“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
~ Attributed to Oscar Wilde and Will Rogers

I’m Laura Rivchun

As an interview coach and founder of Chrysalis Career Coaching (founded in 2012), I work with seasoned professionals who are in career transition as well as individuals who are at the beginning of their career, including college students. I’ve helped clients achieve solid interview techniques so they can leave positive impressions and land jobs that have transformed their lives for the better.

A former executive recruiter for over 12 years in New York City, I’ve worked with global firms such as Goldman Sachs and The McGraw-Hill Companies. I understand firsthand what hiring managers look for in their ideal candidate and why certain otherwise qualified candidates get passed over. Since 2012, I’ve coached hundreds of undergraduate students at Rutgers Business School, preparing them to become skilled and self-assured at interviewing as they embark on their professional journey. This experience has been some of the most inspiring work of my professional life.

I believe everyone needs a mentor, or a champion, who can encourage and motivate them. In addition to recruiting and coaching, I’ve mentored individuals and groups at Year Up, American Corporate Partners (ACP), International Association of Women (IAW), and Advertising Women of New York (AWNY). Mentoring has been extremely rewarding and a life-changing experience.

While growing up, I studied music and voice, so my professional career began as a featured singer in a group that performed in stadiums and large venues, and on television in Argentina and Chile. I discovered that performing was an extraordinary way to reach people and move them. Having a mentor or coach has great impact, whatever path we take. I wanted to be that person who made a significant change in someone’s life, particularly in his or her career.

After I retired from performing, I became a recruiter for the publishing, financial, and creative industries. It was then I realized my talent and passion was helping individuals in the challenging and often scary process of job search and career change. I knew my purpose was to apply my intuitive relational skills and provide insight for others through my own personal experience. I found my calling.

I’ve been a resident of Manhattan for most of my adult life, and the innumerable resources and diversity here have always fascinated and influenced me. I feel grateful that my life is rich with meaningful relationships, a rewarding career, my meditation practice, and volunteering for various organizations.

Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
Fowler Wainwright International

Professional Associations & Memberships
American Corporate Partners (ACP)
International Association of Women (IAW)
Women for Hire

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