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Sarah Campbell pivoted from higher education / ed tech student success into fintech SaaS customer success.

For context, I had recently made a pivot in my career to the pharmaceutical industry after over a decade in retail pharmacy.  I was very new to the pharma industry and in a consulting position, so I knew this role I had taken to exit the retail (pivot) world would be short term.  I started looking and applying for new jobs on my own, with some “no thank you”, no interviews, and mostly no response at all.

Around the same time, I was seeing some of Cristin’s fb posts about how she had helped people land their dream jobs.  As much as I wanted the help, I was not keen on the idea of spending money on a career coach because I was pretty confident that I could still somehow find something on my own.

Fast forward a few months and I still had no interviews and I’m still coming across Cristin’s posts, so I decided to reach out.  She was very quick with her responses, and I was able to set up something that was affordable.  At that point in time, my goal was to land a dream job like Cristin had mentioned she had helped others do, but in reality, I was skeptical that it could happen for me, due to me being a recent pivoter.

Cristin did a lot for me in the time we worked together.  She helped me build up my resume so it could work well with an ATS system and for the human reviewing it.  She gave me strategies on how to apply, where to apply, and motivated me to keep going when I felt like I was getting nowhere.  In addition to all that, the greatest thing Cristin did for me during my time with her was build up my confidence, she helped me believe in myself in the midst of getting hit with a lot of rejection from employers.

Everyone likes stats, so here’s some of mine – I applied to over 300 jobs, was invited to interview with 2 companies, and received one job offer.  The numbers don’t look like they were in my favor, but the good news was.. the one offer I received was my dream job!  Cristin did it!! Just like I had read on her fb posts all those months earlier, she helped me get my dream job.  Things that seemed like a lofty impossibility became reality for me with Cristin’s help… so what are you waiting for??

Lena Cherian

One Post Pivot, (retail pharmacy to pharmaceutical industry)

I was very fortunate to meet Cristin just as I decided to look into changing careers from higher education to something (anything) else. I found the Pivot Process an important part of my transition from a 15-year career in higher ed to a new understanding of my identity as so much more than my career or job. The PP supported me in figuring out a new direction at a crucial time after higher ed work led me to burnout, frustration, and financial stress.

The Pivot Process gave me a framework to reimagine work and what I actually want. Due to Cristin’s guidance in the Pivot Process, I feel like I am in control of my own future and career. I feel confident that I can apply for, interview for, and get jobs, but I also know I have the ability to choose and make changes if I need to. This is an amazing gift. In higher ed, my path always seemed predetermined. Now I feel like I am able to pivot as many times as I want to and chase any career that interests me. I now have a new remote job in a new field and a new business that I am growing.

For me, the Pivot Process is not just getting a new job. It was also figuring out what I actually want to pursue and how to best use my skills. Authenticity is the key to the process. After a career in higher ed, finding out what I authentically want in how I am treated at work, how I work, and how I want to be paid was not obvious or easy. It is a process that is well worth the time and effort.

Eileen Brumitt

Client Services Manager & Business Owner, (pivoted from higher ed to customer success and starting her own business)

Cristin is simply amazing! I had been thinking about looking for a new job and possibly changing careers for awhile, but I was unsure if I actually wanted to do so. Sure, there were some things missing, but I was actually pretty happy in my previous position and was scared I would regret leaving. On the other hand, I had some big changes in my personal life (like a new baby!) that made me feel a change was necessary. Plus, I was starting to feel a bit stagnant after being at my previous organization for a decade and felt my only future opportunities there would be another lateral move, so the idea of something new was intriguing. I made some half-hearted attempts at applying for jobs, but between working full-time and caring for a new baby, I just didn’t have the time or energy to put in the effort I needed.

I reached out to Cristin after speaking with a friend who had worked with her and had nothing but glowing reviews. From our very first meeting, I felt seen, understood, and encouraged. She assured me that the things I wanted were not unreasonable and were actually very possible. I was also so impressed at how well she knows her stuff – Cristin really understands today’s job market! I felt I’d be in good hands if I worked with Cristin, and I was right. She was with me every step of the way – from figuring out exactly where I wanted to pivot to to resume revamps to interview prep and more. On my own, I was barely receiving rejection emails, much less any interviews, but after I started working with Cristin, the interview requests came rolling in. And even though I hadn’t been on an interview in 10 years, I felt confident and prepared on interviews, thanks to Cristin. While job hunting is rarely considered fun, Cristin makes the whole process exciting and enjoyable. Working with Cristin is like working with an expert, coach, friend, and cheerleader all in one.

In the end, I accepted a fully-remote position, above my target salary range, doing work that I enjoy and wanted to do more of – all the major points I had hoped for but didn’t think would be possible. I thought all I wanted was too much – too much to ask for or more than I “deserved” – but not Cristin. She encouraged me, believed in me, and expertly coached and guided me the entire time. I cannot sing her praises enough. Working with Cristin was, without a doubt, one of the absolute best investments I could have made in myself!

Jennifer Irwin

Events and Communications Staff Technical Program Manager, Walmart Global Tech (pivoted from higher ed to technical program management)

I was stuck in a low energy, low motivation space that made it hard to do anything to help better my situation. My work environment wasn’t terrible, but many promised promotions had fallen through during the pandemic, and I was feeling trapped. I knew that I needed to do something to change my life but couldn’t bring myself to put the effort into it. Cristin is the best organizer, motivator, and friend you can have through this process. Every time you tell a casual story about a time when work made you feel worthless or icky, she’s right there reminding you that that’s not normal or acceptable, and you don’t have to tolerate it. In her Executive Coaching process, she’s amazing at giving tips and helping you develop techniques to mitigate or manage, but she can also quickly help you pivot to job searching, if that’s ultimately what’s best for you. She’s flexible, kind, and supportive, and you get far more than your monetary investment in your sessions out of working with her. I couldn’t be happier! Cristin has helped me see the value that I bring to organizations, and has given me strategies for how to continue to have those conversations moving forward. I feel very seen and heard by her!

Cristin worked with me through not one, but two back-to-back job searches. I had originally accepted a role that sounded too good to be true, and indeed, it was. So I reached out to Cristin again and within two days, I had a new working resume and cover letters. Within two weeks, I had secured a new offer! On top of that, Cristin helped me secure a 60k overall raise in my earning potential from the first search to the second. It’s hard to imagine doing that on my own! I have been referring her to everyone I know because she is so worth the investment in yourself!

Christie Nadratowski

Director of Customer Success, CDI LLC (pivoted from higher ed to SaaS customer success)

I contacted Cristin when I happened across a job posting that looked like a great fit for me. It had been years since I’d even thought about my resume and I didn’t know how to best articulate my unique work experience for a “regular” job. Cristin helped me sift through everything I’ve done and organize the info in a way that would reflect me well for this particular job. She also helped me understand what to do so that I could utilize this for any future applications if that one didn’t work out. Thanks to her, I feel so much more confident in the process of how I represent myself to potential employers.

Viola B.

Business Owner, (looking at a pivot from owning a small business to working for someone else)

After owning my own business for the last 5 years, I made the decision to re-enter the corporate world. I had a lot of work to get ready for this process…or so I thought. Cristin was able to help me sift through hundreds of job listings and identify the perfect opportunities for me. She helped me prepare my resume for the automated systems it was going to go through, and also highlighted my work experience in a concise and powerful way. Cristin held my hand through the interview process and acted as my cheerleader the whole time. Had I not decided to work with Cristin, I would probably still be putting in multiple applications and hoping for a callback. Thanks to her, the process was quick and actually fun. I landed the perfect job for my skill set. Both I and my family are very grateful for Cristin.

Joanna Novelo

Community Manager, Chef Works (pivoted from small business owner to working for someone else)

Having the opportunity to work with Cristin was the best gift I could have given myself and my family. Cristin pushed me to do the hard work to see the skills that I had taken for granted were skills that others wanted and needed in their organization. She helped me figure out how my values could still align with my work even if it was in a different industry. In addition, she helped me to see that moving out of the position that I held for almost two decades was a way to move forward instead of living in the comfort and ease that I had grown accustomed to. The work was not easy and at times there were tears, frustration, and laughter and through it all she helped me to look deep into myself for what I wanted my future to be; stuck in the mud of what I knew or flying toward possibilities. Some days I was totally comfortable with the mud, but I am so grateful that she pushed me to fly toward possibilities. I am now in a new position that aligns with my values and is challenging me to use my skills in new and different ways. While I knew that Cristin was good at what she does before I took the leap to work with her, she was hands down better than I could have hoped for, and I can never express in words the positive impact that she has had on my life.
Tammy Bean

Director of People and Operations, The Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania and Delaware (pivoted from higher ed to HR)

Everyone needs a Cristin in their life! She will challenge the way that you think about yourself and push past your internal limitations to bring out the very best of who you are. Cristin has the innate ability to take the preciousness out of our work, making it infinitely simpler to refine the items in our resumes and cover letters to tell the best story of ourselves. This is invaluable, as it is NOT something that you can do for yourself. Cristin helped me to pivot the knowledge I already had toward a new field and encouraged me to define my skills, even when I was hesitant to do so. She helped me package myself into a product that others could understand, and she did so with a combination of encouragement, praise, and pragmatic advice.

Cristin is as invested in your success as you are, if not more so. A cheerleader, a sounding board, and a teacher, she encompasses all the things you need in a coach, wrapped up in a friend.

Nicole Greene

General Manager, TED Conferences (pivoted from performing arts to media / operations)

Cristin  Downs is by far the most thorough, engaged, and encouraging career  coach I’ve worked with. Her attention to detail and patience puts her on  a completely different level. On top of that, she’s a wonderful human  being and easy to get along with – essential when you’re looking for  someone to take you to the next step! I cannot recommend her enough if  you’re serious about moving forward in your career.
Victoria Ng

Recruiting Coordinator, FullStory (pivoted from performing arts to higher ed to SaaS recruiting)

I had been a professional performer in the entertainment industry for well over 15 years when Covid hit. Seeing the challenges the entertainment industry was facing at that time, I, along with many others, decided to pivot into my first “corporate” role in the fintech/startup space. And while I did my best in this role, and excelled, it wasn’t something that necessarily brought me joy or fulfillment; although, it did open my eyes to many possibilities. But even still, I couldn’t clearly see where this new career of mine was going. 

After only a year-and-a-half, I was laid off from my new corporate position due to downsizing. This left me and my newly-expanded family in one of the most difficult situations we’ve ever faced. I had enjoyed the fintech/startup space but didn’t want to pursue the field I had been in, nor did I want to jump to yet another lilypad and start all over again, at the bottom of the corporate ladder. I wanted more. And what’s funny about that is searching for a new job made me feel I didn’t deserve it.

While reaching out to connections on LinkedIn, I ended up reconnecting with a friend from college who had spoken very highly of having just worked with Cristin, and who had successfully transitioned into a promoted role herself. So, I decided to schedule a consultation. In just that meeting alone, Cristin had shown more empathy and guidance than anyone else I had worked with, guru I followed, or article I had read. She laid out a clear plan of attack – something I desperately needed. 

Immediately, I knew this was my coach. 

As someone pivoting into a new career from 15+ professional years in the entertainment industry and a year-and-a-half in the corporate world, I was initially very confident in my ability to secure a new fintech job [that I actually liked]. Boy, was I misguided. Before working with Cristin, I had been out of work for almost three months, modified my resume and cover letter multiple times, worked with three other executive coaches, read incredible amounts of content online, had taken a couple courses, and had already applied to around one hundred jobs. And even after all of that, I still didn’t have a clear trajectory for my career. I was burning out. I felt lost.

From my very first session with Cristin, I felt incredibly seen and heard. Cristin took all of my skills and experience and began to suggest some options. One of those suggestions was a path towards being a Customer Success Manager – a role and career I wasn’t initially aware of and now had a new-found interest in. In one session, Cristin had helped me to finally point my compass! This reignited my motivation.

As we continued working together towards our new goal, I was being educated on so much at the same time: the job-search market, interview prep, resume refining, project/assessment questions, LinkedIn, tips, advice, etc. Cristin is a wealth of knowledge and has such a great way of, what I call, “spiking the Kool-Aid” when it comes to explaining the world of job searching. Her ability to inspire and encourage you while still being honest and realistic is something I appreciated and admired so much. 

I’ve always been a fan of the saying, “You don’t hire someone for the 99% of the time that things go right. You hire them for the 1% of the time it goes wrong.” And this is where Cristin helped me the most. In a perfect world, I would have found a new job immediately. But that’s not what happened. My job search lasted a total of 8 months (roughly 5 of those with Cristin). There were times I was convinced that I didn’t have enough of the “right” experience to secure a CSM position. And even when I brought up changing our gameplan to Cristin, she encouraged me to stay the course, as that was still what I wanted. She always prioritized MY goals (while spiking the Kool-Aid, of course). 

I’m sure most would agree with me saying that searching for a new job is not “easy.” And pivoting into a new industry/career without prior experience is also not easy. So, while my search lasted about 5 months with Cristin, there’s nobody else I would have rather had by my side. She made the “not easy” easier. Cristin was my cheerleader the entire time. And one of the greatest lessons Cristin taught me was to value myself. She has completely changed my perspective on so many things which I can’t thank her enough for.

And then, just as Cristin said it would, it happened. Five months and over 850 applications later, I successfully transitioned into a Customer Success Manager position at a fintech/startup. I feel confident. I feel proud. And I am genuinely excited for my career’s future.

Working with Cristin was so much more valuable than I ever anticipated. And now, I am proud to call her a friend. If you’re looking for your next career move, more I cannot wish you than to have Cristin by your side. I’ll refer her to anyone I can. And when the time comes for me to look for my next career move, I’ll be asking Cristin to join the crusade and work with me again. And that genuinely excites me.

On behalf of my family and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything, Cristin.

Kyle Fowler

Customer Success Manager, CANDID (pivoted into Customer Success)

I  serve in a coaching role myself, so I always thought that I could coach myself on whatever I needed to work on. But I got to a point where I  felt overwhelmed and confused and didn’t even know where to start. I  needed someone else to help me see things outside of my own perspective,  and that’s exactly what a coach can help with! I had a session with  Cristin that felt so empowering and energizing. She asked all the right  questions that I didn’t even know I needed to be asked! Then she helped  me see my strengths and what opportunities are out there for me and  helped me develop a plan. I came away from the session feeling  motivated, organized, and in control.I’m so grateful for Cristin’s  approach. She is encouraging, realistic, and inspiring without resorting  to toxic positivity and platitudes. The homework she gave me was the  perfect balance of tasks that advance my goals and tasks that support my  own personal development.
Jennifer Cole

Solutions Specialist in Organizational Transformation, Deloitte (pivoted from higher ed to learning and development)

Going from freelancing into full time employment while increasing my income seemed unattainable until I worked with Cristin. She completely flipped what I thought I knew about the job hunting process and gave me strategies, tactics and guidance that no one else I talked to could give me. And it worked! I felt so confident submitting specifically crafted resumes to targeted job postings and knowing exactly what to say (and what to leave out) in interviews. I more than doubled my income and found the work-life balance I had been seeking for years. Cristin’s expert advice and genuine support have changed the trajectory of my life and I am forever thankful.

Mike B.

Senior Strategist, Pivoted from freelance to full-time employment

I was working as a middle school teacher while constantly feeling like teaching wasn’t right for me. I frequently looked up jobs online that paid better, involved working less hours, and felt more “me” but I wasn’t sure how to begin switching fields. I applied for a few jobs, but never heard back. I was feeling lost and unsure of what was next, all while working too much to be able to breathe and to think of my own needs. A friend who knew of my situation recommended Cristin and bought me a session with her as a gift because she was so sure it would help me.

Cristin has been empowering. I thought that my dream of working less hours and making significantly more money might be too high an expectation, but Cristin encouraged me, saying that this is absolutely a possibility, while remaining realistic about the skills and experience I have. She gave me guidance to update my resume and cover letter, including follow up editing tips, and suggested what online courses and changes I could make to become more marketable. It has been beyond helpful to have someone to check over the resume and cover letter changes I’ve made as I’ve applied to different jobs.


Pivoting out of K-12 teaching

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Tara Bosler


Cristin changed the way I approached and understood the job market. She helped me better understand the hiring landscape, and guided me through the application and interview process. She helped me improve my interview skills which allowed me to walk in to an interview with greater confidence. Cristin is empathetic, compassionate and approachable- she is truly your advocate. 
Nela Abey

Development and Communications Coordinator, Volunteers of Legal Service - VOLS

When I first came to Cristin for help, I was unemployed, overwhelmed, and hopelessly stuck staring at a blank page that should have been my resume. I had left my last job to be a full time caregiver to my parents, and had no idea how to account for my absence from the workforce. I was also looking to pivot into a new field, and was uncertain how to translate my previous career in the arts into terms and phrases more relevant to a business world. Cristin took the time to talk to me and really understand where I was coming from, as well as where I wanted to go. She helped me understand the skillset I used to manage my parent’s illnesses, and parlayed that into attention grabbing bullet points for my resume. I went from viewing that period of time as a weakness in my work history, to having great confidence in being able to speak to how I was able to perform under stress, pressure, and in difficult circumstances. This definitely became one of my interview strengths! Cristin was easily able to reframe my artistic work history, and coach me in ways to represent that in the most attractive way possible to prospective employers.
After only a couple of one on one sessions, Cristin provided me with an extremely professional, attractive, AI/search engine/filter friendly resume. To pair with that, she also crafted a polished cover letter that can be tailored to prospective employers. I came to Cristin to help me overcome my personal roadblock of resume writing, and she was very successful in tackling that task. What came as a pleasant surprise, was the confidence boost I received regarding my work experience and marketable skills. Cristin is an excellent hype woman! She clearly cares about her clients, and is passionate in helping them reach their true potential. I whole heartedly recommend Cristin in helping you achieve your dreams. 

So, I was hesitant to have an executive coach from the get-go and thought I had all the answers. I was getting interviews left and right, but after 14 years of not having been the interviewee, there was a skillset I needed to dust off. Being in law enforcement, you need to be confident, quick minded, and correct 100% of the time; it’s a mindset you must have to thrive. Well, my wife decided to sign me up for Cristin’s services, it was decided that I’d give it a go! I never do anything less than 100% effort, and this wouldn’t be any different. I had four interviews within two and a half weeks – so its time to polish off my interview techniques and get back to that grindstone. Well, Cristin immediately impressed me with her knowledge, responsiveness, openness and dedication to me as a client. Her insight into what I was doing correctly, and what I could improve was key. I loved working with Cristin and would highly recommend her to anyone having issues from deciding what path they want from life all the way to polishing off those squeaky interview responses.

Everything with Cristin was natural; it flowed like we’d been friends for years. The feedback I was getting was critical and within a short period of time proved to be more beneficial than I can express. She was a stranger. Now, she’s my go-to. If there’s anyone on the fence – take my advice – make that leap. Sign up!


Law Enforcement

Cristin changed my life! I always had a “good” resume, but with Cristin’s insight, my resume went from good to GREAT! On top of all the little  tweaks that she made to my resume, she also was able to sit down with me  and figure out what was lacking in my experience to move my career  forward. In my case she determined that I lacked proof of knowledge so  she suggested that I earn as many certifications that related to my  career goals as I could and within a few weeks I got a promotion and a  few months after that I was offered an even better job. Thanks Cristin!!
Tim Losee

Director, Montway Auto Transport

Cristin is a positive and very supportive coach. She is honest and kind, and I always felt like she had my back throughout the job search process. Cristin helped me to navigate the job market, understand the recruiting process and be better at interviewing (which I was struggling with before) – leading to multiple offers. I got my dream job thanks to the skills that Cristin taught me!
Elisabeth Ng

Senior Project Manager, Havas

Partnering with Cristin to craft my resume was an excellent experience from start to finish. I was at a loss with how to approach it all after resigning this past December from a eighteen year long career, and considering a complete career change. My former position was unique, and thus challenging to capture for potential employers outside of my field. Cristin captured the essence of me and beautifully highlighted my strongest skill set by teasing out my core strengths, which can now be more universally applied to a variety of roles. Coupled with this she created three versions of a resume to utilize in various roles as I explore where I want to go next.
Communicate your story and Cristin will take it from there!

Amy Scaglione

On Air Talent & Lead Spokesperson, Formerly QVC for 18 years, now JTV

Before I worked with Cristin, I was at my wits end. I was laid off from my job and was stuck at a dead end retail job and was extremely unhappy. I had literally applied for hundreds of positions and wasn’t getting anywhere, I couldn’t get an interview or even a response. I knew it had to be something with my resume. 
I decided to work with Cristin because of her dedication and her willingness to help. Her positive outlook and spirit was contagious and had me feeling hopeful before we even got started. 
Working with Cristin was great. Very professional, always willing to help and always has her clients in mind. She was always available to help me and answer my questions and give me tips. Not only did she help me with my resume, she would give me pointers on jobs to search and how to trick the algorithms on the job boards to show you jobs you’re interested in. 
After working with Cristin and seeing how much better my resume looked and sounded, I couldn’t have been happier. Thanks to her, I was able to get a much better job then what I had when I started working with her and even before I started. There is no doubt in my mind, that without Cristin’s help, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now. 
Jared Bordin

Manager, (works in business development)

Working with Cristin was absolutely amazing! In the past when I was looking to switch jobs I felt like I was screaming into the void. Putting in applications and never getting a call for an interview. I met with Cristin and we discussed my experience.  She completely rewrote my resume and I had interviews fast! I ended up getting the second job I applied for. I now work for a company I love and I hope to be here for a long time.

Melissa Creamer

Project Coordinator, G & A Engineering Consultants

I found myself in the unique position of having to apply for and subsequently interview for a promotion within my current reporting structure. Having no experience in this scenario, I attempted internet research to find advice on how to approach my current plight. Unfortunately, I had very little success as most interview resources focus on positions outside of one’s current reporting structure. Luckily, I recalled that a fellow alumnae was a coach that advocates for work and worth in the workplace while collaborating with individuals to ensure they obtain their seat at the table. I reached out to Cristin for any guidance she was willing to share. Cristin graciously offered key tips on the types of answers that would be favorable and outlined a strategy to answer multilayered questions. I feel that Cristin was a critical asset to the development of the technique that I utilized during my interview. The application of said technique resulted in a successful interview, which culminated in the receipt of an offer letter. I will always be grateful for Cristin’s expertise, guidance, kindness, and empowering spirit.
Katie Hilbert

Analytical Chemist, McNeil Consumer Healthcare

To understand how amazing Cristin is, you need to understand my story.  In 2017, I had a craniotomy to remove a brain tumor.  This changed my life drastically!  I barely hung on for another year of work before staying at home for nearly 4 years.  This Fall, it was time to reenter the workforce.  I was not interested in returning to my former career of school counseling: responsibilities have changed, not to mention Covid.  I was attempting to find work in community counseling, but wasn’t hearing yes.  I felt disheartened.  Going back to work was overwhelming enough.  Add in rejection- I was crushed!  I felt completely lost and drowning in my inability to move forward.  That’s when I reached out to Cristin, my life changer!  She was so calm and inviting when we met.  She made me feel heard and helped alleviate my fears of being stuck. She opened up doors of opportunity that I would have NEVER considered.  One job she suggested is my current job.  I am now a remote school counselor and am loving it!  It’s pretty much my dream job- direct counseling with kids.  Compared to when I worked full time in schools, I work half the time I did before, from my home, and make similar money.  I would highly suggest working with Cristin if you’re needing support with your career.  She is absolutely amazing!  She gave me exactly what I was looking for without me knowing it.  I know that she’ll do the same for you.
Julie A.

School Counselor, Online School

I was really in a state, blocked and unable to move forward in any meaningful way with my resume and cover letter but my angel, Cristin, came to the rescue! Knowing she was there walking the walk with me gave me such comfort and her way of extracting relevant information from my many words is truly a skill. I feel such relief; the work was time-consuming but effective. Working with Cristin is fun and challenging – her method, laced with lots of good humor and real charm, is constructive – I’m never disappointed but always really, really happy I spent my time with her, an intelligent, generous and kind person who can make me laugh and make me do the work to get what I need done, done!
Pat Canale

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

I’m a small business owner in need of health insurance – and Cristin worked with me to create a resume that was a perfect match for a dream company. She was so easy and fun to work with and most of all, I felt empowered! On a personal note – Cristin is truly one of the nicest and most knowledgeable people I know – she was extremely kind and informative throughout the process of helping me revamp my resume. I was stunned to find out that I do not have to fill in personal info such as gender, race, etc. I thought for certain it would lower my chances of finding a gig, but she gave me the ultimate freedom by sharing that it is not a requirement. Thank you Cristin!

Mira Zaki

Owner, Mira Zaki Photography

Cristin helped transform my LinkedIn profile from weak  and confusing to powerful with a few helpful suggestions. Before her  help, I was embarrassed about my page and didn’t know how to best  represent myself in a professional way. She took the time to create a  video for me that pointed out the areas that needed work and actionable  ways to pump up the volume. For example, I had no idea I could add  anything more than the college I attended in my education section. Now  that section is robust with all of the additional trainings and courses  I’ve taken over the years. I now feel super confident when sharing my  page to prospective employers.
Amanda Johnson

Event Content Program Manager, Amazon

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Two years ago, my career had completely stalled…

After getting hired to work internationally, in a Director role, I lost my job to the Brexit aftermath, and with it, the majority of the career progress that I had worked hard for over the prior seven years. It was a massive blow to my life, and had the consequence of keeping my earning potential low for another five years. (Cristin tells me that this is par for the course with layoffs, particularly for women, but I digress.)

I was frustrated that being an approaching-middle-aged, single woman was becoming increasingly financially untenable, and that no matter how hard I worked, or how good I was at my job, I couldn’t seem to recreate the forward momentum that my career had previously had.

So I decided something needed to change, and after a failed and miserable matchmaking experience, I took my refund and invested in myself in a way I had never fathomed before. I hired Cristin and it has continued to change my life ever since.

I went from being stuck in a Sr. Manager role for three years to a Vice President position. In TWO YEARS. It wasn’t a matter of capability. It was a matter of confidence and strategy. Cristin helped me reevaluate my relationship to work, money, and the skill set that I bring to the table. I’ve never felt more sure of my decisions and more empowered to do what feels right for me than I do now.

She’s the ultimate Career Therapist (TM). If you don’t think you know how to handle a really weird situation at work, you talk to her, and you figure out what to do. Sometimes she’s reinforcing that your gut is right, sometimes you’re working together and discussing pros and cons of a few different approaches… and sometimes she tells you a hard truth that you need to hear and are better off for knowing. That kind of honesty is rare to find and far more valuable than the fee she charges.

So what I’m saying is, if you’re really ready to change your life, hire her. Invest in yourself. This is the third time we have worked together on a career search, and each time we do it all over again, I’m better off than I was before.

You absolutely will not regret it.

Christie Nadratowski

Vice President

As Director in student affairs at an international university abroad, I worked with Cristin for 2 months when I needed to reassess my position, career and longterm strategy during an extremely challenging year. I wasn’t sure at the time what was next for me, but desperately needed someone to bolster both my confidence and energy levels to initiate meaningful change in my working life. What most impressed me was Cristin’s deep inquiry to help me self identify my true needs and expectations. Not only did I receive incredibly human and therapeutic advice, I received a whole portfolio of professional deliverables to help me launch my future job endeavors and ambitions. Masterful work compiling my experience into tangible and compelling formats. My portfolio arsenal is now fully loaded, and I’m greatly appreciative of the steadfast support and career boost. She has a gift for championing women as well as education-sector leaders, and is deeply committed to her clients and their success. Worth every penny and a total game changer for helping me solidify my own career identity and my relationship to my work. Hire her immediately!
Alison Wofford

Director, Student Experience & Success RMIT University Vietnam

I am so grateful for the coaching I received from Cristin when I was at a part of my career where I was choosing my next steps. I had been drowning in administrative work—which I was good at, but no longer enjoyed. I was missing client interaction. During this time, I had several opportunities, some of admin and some direct work, and I was really torn. My time with Cristin allowed me to really think about what I wanted, and what each potential job opportunity could lead to. I would highly recommend Cristin’s coaching expertise for anyone seeking change and the inspiration to make that change happen.

Kelley Rainey

Director of Domestic Violence Programs, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Inc.

Cristin is the person that I lean on when I have something that I’m trying to figure out, but the answer just isn’t clear to me. I can go to her and present the problem, and she asks all the right questions to get the right information out of me. Then, she’s able to distill it down and reflect it back in a way that shows me that I actually had the answer all along—and this makes me feel really confident in moving forward with my decision. I gain so much clarity from Cristin’s executive coaching process, and I highly recommend working with her. And trust me here. As an SEO copywriter, I know how to track down the right people on the internet for the job—Cristin is the right person.
Erin Ollila

Fractional Marketing Consultant, EO Copy Co.

Cristin has helped me transition from a freelance work life where I could manage my own time and have a more direct interface with clients to a corporate job where I have to “manage up,” anticipate workplace dynamics and resolve issues with a long term view in a way that is best for me and my employment. I could not have made this transition seamlessly and stress free without Cristin. She knows exactly what my brain needs to make the transition and where I should and should not focus my efforts. I feel more prepared, confident and excited than I ever thought possible in this new high pay and high responsibility role in corporate life.
Jenn D.

Director, SaaS

I came from a theater background and felt like I needed help and advice on how to navigate the corporate working environment. Cristin is a positive and very supportive coach. I was new to a management role and worked with Cristin on how to manage, train and mentor someone – and received positive feedback from the person I was managing.
Elisabeth Ng

Senior Project Manager, Havas

My first yearly review at my job was intimidating because they had a much more strict process than I had experienced in other jobs. Cristin saved me with her detailed knowledge about what a corporate structure really expects from a review and how I could meet their expectations while ensuring my target goals worked to my advantage. I felt confident going into the process and I’m relieved to have no worries about meeting my goals by my next review.
Megan K.

Senior Manager, SaaS

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Working with Cristin is like having a best friend, comedian and business consultant all wrapped up in one. With heart, humor and honesty, she will help you identify the gaps in your work dreams and plans, put tangible strategies in place and stay focused on the steps to take to reach them. Her commitment to social justice and the ways she lives her values is a constant inspiration and guide for how to do this in your own notable life and work.
Julie Neale

Founder, Mother's Quest

Cristin’s One of a Kindness framework gave  me the space and structure I needed to get clarity on my values, my  strengths, and the content I want to create and share. Investing time in her process provided a tool I will come back to again and again to recalibrate and adjust the way I am spending my time and energy.
Katie Hanus

Founder, The Handmaid Life

I  recently completed Cristin Downs Path to One-of-a-Kindness and I LOVED  it! As a visionary and creative, I have a hard time nailing down specifics. It’s hard to capture my attention and this framework was a bit intimidating at first, but I continue to refer back to it time and time again now that it’s done. It helped me narrow my focus and get clear on what makes me unique. My favorite part was reaching out to close family and friends to ask what they saw as my strengths. We all forget what comes naturally to us that may not be effortless to others. I thoroughly enjoyed this and cannot recommend it enough. Take the time and then go out into the world and shine.
Jody Smith

Founder, Courageous Girl

Cristin is a fun, clear, and utterly relatable guide. I have  been part of online workshops and seminars before that felt more like an  advertisement for that person’s lifestyle and brand. Cristin, on the  other hand, brings no ego to the table and no showcase of harmful  perfectionism. She is truly working to just share practices that have  helped her, and to create a cozy communal space where everyone’s  questions, thoughts, struggles and suggestions are welcome and honored.  Cristin is about empowering women to see how capable and powerful they  already are. The tools she offers are there to help clear the way for  that capability and power to shine.
Tia Shearer Bassett

Founder, Theatre Wolf, LLC

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