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Kirsten Nelson

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Kirsten Nelson

Experienced Career Coach and job search Strategist with 20+ years of recruiting, hiring and career management expertise. I help and empower early, mid-level and seasoned professionals to both pursue and achieve their career goals.

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About Kirsten Nelson

Hi there! I'm an experienced Career Coach, job search Strategist and talent management professional with a true passion for helping high performing and ambitious individuals reach their full potential. I have coached thousands of professionals to land opportunities at Fortune 500 companies as well as fast growing start-ups across a wide range of industries and roles.

My Approach:

I partner with clients by listening and understanding their unique needs, and advise them by providing both strategic advice and tactical recommendations. This includes: helpful tools, frameworks and actionable next steps to help you progress towards reaching your short term and long term career goals so that you see results!

How I Can Add Value & Assist YOU:

  • Feel like your resume and applications are falling into the blackhole? Want to gain traction and increase momentum with employers and hiring managers? I will share honest, constructive and actionable feedback to help you improve your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile, as well as provide tips and advice around networking effectively.

  • Wondering what next steps to take and/or need help overcoming obstacles and staying motivated in your search? I will provide accountability, discuss and set goals, share ideas to ensure you have momentum and are moving forward in your search.

  • Need help demonstrating how you can add value and impact to employers? I will help you identify and highlight your key strengths and transferable skills on your resume and in marketing yourself effectively to employers, while also overcoming potential gaps and/or obstacles.

  • Feeling lost or stuck in your current role and/or job search? I will offer insight and direction to help you gain clarity and confidence so that we can create an effective job search strategy.

Professional Experience:

I know what makes individuals stand out and succeed throughout the recruiting and hiring process. I started my career in business development/ consultative roles advising and helping hiring managers and organizations acquire top talent. I also worked in higher education for over a decade where I trained and coached MBA and graduate level students and alumni/ seasoned professionals on how to capitalize on their strengths, determine their career direction and create effective job search strategies.

I also bring talent management expertise from overseeing and managing multiple leadership development programs (from early career to senior level professionals) at a large financial services and technology enterprise-level organization. I helped recruit and interview hundreds of candidates, while collaborating with C suite and senior leaders to assist in their talent initiatives. I coached, trained and provided ongoing support to assist these participants in their career development.

Great For
Veterans POC New Grads Immigrants Managers Entry Level Career Changers Product Management Executives LGBTQ
Helps With
Confidence Return to Work Networking Leadership Salary Negotiation Mock Interviews Resumes Work/Life Balance Relocation
Industries
Social Media Food Marketing Real Estate Ecommerce Fashion Finance Health Care Social Impact Venture Capital Consumer Education Non-Profits Sales Advertising HR Automotive Startups Tech Entertainment Enterprise SaaS Design
Trusted By People At
Kellogg School of Management

Kellogg School of Management

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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star 4.96 · 27 Reviews · 110 Bookings

It went amazingly well. She just know what to ask, how to focus the conversation, easy to talk to and what to prioritize. I am so glad that the intro call turns out to be super productive. Just what I wanted. I am so looking forward to a coaching session with her soon.


star star star star star Aug 31, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten has been incredibly helpful in preparing me for interviews and tailoring each session to my current needs. I was out of work for more than eight months and Kirsten's coaching was the extra support I needed to land a great new job! Highly recommend.


Anonymous
star star star star star Jul 20, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten gave me so much good feedback that I can use in the future as I look to transition in my career. She helped me with wording, with framing my experience, and even discussed the "elephant in the room" when looking at my experience. I am so, so glad I did this, and know that this experience will be useful to me wherever I apply in the future. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


star star star star star Jun 24, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten is very patient and provided excellent support in preparation for an important interview.


Anonymous
star star star star star Jun 9, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Grateful to have connected with Kirsten through Hire Club. After taking a few years off to consult and grow a family, I was a little wary of my job search with my previous resume. Not only did Kirsten told my story, but expressed both my individual, educational and career points. If you're looking for someone that truly cares and wants to help you succeed, I highly recommend Kirsten!


Anonymous
star star star star star May 14, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

I had an excellent session with Ms. Nelson. She provided immediate great advice on how I should go about my job search, on resume and connecting with people. And I am going to move in this director. Sincerely thank you Ms. Nelson.


star star star star star Apr 19, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Great session with Kirsten today! She suggested a few key changes to my resume/linked in and I've already gotten responses from employers. Thank you!


Anonymous
star star star star star Apr 5, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

My introductory call with Kirsten was just what the doctor ordered today. Her ability to assess my work and share her action plan to help me redo my resume invoked great confidence. I am excited to go through this process.


star star star star star Mar 31, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten and I went over my goals and she gave me a few things to work on. She was very helpful in going over how to highlight transferable skills during a career change.


Anonymous
star star star star star Mar 30, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Resume re-write produced immediate results, a 10x increase in resume responses


Anonymous
star star star star star Mar 22, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

I had a wonderful introduction session. I can see myself working well with her and figuring out next steps. I think she is a great listener and able to provide helpful feedback on next steps. I appreciate how she was able to synthesize my concerns and form conclusions on where I could need help. I would highly recommend Kirsten!


star star star star star Mar 15, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten is very personable and strong communicator. She asked me about my background and what I was currently doing in relation to what my career goals are. I have a more clearer vision as to what direction to go. And appreciate that she gave me a platform to express what I want in my next role. Very excited to get things moving and to(hopefully) celebrate a new position soon!


star star star star star Jan 20, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten was fabulous to work with. She’s extremely knowledgeable and had so many fantastic ideas to structure my resume for maximum impact as well as ensure it made its way through the AIs of the resume vetting process and got into the hands of a person. She was very structured in her approach, quick to respond, and provided a wealth of knowledge.


star star star star star Jan 10, 2021
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten is awesome! She was incredibly knowledgable, and had clear answers for all of my random resume and job application questions. She really took the time to get to know the jobs I want and hear out all of my projects until she understood them in depth. I've already applied to a ton of jobs and have an interview at my dream job next week!


star star star star star Nov 30, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten seemed open and welcoming.


star star star star Oct 27, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten took a real interest in my job searching issues and tackling the root of the problem. It was clear that she had taken a look at my background and resume prior to our short call. I look forward to the potential for working with her!


Anonymous
star star star star star Oct 27, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten is an absolute pleasure to work with. She's engaging, empathetic, very knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. If anyone is looking for a coach or needs help with their resume, I highly recommend Kirsten.


star star star star star Oct 22, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten reviewed my resume in great detail and gave me a ton of helpful suggestions. THANKS!!


Anonymous
star star star star star Oct 14, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten was helpful giving an overview of how HireClub could help me with my job search.


Anonymous
star star star star star Sep 30, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

She is very patient , thoughtful and gives good insight to improve on the personal development and growth in career. I will highly recommend her as a career coach for making the growth in your career


star star star star star Sep 23, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

I worked with Kirsten over several weeks to update my resume when it was in dire need of expert help. Kirsten and I worked together to get the right elements into my resume that I was lacking before. She was patient, understanding and superb in her suggestions on how to show my best experience forward. I'd highly recommend her. I feel very confident in my resume now and feel it truly does show my best self to employers. Thank you Kirsten for your dedication and time!


star star star star star Sep 22, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

She was very helpful and I am looking forward to working her!


star star star star star Aug 11, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

It was very good . Also the coach was able to adjust to concerns regarding a different topic than initially planned.


star star star star star Aug 5, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Talking to Kirsten is like working with a nice teammate who is in your corner, but with extensive expertise on application materials and the job search process. She doesn't act like an instructor who just delivers information to you, she tries to learn about your needs and give you meaningful feedback that supports your goals.


star star star star star Aug 4, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

I threw Kirsten right into the frying pan when we started our coaching relationship a few weeks ago. I had an immediate need to navigate a job interview process and early compensation negotiations. We dove straight in before she really had time to get to know me, which I really appreciated. From the get-go, she's been incredibly responsive, supportive, and insightful. She listens thoughtfully AND asks great questions. And, has come through in pinch when I needed last minute feedback. My experience so far has been stellar.


star star star star star Jul 30, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

It was great to work with Kirsten Nelson with rewriting my resume. Her knowledge and experience was invaluable and I found the end to end process really enjoyable and I am extremely happy with what has been created. I couldn't recommend Kirsten highly enough!


star star star star star Jul 13, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten is awesome to work with. She makes you a part of the resume rewrite process so you feel more like a collaborator. This is important because it helps bring about your unique perspective into your work history resulting in a stellar resume. I cannot recommend her enough.


Anonymous
star star star star star May 12, 2020
Coached By Kirsten Nelson