“I found KGT Consulting Group while I was in my job hunting. I contacted Karen Gordon, and since the beginning, she was really nice and professional. Karen helped me to improve my cv, cover letter and LinkedIn, and taught me how to tailor them according to the job a wanted to apply for; and I should mention that I really felt her commitment to helping me to achieve my goal. Now, I am happy to say that I found the job I looked for in a really nice company! I would encourage anyone who is the same situation I was, to contact her; she will definitely lead you to reach your goal.”

Paulina Rodríguez Espinoza, December 2018, Amsterdam

What services did KGT Consulting provide you?

“Improving of CV, interview preparation, negotiation of contract and decision making process between offerings.”


“New perspectives, clarity and a set of guidelines how to go through the different stages of the job application process. Karen guided me from the first sending of the CV until signing the final contract of my new job.”

If a potential client was not sure about whether to use the services of KGT Consulting what would you say to them?

“Karen not only provided thorough reading material but also provided personal guidance with her tremendous experience as an HR professional, her focus on details, personality and opportunities. She highlights both opportunities and possible pitfalls, that are essential to know for making the right decisions for your next career step. Five star rating, I would recommend her at any time!”

Sybil Schmuecker, December 2018, Amsterdam

What services did KGT Consulting provide you?

“I initially contacted Karen for some help with interview preparation but our sessions evolved to include some much-needed career coaching and mentoring.”


“My time with Karen was extremely helpful in a number of ways.  At a time when I felt more than a little overwhelmed by the uncertainty ahead of me, Karen helped me in a very structured way with the process of defining and better articulating my personal brand and professional goals.  

With her help I was able to navigate a number of challenging interview processes with confidence and secure a very good offer in a short space of time. “

If a potential client was not sure about whether to use the services of KGT Consulting what would you say to them?

“I understand your hesitation.  Having just reached the end of my previous work contract, I was unsure about whether investing both time and money in these sessions was the wisest use of my resources and what, if anything, I would get out of the sessions.

Working with Karen provided me with a safe space where I could articulate my deepest fears and doubts and receive some much needed outside, expert, perspective. With her coaching, I was able to overcome a number of limiting beliefs in the short term and received a comprehensive plan of what I needed to continue working on in the future to achieve my career goals. I have no hesitation in recommending Karen’s services.”

Anita Renner-Thomas, November 2018, Amsterdam

What services did Karen Gordon from KGT Consulting provide you?

“I approached KGT consulting after moving to Amsterdam with my husband for his career. As a trailing spouse, I was unsure of how to approach the job market in the Netherlands. I met with Karen first to revamp my CV, and again to prep for an interview. Both sessions were productive and motivating. Karen also encouraged me to contact her with any follow up questions.”


“With Karen’s help, I learned how to organize my work experience into a story that I could present to potential employers. I also learned how to give more concise, focused answers in any job interview. One of Karen’s strengths is her ability to challenge clients to better understand what they can bring to any workplace.”

If a potential client was not sure about whether to use the services of KGT Consulting what would you say to them?

“Karen is a hyper-focused career coach. Our sessions were beyond efficient. She provided many deliverables, including feedback that I could apply to my CV in a measurable way. She did more than just offer guidance about what employers look for in a CV. She offered organizational suggestions, and she gave me a workable strategy for updating my information across a platform of job searching websites and channels. After meeting with her several times, I had a workable plan that I could use to apply for positions on an ongoing basis. This made all the difference.”

Kevin Shannon, October 2018, Amsterdam

“I had 2 Skype coaching lessons with Karen.  First, she helped me to customize my CV and Linkedin profile for the position I applied for. Karen was always very approachable and I am very grateful for the empathy and friendliness she showed. After the interview preparation, I was very confident in my skills, and I felt the first time well prepared. The tips and ideas she provided were beneficial, and I was selected for the job. I was very satisfied working with her, she is a very nice person and I highly recommend her consulting services to everyone who needs support in difficult times.”
Tibor Toth, April 2018, Den Bosch

What services did KGT Consulting provide you?

“KGT Consulting provided me with career coaching specifically my interview technique and how I present myself on paper.”


“I had been working for my current company for over 10 years so I had not had a lot of interview experience. Karen assisted me in identifying my strengths and being able to convey these in a manner which benefits the prospective employer. I also had trouble answering interview questions as I tended to ramble instead of giving clear and concise answers. Karen helped me with this and being able to nail those difficult behavioral type questions you get asked at every interview which I had no idea how to answer.” 

If a potential client was not sure about whether to use the services of KGT Consulting what would you say to them? 

“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! In an interview you have a maximum of 1 hour to sell yourself, why would you not try and do this at your very best.”

Amber Cooper, January 2018,

“I worked with Karen during the interview process for my first full-time position in the Netherlands. During our session we walked through some of the most challenging interview questions for me, and she made sure to personalize our session based on my specific challenges. Guided by her HR and recruitment experience, Karen offered insightful tips that helped me to frame my interview answers more effectively and to feel confident about my responses. She even offered some tips for improving my CV and negotiating my employment contract. It was the most prepared I have ever been for an interview — and I was offered the job! Karen is friendly, insightful and knowledgeable, and I would highly recommend her career coaching services.”

Kelsey, May 2017, Arnhem

“I contacted Karen based on the positive feedback received by my girlfriend. I have to say that expectations have been met and I would like to underline the willingness to support me with a coaching session despite her busy schedule.

The session with Karen has been invaluable as it helped me to tackle successfully the final step of an interviewing process. Her empathy and open approach could allow a pleasant interaction where there was always space for any questions.

She has been plenty of useful advices which I benefited immediately during my preparation phase. I would definitely recommend Karen to anyone seeking for a professional and effective support!”

 Silvio S., May 2017, Amsterdam

“KGT Consulting provided a workshop about CV-building and career planning for several students of our student organisation Socrates Honours Society Amsterdam. 

It was a very helpful, but above all, inspiring workshop. Firstly, Karen provided some tips on how to format and construct a CV, followed by personal feedback on everyone’s CV. The personal feedback was, of course, very helpful, because she was able to really point out things in your personal CV that could be improved. Additionally, Karen gave a presentation about career planning, with a practical as well as an inspiring take on the subject. She gave us tips on how to actually plan our careers, but also on how to find what we love to do. 

Overall, the workshop has been very motivating for the students. I, for example, immediately made some changes in my CV after the workshop. If you want to have practical tips on how to further your career, but also want to get motivated and inspired, I would certainly recommend KGT Consulting!”

Vincent Stoop, March 2017, Amsterdam

“During our final project conference held in Sweden, Karen Gordon gave the Future Career Workshop to our international PhD students. This hands-on workshop, teaching them how to write the perfect CV and cover letter plus how to present yourself during an interview, was very detailed and complete. All our PhD students were very satisfied, they got a clearer view of how to plan their future career and really feel that their application skills have improved. A very good job done!”

Tanja van Wier, Project Manager EuTRiPD, VU University Medical Center,  February 2016, Amsterdam.

“I am an Italian Pilates teacher and in a month I’ll deliver my first child…I met Karen at a very stressful moment, I felt alone and economically scared because of the increasing family responsibilities. I felt lost and a bit confused. Karen gave me very kind, practical and empathic support. She helped me to understand the right direction to follow in order to express my talents and to live this beautiful but delicate moment of my life with a renewed inner strength and power. Thanks to her I have built my new website, and I have taken my life as a professional freelancer totally in my hands. 
I definitely recommend Karen as a Career Coach if you need tailored, smart and sensitive help to overcome any fear, doubt or confusion in order to be successful and passionate in your career.” 

Barbara Mazzanti, November, 2014

I participated in Karen’s workshops on CV writing and interview skills provided for partners of employees in winter and spring 2014.
I believe I have benefited greatly from Karen’s experience and tips. Karen made an extra effort to tailor her advice to my specific field of practice and level of experience. The insights from KGT Consulting workshops helped me to draft the right CV and motivation letter to receive 4 interview invitations before I graduated.
The skills taught in Karen’s workshops provided me with excellent guidelines on how to succeed in a job interview in The Netherlands. After taking Karen’s workshops I received an internship in an Embassy, a temporary project in an international company and the job I wanted two weeks prior to my graduation.

Tania Forshtadt, September 2014, Amsterdam

“After my position at the Financial Institution for which I worked was made redundant,  one of Karen’s clients recommended her for advice on how to move forward.

During this career mentoring process, Karen provided coaching services in CV writing, networking, personal branding, job seeking and interview preparation.

Karen is very focused when helping individuals to reach their targets and overcome the many challenges they face in the job search process. What I’m most grateful for is for the empathy she showed and the personal touch she gave to the sessions we had together. 

Karen has over 20 years recruitment experience , working with people from across the globe and 13 years experience of the Dutch market.  This international profile makes her suited to mentoring international expats coming to live in Holland.

Karen is a people person. I highly recommend her!!” 

Maria Cecilia Martina,  May 2014, Amsterdam.


Wiebke Herding, www.onsubject.eu  1 March 2014

I attended the Welcome session that was arranged by Booking.com. The session helped me to adjust to the Dutch culture and environment; the language, how to get around the city, cultural barriers, volunteering and other activities, how to make friends and many more. I felt welcomed and positive about living in the Netherlands.

Karen is very approachable. She has vast experience of living in the Netherlands and is knowledgeable about Dutch culture. She makes sure we get the answer to all the questions we ask her, which is very helpful when you have just moved to a new country. During an individual conversation with Karen via the phone, I could openly ask her about all aspects of living in the Netherlands including job prospects and creating a CV. I would not hesitate to contact her in the future when I need her professional input.”

Aryu Sunyoto, February 2014, Amsterdam.

“Incredible. This word says everything about Karen. I moved to Amsterdam in May 2013 and a few months later participated in a CV writing workshop hosted by Karen at an international company. The session was interactive, entertaining and at the same time informative and relevant. Although as a job-seeker and as a HR professional I was aware of the main principles and many tricks on the art of CV writing, Karen pointed out several very useful tips I had not read or heard about at previous similar workshops at different job fairs.  But what I really appreciate is that after the workshop she provided an extremely professional, thorough CV review, evaluating it point by point with tailor-made examples.

I was absolutely satisfied with the quality of her work, which led me to an interview preparation meeting with her, resulting in gaining back my confidence. She provided me with valuable advice on preparing for important interview questions, helped me to demonstrate my enthusiasm for the job and also gave me preparation material. Her intuitive questions, friendliness and professionalism was exactly what I was looking for. She has an exceptional ability to recognize your personality, your needs and goals and what is more important, her advice is specific and actionable. Her support paid off: after the meeting I had an interview at the company I honestly wanted to work for and I have just received a job offer from them. I highly recommend Karen!”

Linda Szedo, February 2014, Amsterdam.

“I attended the “Welcome to Dutch culture” workshop in Amsterdam in January 2014. The workshop was informative, fun and interactive. The topics covered were pertinent and interesting, I especially liked the language segment, where we had the opportunity to learn useful phrases in Dutch language.
This workshop was a great way to get a glimpse of living and working in the Netherlands. I also learned about Dutch culture, food, festivities, hobbies, sports and shopping, how to go about job hunting or volunteering and so much more.

I appreciated Karen’s warm and professional approach, concise information and helpful tips. I benefited not only from the information presented during the workshop, but also from the answers to our numerous questions about life here. I would recommend the workshop to all newcomers to Netherlands wishing to make the most out of their stay.”

Taira Alic, February 2014, Amsterdam.