Counseling Specialties: Focus of counseling services: career assessment and testing, career change, job search strategies, resume/cover letter instruction, salary negotiation, work relationships, assertiveness communication, executive coaching.
Expertise in counseling: corporate, creative, entrepreneurial people, recent graduates, middle managers/professionals, senior executives, older adults, retirees, career-changers.
Some Client Comments:
"Ruth is an absolute gem. Her experience and professional guidance coupled with her advice on job searching, interview techniques and career management were exactly what I needed to make a huge move from one career to the next. Her services were a fundamental element of my move. I couldn't have done it without her." - David Billig's recommendation on LinkedIn. His success story appeared in the New York Post October 20, 2008..
"There is no doubt in my mind that without your help, I would probably not be the new Director of Advertising and Marketing for my firm." - B-BP
"Through her wealth of always up-to-date experience, Ruth Shapiro shows you what works and what doesn't in today's marketplace." - IE
"The results of your effective training are the following: in the worst American recession, I found a suitable position that will utilize alll my accounting skills and my knowledge of French, in six weeks." - IF
When you were born they threw away the mold. Ruth Shapiro recognizes this individuality by offering genuine empathy, concern and attention to your situation. Ruth brings graduate M.A. Degree training in Career Counseling at New York University and a corporate background in marketing and public relations to her counseling firm, Ruth Shapiro Associates, founded in 1974..
If you're experiencing career confusion or indecision about where you belong in the workplace, Ruth helps you identify and deal with normal internal barriers. These may include feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, self-doubt, procrastination, and fear of failure that prevent you from moving forward.
If you're considering a career change, the starting point is comprehensive career assessment of personality, skills, motivation, interests, strengths and development needs to help you explore and reality-test potential fields and occupations. Ruth helps you set goals and create a career action plan. She uses a variety of well-established assessment instruments including the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), the Strong Interest Inventory and Career Vectors, depending upon her response to your needs.
If you're ready for a job search, or starting a business, Ruth's former profession in advertising, marketing and public relations helps you adapt creative concepts from these fields to produce resumes, cover letters, job hunting strategies and marketing plans that open doors. Ruth's workbook, HOW TO WRITE JOB SEARCH LETTERS THAT LEAD TO INTERVIEWS has been bought by colleagues and clients. Her resume and cover letter approaches were featured in McCall's, The Christian Science Monitor and Dow-Jones' National Business Employment Weekly.
If your issue is career advancement, Ruth offers career management coaching on work relationships, and the use of "positive office politics."
Ruth's clients range from recent graduates to managers, professionals and CEO's from publishing, finance, retailing, media, health care, education, the arts, and non-profit organizations. Telephone counseling is available.
Ruth has led workshops and taught courses at New York University, Queens College, The Fashion Institute of Technology, the NYC Bar Association, AT&T, McGraw-Hill, CBS, Forty Plus Club, The Fashion Group, the New York Public Library, NYC and federal agencies, churches, synagogues and professional associations.
Ruth Shapiro is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a founding member and Vice-President of the Career Counselors Consortium, and a founding member of the Career Development Specialists Network.