Compass Rose Careers






Coaching for Life and Career Transition

Are you in transition? Not sure about your next job? Need to express yourself in new ways? Does your life need to be re-balanced? I am an experienced life transition and career coach who works with people of all backgrounds and occupations.

Career Services include:

  • Assessment and Career Choice
  • Resume and Marketing Materials
  • Conducting a Professional Job Search
  • Effective Interviewing

To explore new directions, call for a free phone consultation. In Albuquerque, 505-235-9753 or email me.


Coaching services are individually tailored, with no minimum number of sessions. $75/hour.

Resume Development

A targeted, professional resume is essential for a successful job search. My experience in developing winning resumes spans all career fields. I work with people in transition, new graduates, re-entrants, executives, managers, and technical professionals. Each resume is tailored to the client. I never use templates or boiler plate language.

Your Creative Self is Waiting for You!

My next nonfiction book has a working title of Your Creative Self is Waiting for You. I am writing it for readers who want to access their creativity in any form. I believe we are all creative. Even those who protest, “Oh, not me, I have no talent.” We can’t all be...

How Healthy is Your Brain?

About 50 million people worldwide are suffering from dementia in 2021, but the total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and a staggering 152 million in 2050.  For Kate Kunkel, the tragedy of this disease struck three times. Both...

A Different Kind of Memoir

New Mexico author Jean Stouffer has written a moving memoir of healing from the effects of growing up with an alcoholic mother. But Sometimes I Cry is not just another recounting of a child caring for an absent parent and the self-esteem and abandonment issues that...

Making Space for Happiness

By now, we thought our lives would have settled into whatever the “new normal” turned out to be. That doesn’t ring quite true. Not with a new virus strain, economic and political challenges, and warm weather that is both pleasant and a harbinger of an uncertain...

The Book I Feared to Write

When the pandemic of 2020 crashed down like a tidal wave, I retreated into my home to wait it out. A writer and teacher who works at home, it wasn’t a stretch to teach classes online and restrict communications to telephone and Zoom sessions. Enforced isolation seemed...

Valentine for a Beloved Dog

I thought my dog Buddy would enjoy a companion because he loved playing with other dogs at the dog park. But when I brought Zena home one scorching August day in 2010, I learned I was wrong. Buddy was jealous, annoyed, and intimidated by this big Shepherd/heeler...

Dancing With the Creative Self

Many of my students sign up for a writing course because they have an urge to bring forth their experiences. They want to write stories, poems, memoirs. Many have never written before. They don’t know where to start. What to write about. How to choose fiction or...

Is the Story of Your Life Changing?

The stories of our daily lives have changed. We had no choice. We’re working at home. Not working. Home schooling the kids. Can’t travel. No baseball games, concerts, movies, or parties. We learned to operate on Zoom and discovered you can order anything, literally...

Why We Need Visionary Fiction

I have always written visionary fiction. It wasn’t as much a choice as how I perceived the world. Dreams, visions, alternate realities that peek from behind the veil, reincarnation, ghosts, messengers from other worlds—all the stories that dropped into my mind...

What Do You Want to Have, To Do, To Be?

A good question, posed in a graduate social psychology class, and an eye-opener for me. I had recently moved from Philadelphia to California to escape an abusive relationship. What I wanted for the past year was crystal clear. Get my affairs in order, plan the move,...

The best resume focuses on skills, accomplishments, and results. Length depends on years of experience and how long you’ve spent in your field/company.

The first step is to send me a copy of your most recent document. I will review it and provide a free, no-obligation assessment of what needs to be added and improved. If you have never had a resume, we can meet in person or talk on the phone so I can get the information needed to develop your document.



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