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Community Highlights: Meet Crystal Williams of The YOU Brand Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Williams.

Hi Crystal, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Wheeew, where do I begin. Nothing but God’s grace, mercy, and favor got me to where I am today. I’m truly blessed to now be walking in my divine purpose as a Career Coach/Strategist. Before discovering my divine purpose, I worked in corporate and the government, where I utilized skills learned while obtaining my bachelor’s in Accounting and my Masters in Business Administration. While working in corporate, I fell in love with serving others via mentoring and providing individuals strategies to level up in their career journey. I assisted people (inside and outside of work) on how to navigate their career journey by activating their faith muscles strategically. At that time, I was writing resumes for free, providing free interview tips and strategic career acceleration techniques. Therefore, I decided in 2017 to start my faith-based career coaching and consulting firm, which I will discuss later. In 2019, I took the leap of faith to go full force in my business and transition fully to the professional career development industry. The rest is history!

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Before becoming a career coach or entering the professional development industry, I was a thriving corporate & government professional performing financial information technology auditing work at top corporate firms and government agencies. Yes, my background is very non-traditional for a career coach; however, I view my background as my strength because I truly know and understand the strategies to navigate and authentically accelerate in Corporate America and the government. Therefore, I’m not just educating folks on what could work for them, but I have truly used these strategies in my own experience as an employee.

Being honest, open, and transparent about my background, my experiences (good or bad), and my career journey has attracted people across the nation to work with me as a client or partner with me to elevate and educate job seekers. However, I must say that breaking into this industry was not the easiest because I suffered from a severe case of imposter syndrome or a lot of doubts about whether I belonged in this industry. I now know how to strategically manage my imposter syndrome, which I discuss in my signature career level-up course, “Closing the Door On Imposter Syndrome.” Click the link to register for the courses in my “Career Level Up Series” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-level-up-series-part-1-career-acceleration-secrets-tickets-339818515327?aff=efbneb&fbclid=IwAR255xbfTXTIFn-lpJ_xZRjgPG-8v8PPxtJkM8JTaGKHkD07W5pcP-1KsOw

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about The YOU Brand Academy?
The YOU Brand Academy is my faith-based career coaching and consulting firm that assists individuals in authentically excelling in their career of choice. Specifically, I offer strategic career coaching to professionals and assist them in RECLAIMING: Authority. Victory & Happiness in their ‘9 to 5′ Career Journey! I consistently let my audience know that life is too short to stay stuck in a career or career situation they are unhappy with or just not fulfilled. Therefore, my career coaching services aid individuals in rewiring their mindsets to begin believing they deserve better and can have better.

I am a Certified Career Coach that has been coaching in my business since 2017, and I am proud to say I have impacted hundreds of people in their career journeys. Doing this type of work is very fulfilling because I want to see others thrive and not just survive their career journey. Additionally, my clients’ goals have become my goals because I’m partnering with them in their career success! I take personal approaches with each client because everyone is unique.

Stuck or need guidance in your career? Click the link for a complimentary career elevation session: bit.ly/elevatemycareer
Additionally, tune into the Career Prosperity Career Call every Monday at 7 am (EST) to receive career guidance and prayer to elevate your spirit:
Career Prosperity Prayer Call
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/gdh-uyoe-zuv
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 541-861-5217‬ PIN: ‪374 483 994‬#

My unique career coaching style has proven effective for my national and international clients, who have gone from career confusion to career clarity after 1-to 2 sessions! Check out a few client testimonials below (bit.ly/YouBrandGoogleReviews):

I reached out to The You Brand Academy while transitioning from a previous position, and I’m so glad I did. Crystal was a pleasure to work with, always timely and consistently pushing me outside my comfort zone. Her resources are helpful and personalized, making the experience even more valuable in my career journey. I can tell that she truly takes the time to get to know her clients to serve them best, and I will always recommend her to anyone looking to strengthen, grow or switch their career—especially if they are looking to tap into their faith. I’m thankful for The You Brand Academy and appreciative of all the insight and perspectives I gained while working with Crystal! -SB

I booked a session with Crystal to strategize on a few areas within my career where I felt I was struggling. It was definitely worth the investment! Crystal creates an analysis tailored uniquely to you, in which she also incorporates scriptures for reflection. I can now move forward with confidence in my career. -Mary

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I have learned plenty of lessons along the way, but the main one I have learned is never to compare your journey to anyone else’s. I had to understand that ‘my testimony, my journey, my path is unique that will one day inspire the weak to get up off their feet and pursue that dream’ That’s a stanza from my poem ‘Trust the Process’ in my book, Soul Ignition, that is currently being sold on major retailer websites such as Target, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble. (To obtain a signed copy with a personalized message, click this link: bit.ly/soulignitionbook )Trusting the process is exactly what I had to do and continue to do as I walk in purpose.

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