Although I speak four languages, I had a hard time to find even a simple administrative job in Geneva. It was during a meet-up for career planning when I first met Isabelle. Her personality and professionalism made an impression on me. I booked a career package with her in the hope this step would set an end to my job search which lasted back then already 6 months. After learning the different aspects of career planning itself and the characteristics of the Swiss job market through webinars, I had the chance to practice the gained knowledge in a simulated interview. It was during the discussion that followed with Isabelle where I got an honest and constructive feedback, which helped me to see my mistakes from the right perspective and work on their improvement. A few weeks after this training, I finally succeeded in an important job interview for a big international company, where I am happily working since as a Support Coordinator. Therefore, I would like to thank Isabelle for her engagement and suggest all job seekers get professional help regarding their career planning at an early stage, as the Swiss market is hard to enter, except you already have a great professional network, and as this step will finally save you both your precious time and money.
I had reached a point where I was not really sure what I wanted to do and if it was ever going to happen. When I talked to Isabelle about my interest in working for an NGO, she did not tell me what everyone else was telling me. Most people told me that with my background it was impossible for me to get a position working in an NGO. However she took my CV and after a conversation with her was able to change a few thing and expand on my skills. She then sent me an offer that she had come across from an organisation that I had applied to previously numerous times with the my old CV and I was surprised to receive a call to go for an interview. A week later, I will be starting my new job in two days. Isabelle is a miracle worker and the best thing about her is she is realistic, does not promise more than she can deliver and she is very aware of the Geneva job market. I believe if it was not for her I would still be convinced that it is impossible to go from a job in the private sector to the NGOs.
Feedback on the online career pack tutorials + coaching : I met Isabelle a few months ago at an event. I was finishing my studies and decided to start the job hunt with professional help. My expectations were all fulfilled by Isabelle. I was looking for someone, who has an in-depth knowledge of the Geneva job market and also understands the unique situation (and struggles) of internationals. Isabelle helped me bring my professional profile to much higher standards and she was training me on how to use all available tools of a job hunt in the most effective way. Once I started receiving invitations for interviews, we also did several training together teaching me how to portray myself and how to bring out my professional qualities in interview situations. The fruit of all her invaluable work was the job offers I have received within these short few months she spent helping me to make my professional dream come true.
Feedback on Pleiades HC workshops: After my job was made redundant in 2012, and a quite long break, I decided to start a career in a new field. I passed my diploma and then started to look for the job. I felt I needed help to be more confident and to better sell myself and my skills. I followed a few workshops with Isabelle, related to career change and Elevator pitch. Her workshops are very focused, and very hands on, which allowed to practice and get feedback from her as well as from other participants. Her experience and advice were very helpful. I got clear messages and good tips. She helped me to have a clear project, to position rightly and be convincing to be right the first time: I got the job!! Thank you Isabelle!
Amongst all the countries I have lived in, Switzerland was one of the biggest challenges to enter the job market, and therefore I needed the right fundaments to start job hunting. Thanks to the multiple weekly workshops I followed with Pleiades HC, I was able to understand the Swiss job market, the hiring culture, correctly present myself during an interview and maintain full confidence that I would succeed one day, which I eventually did. Not only did Isabelle focus on theoretical approaches, but also set up real life conversations & situations in which you will be thrown some day during the job seeking process. Open conversation after each case allowed to optimize the chance of success and to discuss any points of attention. I would highly recommend contacting Isabelle before or during your job seeking venture!
I attended a few of Isabelle's networking workshops with the aim of strengthening my social networking skills. I was able to discuss my key strengths and weaknesses with Isabelle and the rest of the group which definitely helped me and I have now found a full time position. I highly recommend Isabelle for her friendly and professional approach to these workshops.
I had the pleasure to meet Isabelle Litzler while preparing a career change. I found our encounter helpful on various levels. Isabelle has given me a frank feedback on my resume, followed by specific suggestions how to fine-tune it to be more direct and impactful. Her insider experience from the recruitment industry was no doubt helpful to tailor the final product, keeping in mind the ultimate recipient. I would recommend to get in touch with Isabelle if you are planning a career move, want to change jobs or simply need someone to bounce back the ideas about your professional development. I found Isabelle inspirational and encouraging, able to give accurate assessment of the situation and at ease to provide sincere comments. Discussing one's career is after all a personal matter and it requires knowledge and tact from the coach side. Isabelle luckily possesses both. I wish her all the best in the future development of the Pleiades HC
I met with Isabelle August 2011 at one of her well organised job seeking lunch events. Isabelle made an excellent first impression as with others attending the business luncheon, demonstrating knowledgeable confidence and credible advisory expertise in the field of professional recruitment and human resource consultancy. Isabelle has been of tremendous help to me in pursuing the right job opportunities, her personable attitude and professionalism is a credit to her business / client relationship ethos and I would highly recommend her service to all prospective clients.
Having had the pleasure to benefit from Isabelle coaching in 2013 while I was reconsidering my job position, I can highly recommend her expertise and professionalism. Isabelle helped me focus on the right job opportunities and match my experience, profile and goals with the right company (management, size), location and activity sector. Isabelle also helped me get a better understanding of the job market: network, recruitment process and professional web profile development. Her approach is very personalized, interactive, focused on your goals and based on a large and international experience.
I hired Isabelle for career planning, and I was very impressed with her skills and knowledge. She was able to help me plan my career and to highlight the areas that correspond the best to my personality and experience. I can highly recommend her services to anyone.
Isabelle is an expert in the specific requirements relating to International Organizations in Geneva. She knows exactly what HR Managers are looking for and can help you make the right impression and meet the right people. I highly recommend that anyone who is serious about finding a job in Geneva make an appointment with Isabelle.
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Article published by Isabelle Litzler on November 26. 2016
Early 2017 will come the time when you probably want to hit the gym 5 days a week, find a new job, take a new language class and climb the mountains! We all start the year with a long goals wish list and then the following year we still have the same checklist. The first thing I would challenge you to do is a simple task. This exercise is based on years of research done [...]Read More
Article published by Isabelle Litzler on October 23. 2016
I talked about identity in a blog post before. Having a job with a company and a title is a big part of our self-worth. When one loses this connection, there is a sense of self-depreciation as if you are losing a limb, a part of yourself. The length of time spent in the company also plays a big role. If you were working many years somewhere, chances are you kept some of [...]Read More
Article published by Isabelle Litzler on September 11. 2016
- How to fix money issues and gain more freedom of choice - One of my passions in life is movies and one of my favorite storytellers of all times is Woody Allen. Recently I watched Blue Jasmine, a profound dark story about a millionaires wife who lost her social status, her money and hence her sense of self. In my career consulting job, I do think both men and women [...]Read More
Article published by Isabelle Litzler on August 29. 2016
Looking for a job in this day and age can be a long process. After spending hours researching the companies, more hours preparing your interviews and actually having them, you probably think: This is it, I will get an offer. Well, not too soon... If you are lucky to be amongst the final round, you should be proud of yourself, it means three things: You are [...]Read More
Article published by isabelle Litzler on July 21. 2016
Procrastination is something we all face at one time or another. We want something, we want to start it and then nothing happens. Why? There are many reasons, but I will try to cover three main reasons. The first reason in my view is your family background and environment. If you grew up in a mellow type of family, probably you will repeat a similar pattern as [...]Read More