Not Your Dad’s
Career Coach

Career Coaching for Mid-Career Leaders who want to cut through the BS and land a job they love

My clients land better jobs, faster

You’re trying to make a big career decision, and it feels overwhelming. Maybe you’re dissatisfied with your current position, or you’ve been offered a new one that you’re not sure is the right fit.

On the other hand, maybe you just want to explore what’s out there, but you don’t know where to begin.

If you’re trying to make a challenging career decision, do you think just changing jobs (or roles, or industries, or whatever) will make you happy? You know that old saying, wherever you go – there you are. Unfortunately, the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side.

So many people skip doing the FOUNDATIONAL things when it comes to making their career moves, and then they find themselves right back where they were 6 months ago. I don’t want that for you.

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Don’t settle for old-school “career coaching.”

The Job Seeker 6™ is a proven framework that draws on my 20+ years in HR and talent acquisition. I’ve worked with thousands of job seekers nationwide to find careers they LOVE. The Job Seeker 6 is a tried and tested method to move you from blah! to yeah! In your career.

Here’s How It Works…

01 – Values Assessment

A core-values-based job search sets the stage for you to find work you LOVE that is aligned with your VALUES. Together we’ll look holistically at your career and develop values-driven action plans. We do the foundational work together, so you don’t just end up in another crappy job you hate.

02 – Job Search Strategy

We’ll create a job search strategy using my 3-pronged approach that leverages the most effective methods to reduce time suck and increase productivity. I’ll guide you and give you access to my insider resources so you can put together a search that connects you with the right opportunities.

03 – Impactful Resumes

Your resume isn’t just a regurgitation of your job descriptions – those days are over! Get my insights into what you MUST have on your resume, and what you should ELIMINATE. Practical, hands-on advice that makes the hiring manager sit up and take notice.

04 – LinkedIn Love

We’ll optimize your LinkedIn profile using my best practices and industry insights. Recruiters and Hiring Managers are regularly searching LI for candidates – make sure your profile helps you stand out from the competition and shows your true skills.

05 – New Networking

Forget about going to events to shake hands, kiss babies, and hand out business cards. New networking means tapping into your personal and professional networks in a way that feels authentic and never uncomfortable. I’ll show you WHO to reach out to, and the right questions to ask.

06 – Interview Success

Using my proven interview framework, we’ll set you up for interviewing success! You’ll be prepared, organized, and you’ll stand out by sharing your values and your true self. We’ll practice till you’re ready to crush that interview and land your ideal position.

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Let’s discover what success means to YOU, and create an action plan to get you there

Isn’t it time you felt calm, peaceful, supported and happy in your work, and your life? What if I could help you shift your mindset and discover what success means to YOU?

What if, together, we could get you unstuck, so you’d have a supportive thinking partner on your side to dig in with you and help you land the job you’ve been dreaming of?

Our work together is so much more than just a resume review and interviewing “tips”. We’ll figure out who you actually are and help you find your own authentic language to connect you with the opportunities that make you excited. We’ll align your career with your values and find your true path.

But ya know, if you only want to work out emotional issues, you can hire a therapist. If you want behavioral change with an action plan, hire me.

Get the benefit of my real-life experience for exceptional results. Let’s kick some ass today!

These people got results.

I’m pretty sure it’s your turn now.

Emily Raguse
Emily Raguse
Work with Darren! I was fortunate to work with Darren during the pandemic. Like many people in the pandemic era I was going through a season of change as it related to my career. I was lacking confidence and clarity in what my next career move was going to look like. Darren provided tools that enabled me to articulate my story, rebuild my confidence, and get clear on my next career move. He also introduced me to Positive Intelligence - which I still use today in my work. I really appreciated his focus on mindset and getting clear on my personal values and goals and then making sure that aligned for my next role. An excellent coach to work with if you are looking for a holistic approach to your career journey!
Corrine Hill
Corrine Hill
Darren is awesome. He helped me to take all of the "abstract" things about me and my leadership qualities and condense them into a narrative that allows me to easily convey, to a broad audience, why I am good at what I do for work. My work with him has been affirming in many ways. I'm looking forward to future engagements with Darren as my career progresses! I highly recommend Darren.
shana troyer
shana troyer
I was introduced to Darren through a mutual friend/colleague during a time of great professional turmoil. To say I was lost was an understatement. I had lost all of my professional confidence and I wasn't sure what was next for me. My anxiety was at an all time high. The first thing Darren did was introduce me to Positive Intelligence (PQ). This was instrumental in helping me really look deeply within myself. Why I was reacting the way I was, where my belief system originated, labeling my thought processes for what they were, and helping me change so many of those thought patterns. It also gave me the tools to help me when I was overcome with anxiety. As we worked together, Darren never pushed me to see things his way or do what he would do. He would listen to me, he would help me dig deep into why I was thinking/behaving a certain way and how those thoughts/behaviors may be sabotaging me. He encouraged me to move beyond my comfort zone and to do things differently, if I wanted a different result. And more than that, he really helped me find me again....helped me relight my spark and regain some of my confidence. I was able to narrow down what it is I want to do and how I want to show up in my next role. In the four months we worked together, I went from having no interviews and being unsure of what I wanted to do, to being offered a role with an amazing company. I have been able to let go of many of my self limiting beliefs and self sabotage. I can't say enough good things about Darren or his coaching style. If you are stuck in your world, Darren can help you get unstuck. When he says "I've got your back," he means it.
Nathan Tigges
Nathan Tigges
I had the pleasure of working with Darren 2 years ago just before the beginning of the pandemic. I had already been looking to transition my job before I was laid off due to covid, but Darren helped me to focus my efforts, figure out exactly what I was looking to do and put me in front of people he knew that would help me to get where I wanted to go in my career. Not only did he do that, but he was flexible with me on scheduling sessions to fit my schedule and worked with me while I searched for a new job. He encouraged me to change the way I think about job searching and ultimately I ended up in a position that wasn't even hiring when I had reached out as a result of putting his coaching into practice. I believe Darren is effective at what he does to the point that when my wife was thinking of leaving her long term career but wasn't sure how to do that or where to go I strongly recommended that she at least have the initial consultation with Darren. She ended up doing his full 9 week coaching and landed her dream job.
Eric Frazier (FRAZDOG)
Eric Frazier (FRAZDOG)
Darren and I worked together for a brief period of time to get a new, fresh perspective on my career path. He had the right questions and enthusiasm from his experience to shed new light on the process. The sessions we had helped me make a decision I still feel great about, even after a year of change. You can read about improvements to be made, or you can work with Darren to coach you through the ones that best fit.
Darren helped me put on a speaker event. We spoke every week and during the interim he was available for support via text and email. The event was a absolute hit and it has opened new doors to me since. I no longer consider organizing conferences beyond my scope and I owe that to Darren. Not because he helped execute any of the tasks. No. Darren helped with one of the hardest issues we all face: Knowledge work. Looking at an large problem and breaking it down in to digestible pieces. All while having a great attitude and genuine curiosity. His support, advice and guidance was paramount to my success. Thank you Darren! It was a pleasure working with you and I am forever grateful for your help and guidance!
Tea Merdanovic
Tea Merdanovic
I had the opportunity to work with Darren through a career development program for HR professionals this past year and it couldn't have been more timely for me as I was unhappy in my current role/organization, but felt really stuck in making a move. Darren took the time to not only listen to what I had to say in terms of what was important to me and what I thought I wanted, but was also able to read between the lines with ease and probe me to dig further. During the course of our work together over 6 months, Darren helped me get really clear on my values & goals and tackling the job search & interview process. The skills I learned in my work with Darren helped me to go into interviews more confidently AND most importantly, feel comfortable with taking my time in the job search process to ensure I chose the right organization whose mission, culture and values aligned with mine. Additionally, even after our sessions ended through the program, Darren made himself available as a resource and helped guide me through a counter-offer discussion that yielded a fantastic sign-on bonus! I would highly recommend Darren - he is transparent, authentic and will push you to think differently and get honest with yourself in order to move forward in your goals.
Steph L
Steph L
There are two things that set Darren apart from other coaches. One, he has a background in career coaching and life coaching. Two, he is an ally to BIPOC, women, and people with disabilities. This is a powerful combination that helped me envision and create a life I didn’t know was possible. I am an Asian-American woman with a disability that doesn’t allow me to work a 40 hour/week job. Additionally, during Covid, I was laid off from a company that promoted a “white advantage” culture. When I first started working with Darren, I entered the job search with fear – I was afraid of experiencing internalized oppression in a company again and I was unsure what kind of work I could do since I couldn’t work the traditional 40 hour work week. After working with Darren for 10 months, I am in a place where I have head and heart alignment in my work and life. My work with Darren centered around understanding and living out my values, becoming strong in my Asian identity and letting go of my work identity, and shifting what it means to “achieve.” Darren also helped me navigate the process of finding non-traditional work. Where some have “work-life integration” or “work-life balance,” I am “living.” Thank you Darren, for helping me reset and create the outline of a life I want to live. I’d highly recommend Darren to those looking for a career coach. He has deep expertise and current knowledge of how the job search process works. For those that are BIPOC, women, or have a disability – Darren is an ally, will listen, and help you to the best of his ability.
Molly McPhee
Molly McPhee
I reached out to Darren at a low point in my job search. He showed me how to use my resources more effectively, offered suggestions on streamlining my efforts, asked questions that helped me better articulate and understand the shift I was trying to make, and ultimately helped me land my next role. He keeps things light and is super easy to connect with - I would highly recommend working with Darren!

It’s time to make your move.


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Together we create a values-driven and action-oriented career plan


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About Career Coaching and The Job Seeker 6

How often do we meet?
Most clients like to meet either once per week or once every 2 weeks. The decisions are usually dependent on personal preference and also the amount of time it’ll take to accomplish goals and action items between each meeting.
How do we meet?
We can meet by Zoom, phone, or in-person.
What will we work on?

When we first start working together we’ll discuss and determine the overarching goals you want to work on. From there, in each meeting we’ll discuss what’s important to you at that moment and how it applies to those goals. Some people’s goals are fluid and require flexibility. Others are more concrete with a consistent eye on the end goal. Either way, we’ll aim to meet or exceed your expectations and check in regularly to ensure we’re on the right path.

How long do the meetings last?
Meetings typically last 60 minutes.
Who sets the agenda for the meetings?
In the best-laid plans, you will come to each meeting prepared with a list of topics that are most important and forefront of mind for you. In the absence of those topics, I have lots of questions to ask to uncover the topics you’d like to explore.
What outcomes can I expect if we partner together?

The outcomes are highly individual and depend on your values and overarching goals, but most of my clients report that they gain enhanced performance, a fresh perspective, empowerment and confidence, and increased job and life satisfaction.


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