Crystal Barrow is a certified career coach and consultant that educates and empowers professionals with effective strategies and coaching so they can push through the fear that comes with change, achieve their full potential, and find career fulfillment, whether it is by mastering all stages of the job hunt to land their dream job or navigating complete career transitions. She accomplishes this through personalized one-on-one coaching sessions and by creating customized detailed plans for each of her clients to fit their own unique needs.
Previously a federal law enforcement officer for the United States Department of Justice who was unfulfilled in her profession despite being successful in it, she realized her calling shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The eye-opening event reminded her how short life was, and so, she obtained her law degree and practiced law for the city and state of New York. Thereafter, she accepted a new opportunity to become a career development manager and immediately fell in love with the work. It was this shift in her own life that showed her she wanted to help others pursue career paths doing work they love.
Crystal became certified by the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited program in 2015. Then, in 2016, Crystal launched her own business, Shape Your Success Coaching, where she serves clients locally and nationally to help them create career paths that are right for them.
Since launching her own business, she has helped many individuals overcome common challenges during the employment journey, such as interview preparation, salary negotiations, and career transitions. Crystal also became a number one Amazon best- selling author in 2018 for her book, “Get Your Career Back on Track: 8 Steps to Go From Derailed to Empowered,” which provides a step-by-step process to readers for turning setbacks into comebacks.
Additionally, she’s been asked to be a guest speaker at numerous events, such as the New York State Office of the Attorney General Legal Support Conference, the Criminal Justice Career Seminar at Monroe College, the “Career Moves: Identifying Your Transferable Skills” event hosted by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Communications (DoITT) Office, and the Women in Business class at Medgar Evers College. She volunteers and shares her expertise with others as a facilitator of the Hudson Valley CoachCafe business development mastermind. Aside from that, she’s been mentioned in “6 Ways to Make January a Great Time to Reboot Your Job Search” by LADDERS, “How to Nail a Job Interview, According to 20 HR Experts and Employers by UpJourney, and has been interviewed on podcasts and recently made her debut on Fox5 Good Day New York.
When she’s not supporting and coaching clients or speaking at events, she’s enjoying spending time with family and friends and raising her beautiful daughter Mia.