Experienced Career Coach providing all Career Counseling Services

Career Counseling PortlandAn experienced career development professional leads you through a process of self-discovery – where you learn to understand your unique strengths, evaluate and redefine your beliefs regarding career possibilities, investigate career options, use these discoveries to guide your career choices and employment search, learn proven strategies to market yourself, build your confidence, and excel!

“At first I had a few doubts about how employable I would be in a new organization after 18 years with the same employer. I found skills that I had taken for granted and learned how to communicate their value to many different employers…Your well rounded services took me all the way from step one where I didn’t know where I wanted to go… all the way through a successful job offer and salary negotiation.”
Confidential, C.E.O. for a regional employees' credit union
“Doug was able to pull all of the necessary information out of me through a series of interviews and questionnaires and helped me with my Cover Letter, Resume, Supplemental Questions, and Interviewing. Because Doug is such a great coach, and offers a wealth of experience with employment services, I was able to successfully complete an extensive all day interview that involved me being questioned by 27 different people, and best of all I WAS OFFERED THE JOB!!!”
Judd Mentzer, Facilities Manager, University of Oregon
“After having my consultation, cover letter and resume done, I was confident at the interviews.”
Sheila Simmons, Administrative Support for a business in Dallas, Texas
“THANK YOU, PURPOSEWORKS!! A Shakespeare sonnet begins YOU ONLY YOU and that’s what working w/ Purposeworks is like, it’s like participating in a Shakespeare Sonnet, so that vision and voice become part of your professional life. PURPOSEWORKS helped me see my particular powers and qualities–helped me name them, dramatize skills and experiences on paper and in interviews– enjoy the moment of searching, and finding new ways to communicate in the world. You know the story. Walt Whitman sends Emerson LEAVES OF GRASS, and Emerson writes back: I greet you at the beginning of a great career. Purposeworks IS my Shakespeare AND Emerson, encouraging my every fledging hope and professional desire. PURPOSEWORKS lends poetry and passion to your search and also helps you find your way on solid ground with its expertise and common sense: how to write the perfect resume, how to write the perfect cover letter, how to connect to the new boss, how to resign from the current job, how to respond on the phone to potential employers, how to get positive recommendations from former employers and how to you use social media like LinkedIn and Facebook.”
Kate Gill, PhD, ESL Educator in Cambridge, MA Public Schools
“…I have successfuly shifted from the field of marketing and sales into the area of Human Resources. I am pleased with this transition and I am certain that this accomplishment was cultivated in part thanks to the capable and effective training I received at PurposeWorks.”
Confidential, Human Resources Manager, Oregon
“Doug Anders receives my hearty recommendation as a career counselor. He did excellent work with me during the time I was reassessing my career and my life. He helped me find myself and then find the career that really works for me. He took the time to understand me and help me to understand myself better. His knowledge, patience and guidance will help me for years to come. I am on a career path now thanks to Doug that is successful and makes me happy each day, I can not thank him enough for his work with me and I highly recommend Doug to anyone wishing to change their career and the life for the better.”
Micheal T. Roberts, Project Manager & Owner’s Representative
“PurposeWorks was a sound investment for me. As I interviewed several Career Coaches & Counselors, it became clear that Doug Anders was the appropriate candidate for several reasons. First, Doug’s credentials are impressive with years of training in the career counseling field. I also called a few of his references. The feedback was consistent: Professional. Knowledgeable in the field. Reliable. Secondly, PurposeWorks offered me several package options. “Simply put, if you are looking for optimum results when planning a career change, use PurposeWorks. It worked for me.”
Confidential, Manager, Eugene, OR
“You gave me helpful feedback, expert guidance, and encouraging support. I now see myself more clearly and appreciate the contributions I have made. I value myself more highly and have a clear sense of what I want, because of my experience with PurposeWorks.”
Confidential, Health & Wellness Educator, Seattle, Washington
“The work my daughter did and tools she gained with you will really help her life long in both her personal development and in her career.”
Mother of a 21 year old college student


Yes…your employment solution Say YES to the job you really want, in the shortest time possible:

  • Learn how to carry out a personalized “marketing plan” that positions you to find the career you want.
  • Know what competitive advantages you offer potential employers and communicate them with confidence.
  • Master the art of setting and achieving your objectives for every job interview.
  • Learn how to handle other important details of your job search (such as salary questions/negotiations, employer research, and follow-up).

YES features:

  • As many individual sessions for job search strategies and coaching as you need up to a 4 to 6 month period. (Sessions can focus on putting plans into action, managing your state of being/morale during the job search, learning employment search “how to”, advising on cover letters, resumes & applications, interviewing and salary negotiation strategies, practice interviews and more.
  • Unlimited E-mail and phone support for those quick questions you might have during your search.
  • A precision marketing tool resume, professionally written by PurposeWorks (optional).



For when you have decided it is time to…

  • Get a clear sense of direction and purpose in your work life.
  • Establish clear career goals that make sense for you.
  • Develop a solid foundation for an effective employment search.
  • Create more options than you ever thought possible for you and your career.


  • A set of four to six career assessment tools, custom selected for your needs.
  • Personalized sessions to interpret the results, investigate your options, overcome self-imposed career limitations and lay a solid foundation for your job search and/or applications to advanced educational programs.
  • If you want clarity and confidence, PATHFINDERS will show you the way.


The Works

  • Achieve both a clear sense of direction in your career and an employment search with the plan
    and tools that result in job offers.

THE WORKS features:

  • A set of four to six career assessment tools, custom selected for your needs.
  • All the sessions and follow-up you need (up to four months) with your Career Counselor to interpret the results, help you learn how to investigate your options, overcome self-imposed career limitations, and lay a solid foundation for your job search and/or applications to advanced education programs.
  • As many individual sessions for job search strategies and coaching as you need.
  • Unlimited E-mail and phone support for those quick questions you might have during your search.

Career Counseling services can be provided via in-person/phone/email/Skype.

You’ll spend approximately one third of your life working. When you think of your present or most recent work experience, how do you feel about it? Enthused, happy, fulfilled, discouraged, frustrated, or………? Is your valuable time spent in a J-O-B where you think more about “knocking off” another day than enjoying your work as the vehicle of meaningful self-expression it can be?


  1. Generate more career options for yourself.
  2. Get clear about what you really want in your work life.
  3. Learn which environments will contribute to your greatest fulfillment…PURPOSEWORKS CAN HELP!