One of the best things about staffing the Career Connection booth every year at the ACFE Annual Fraud Conference is the success stories we hear from past attendees. From on-the-spot job offers that launched a new career to coaching sessions that changed a professional trajectory, and sometimes even a life, the details are both compelling and gratifying.
The most dramatic stories result from coaching sessions with our career strategists. Last year, on the first day of the conference, a woman strode up to the booth and breathlessly asked to speak with Glenn Bass, one of our career strategists. She kept repeating, “He changed my life, the session I had with him last year changed my professional life.” Unfortunately, I had to turn my attention elsewhere, so I missed the details; however, her enthusiasm and effusive gratitude impacted everyone present.
Several years ago a member was poised to embark on a series of challenging interviews for which she felt ill-equipped. After a session with Donn LeVie, she commented, "I'm going into these interviews with more confidence than I ever expected to have.”
Another member commented after his session, “My session exceeded all expectations. I had given up on all hope of searching for a career opening. Glenn, with pinpoint accuracy, created my brand.”
It’s a misconception that career strategists merely review résumés and cover letters and help job seekers land a job. While they can certainly help you craft a compelling résumé and develop a job search strategy, good strategists also help you master career-boosting skills and leverage your current skills. Their purpose is not to help you get a job, but to prepare you for any professional experience that comes your way. Have you been out of the workforce for a while in order to care for your children? Are you transitioning from the public sector to the private sector? Have you been branded a “job hopper”? A career strategist can help you position yourself in the minds of employers to overcome these potential objections.
Whether you are facing a challenge in your current job, thinking about a career change, want to discover your brand or simply want to make the job you have into the job you want, I encourage you to make an appointment with one of our career strategists. Who knows? Your life could be the next one that’s changed.