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Interview Series - Career Experts - Dawn Quesnel from Coach DQ | CareerMetis.com

In this interview series, we caught up with Dawn Quesnel from Coach DQ who shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.

Tell us a little bit about your company

Career Coaching Professionals through job changes, raises and promotions.

How did you get started in this path?

I worked with a Coach.

Is this something you decided early on in your career?


What is the Best Career Advice You’ve ever received?

Don’t give up on your dreams.

What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?

The impact you can have in a positive way on people’s careers.

How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?

Reading, networking,etc.

What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?

The unknown and making assumptions without real evidence. e.g. they didn’t call me because I’m too old.

What are the common mistakes that you see them do?

Never following up.

How should job seekers approach job search today?

Do your research, know which companies you are targeting and what type of role you’re looking for.
Write out your examples ahead of time.

What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?

More contract to hire opportunities.

What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?

Find a mentor and talk to 5 people working in the area or profession to get a better understanding of the career path.
Know that the average person will change careers not jobs 10+ times over the course of their life time.

What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?

Do your research and ask for the job.

How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?

Keep your profile up to date.

Unemployment is at the lowest levels, why do you think that is? 

Economy is good.

What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?

Finding SMEs (subject matter experts).

Dawn, what are you currently working on?

My own job search.

What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?

What is the best way for our audience to reach you?

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Dawn Quesnel and Coach DQ have also been featured in our recent compilation of the most resourceful career experts and career blogs –  Top Career Advice Websites.     

Written By
Nissar Ahamed is the Founder & CEO of CareerMetis.com. He is also the host of The Career Insider Podcast and the co-host of The C.A.R.E. Podcast

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