My clients come to me with these concerns:
I’m tired of being judged.
All of these interview teams are filled with people half my age.
I did everything I right in that submission, and no one ever got back to me about a decision.
Please don’t make me network. I hate that word and I can’t stand the whole idea!
I felt like a dinosaur, like I’d been frozen in time when I learned about the changes in the job market and how resumes are done now. I’m so eternally grateful for what I’ve learned.
There are so many dimensions to a job search:
- selecting a job target that suits you (what if I have more than one direction I’d like to pursue?)
- developing your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile (should I include my photo on my LinkedIn profile? is it best to leave the date that I received my undergraduate degree off my resume?)
- finding positions that are a good match (there’s nothing out there at my level! what if I want to work from home – how do I avoid scams?)
- networking (the topic that makes every introvert cringe!)
- handling phone screens (why did they ask me about my salary requirements in the first five minutes?)
- dressing for the interview (should I wear nylons? jewelry? what about skirt length?)
- negotiating the salary (I don’t want to jeopardize the offer, but it seems low)
- transitioning to your new role (there’s someone on the team who doesn’t seem to like me)
Imagine tackling all of these topics from within the comfort of supportive community of like-minded job seekers.
A job search feels more vulnerable than most other endeavors we tackle because for the most part, the job seeker in a power down position, seemingly scrambling for a coveted interview and then yearning for an offer. There’s an air of desperation, and a cloud of fear hangs over the entire process. It can easily beat us down and make us wonder whether we have any value to offer the world – at least any value that commands decent money in the marketplace.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
When you are grounded in your strengths, when you’re clear about what you’re bringing to the table, when you recognize how to address unspoken worries from the interviewer with grace and finesse, your energy completely shifts.
After they’ve worked with me, my clients say things like:
These success stories from my clients aren’t isolated cases. Certainly, they went on many interviews, they honed their message, and they pursued the opportunities that they wanted (and it wasn’t always what they expected they wanted). “After I knocked myself out for that interview and I actually got on-site, I realized that they couldn’t pay me enough to work there. I don’t want to keep working 70 hours/week.”
When you’re prepared for a job search, when you know your strengths and how they fit into the position and the company that you’re pursuing, you know your value. Once you know how to present yourself favorably, your energy changes, your confidence shows up, and you’re ready to move through this process.
Before you start backing slowly towards the door at the mention of selling yourself (or even worse, networking), remember that as introverts, we have superpowers (like listening) that allow us to hear undercurrents and speak to what’s not being said. Plus, we can do that artfully and with finesse. I promise that you will not have to contort yourself into an extroverted shape to create what you want with your career. You can do it by staying true to yourself and by standing strong in who you are and what you offer. Let this group create the structure and the community to enable you to get to this next step in your career.
Conducting your job search within a supportive group provides both subtle and overt advantages, including:
- Connect to others who share your journey. You don’t have to do this alone. Come together and share ideas, offer sincere affirmations, get injected with a dose of inspiration, and also cry when it rises up in you and celebrate when you’re feeling triumphant.
- Step into an empowered mindset to help you supercharge your search. What’s the best approach to creating success for yourself? What do you need to put in place for you to go the distance with this vital part of your life?
- Learn the landmines in a job search and how to detour around them. How do you handle those dreaded salary questions? You’ll get overarching tenets to use with this topic as well as scripts to fall back on during typical trouble spots. What if your hiring manager is considerably younger (or older) than you? We’ll talk through techniques that you can use to address elephants in the room like this one.
- Organize your job search so that you’re optimizing your time investment. Are you saving the job descriptions for every position you apply to? If you start a folder with a copy of every position you’ve applied to with the date, company name, and position title in the file name, you’ll be able to retrieve it quickly when you get contacted for a phone screen (even if it’s weeks later – after the position is no longer posted online). You’ll receive tips on how to organize and track your submissions and networking connections.
- Develop a structure and use techniques that will fuel every job search you conduct from now on. When we’re done with this 8-session group, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to navigate future searches so that you’ll never be bereft again. My clients often tell me that they’re seeking a stable position, one that has job security so that they won’t have to be in a search again. When they’re done working with me, they know that they have security, but it comes from within. They don’t have to worry about shifting market conditions because they know they can count on themselves to land their next jobs.
Will It Work for Me?
This group fits you if all of these descriptions are true for you:
- You’re seeking a salaried or contract job. (If you’re focused on starting your own business, this group or this one – run by people I respect – would be a better fit.)
- You’d love to join a group of people who support one another with a focus on connecting rather than fixing, affirming rather than offering advice, and sharing candid truths within a caring environment.
- You define yourself as introverted or ambiverted (in the middle between introvert and extrovert).
- You find yourself agonizing about whether you’re on track to land a role you want, and you welcome input about both mindset and tactics.
Details About the Group
Meeting Frequency and Location
We’ll meet twice each month within a group of up to 5, gathering every other week for 90 minutes.
We’ll use a video conferencing platform called Zoom that’s similar to Skype so you can meet from anywhere. All you need is a webcam and a reliable internet connection. It’s wonderful to meet from home (or, if you’re traveling, to still be able to join in on the meetings). I often hear from my clients that they find the video connection intimate and personal, and prior to our initial meeting, I’ll send out easy instructions about using Zoom so that you’ll be on set on the day of our first session.
Cost and What’s Included
- 4 months of meeting twice each month as a group with up to 5 people; each session will be 90 minutes; after these 8 sessions, those who want to stay on to get ongoing support will have that option (this isn’t just a course – it’s a foundation and a community)
- An individual coaching session (60 minutes) to address questions that are specific to you (you can use this session for mock interviewing, role playing a salary negotiation, or anything that fits for you during our work together)
- A clear infrastructure to organize and focus your job search and manage your time optimally
- Mini-lessons at the start of each session on topics such as job focus, interviewing techniques, salary negotiation, target company research, writing thank you notes, and more
- All of your questions answered in between meetings (send me cover letters to review, for example)
- Structured homework to optimize your job search
- Option to schedule additional individual sessions for 20% off
Your price for this all-inclusive program: $245 per month for 4 months
As you navigate the job market, it’s vital that you have support, not just on strategy but also on getting grounded in your quiet strengths, what you have to offer, and how to articulate your fit for the roles your seeking. If you don’t believe that you have something valuable to offer, neither will the people on your interview team. And you do have skills to offer and contributions to make. The joy of working closely in a group is that we learn each person’s unique talents and we mirror them back to each person authentically while also offering useful suggestions for sidestepping inadvertent self-sabotage and standing tall and powerful on this journey.
This group will help you recognize who you are at your best, find opportunities that fit you, confidently move through the application process, and negotiate your pay with confidence and grace. The investment is worth it, both for yourself and for the people you serve in the role that you land.
Schedule time on my calendar to talk about this group and explore whether it’s a good fit for you.