Career coaches

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It’s not always easy to discern the best next step in your career. A professional career coach can help. A coach works with you to consider how your skills, knowledge and experience might prepare you for opportunities you hadn’t considered on your own. And your coach can help you present yourself in the most favorable light.

These VCU alumni work as career coaches and offer special rates and services for fellow alumni. Contact each provider directly to inquire about their services, rates and availability.

Please note: The coaches listed on this webpage are in no way affiliated with the Office of Alumni Relations. These professionals are independent contractors and are not being compensated or retained by VCU. The VCU Office of Alumni Relations cannot make recommendations on which provider alumni should choose to work with.

Angela Fontaine (B.S.’09)

Angela Fontaine is a consultant, facilitator and professional coach who has assisted individuals in career transition, educational advising and socioeconomic empowerment for over 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from VCU and a professional coaching certificate from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Angela is an advocate for social, environmental and economic justice. She continues her values-aligned work through her organization, Seraph Strategies, where she brings a holistic approach to consulting and helps individuals and organizations achieve goals that align with their values. 

Services offered: Career exploration coaching, resume review, interview preparation, LinkedIn profile preparation, networking, transition coaching, leadership coaching

Schedule an appointment with Angela.

Charmaine Curtis (B.S.05)

Charmaine Curtis is a career coach and consultant offering comprehensive career development services. Leveraging career coaching and counseling techniques, as well as corporate recruiting experience, Charmaine helps clients develop tailored action plans to accomplish their goals. She works with clients seeking to explore career options, improve job satisfaction, earn a promotion, change careers, navigate the job search process and more. Charmaine is a nationally Certified Career Counselor, holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychology and has years of corporate recruitment and leadership experience. As a proud VCU alum, Charmaine welcomes the opportunity to assist fellow Rams seeking to elevate their career. Visit Charmaine’s LinkedIn profile to learn more.

Services offered: Career exploration, career changes, job satisfaction, career assessments, resumes, interview preparation, personal branding, LinkedIn profiles and career development workshops/presentations    

Schedule an appointment with Charmaine.

Jennifer McCluskey (M.Ed.17)

Jennifer McCluskey is a career consultant and professional certified resume writer with a master's degree of education in adult learning from VCU. Certified by the International Coaching Federation, she specializes in helping high-potential professionals achieve happy, successful lives and careers by more fully recognizing and leveraging their unique gifts and experiences. Jennifer works with clients of all ages, levels and industries. To learn more about Jennifer, visit her LinkedIn Profile.

Services offered: Career discovery, resume writing, LinkedIn profiles, interviewing, networking, personal branding and career development and mobility

Schedule an appointment with Jennifer.

Ebony Nickens (B.S.’04)
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Ebony Nickens owns Rezumation LLC, a resume development and enhancement company. With more than 15 years of experience in human resource management and expertise in career development and interviewing skills, she helps individuals prepare their career search, stay focused on their career goals and never give up on their aspirations in life.

Services offered: General resume and cover letter writing, government resume development, thank-you letters

Schedule an appointment with Ebony.

Headshot of Louise GarverLouise Garver (B.S.’72)

Louise Garver, a career industry expert for professionals, managers and executives, has a 26-year history as a career coach, resume writer, and branding, LinkedIn and job search strategist. She has recruitment and corporate management experience, and her credentials include 15 career-related certifications, a master’s degree and postgraduate certification in career counseling. Partnering with her clients, she captures their brand message and clearly presents it in their career documents and communications to help them succeed in their search.

Services: Resumes, CVs, cover letters, career/personal branding, career marketing letters, LinkedIn profiles, career biographies, interview and salary negotiations

Schedule an appointment with Louise.