Testimonials

Read what coaching clients have to say about their experience and get feedback from people who have read and used the books.

“I have worked with a few career coaches over the years. I find getting this sort of professional guidance invaluable. If you’ve ever worked with a personal trainer on fitness, its a bit like that with a career coach – you could do it yourself, but you’ll get a better result faster with professional help (and without hurting yourself).

Looking for a job is always hard work, but its especially hard when jobs are scarce and you find yourself over qualified because of your past success!

I did a search for a ‘career’ coach’ in the northwest and found Rita Ashley – I found her advice valuable and her approach very professional. I highly recommend her. A good place to start is to read her online books – Job Search Debugged and Networking Debugged see  great advice at a bargain basement price.

Over the last 5 years the roles I’ve had have been great and they all came about through networking. A case in point is my current position which was the direct result of ‘the network’ connecting me to a job that was not even advertised but created when it was seen that there was a good alignment – I can directly attribute part of this most recent connection to Rita.” RM Product Design Leader

“I’d like to thank you for all the important professional and life skills you’ve left me with this year. Your brand of “I actually care” coaching was just what I needed at this stage of my life. I am now a far more effective communicator, leader and executive due to our time together. Above all, you’ve left me with the ability to view my own experience and choices” PD, CTO

“OK, I finished the book. I will be recommending this book to anyone seeking career development advice, regardless of their level of activity on the job market.” DD. Coach

I just finished reading Job Search Debugged by Rita Ashley, and frankly, my head is still spinning from the quantity and quality of the information contained in this book. To put it in perspective, I am a senior level recruitment and staffing professional, and not only did I often find myself smiling and nodding furiously in agreement with regard to the books’ content, but I also found myself just as often wide–eyed, with mouth agape at some of the issues Rita addresses that I had never even considered when giving job search advice, or implementing in my own job search.” AT

“This book is extremely thorough in content, yet presented in a way that flows very nicely, is easily understandable, and keeps the reader interested in reading further. From the standpoint of it being an excellent reference guide, Rita makes Job Search Debugged that much more valuable to the reader by bulleting the most important points at the end of each section.” PM Marketing Exec

As a staffing professional who for years has been called upon to give others job search advice, and even more acutely as someone who is actively pursuing a new career opportunity, I can sum things up succinctly by saying that Job Search Debugged has become my career planning Bible.” Bob Waldo, Recruitment and Staffing Professional

“I have read it and will re-read it. This book is excellent as it is very effective in the real world and is full of advice from some strong hiring authorities. I found the sections on resumes and using social sites especially effective.”

Disclosure: I know Rita and served as an editor for the second edition of Job Search Debugged. Before getting to know her well, however, I read the book while someone close to me had engaged her job search coaching services (and employed the techniques described in the book with great success), and I was mightily impressed. It contains industry-savvy advice I had never seen elsewhere and couldn’t have imagined on my own — *and* it also offers concrete ways to stay sane and in control during volatile times. I’ve encouraged my many friends and colleagues embarking on searches to get a copy and use it, and I’ve already employed some of the “sanity techniques myself.” EM Dir.

“I think you will all find the book to be a valuable asset in many areas. I found it extremely useful by providing practical step-by-step information on using social networking tools, how to uncover “hidden” job opportunities, how to properly network and follow-up, how to create your own job where none currently exists, etc. etc. I’m changing certain aspects of my career. Rita’s advice, as well as the advice in her book, has convinced me to become a really strong consumer of social media tools, to develop a personal branding blog, and more importantly to develop the confidence to just get out there and start talking to people about the changes I want to make.” KR VP

Even if you don’t read the whole book, if you skim the entire book and just the most chapters which are most important for you that’s worth the price alone.” TK CFO

“I’m half-way through the book and I’ll say this…it’s on the best $20 I’ve spent in a long time!” SS VP

This book is an unbelievable source and resource for anybody; not just those seeking new career opportunities. As a matter of fact, it should be required reading by anyone wishing to harness the “insider secrets” of how to speed up their job search and learn how to get connected to the right people- quickly. It gets my highest recommendation.” RF PM

“As a matter of fact, this book was so awesome I’ll be buying Rita’s “Networking Debugged: Insider’s guide to building your network and getting what you need” very soon. Can’t wait to read this one, too!” CD Q/A Dir

After debating for a few days on whether or not I should invest in yet another career guide claiming to provide “job search advice that works,” I finally bought a copy. I started reading right away and am about 2/3ds through the book. The book addresses in plain English virtually every possible topic that someone who has been recently laid off or is thinking to switch careers in this difficult time may need assistance with and is full of real life examples.

The topics range from how to recover after the loss of a job and design ones career search in the most productive way to how to prepare your brand and market yourself on the web to how to be smart in dealing with recruiting agencies to how to prepare an outstanding resume and answer tough interview questions. The book is structured in a form of the guide with the most important points being highlighted at the end of each chapter, so one can read this book either from start to finish or just focus on the chapter he/she is currently interested in.

Filled with the real life examples, this book will make a lot of us relate to the individuals illustrated in this examples and give us hope for success. Rita does a great job bringing together intuitive things and provides excellent tips on how to make yourself a distinguished and marketable candidate as can be seen from a perspective of a hiring person as well as how to avoid falling victim of job hunting scams which are, sadly, quite abundant in these times. The book is positioned as a career guide for executives making $100+K; however, I believe that anybody from entry level professional to mid-level managers to executives would benefit from it because of the wide variety of universal topics addressed in the book.“GT Marketing Exec

“Overall, this book, in my opinion, is a definite must-have for anybody who needs either a refresher course on job-hunting strategies or for people who are trying to re-enter the market after some period of unemployment or decided to change careers or need help with establishing their personal brand and make themselves stand out from the crowd. The $20 you will spend on the book will undoubtedly be well spent, especially given that the recommendations in the book will most likely apply for years to come.”VP Products

Rita has found the long-lost codex of career success. Because of her insight, experience, and bulls eye feedback, I have been able to demolish career obstacles and open up new possibilities. Highest recommendation.” Sr. Director

“Rita has a real breadth and depth of knowledge about professional development, and an uncanny ability to get to what’s truly important when you’re facing tricky situations. She weeds out myths and keeps you grounded in reality.” Newly Minted Executive.

Rita has incredible insight into both people and hiring/work situations, and the ability to help her clients make those insights their own. She provides excellent guidance in developing effective plans to address complicated situations where it is often difficult to get a sense of perspective on one’s own.” JC

Rita knows people and companies and their needs, and has the experience to bridge the gaps between them. She has always found the right person for each job and coached them to be their best. She also has helped my companies mold our positions to get the most out of these great people.” CEO, Board Member

“Rita combines her keen intellect, her wealth of experience and her diverse and high level contacts with her appreciation for the beauties of life to provide unique and comprehensive career and life coaching. Rita has given influential advice to me at various times in my life. I would venture that anyone who has the opportunity to work with Rita will be exposed to revealing, to the point, and at times ‘healthily uncomfortable’ realizations that will provide an invaluable third party perspective on one’s career development.”MW VP

My career was on track but I couldn’t make it into the executive office. With Rita’s support and feedback, I was able to change what needed to change and learn new communication skills. Today, I teach those same leadership skills to my team.” VP

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