Meet CPC Member Charles Fraser
By Cathy Milton.
Charles Fraser lives and works in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he is the Principal and Managing Partner of Find HR Partners Inc. Charles specializes in providing his clients with personalized branding solutions, positioning and optimizing their online and offline presence.
Charles says that he has always been intrigued by exceptional marketing. As he advanced through his human capital and search career, he realized that there was – and continues to be – a disconnect between the buying motivators of prospective employers and the career goal motivators of job seekers. Charles recognized an opportunity. Through exceptional marketing, he could have an impact on increasing the chances of connectivity between employers and job seekers by conducting and facilitating effective discoveries, career visualizations, and value proposition development. The result was that Charles was drawn to formalizing the career consulting and branding business as an important stand-alone division of his firm.
There are three qualities that are very important to Charles, and he governs both his business and his personal life by them: integrity, honesty, and respect. When Charles is engaged by a client, he knows that they have entrusted him with something extremely important and, at times, private and confidential. The trust that these clients place in him is the most rewarding aspect of his work. Charles says of that trust: “It is an earned privilege that is mine to lose.”
Clearly Charles’ clients recognize and appreciate the value that his trustworthiness, among other qualities, brings to their relationship.
As one client stated, “Mentorship is about growth, encouragement, and a relationship of trust and learning. Charles is a mentor who creates a comfortable and interactive environment in which he draws out skills to craft a personal brand. He is easy to talk with, and our conversations instilled in me a feeling of confidence and clarity.”
Charles has been a member of CPC for a few years now and earned his Certified Career Strategist certification in 2009. A natural part of his work is providing advice to clients whenever appropriate. Charles says that he joined CPC to seek validation of that advice and to gain additional training in the areas of career consulting and branding.
Find HR Partners, although based in Halifax, also serves customers in Ontario. Additionally, Charles is working to expand his practice into Quebec. Originally from Montreal, he understands the culture and the landscape of Quebec and is able to provide his services in both of Canada’s official languages.
When asked to share a fun fact about himself, Charles says that whenever he needs a bit of motivation, he looks to his pet beagle for inspiration. “This hound is always ready and excited to get up and go, day after day, regardless of yesterday’s results!”
Through his many years of experience in the human capital industry, Charles has some wise advice to offer to new career professionals: “Be genuine and only consult in those areas that you are qualified to and don’t underestimate the duty you have to confidentiality and discretion.”
Cathy Milton is a CPC advisory board member who loves to write: fiction, non-fiction, and, of course, resumes. She is currently working towards a Certified Resume Strategist designation and, in the meantime, enjoys pursuing several volunteer activities with CPC. Cathy lives in a 77-year old log cabin on a lake in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario with her husband, three dogs, and one rescue cat named Lucky.