Whether you’re in a hurry (landing a job yesterday wouldn’t have been quick enough!), or you’re taking your time as you survey the landscape to find the right fit, there are some nuances to job searching that are worth discussing, including:
- Determining your target industry, role, and companies: This step is critical because it focuses you as well as the people you turn to for help – most people underestimate the importance of this part, largely because it can be one of the most difficult dimensions of a job search – fear not, I’ve got you covered here if you’re lost.
- Marketing materials: Resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, professional bio – all of these documents represent you, but it can be difficult to articulate our accomplishments (how do you do that without bragging?)
- Networking: I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds. Really. Even if you’re an introvert.
- Interviewing: What to wear (it sounds like a petty detail, but it’s not), how to sell yourself without selling out, sounding arrogant, or squirming, how (and when) to bring up things that concern you – we can talk about all of that and more.
- Salary Negotiation: Watch for this question to come up early in the process and get advice about how to deal with it so that you don’t inadvertently lowball, price yourself out of the market, or stumble with your response because it catches you off guard.
What else do you want to discuss? How to organize your time? Best websites to use to find job postings? Searching for remote work? Bring it on. I want to hear your questions.
Schedule time on my calendar for a free discovery session, and we’ll get down to business. I offer both ongoing career coaching and one-time deep dives into specific job search topics. Every client who works with me (either once or over the course of several sessions) gets immediate access to three videos where I provide in-depth content about the job search process. These videos include:
- Job Search 101
- Figuring out the best way to approach your job search can feel like spinning your wheels in a ditch filled with mud. You just can’t get traction and move to where you want to go. Let’s talk about the basics of a search: identifying your target and setting up a target company/organization list, setting up the infrastructure for your search so that you’re organizing and can keep track of your networking connections, your submissions, your interviews, and your follow-up, structuring your time so that you’re optimizing your efforts, reaching out to people (without feeling like you’ve got your hand out), and maintaining momentum (without burning out).
- Start (or restart!) your search so that you’re being efficient and effective with your time.
- Get It Write: Resumes, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profiles, and Thank You Notes (~50 minutes)
- Should your resume be one page? Two pages? What formatting is best? Does anyone write a cover letter anymore? Should I copy my resume and paste it into LinkedIn? Do I email or hand write a thank-you note? I’ll answer all of these questions and more.
- You’ll find supplementary materials to this session on my Resources page (everyone who subscribes to my newsletter receives access to my Resources page).
- Interview Prep Package (~40 minutes)
- As you prepare for interviews, it’s important to leverage the areas you can predict (such as an introductory statement, questions you might present to the interview team, etc.) and be ready to quickly pivot if unexpected topics surface.
- If it’s been a while since you’ve interviewed, you find that you’re landing interviews but not receiving offers, or you just want an extra boost, you’ll find it here.
When I rapidly, and somewhat unexpectedly, got an interview for my dream job I came to Maggie in a flurry of nerves. After one session with her, I felt much more focused, confident, and prepared. She helped me anticipate questions and frame my answers. She knew exactly how to help me let me qualifications shine in a way that felt authentic to me. ~A.K.
No matter what your specific situation is (you’ve got gaps on your resume, you’re concerned about age discrimination, you’re landing interviews but not offers), we can make progress and move you forward. Let’s talk.