About Joel

Founder, Dream Job Coaching & Garfinkle Executive Coaching

Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in North America. He has a background in executive coaching, performance improvement and change management, and has worked as a consultant for two of the top consulting firms in the world – Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Accenture in San Francisco.

Joel has inspired thousands of people to reach personal and professional fulfillment and transform their careers. Using individual and group coaching; conducting workshops, and by consulting with organizations, he coaches his clients to advance up the corporate ladder quickly, and love the job they have or land their dream job. Joel is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and is regularly featured in the national media, including ABC News, National Public Radio, New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Fast Company.

Career Coach—Helping people through career changes that are more fulfilling

As a career coach, Joel’s coaching style is based on his belief that career transformation cannot be sustained without life transformation. His holistic approach to finding the dream job has helped many individuals transform their lives as well as their careers regardless of their reasons for career change. Joel provides a unique 7-Step Dream Job Process which has guided thousands of clients into successful, fulfilling careers. Click here to learn more.

Executive Coach—Helping people with CAREER AND JOB ADVANCEMENT

As an executive coach, here is a partial list of clients who have benefited from Joel’s expertise:

  • Microsoft
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Google
  • Charles Schwab
  • Amazon
  • Cisco Systems
  • Bank of America
  • Eli Lilly
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Gap Inc.
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Peoplesoft
  • Intuit
  • Shell Chemicals
  • Citibank
  • New York Times
  • Starbucks
  • Aetna
  • Deloitte
  • Oracle
  • Genetech
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Sapient Corporation
  • Electronic Arts
  • Capital City Bank
  • Nissan
  • Accenture
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Macromedia
  • Union Bank of California
  • Visa International
  • BEA Systems, Inc.
  • Macy’s
  • Portland Parks Foundation
  • Intuit
  • Corning
  • Levi Strauss & Company
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • EDS
  • Motorola
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Fidelity
  • Morgan Stanley

As an executive coach, Joel helps clients move to higher levels of leadership by creating impact, exercising influence, boosting visibility and achieving significant victories on key projects. Capitalizing on Joel’s experience and insights, they convey confidence as business leaders, chart decisive career paths and maximizing their potential. His clients are able to increase their responsibility and value to the company, navigate company politics and eliminate the roadblocks that keep them from rising to the top and enjoy fulfilling careers. Click here to learn more.


Joel is a successful coach, speaker and author, whose works are read in more than 25 countries. He has authored seven powerful and transformative books:

  • Land Your Dream Job: The Last Career Search Book You’ll Ever Need
  • Find a Job in 14 Days: A Practical Guide and Process for Finding the Job You Need Fast!
  • Get Paid What You’re Worth: How to Negotiate a Raise or Higher Starting Salary
  • Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level
  • Executive Presence: Sixteen Characteristics to Help You Advance Up the Corporate Ladder Quickly and Effectively Through Increased Exposure, Visibility, and Self-Promotion
  • Time Management Mastery: Stress-Free Productivity in the 7 Key Areas of Life (time, projects, people, schedules, information, work/life balance, and abundance)
  • Love Your Work: Make the Job You Have the One You’ve Always Wanted

Joel has also written numerous articles for local and national publications providing key insights from a guaranteed career change specialist’s perspective. More than 300 are available free through his websites. He also publishes a popular bimonthly newsletter “Fullfilment@Work,” which is delivered to more than 10,000 subscribers around the world.

Joel has been featured in the following National Media

  • ABC News
  • National Public Radio
  • Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times
  • Newsweek
  • BusinessWeek
  • Forbes
  • USA Today
  • Microsoft CIO Network
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Fast Company
  • Monster.com
  • Money.aol.com
  • Contra Costa Times
  • Bankrate.com
  • AOL Find a Job
  • The Day (newspaper for Connecticut)
  • Jewish Bulletin
  • Registered Rep.
  • East Bay Business Times
  • Silicon 2.0 Online Tech Magazine
  • San Francisco Business Times

Professional Speaker

Joel Garfinkle is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has been featured on ABC News, and National Public Radio, and in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Fast Company and Forbes.com. Joel has delivered more than 1000 workshops, speeches and keynote addresses to groups such as the Commonwealth Club of California, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Haas School of Business, Financial Women’s Association and the University of California Berkeley.

International Change Management Consultant

Joel has worked as a consultant for two of the top consulting firms in the world: Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Accenture in San Francisco. Joel also has extensive experience in executive coaching, performance improvement and change management. Working with a variety of industries, Joel has a broad understanding of business, organizational behavior and personal dynamics. He applies this expertise to help clients make transitions into the work they are meant to be doing and to guide them to more fulfillment in their current career.


Joel holds a degree in psychology from San Diego State University and has completed a three-year coaching program with Coach University.

Regardless of your reasons for career change, Joel can help you realize your dreams, too. Even if you’ve gone through more career changes than anybody you know and still don’t know what career is right for you, Joel can help you find your elusive dream job.

Contact Joel today to get started on your journey to professional fulfillment!

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Joel has helped…
  • A senior manager with Oracle Corporation realize her dream of becoming a successful professional organizer.
  • An owner of a two million dollar remodeling company sold his firm to pursue his dream job of teaching theater to high school students. He now teaches four classes as the school's technical theater teacher and fine arts coordinator.
  • An operation and sales manager with an institutional trading company who became a nutritionist.
  • A senior executive whose true passion was "held hostage" by her job embark on a new path that honors the unique individual she is.
  • The Chief Strategy Officer at a small start-up land his dream job as Senior Portfolio Manager with a major bank.
  • An accountant move from her unfulfilling twelve-year career into her dream job as a successful copywriter.
  • The director of a computer software company step into a new career as a scientist.
  • A vice president with a 21-year tenure to identify his career goals, exit the company smoothly and realize his dream of becoming a writer.
  • A client move from her eight-year career with Planned Parenthood into a management consultant position with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • A 57-year-old manager who thought he was "too old" for a career change find more fulfilling and exciting work.
  • A client make the transition from Vice President with Bank of America to his dream position in the animal resource center of a zoo.
  • A project manager who felt "invisible" in her old job to become recognized internationally for her accomplishments.
  • A director of business development convert fear and self-doubt into a deep level of confidence and self-trust enabling him to start his own business.
  • A client conduct a successful job search and secure the position of COO with a $1.1 billion company.
  • A project manager use negotiation strategies to boost her annual salary from $125,000 to $210,000.
  • A small business owner to an Ambulance Medical Care position.
  • A client move from a high-tech sales to fundraising at ADA (American Diabetes Association).
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