Be career ready for that next opportunity. Generic job search strategies get you generic results. Use proven steps to work smarter, not harder in a job search. Feel confident and prepared to support those around you, those you serve, or even yourself. In this series: 

  • Create A Resume That Gets Noticed! 

  • Master 7 Steps To Prepare For An Interview  

  • Learn Job Search Secrets You Need To Know, Especially During This Pandemic 


As a professional career counselor, for over twenty-years I have devoted my career to working with thousands of clients individually and consulting to many major corporations on career development, job search, career advancement and leadership strategies.  I have also been a counselor educator preparing graduate students and seasoned counselors in career development to become world-class professionals and strengthen their career skills and knowledge. Over the years, I have developed practical strategies to help demystify a complex job search process.  I have seen them work and have had many ask about what to do during this time of job stress.  To be of service to counselors and individual clients, I am sharing my proven "how-to's" to help you master these career conversations in a focused and practical way. And remember, you can use these for yourself as well.  

Each course includes:


One-hour live Zoom webinar

Session Q&A

Session materials


Classes Now Full.

Course Dates:

Create a Resume

Friday, May 29, 12-1 p.m. PST

Interview Prep

Friday, June 5, 12-1 p.m. PST

Job Search Secrets

Friday, June 12, 12-1 p.m. PST

Course Descriptions

Create A Resume That Gets Noticed!

During today’s difficult times, it is even more critical to be prepared to jump back into the job market or put a best foot forward if already in. Learn current resume writing trends and the strategy behind how to write an effective resume from start to finish. Whether starting from scratch or updating an existing resume, work with Serena Santillanes, Professional Career Counselor, who has taught thousands how to effectively write a strong resume.  Her proven and effective quick tips will help you critique resume content in 3-easy steps. Learn to write eye-catching skill-based sentences in a quick and teachable way. Identify and create the key parts of a solid resume which is the cornerstone of personal marketing. Also, learn the ins and outs of creating a resume for Applicant Tracking Software (ATS), the “scanning software” many companies and organizations use that trip up applicants of all ages! This session will help you productively and efficiently support those around you in today’s competitive marketplace.  You can also use these same strategies to help yourself! This session includes a 60-minute webinar, materials, and a Q&A with Serena where you can ask your resume questions.  

Limit 15 people 

May 29, 2020, 12-1 p.m. PST 

“Thank you for your job search help! Your guidance and materials helped me be successful in my last job search."

7 Steps To Prepare For An Interview

Master proven strategies which will put anyone in the driver’s seat of their next interview.  Serena Santillanes, professional career counselor and corporate facilitator, has developed seven clear steps to help you know exactly how to get ready for an interview. She has seen these steps quickly build interview confidence and success. Learn not only what you should say, but how you should say it. Also, understand the current virtual interviewing environment and how that has changed the game in what you need to know. This session includes a 60-minute webinar, materials, and a Q&A with Serena where you can ask your interview questions. 

Limit 15 people 

June 5, 2020, 12-1 p.m. PST 

“Your sessions helped me feel more confident when working with my clients."

Job Search Secrets You Need To Know, Especially During This Pandemic

Learn key resources you can use to assess today’s work environment during Covid-19. Help anyone in your life have these critical career conversations whether informally with loved ones or your students and clients. Learn to leverage transferable skills and past work experience to stand out in today’s job market. Be able to create a clear branding statement and use it to effectively tell your story in your resume and interviews! Serena Santillanes, published author on effective branding strategies, will share her easy-to-use branding activity which quickly helps individuals create value in the workplace. This will be the cornerstone of any kind of job search or next career move. This session includes Serena’s proven branding resources, key job search tools and a Q&A where you can ask Serena your pressing job search and branding questions. 

Limit 15 people 

June 12, 2020, 12-1 p.m. PST 


Buy all three sessions for $299 by May 27.  As part of this bundle receive two special bonus workbooks! 

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The Fast-Track Résumé—Writing for Responses! This comprehensive 49 page resource is full of strategies and tips you will need, from soup to nuts, to create an effective resume.  This workbook alone can help you build a top-notch resume that gets noticed!

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Interview to Win Job Offers includes all the key steps for interview preparation, what to do during the interview and areas of focus after the interview. Learn all you need to get ready for your next interview in this 20 page workbook. 

About Serena

“Your materials alone helped me nail by last interview.”

“Thank you for making an overwhelming process more manageable.”


Serena Santillanes, MS, NCC, MCC, LPCC

President of Career Journeys

Serena is the Founder of Career Journeys, Inc. Over 20 years ago, she formed a clear vision of creating a company that uniquely provided career development services to both individuals and organizations.  Career Journeys, Inc. has been the successful realization of her lifelong dream!

She has been the creator of innovative career development programs for prominent universities, organizations and corporate teams. She has assisted thousands of career transitioning adults in realizing their professional aspirations.  Her experience includes career program/product development and evaluation, leadership development and coaching, facilitation and presentation delivery, curriculum design, creation of online career programs, team building, and assessment selection/interpretation.

As a career consultant, Serena has taken part in evaluating and designing customized career and professional development programs for organizations like Southern California Edison, Edison International, Hulu, Disney, CalArts, Dominican University and alumni career programs for Scripps College, Claremont School of Theology, USC and Caltech.


Serena has designed and delivered hundreds of resume and interviewing sessions for diverse company work group(s) including enterprise wide sessions on internal mobility and reduction in force. She has created and facilitated hundreds of MBTI® team sessions, company wide emotional intelligence programs, and leadership development programs for both organizations and individual clients.


Serena has provided high-level consulting services to such organizations as: Disney, BHP Billiton, NBCUniversal, Asplundh, Hulu, Opus Bank, SCE, Edison International, Orange County Community Colleges, USC, Caltech, Scripps College, University of Miami, and Trinity University, to name a few.


She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Northridge in their Educational Psychology and Counseling graduate program where she has prepared future career, college and psychology professionals in honing their "real-world" skills. Serena works with community colleges throughout Southern California providing professional development and train-the-trainer services for counselors. 

As an accomplished industry leader, Serena is a highly sought-after speaker. Her advice has been used by news media including ABC and CBS for insightful commentary on today’s pressing topics such as, the impact our economy has had on adults facing career transition.  Serena has been the President of the California Career Development Association, a keynote speaker for the San Diego Association for Psychological Type three separate times, a featured speaker at USC Women’s Conference, a keynote speaker for USC’s “Ignite Your Career” Encore Trojan Event, featured speaker at the College and University Association for Human Resources on “Creating an Institutional Fit: Strategies for Recruiting the Right Candidate,” a panelist at SHRM Inland Empire’s event on “Human Resources Trends” as well as featured speaker on interviewing strategies for hiring practices and how to have career conversations with your employees. 

She is also a published author on the topic of Personal Branding and Leveraging Your Uniqueness for a text on Communication, Training and Development, Kendall Hunt Publishing. Serena holds a Master of Science in Counseling, Career Counseling from California State University, Northridge and a Baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley.

Recognized Expertise in:

  • Leadership Development and Talent Management 

  • Employee and Executive Coaching 

  • Executive Presence, Emotional Intelligence, Leveraging Personality Style, Personal and Leadership Branding and Career Management 

  • Training and Team Building  

Certifications and Experience Using:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, DiSC

  • Strong Interest Inventory®

  • EQi-2.0 Emotional Intelligence (individual and 360 versions)

  • DDI Leadership Mirror 360 

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor