Terry Karp, M.A., Principal
Create Steps for a Meaningful and Successful Career
I am a Founding Partner and Principal at the Bay Area Career Center (BACC). I see myself as a career guide whose work focuses on assisting clients with discovering and creating a meaningful work life.
Together, we will create a plan that is specifically tailored to your needs and addresses your most immediate concerns. Many times, career transitions and job search feel overwhelming. I can take the mystery out of the process by creating specific steps that will enable you to reach your goals.
My ability to find common themes in your background will help with all aspects of your career decision making. You will be able to create an honest and compelling story to use in your career transition and have confidence to make progress towards achieving your goals.
If you are engaged in job search, together, we will develop a focused job search strategy and ensure the time spent is productive and effective. I can help you write your resume and your LinkedIn profile, improve your interviewing skills and coach you on networking techniques that are more relationship driven and effective. If you are exploring making a transition to a new career or industry, I can help you identify and target new career options.
Finally, I have worked with many current and aspiring Leaders and Managers on developing leadership competencies and increasing their confidence in their abilities. We can work together to create a development plan that is actionable and strategic so you can achieve the career growth you desire.
Areas of Expertise
- Creating a Viable Career Plan
- Exploring Career Options
- Strategic Job Search Plans
- Resume Writing
- LinkedIn Profile Review and Use of Social Media
- Interview Coaching/Mock Interviews
- Effective Networking Strategies
- Salary Negotiations
- Performance Improvement and Successfully Handling Workplace Issues. Leadership competency development and increasing confidence.
In addition to my private practice at BACC, I also am a career consultant for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business MBA students and alumni and the approved Bay Area career consultant for Columbia University’s MBA school alumni.
I currently work with several companies on helping to develop Leadership competencies with selected employees who have been identified as potential leaders. The work also includes coaching their managers in supporting them to reach their potential.
My previous experience as a Director at an Executive Search firm and current outplacement work, enable me to give solid interview, resume writing and negotiation advice.
I have co-authored “ValueSearch”, a values clarification assessment, and a chapter on values in the award winning book, New Directions in Career Planning and the Workplace, and am mentioned in the publication Changing Careers for Dummies.
Reviews from My Clients (see more on Yelp)
“Within 3 visits, Terry gave me all the tools I needed to regain my confidence and focus. She helped me identify my ideal job responsibilities and environment, and gave me tips on building a LinkedIn profile and resume accordingly….what once seemed like a very overwhelming process now feels like exciting times.”
“Every time I’ve needed career assistance or support—beginner advice, recalibration, interview skills, next-step strategy—Terry’s contribution has been invaluable. So many adjectives describe her: professional, intelligent, capable, experienced, well-informed—plus warm, personable, and caring. Her sage advice has saved the day on more than one occasion!”
“I really appreciated Terry’s sincerity, patience and understanding; her ability to put into words what I could only ramble on about in the early stages of my transition; giving me suggestions/direction and/or a new perspective; being supportive and upbeat; letting me proceed at my own pace but again making sure I had my game plan; target dates set, etc.”
My Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and I received my Master’s Degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.