Everyone loves a success story. This is one that is full of lessons for those who are currently job searching.
Jennifer Apicella was successful in the proprietary school industry, but she wanted a change. She wanted to try her wings in a new industry, but she didn’t know how to make the transition. She was really a salesperson, but her job title of admissions director didn’t reflect that. She sent out a resume that she had written herself, but got no responses. After trying to do her job search on her own with no results, she decided to look for professional assistance.
She contacted Call to Career and signed up for monthly career coaching, resume writing, and the LinkedIn profile makeover service. During the monthly career coaching sessions she worked with her coach on designing a strategic job search plan to give structure and efficiency to her job search. Her coach also totally revamped her resume to position her as a salesperson and highlight her very impressive accomplishments. Lastly, her coach revised her LinkedIn profile to make sure that it represented her well and was in sync with her resume.
The revised resume started generating interviews within days of Jennifer posting it to major job sites and sending it out to employers. Jennifer’s coach at Call to Career worked with her on preparing for upcoming interviews, assisting her with analyzing the vacancy announcements so that they could develop talking points for her that related her background to what the vacancy announcements listed as the requirements for the positions.
While she was job searching, it seemed to Jennifer that she might never get a job. After all, it was holiday season, and she thought that employers, when given the choice, would hire someone with direct industry experience instead of taking a chance on an outsider. But her persistence paid off, along with all the work that she did with her coach. Within a three month period Jennifer had about five interviews, and she just recently accepted a new position as a salesperson in the furniture industry, which is completely different from the proprietary school industry. She was also able to negotiate a higher base salary with the new company than what she was initially offered.
Here are a few lessons that you can take from Jennifer’s story. 1) If you are stuck in your job search and are not generating positive results on your own, it’s worth it to secure the services of a career coach. 2) Persistence pays off in the end. There will be days when it feels like you are not making progress, but you have to keep at your job search regardless. 3) You need to know your true worth. Jennifer was able to view her true worth objectively after working with her coach on her resume. As she looked at how much money she had generated for her former employer, she realized that she would be a valuable asset to another organization. Unemployment can often cause you to doubt your true worth, but you need to be aware of it so that you can present yourself effectively to potential employers.
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