Ask yourself these key questions

Do you want to start living your ideal life?

Do you have big dreams, but do not know where to start?

Do you have goals that you want to achieve?

Do you want to live a fuller and more satisfying life?

Everyone has asked themselves one or all of these questions.  Life coaching can help you explore and find the answers to these questions and help you live your life to its fullest potential. Life coaching will enable you to find your inner strength and to take the actions you need to live the life you truly want to live.

I offer flexible life coaching programs tailored to your schedule and your needs. I currently work with all individuals who are ready and willing to work towards incredible results.

What is life coaching and how does it work?

Life coaching is an ongoing and collaborative partnership between a coach and a willing individual, which connects at the deep personal level of beliefs, values, and vision. It is a journey of discovery, goal setting, and taking action. Life coaching helps to clarify goals, improve lives and help people live their fullest potential.
Life coaching is all about YOU.  As your life coach we will work to create an environment in which you can realise your dreams and become the person you truly want to be. The end game of life coaching is achieving success as you define it.

What is a life coach?

According to the International Coaching Federation a life coach should:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage client self-discovery;
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable.

Professional life coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Ultimately, coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives. 

Who should hire a life coach?

Anyone who wants to lead a more fulfilling, balanced and satisfying life will benefit greatly from life coaching.

Past clients have found success from life coaching for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Changing careers
  • Getting a promotion
  • Improving employment/life skills
  • Increasing their confidence
  • Improving their personal lives
  • Getting into better physical and/or mental shape
  • Improving their relationships
  • Improved productivity and organizational skills
  • Alignment of cultural beliefs and personal values
  • Increased passion and zest for life 
  • A combination of the above and so much more.

In our preliminary discussion we will discover whether life coaching is right for you and exactly what kind of life coaching program will best suit your needs.

How does life coaching work?

Life coaching sessions are 3-4 times a month, are held over the phone, and are approximately 40-60 minutes long.

Life coaching over the phone offers many advantages:

  • Time efficient
  • Works around your schedule
  • You can be coached from anywhere in the world
  • You can be coached from the comfort of your own home, office or a location of your choosing.

Our first conversation will help you to decide whether life coaching is a good fit for you and exactly what life coaching package will suit your needs best.

Resume or CV preparation tips

Less is not more!
I do not subscribe to the view that CV’s should be brief. This is because I regularly interview people who have omitted relevant information from their CV. Furthermore, aside from the primary selection criteria for a position, employers usually have a ‘wish list’ of other skills or experience in a candidate, which is often undeclared. Your comprehensive CV or resume may contain skills and experience which you do not realise are of interest to a prospective employer.
If you think your CV is verbose, then I would suggest that you delete certain information which may not be relevant to the position in question.

Assume nothing!
Do not assume that the person who is reading your CV knows what each of your employers do. Say a few words explaining the nature of the employer’s business. The same applies to projects. Everyone in your company might know what project ‘XYZ’ was and what it entailed, but don’t assume everyone outside the company to know this.

Why have you changed jobs?

The reasons why you changed jobs is of interest to employers. If a job was a fixed term contract, say so in your CV.

I like to see the month and year in which you start and finish each job. Vagueness regarding dates worries employers and recruiters alike.

Explain your roles

For each job you have held in recent memory, say up to the last ten years, explain your roles in detail. By all means detail your responsibilities, but also explain the goals of the position and what the performance measurement criteria were.

Relevant information
Only include information which is relevant to your employment. Do NOT mention partner/children/dog/cat etc. You need not mention your birth date, age, marital status, or any personal information which might lead to conscious or sub conscious discrimination. Even interests or hobbies should really be excluded.
Do mention skills in languages other than English. If English is not your first language state your proficiency in English language, spoken and written.

By all means list referees, but if you want your prospective employer to ask your permission before contacting them, you should then state that clearly.

There are no rules for resume writing or CV formatting but the vast majority detail career history in reverse chronological order. Personal details and qualifications are usually at the beginning of the document, but can be at the end. If you have considerable work experience it can help to summarise this then follow with a more detailed account of each position.

If you have genuine talent (and probably training) in document presentation then you will know how to produce a smart looking CV. Otherwise play safe – keep the format simple. If you are sending your CV by email, which most people do nowadays, avoid using complex document formatting or non standard fonts which may print differently on different printers. For the same reason, avoid moving the page margins out. Don’t try to ‘jazz up’ your CV by using graphics. Avoid mixing font types. Do use hard page breaks. Do use the spell checker! – there is absolutely no excuse for spelling mistakes if you are using a word processor.

Who is Jackob Holding

Ever since I can remember I have loved sharing in people’s lives and in helping people to reach their full potential. I truly believe that we all have the ability to do great things, but from my own experience I have learned that it is not always easy to do this on our own. Sometimes we all need a little help.

A passion for people, their stories and their lives can be found in all aspects of what I do. My background is in anthropology, the study of people and culture. I hold both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Anthropology, with a focus in applied and medical anthropology.

I worked for several years as a program and policy analyst with the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills. I enjoyed my work, but I found that I am at my best when I am coaching and mentoring.

My passion for people and coaching led me to study the Art and Science of Coaching with Erickson College International and I am a member of the International Coaching Federation

I enjoy living a balanced life full of the activities (running, cycling, swimming, tennis, yoga, and eating great food), and being with the people I love. Every day I wake up with a new sense of wonder at what the day is going to bring and how to keep moving forward. I push myself to act to make my own dreams into reality.

As your life coach I will be someone with whom you can share and foster ideas. I will create a respectful, safe and inspiring life coaching environment for you to work towards your goals and find the strength within yourself to reach your fullest potential.