With training in both psychotherapy and coaching, Karen Altus is skilled at connecting with, guiding, and motivating clients to reach their goals. She is passionate about teaching self-advocacy and helping self-proclaimed introverts become successful networkers. Karen strives to be a welcoming presence during times of transition while coaching individuals to build confidence as they understand and articulate their unique story.
Karen brings an eclectic background to her work, including experience in customer service, systemic counseling, sales and recruiting, corporate training, academic teaching, program development, marketing, event management, human resources, and coaching. Previously a career coach and operations manager at a university career center, Karen has worked with students, alumni, and professionals across all industries and at all career levels. She has particular expertise in the healthcare, education, engineering, and technology sectors.
As a Senior Career & Relocation Coach with IMPACT Group, she provides transition and acclimation assistance to individuals and families, while also delivering career development and job search support. She enjoys coaching on personal branding, resume development, social media optimization, networking strategies, interview preparation, and job offer negotiations.
Karen has a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Coaching from Coach University. After a childhood spent moving every few years (including internationally), Karen is thrilled to live in Seattle for the past 30 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, hiking, and gathering to share great food.
- “She worked diligently to understand my wants/needs and provided relevant resources and guidance. Karen went above and beyond to make sure I was able to settle into my new location comfortably.”
- “I received tremendous help from Karen Altus. She is an amazing human being – so kind and helpful. I truly feel that because of her, I had the confidence to do well in my interviews.”
- “From the moment we first spoke, Karen was always there to listen to anything I had to say. I remember being so nervous moving to a new state, but at the same time excited that I was about to embark on a new journey. Her energy and comforting words let me know that everything was going to be just fine and I was going to succeed!”
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