HILLARY
HUFFORD-TUCKER

Career Solutionista

Guiding extraordinary people and their personal brands

 

Welcome to my personal brand coaching site and home of QM. Named after my two kids, I began QM Consulting in 2004 when I left the corporate world to help amazing people and small businesses develop their unique brands. As my business has grown, my actual name and the term ‘career solutionista’ have more brand relevance, such that QM is now more of an homage to my family and their support of my coaching.

The term career solutionista is a fun way of saying that I provide fresh personal brand coaching services for your journey. Being a solutionista continues to be the mainstay of meeting my customers’ needs. I help growth-minded professionals discover their unique worth to find new employment, pivot industries, or move toward cause-oriented work.

My background as a corporate spin doctor, brand manager, and graphic designer informs every part of my brand coaching – so does my exposure to ageism, corporate reorgs, sexism, bad bosses, and feeling stuck. In short, I get where you’re coming from because I’ve been there.

​​After many years of developing resumes for many satisfied (and non-paying) friends, I decided it was time to take this gig to the next level. When I decided to go all-in as a career coach, I emphasized professional development – something I routinely tell my Boomer and Gen X clients is a continuous necessity.

In 2019, I completed a master’s in strategic communications. My focus during the program was on social media marketing and ageism in communications. These elements help my clients expand their digital presence while combating age identifiers, such as a cover letter that starts with ‘to whom it may concern,’ a resume that includes an address, or a LinkedIn profile that shows education dates.

I recently became a certified professional career coach (CPCC) to hone my interviewing skills, coaching business acumen, and ensure the most current offerings. I’m a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, the governing body of the CPCC. And, there’s more. I’m completing the certified digital career strategist (CDCS) training to boost my client’s digital presence.

Paired with extensive professional development, I make my client’s brands shine with my messaging skills as a spin doctor, visual skills as a designer, and the strategic focus as a brand manager.

 

When I’m not coaching amazing people, I ride bikes, learn about wine, cook for friends, and travel globally with my family.

 

Don’t let other people determine your brand or path – envision, explore, execute. Let’s chat!

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