Case Study #1 - Transformational Search Results for IT PMO / Project Leader
Trish had been with the same Fortune 100 company for 15+ years, holding progressive roles in IT project and program management.
Due to a major divesture of her business unit to private equity, she would soon be out of a job in 5 months.
She had posted her existing resume online for months to 100s of job postings, but getting zero traction.
Growing concerned about her future to provide as the primary breadwinner to her family, she reached out to me.
One of the biggest challenges job seekers face after years of driving for results, is that they are too close to it, meaning they are too close to the product (themselves).
Such was the case for Tess.
Tess also struggled with talking about herself, organizing her thoughts around her value proposition, and taking credit for her achievements and impact.
Additional areas of focus was that her existing resume was:
(1) not optimized for her specific search,
(2) did not speak a "leadership language" in demonstrating her team leadership capabilities (she wanted a leadership-management role, so this was critical), and
(3) did not clearly communicate the types of IT initiatives she worked on, so the value prop was muddy and unclear to the reader.
Through our calls (and we held many) we were able to pull together her narrative and key achievements, and organize these in a manner that:
(1) demonstrated her leadership capabilities,
(2) demonstrated she had backbone,
(3) was highly optimized for the specific IT roles she was interested in pursuing,
(4) gave her credit where credit was due, and
(5) clearly communicated the types of IT initiatives she had been involved in so that the reader could clearly understand.
The new resume also:
(1) has a more sophisticated look and design--up-leveling her positioning and perception as a leader,
(2) "pops" more to the reader, uniquely differentiating her candidacy from the heap,
(3) specifically organized and designed to show progressive roles and leadership, and make this very easy for the reader to scan and quickly grasp where she fit into the organization.
Upon uploading her new resume and LinkedIn profile, Tess began getting calls immediately from recruiters for the types of roles she wanted to pursue.
Within 3 short months, she landed a new leadership opportunity with a company nearby, enabling her to spend quality time with her family, while pursuing the next growth chapter in her IT career.