Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach
Certified Resume Writer
Coach and Consultant Amy Cooney sought purpose in her work long before it became trendy!
She has served her community, church, and non-profit organizations since her childhood. With a degree in Media Communications and a concentration in Human Resources Management, Amy held progressive roles in the field. She was working as an HR Manager prior to choosing to devote her time to her family and, once again, her community. After almost a decade of volunteering her time and talents, she re-launched her career straight into a Fortune 100 company.
Amy managed the most challenging customers by, without knowing it, relying on her strengths to succeed. At first because candidates, leaders, and others told her so, she knew that her success was not from doing what everyone else in her field did. She also was aware that her methods were natural to her, they just made sense, even though they were different.
Thankfully, her employer offered a StrengthsFinder® course and she realized her approach was based on her talents, her natural ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. The days she used her strengths were energizing and productive, and the times she did not left her drained. She began to dream of workplaces where people did more of what they did best every day and realized this could really help change the world for the better!
As a Coach, Consultant, and Speaker, she works with individuals who want to discover their talents and invest in themselves to do more of what they do best every day, and with leaders who value their people and want to strategically build, grow and retain high-performing teams. With vast knowledge in talent acquisition, she integrates career coaching and strengths coaching to deliver results to her clients.
In these roles she maximizes her strengths: As a Learner® her clients feel her genuine interest in them; her Individualization® makes clients feel understood, appreciated, and valued; her Strategic® helps clients to build a roadmap to meet their goals; her Ideation® sparks ideas and a vision for the future; and her Connectedness® keeps the big picture in sight.
"Amy is an amazing resource when planning your next career move. It had been eight years since I worked full-time. And I had been searching, on my own, for a job for over a year with no success. I reached out to Amy, who had also taken a family hiatus from corporate America, to get her advice on how to successfully re-enter the professional workforce. She provided invaluable knowledge about the current job market and also provided remarkable encouragement. Additionally, she assisted in finding a temporary job for me which was fundamental in allowing me to establish recent and relevant experience. She provided vital data, as to the market rate for my skills, which well-equipped me for salary negotiations. Shortly after reaching out to Amy for job search assistance, I landed the perfect position which far exceeded my temporary compensation and my expectations!"
- Charlotte S., Executive Assistant
"I made the decision to return to work after 10 years. Amy coached me through the process from writing a professional resume, interviewing and asking for the salary I deserved. She gave me the confidence to not accept less because I had taken time-off."
- Dawn B., Social Worker
"Amy helped me think differently about my career and job search. I found her worksheets and tools thought-provoking and helpful in giving me clarity on what I was bringing to the jobs and the companies to which I was applying. The Accelerate You! program is 1:1 and customized to me. With Amy's suggestions, I developed and strengthened my LinkedIn profile by clearly articulating my strengths and experience while conveying my enthusiasm and energy. I have gained confidence and motivation. I'm learning networking strategies to find the jobs that are not posted and leveraging Amy's connections. I've made more progress with Accelerate You! then I did in over six months of looking. I wholeheartedly recommend Amy's services."
- Versha Anthony, Trade Marketing Director
“Amy’s advice helped me land my new job with the compensation increase I was seeking. She talked me through how to navigate salary negotiations with the internal recruiter and hiring manager. I’m glad I didn’t settle for less!”
-Kristy Dickens, Sales Director
"Amy helped me regain the confidence I needed to land a great job!"
-Nathaniel B., Product Manager