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What do our clients say about our services on LinkedIn:

Ross R. - September 2015

"Before I signed up for Howard Cattie’s Interviewing Coaching class, my interviewing skills consisted of me talking endlessly to convince prospective employers to hire me.  Additionally, I was reactive and passive throughout the entire interview process.

After completing Howard’s five main video sessions, I learned how to control the  interview and become much more proactive. I highly recommend Howard’s Interview Coaching Course to be competitive in today’s tough job search market."

Keith Roberts - Atlanta, GA - 2015
Top Qualities: Personable, Expert & Creative

"Following a layoff in 2013, I decided I needed a career coach because I had a very specialized skill set with few openings in the marketplace. This job search process required creativity and marketing strategy throughout. Howard provided that expertise and support. Together we collaborated and created an exceptional resume that highlighted my specialized skills as a Proposal Manager. We then mastered the art of communicating those skills in an interview and really showing my capabilities.

Finally, and most importantly, Howard taught me how to approach the “hidden market” and uncover non-posted jobs. The result of that effort, and thanks to his ongoing support, resulted in an excellent opportunity that I would never have found. Having a Career Coach with Howard’s capabilities made all the difference and I highly recommend him."

Melanie H. - Woodstock, GA - 2015

Career Oyster provides highly individualized career planning, with attention to every detail of your own personal needs and wishes. Flexibility in scheduling meetings, and prompt communication only add to the level of service provided by Career Oyster.

Susan L. - Pittsboro, NC - 2014

"After a corporate layoff, I received traditional outplacement services. However, I knew that I needed an edge for a successful job search.  Career Oyster provided customized, detailed strategic planning for defining my career goals, adding depth to my resume and how to interview successfully (even when changing industries).  It is truly a partnership and provides a great value for the investment."

Bill Johns, PMP   (Professional IT Client)
Bill hired you as a Personal Trainer in 2011 and hired you more than once

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

“At the risk of sounding yet another cliche horn in "plugging" this talented coach's attributes for his services and work with those in career transition, I can't stress enough how much Howard's Resume Coach and Interview Coach has helped me. I believe with of my heart that my success in recently landing a GREAT job was the direct result of Howard's ability to help me tackle the tough arena of job search! I hold him in very high regard as a person and truly consider him one of the primary reasons I was able to land my job! I never stop telling others about his talent and highly recommend him with confidence and pride!” September 9, 2011   

Ashley Martin  Bachelor of Science in Operations Management, Clemson University (December 2012)

“I graduated from Clemson University a little over a month ago and already have a job, thanks to Howard! With his help and guidance, I was able to learn many different interview techniques. The InterviewCoach videos taught me numerous ways to conquer an interview. Howard was available for guidance when I needed it and gave great advice. He is a very understanding and caring person. I recommend Howard because not only did he help me land a job, he taught me career tactics that I will use for the rest of my life!

Lee Peacock  Hired Howard as a Career Coach in 2013

“My experience working with Howard definitely exceeded every expectation I had of the entire process.  Howard did an excellent job in helping me to create an awesome resume that immediately began to produce additional opportunities for me.  Another extremely valuable take away for me were the interview skills that were passed on to me from Howard.  Howard did a fantastic job of coaching me and preparing me for the interview process”. I landed several offers and a position with Amazon.

“The single most valuable piece of my entire customer experience was the encouragement I received from Howard throughout the entire process.  Being unemployed and in a career transition is a very stressful time.  It was obvious to me that Howard was very intentional about relieving my stress.  I can’t express appropriately how valuable Howard’s continuous encouragement was to me.”

Amanda McKisson-Kijek PHR   (HR Professional client)
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value 2012 - 2103

“Howard is an excellent coach to help you strategize your job search, prepare and land the position you want. He teaches an approach to job search that is "solution selling" where YOU are the solution to the employer's need. After working with Howard I was able to land a great position. But more than that, I learned skills that I can apply in many situations as well as increased my level of confidence. I recommend him highly! Amanda McKisson-Kijek SEDC HR Generalist” January 9, 2012

John Piedrahita (Marketing Transition client)
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

“First thing I can say is Howard is passionate about the job search. He loves helping people find a new job or change careers. He is diligent in working with his clients and giving them all the resources they need to stand out in a crowded field. The ideas, tips and suggestions I've gained from working with Howard are now a part of my arsenal that I will use as I continue on my personal career path.” January 11, 2012

Ed Copenhaver (Manager IT client)
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

“Faced with an extremely hard situation and time in my life, I needed someone to focus my energy and remind me of the skills that I possess. Howard was there for me, not just as a career coach, but someone who was able to listen and respond to my unique situation. He offered a lot of insight as to different ways to approach, not just my job search, but getting my head in the game and off of other negative actions occurring at that time in my life. Did it work? In this economy that everyone calls poor, with substantial baggage on my part, with Howard's ability to focus me, I got a dream job in 6 weeks over the holiday season of 2011. Thank you Howard for your dedication and help.” January 30, 2012

Mike Darnold (Professional Editor / Communications client)
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

“My job search picked up a lot of momentum when I started working with Howard Cattie. Howard is adept with current technology, and was always within reach by cell, email, and Skype. He encouraged me to put a résumé together myself that I could sell to potential employers. Howard’s guidance on the interview process was invaluable. I was able to focus on honing in on the details of my professional life that I could communicate succinctly to hiring managers. Howard did not leave me wondering what I should do next. I knew what I should do since we had a strategy. I cannot say enough about how instrumental Howard was.” March 29, 2012

Mark Brown (IT Consultant client)
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

“Howard is an exceptional career coach. Over the course of the last year he has helped me reinvent my career and guided me through several different career transition scenarios to focus on what I love to do. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a coach to help him or her through a career change. He intuitively understood my strengths and what I had to offer and was able to help me creatively communicate them to potential employers. His unique approach to resume writing and interviewing helped me internalize and communicate the value I had to offer potential employers. All this resulted in a successful job search working for a great company. Thanks Howard.” October 5, 2012