I think). Retirement is 1 to 5 years away and you want to make my plan. You and your partner may not be on the same page, and in fact you’re not sure what page you’re on. You have plenty of money or you’ll need to earn a bit more, you’re in good health, you have some goals but you’re not sure what life after work looks like. Help! Transition coach, Life coach.
  5. I’m Fifty And...This Isn’t What I Wanted. If ‘50 is the new 40’, at 50 you’ve still got one-third of your career left. You don’t like the one you have, but you’re not sure where to go. And with kids, college...gosh, there are a lot of financial pressures. How do you make a pivot at this point in life? Or maybe it’s more like a 180? I’ve got your back. You’re in good company; let’s do this. Career Coach, Transition Coach, Life Coach.
  6. Small Business Mission and Vision Alignment. I work with Executive Teams of small businesses to create alignment so that the business can move forward more efficiently. Let’s get clear, together, on who she is now and who we want her to become. Career and Personal Coach.

Here’s What My Career Coach Clients Have To Say About Working With Me:

Michelle

Her mission is to effectuate positive changes, and that’s just what she does. Also, she’s results driven. I am now taking positive steps forward. I have clear direction with my business, and am making money as a consultant. I would NEVER have made these changes without the insights I learned with Allison!

Chana

She helped me see that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, in my career and personal life. She helped me plan goals and motivated me towards my achievement.

Tracey

I was in a rough place, stuck in a job I hated and very unhappy in my life. Allison helped me navigate toward a new job in my field, doing what I love. She lifted me up when I needed support and pushed me when I needed it. I can honestly say I am happy with where I am in my life now and enjoy everything I do!!

Sarah

I allowed myself to "follow my dream" of building a career in travel and let go of my ego that said it wasn't an "appropriate" career for me. I'm actually doing very well so far and living THE life.

Sam

With Allison's guidance over 4 sessions, I nailed down what I really wanted in my career, put together a plan to get there, put that plan into action, and adjusted my tactics based on the results I was getting. Allison can't do the hard work for you - that part's up to you - but she's an expert at guiding you to get where you want to go.

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