Work with a Career Coach

Invest in career coaching

Whether you’re a recent grad or a seasoned professional, working one-on-one with a career coach has major perks—thought-provoking conversations and career-elevating exercises all tailored to you.

The IUAA offers three types of coaching:

Professional success coaching focuses on how to maximize your professional performance and brand.

Career transition coaching focuses on the job search from start to finish. This type of career coaching can also help you successfully pivot from one career field to another.

Leadership coaching focuses on understanding the impact of your leadership style and identifying how to increase your team’s engagement, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

What to expect

Career coaching is a partnership between coach and client that begins with a mutually agreed-upon goal and agenda. In your one-on-one sessions, you can expect a mix of thought-provoking questions from your coach, expert advice, and relevant resources. Each coaching session will conclude with a recap of the main objectives and actionable steps for the client.

Each career coaching partnership begins with a free 15-minute introductory phone call. This is where you’ll determine next steps with your coach and discuss the cost for the service.

Meet the coaches

The IUAA has partnered with top career coaches within the IU network. These coaches, many of whom are IU alumni as well as current and former IU staff, bring years of experience (and a variety of specialties) to the table.

Looking to revamp your resume? We have a coach that specializes in resume writing. Want to negotiate your salary? We have a coach who can teach you how. Schedule an introductory call with one of the following coaches to discuss your career goals and pricing.

Meg Applegate

Resume writing, personal branding

As a certified resume writer and personal branding strategist, Meg Applegate, BS’06, MS’11, connects high-achieving women to career advancement. She was recently named one of Jobscan’s Top Job Search Experts to Follow on LinkedIn in 2022. In 2021, she took home a Toast of the Resume Industry award.

Erica Ballard

Coaching working moms

Erica Ballard, BAJ’08, is a life and success coach who supports working women. Prior to this work, Erica spent 10 years in the public health sector working for and with large nonprofits, health systems, and government agencies.

Debra Boggs

Executive coaching

Debra Boggs, BA’09, is the co-founder of D&S Executive Career Management. She equips executives from all over the globe with the tools they need to compete for the top jobs in their fields. Boggs has been recognized as a resume, LinkedIn, and job-search expert by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, and HuffPost. In 2021, she made the “Next 1000” Forbes list, which showcases standout entrepreneurs.

Erin Erwin

Career transitions/pivots

Erin Erwin, BA’02, MS’04—affectionately dubbed the “career therapist,” by her clients—is the director of career education for the Walter Center for Career Achievement in the College of Arts and Sciences on the IU Bloomington campus. She provides career transition, career success, and leadership coaching to individuals across all industries and career levels.

Marie Haraburda

Resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter writing; job-offer negotiation

Marie Haraburda, a former career coach with the Kelley School of Business, is a private practice career-coach consultant. She holds a Global Career Development Facilitator certification and is trained in co-active coaching through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). Marie is also an Inaugural member of the Skillful Indiana Governors Coaching Corps.

Deborah Rooney

Resume and LinkedIn profile writing

Deborah Rooney, BS’89, MS’91, founded Power Links 2 Success in 2011, a global coaching business that teaches clients how to master LinkedIn. Her services are thoughtfully tailored to each person’s needs for resume writing, LinkedIn profile writing, interviewing coaching, and implementing LinkedIn strategies for a productive job search.

Kim Van Lue

Coaching leaders

Kim Van Lue, MBA’06, has coached and advised C-suite leaders in a wide variety of industries for more than 20 years. She helps successful leaders navigate career and leadership challenges and build thriving teams and organizations. Through assessments and various activities, she works with her clients to explore their strengths, values, and desired outcomes.


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