Based in Central Auckland
New Zealand
Best initial contact is by email
future@findmyforte.co.nz
Phone Frances on 027 717 9205
Many thanks, Frances & Max

Free parking
Professional Member of CPANZ

Established in 1994

Here are the top 7 Questions people ask

  1. How much does it cost?
  2. How long does it take?
  3. How quickly can I see you?
  4. Can I call you outside office hours?
  5. How do I know it will work?
  6. What makes you different from other Career Consultants?
  7. Where are you located?


    Here are the other questions we are often asked

  8. How do I know if it’s worth it?
  9. Are you qualified to do this work?
  10. What services do you have for corporates
  11. Do you see people on weekends?
  12. Can I work with you just by telephone alone or do I have to come and see you?
  13. Do you charge for phone calls?
  14. What if I’m not happy with the results I achieve?
  15. Do you keep in touch?
  16. Can I send my Son or Daughter to you?
  17. Can you help my Husband/Wife?
  18. Can you help me decide what courses to take?
  19. Do you work with professionals who want to get out of the corporate world and do their own thing – start a business?
  20. Can you recommend reference material for me to read first?
  21. Do you have a code of ethics?
  22. What ages do you work with?

1. How much does it cost?

We know this is a frustrating answer, but we have to say “It depends”.  [here
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2. How long does it take?

Usually the first session is a solid 2˝ hours.  Typically a career direction enquiry involves 5 to 6 hours plus homework and phone calls.  However,  there's a lot of variation depending on just what your situation is.  Feel free to call, without obligation, to discuss your situation with Frances [contact us]
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3. How quickly can I see you?

We are usually able to see new clients within one to two weeks.  In emergencies special arrangements can be made.  Please just enquire.
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4. Can I call you outside office hours?

Yes, we understand that often it is difficult to discuss career and work related issues from your place of work.  We take calls in the evenings and on Saturdays if necessary.  If calling during normal hours is difficult feel free to call up to 9:00 pm in the evening. In the first instance it is best to contact us by email.

If you need to leave a voice-mail message just let us know your after hours number and we will contact you as soon as possible - within 24 hours
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5. How do I know it will work?

We will discuss the results you want and what you can expect in detail with you before you do anything else.  Effective career change and development requires that you take a number of steps yourself.  We cannot "do it for you"  but we use our years of experience with thousands of others to guide, advise, coach, counsel, motivate and help.
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6. What makes you different from other Career Consultants?

Many things!  It's our professionalism, our flexibility and breadth of experience. 

And it's also our commitment to you identifying specific measurable results AND actually moving towards achieving them. 

MOST IMPORTANTLY - In the area of professional services,  we know talk is easy -  and it is often helpful.  But we go beyond this. In the area of work and careers, clients want more than insights and information, they want results. We understand this and are prepared to stand behind all that we do.

The internet is full of Tip and Tricks. That is not what we are about and not what most people find very helpful. You are unique in all sorts of important ways. It's your unique situation that's not covered on the internet, but it is what really matters and it is where we come into the picture. 

There are other good career professionals around - if you are doubtful ring around a few of them first, and then call us and make up your mind on who feels right for you.
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7. Where are you located?

Central Auckland, New Zealand.  For details see contact us
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8. How do I know if it's worth it?

If you are reading this web site, then the answer for you is probably Yes!  It's worth heaps.  Getting clear about your direction and getting into action on it will likely save you tens of thousands of dolllars!

If you are not sure print out the "AM I READY YET?" questions and then decide if it's worth it for you. 
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9. Are you qualified to do this work?

Yes, we are both specifically qualified to do the work that we do.  And, equally importantly, we have extensive experience in this work and have a long track record of delivering successful results for delighted clients. 

Both Frances and  Max are both current Professional Members of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ).  

Frances has a tertiary qualification in Adult Education specialising in Career Development (as well as other relevant academic qualifications).  Frances does most of the face-to-face career counselling.

Max has several relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in management, research and economic development.  He is responsible for the CV work, executive coaching, seminar design, management and delivery and has been directly involved with employment processes since 1990.
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10. What services do you have for businesses

We have several different services that businesses and large organisations find valuable [corporate services].  These include individual work in relation to redundancy, career development and motivation for individuals.  We also run the popular Active Career Management Programme for small groups (up to 12 team members). 

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11. Do you see people on weekends?

Yes, Saturday telephone conversations and consultation sessions can be arranged if necessary.

When clients travel to Auckland for consultations we work whatever hours are necessary to meet the need.  
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12. Can I work with you just by telephone alone or do I have to come and see you?

We can work by telephone alone.  If we can meet face-to-face at least for the first session that is much better and then we can carry on by telephone.  Results and experience show that face-to-face is best if possible.
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13. Do you charge for phone calls?

No, not usually.  When calls are part of the process of working with you there is no extra charge for telephone work.

Calls are only charged when they are part of an agreed telephone coaching, training or consulting package.
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14. What if I'm not happy with the results I achieve?

We will discuss the results you want and what you can expect. We are prepared to stand behind all our services.
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15. Do you keep in touch?

Yes.  We are very interesetd in your progress and follow it closely during the first few weeks and then we follow up at three and six months. Of course you can email at any time. 
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16. Can I send my Son or Daughter to you?

Yes you can, but Frances would want to talk with both of you individually before hand.
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17. Can you help my Husband/Wife/Partner?

Yes.  We often have people call who are concerned about their Partners or just making initial enquiries. How we proceed from the point of your initial call depends on the circumstances.  We are happy to discuss options in confidence and with no obligation, so feel free to give us a call [contact us]
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18. Can you help me decide what courses to take?

Yes, helping students and others to decide on appropriate study and training options is a frequent request. Getting on to this early can save you many thousands of dollars.
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19. Do you work with professionals who want to escape the corporate world and do their own thing, like start a business?

Yes.  In fact we have run specific programmes for people (including corporate escapees) who are wanting to start a business of their own. 
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20. Can you recommend reference material for me to read first?

Not generally.  However, during our work together, we will recommend reading, video, internet and other resources as appropriate. 
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21. Do you have a code of ethics?

Yes.  An ethical approach to all that we do is central to both our work and our lives.

Frances and Max are both current Professional Members of CDANZ, the Career Development Practitioners Association of New Zealand, and are bound by the CDANZ Code of Ethics. It's available here.
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22. What ages do you work with?

It is part of the operating philosophy of Forté™ that a person is never too young nor too old to be considering what best to work at, what direction to take next and to be thinking about how best to proceed in that direction.

If you are between the ages of 13 (considering high school courses?)  and 103 (considering your next career?), give us a call !  NOTE, if you are over 90 we waive all fees!
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23. Do you train managers?

Yes. We have extensive experience and resources for trouble-shooting management issues and training managers on the front line. Talk to us about your situation and needs. 

A recent client emailed (October 2014) with: 

"Just thought I’d let you know that we implemented the new agendas (for both Directors and Managers) at our meeting last Friday and it was one of the most productive meetings that we have ever had as Directors! Thanks." PS (Director of Prefessional Service Consultancy) 

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