Making a major career transition can be challenging, especially if one doesn’t have industry experience. Even though I was doing well as a scientist in academia, I wanted to transition to the biotech industry to see how my work was directly effecting patient health.
To prepare for making this leap I looked into different career coaching programs and online resources. I was impressed by the webinars offered by Raymond, so I decided to take one-on-one career coaching sessions with him. We started in June of 2013. My goal then was to find a position by November.
By September, I had my new career. In fact, I found my dream position!
I am yet at the beginning of my career. I was hired with only what I’ve recently learned in that HIT Program, along with my own candid, effective way of communicating with a variety of people. As I express that, it was clearly Ray’s strategies that I needed to open that door (from manufacturing to technology), and feel secure with my progress.
I continue to practice what Ray has taught us, so that I can continue to be a contributor, and a competitor.
When I used the new approach, I got my foot in the door for an interview. And a second interview. Then a third one. During these interviews, they were telling me all the different ways they would like to use me at the company. Eventually I was in front of three different managers at once. All of them had heard about me and wanted to talk to me about positions I hadn’t even applied for! In the end they asked me which position sounded best to me. I had my choice of the exact career path I wanted.
My wife was 8 month pregnant, and taking the job meant losing my old insurance … I was able to negotiate an annual salary $7,000 higher than what they initially offered … I can talk to both the hiring managers and HR with confidence. I go into interviews and know exactly what they outcome will be … My salary is 2.5 more than what it once was.! And at no point did I go back to school or take college classes either … I truly, truly believe that if I hadn’t gone to Ray to get career coaching, I never would have been able to seize the opportunities for advancement. I would not have the career—or near the salary—that I do now. Now, I have people beating my door down to interview me and hire me.
Before Raymond, I felt stuck. I hated my job. I wanted to feel like I was contributing something through my work, that I was making a big difference doing something for other people. Up to that point, my job search efforts were basically filling out all these long applications online, then never hearing back from anyone. But Raymond taught me how to do deep research that would allow me to personally grab the attention of the actual hiring manager. And then when you’ve got their attention, how to get your resume in front of them the right way. Now, I make really good money, I feel so fulfilled, and I even get to work from home—a perk I wasn’t expecting at all!
My main problem with job searching is knowing where to begin. I need a better job today because my current one isn’t paying bills. We’re struggling and I don’t know where to look for a job that will pay more.
Ever wonder where to begin with constructing a resume that will get noticed and cause hiring managers to want to speak with you? Thought so. It is a daunting task if you don’t know where to begin.
Here is a quick video that will explain the over arching concept behind how your to organize your resume.