Understand where your best job opportunities are and that there may be multiple steps to take before you achieve that ultimate goal. Sarah had been at the same small, local business since the start of her career. With changes in the organization, and a somewhat toxic new boss, she decided it was time to seek new opportunities. When we began working together, she set her sights high, on large, international companies in the Seattle area. Sarah did everything right, from creating a strong resume that spoke to her excellent work experience, networking and so on. And yet, this bright, skilled leader failed to succeed in her search....initially. I suggested to her one day that perhaps setting her sights on such large companies after a career at a small, local company was a bit of a stretch in their eyes. Sarah changed her strategy that day. She began identifying mid-size companies that needed her skill set and would recognize her value. In no time, Sarah landed a great job. One year later, she was thrilled with her work and had even succeeded in earning a promotion.
Have a great idea for your business, lay the groundwork, do the work, and watch it grow. Betsy was working in human resources, and doing quite well. She was, however, becoming increasingly unhappy in this organization and wished to return to consulting, something she had done years before. We worked together to create a strategy for her to launch a new consulting business. With a plan in place, Betsy was able to navigate the process of identifying the niche market for her business, put the structure in place, and laid the groundwork for gaining clients. Once everything was in place, Betsy left her job and launched her business within 6 months. Her business continues to flourish and she's able to do the work she loves while living the life she dreamed of.
Even an introvert can find a way to network comfortably and land their next job. Barbara is a software engineer. She was laid off from a large tech company in the Seattle area. Barbara is bright, talented and has great experience. Her biggest problem was her extreme introversion. She paled at the idea of networking, a major element of any job search. After more than 6 months of applying for jobs online, even with a great resume and LinkedIn profile, Barbara didn't have any success. She barely got interviews. One day, she walked into my office all smiles. When asked what was up, she said "I finally listened to you and used my network! And guess what? I have a new job!".
Recognizing you need help and making all the right moves. Lucinda was laid off from her job in the medical field. She received a nice severance package, so decided to take a bit of time off after working a highly stressful job for many years. When she was ready to start her job search, she sought out free local resources. However, not receiving the level of advice that would allow her to be successful, she sought me out, recognizing that in her profession and at her level of experience, she needed something more. We began by redirecting Lucinda's efforts, raising them to the level appropriate for someone with her experience. She was the model client! She followed every step, diligently kept herself moving forward, networked like a champ, and ultimately landed her dream job at a highly respected medical institution doing just the work she wished for.
You may stumble, but you will ultimately prevail Max came to me because he saw the writing on the wall at his employer. While he was successful in his work, the organization making odd choices and he was concerned his job would soon be eliminated. Max signed up for my VIP package. He made good progress with his resume and LinkedIn, but faltered a little on networking. There was no shortage of opportunities for someone of his caliber with his experience. Wisely, when he did stumble a bit, he would seek me out and we would discuss what happened and how to learn from that experience. Through rigorous networking, Max was able to secure a number of interviews. Some did not go well. As a result, we used a number of sessions to prep him for future interviews, and would hold a pre-interview meeting to fully prepare him. Ultimately, Max was approached by a recruiter who came across him on LinkedIn. He successfully performed through a battery of interviews, ultimately landing a great job.
Yes, you can successfully get back into the workplace after being self employed Rudy had owned his own business for 15 years, and had been quite successful. He had enjoyed being self-employed, but had recently been yearning for a change of pace. He found himself feeling isolated, wanting to be part of something more, a team of people, working together. He sought an environment where he could bounce ideas off of others, collaborate, and expand his professional knowledge even more. Rudy was quite nervous and wasn't sure anyone would want to hire someone who had been on their own for so long. However, in the current environment, companies are looking for people with strong skills who can work independently and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their work. Not having needed a resume in years, we started there, crafting a resume that illustrated the strengths and breadth of experience Rudy offered. Rudy did an excellent job networking, making new connections and reaching out to existing contacts. It wasn't long at all before he landed several job interviews, one of which led to a new position doing exactly the work he sought.