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Title: Learning Specialist
Situation: Hailey’s Program Management job was switched to Sales. Her task: building business in a distressed industry, with non-profit clients who were losing their funding. Her new, commission-only job not only was a bad fit, it felt like a demotion. She truly feared losing 30-60% of her income.
Strategy: Completely rebrand Hailey, showcasing her Project Management skills in highly technical environments. Reconnect with colleagues who know her outstanding IT and customer success skills.
New Position: Program Manager for government clients, managing highly- complex software integration projects.
Days in Search: 54
Old Salary: $65K + 3K bonus
New Salary: $85 + $9K bonus (38% Increase)
Situation: Ted was in a very lucrative kind of law: personal injury. Instead of making big bucks, Ted was isolated, working 50-60-hour weeks for a demanding, unreasonable team of lawyers in another city. He not only prepared disclosures and support documents; he even wrote legal briefs– all for $20 per hour! When a big case came up, he worked non-stop, sometimes topping out at 18 hours a day!
Strategy: We investigated salaries and found he was well qualified for the job of Paralegal Manager. He even had a career history of teaching and coaching. His task was to successfully network into the right law firm.
New Position: Paralegal Manager
Days in Search: 112
Old Salary: $41K
New Salary: $91K (122% Increase)
Situation: Jake finished his Master’s in Educational Technology and was eager for more pay. When he updated his LinkedIn profile his manager wondered if he wanted to leave.
Strategy: Instead of launching a job search, we created a new position at a higher level within his current company. He sold it to his boss, explaining how new technology could save training dollars and pay for his job within the first year.
New Position: Director eLearning
Days in Search: 35
Old Salary: $45K
New Salary: $84K (86% Increase)
Title: Interior Designer
Situation: Lindsey lost her job when her boss decided to retire and close his architectural business during Covid-19. She had been an interior designer in many settings, plus as a business owner. She was looking for a way to sail into retirement with a good, stable, salaried position.
Strategy: We branded Lindsey as an Interior Designer with substantial Construction Management experience. After several discouraging interviews for retail and sales positions, I urged her to keep working the Construction Management angle. She was able to land a job, working for her alma mater University, working a variety of construction and design jobs.
New Position: Project Manager, Construction
Days in Search: 95
Old Salary: $65K
New Salary: $85K (31% Increase)
Medical Practice Manager
Title: Medical Practice Manager
Situation: Robin felt stuck after working 23 years for the same surgeon. She wanted to completely change careers, perhaps move abroad, and increase her income to pay for her daughter’s college education.
Strategy: We rebranded Robin as a Chief Operating Officer, emphasizing her financial, marketing and HR experience. We wrote new achievement statements for each facet of her all-encompassing job. We showcased her volunteer work as if it were all paid experience, calling her a Non-Profit Executive.
New Position: Executive Director
Days in Search: 90
Old Salary: $75K
New Salary: $105K (40% Increase)
Title: Quality Engineer
Situation: Brandon had been searching unsuccessfully on his own for 5 months. He was tired of doing a great job, then getting laid off because the company had no long-term commitment to quality.
Strategy: We rebranded Brandon from Quality Assurance to Operations—a job that is much more stable, and better paying. We reworked his resume, combining short-term jobs under the banner of “Contract Projects.” With coaching, his career story switched from “woe is me” to the positive changes he had created in former jobs. We even negotiated a $4,000 signing bonus to clear up the debt he incurred while out of work!
New Position: Plant Manager
Days in Search: 112
Old Salary: $67K
New Salary: $84K (25% Increase)
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Losing a job in this economy can be devastating
Having the wrong job feels just as bad
You feel singled-out, disrespected and even discarded.
When you gather your courage to make a move, fear sets in.
- Is job seeking more difficult in a Covid marketplace?
- Will I be able to make it on my savings?
- What happens when the unemployment checks stop coming?
- How long will it take me to find the right job?
- Should I try to start over?
You are NOT alone
Your experience is a common one today, and that’s why I spend my time helping job seekers like you. Today’s job seeking is..
You Are NOT Alone
Your experience is a common one today, and that’s why I spend my time helping job seekers like you. Today’s job seeking is more complex than ever before. The methods of using job boards, LinkedIn and other networking tools are fairly straight forward. But, somehow, your messages just don’t get through. You build your resume according to all the advice, but somehow it falls flat. Recruiters ignore you. Or, they give you an encouraging call or phone screen, then they ghost you.
The problem: Your resume, LinkedIn Profile and applications don’t stand out. Your messaging has to be incredibly nuanced in order to break through the noise. It has to come from your heart.
That’s why you can depend on me to create messages that speak directly to recruiters to inspire and move them. Unlike most coaches, I don’t just discuss what to do. I advise you and then collaborate with you on writing strong, inspiring resumes, cover letters and emails.
The resumes I create break a few rules, but they resonate in an incredibly noisy job market. Where others are clamoring for a job, making vague claims, I can help you communicate the essence of you. I help you sell what recruiters and hiring managers are buying. Regardless of what service you buy, I help you create the words that sell the uniqueness of YOU.
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I want to hear your career story! You’ll find that I’m very reachable. Just email me, call me on Zoom or pick up the phone:
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