Client Testimonials Print

From time to time we interview a client or former client about his or her career transition and their experience with Kelleher Associates.

Each client comes to us with a unique set of circumstances.  Our personalized career coaching addresses their specific needs and ensures a smoother transition.  Their individual experiences with Kelleher attest to this.

David Klebanoff Print

Mitch Wienick was recommended to me by Alan Kaplan, the CEO of Kaplan Partners, a well-respected executive search firm. I was seeking advice and assistance in my transition from maintaining my own medical practice into an employed, non-clinical position which would continue to make use of my medical knowledge. A family member came to learn of Kelleher Associates, and specifically, Mitch, through his connections to Alan. Alan highly recommended Mitch as the best at what he did in the career coaching industry.

The most challenging aspects of my search involved "putting myself out there" and getting comfortable with letting people help me, as opposed to my 35 year medical career which involved my providing assistance to others. Mitch, along with Jim Miller at Kelleher, gave structure and great insights into how I could make that process not only work for me, but how I could ultimately feel comfortable moving through that process. Also, I was exploring opportunities outside of Kelleher's process as they presented themselves, and Mitch always had great instincts as to how I should be investigating those possibilities while working on what Kelleher had cooking for me.

I learned the art of having the first conversation or the first face to face meeting with either potential employers, or people who were trying to open doors for me. The thank you emails, the thank you notes, the questions to pose which might reveal avenues of approach not previously considered, the follow up emails to remind my helpers of my search and, perhaps, spur them on to think a little harder and longer about who they know who might benefit me are just a few of the tricks of the trade I became adept at through Mitch's direction. I ultimately, finally, became comfortable with the art of networking.

I received focused interview training and feedback from Mitch and Jim Miller. Coincidently, my wife and daughter were having job interviews during my time in association with Mitch. Without hesitation, Mitch and Jim graciously had them come to the office for prep. We will always be appreciative of the caring displayed in that assistance, and it goes to show the kind of professional, and sincerely involved organization that Kelleher is. I believe that I presented myself in the most ideal light when interviewed; from my responses, to my posture, to the questions I learned to pose to my interviewers.

My advice to anyone who wants to optimize their ability to transition into a new employment role would be to do it with the help of a professional. Not only did Kelleher have all bases covered: such as LinkedIn professionals (Karen Tierney), instantaneous administrative assistant expertise (Jill Aquino), interview training (Jim Miller), but, Mitch displayed never-ending stamina, thoughtfulness, and perseverance throughout my time with him. I received emails and texts from Mitch weeknights and weekends besides the routine times of the working world which made me feel that he was spending a great deal of time thinking of how to help me.

I highly recommend Kelleher Associates for professionals who want to make the right choices. Mitch Wienick provided a calm, experienced atmosphere for me during a very anxious, tense time in my life. I was drifting away from my comfort zone and Mitch provided focus and weekly reassurance that "the process" would work. He was right. By the way, in addition to my own landing in a medically related corporate position, my wife and daughter also got their jobs!

Administrative Executive - Major Healthcare Organization Print

To Jim Miller.  Thanks very much for your guidance and assistance.  I did very well (negotiating my compensation package) considering the smaller scope of the role and a much smaller organization.  I could not have done it without you.  You helped me regain confidence and self-worth.  I felt strong going through the process and am happy with the results.

Executive Vice President, Specialty Pharmaceuticals Print

Jim (Miller), I really appreciate the interview practice you conducted.  It was tougher than the ones I have gone through.  I am very well prepared.

Eric Corkhill Print

Eric Corkhill recently joined PastRx as the Chief Operating and Chief Revenue Officer after engineering the successful merger of Notify Inc.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select them for your career transition services?
My initial awareness about Kelleher was through a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group several years ago. I investigated their services at that time but decided to start my own company and chose not to use them. More recently I was contemplating moving from a full time role into one focused on project consulting and Board Membership. Kelleher seemed to be the logical choice to assist in the process of coalescing my experiences and skill sets into a focused and understandable value statement as well to assist in identifying appropriate corporations and market segments to explore.

You were working full-time while conducting your search. What drawbacks or advantages did that create for you?
Although I was employed full time while also working with Kelleher on new opportunities, I never felt a sense of overload or loss of balance. The pace of working with Mitch and the assignment of weekly tasks and their level of time/resource commitment was never a dilution or a distraction to my primary work investment. I am sure that if I was not employed full time during my work with Kelleher that we could have been more aggressive in the process.

What were the most surprising aspects of your search and did Kelleher Associates help you address them?
The process used by Kelleher helps you to look inwardly in an honest and dispassionate assessment of the true set of unique skills and experiences you bring to a potential employer. In addition, their PARS exercise makes you evaluate significant accomplishments or employment milestones in a way that helps you to create career "stories". These stories are condensed talking points surrounding specific career events; the challenges, the learning opportunities and the skills or processes you employed to achieve the resulting outcome.

What did you learn during your search that you didn't know before you started that became an important part of the process?
I clearly gravitate towards two employment scenarios. First are true startup situations where there is new and disruptive technology being introduced to the market and where no previous roadmap or path to success has been created. The other scenario are companies with compelling products in a defined market but who lack requisite cultural and operational knowledge or the correct professional resource pool to truly achieve growth and market success.

How did you identify your new role and how did you prepare for your interviews?
I am embarrassed to say but the opportunity found me and the process from initial introduction to employment offer was extremely abbreviated. Having said that, consulting with Mitch to help me dispassionately assess the opportunity, its risks and rewards, was extremely helpful. He was also very helpful in making me look inwardly to assess what I really wanted in a new position and how my indigenous skills, experiences and desires were matched to the situation.

What did you value most in working with Kelleher Associates during this search process?
Rediscovery of what I really like to do and reinforcement of the skills and experiences that I bring to an employer.

What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position?
Relax and enjoy. This is a marvelous time when you have the opportunity to think about yourself rather than about the professional job to which you have been so dedicated. It is an opportunity to be introspective, to assess who you are as an employee, what unique gifts, skills and experiences you bring to a new employer, what kind of role truly excites you and based on your past, what you know you don't want. Going through this process enables you to become much happier in your next role.

Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?
Emphatically yes. They have helped hundreds if not thousands of people just like you. People who are nervous about an unexpected employment change or questioning what they really want to do next. Kelleher Associates delivers three things to help people in these situations. A process to accurately assess your unique skills and to encapsulate them into component parts that tell your unique story. They offer one on one consultative advice and feedback which keeps you focused, encouraged and committed. And they offer exceptional networking tools and events to help you accelerate the process of finding your next adventure.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Print

Mitch, I want to thank you for all your help and support, for your insightful comments, for your encouraging attitude, for being such a great resource, for finding my words when I was out of them, for "holding my hand" through this rollercoaster, for being patient while nagging and pushing while understanding! You are really great at what you do!

Global Finance DIrector, Chemicals Print

Mitch, I really value your advice and the service from your office staff. You helped me kick-start the job search and provided valuable advice along the way. Global Finance Director, Chemicals Industry

Joe Coyle Print

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select them for your career transition services?

I was introduced to Mitch through BCA (Business Clubs of America). Once I met with Mitch in person I felt like there was a connection and he was genuinely interested in helping me with my search. I had met with other (similar) firms but didn't feel the connection.

How was your search going before you engaged with Kelleher?

Poorly---I had reached out to my network but it was truly a half-hearted effort, and not productive.

What were the most challenging aspects of your search?

I knew what I didn't want to do, but less certain on what I actually wanted to do. Mitch helped me sort this out.

What strategies and techniques did you learn from Kelleher Associates that proved to be essential in stepping up your search and ultimately securing your offer with Year Up?

I feel all the processes and techniques provide value--the biggest for me was interview prep. Most of my career I never really had to develop an elevator pitch or profile for myself. The PARS (Problem-Action-Result) process was particularly useful for me as it enabled me to think through and articulate my accomplishments. This set the stage for future conversations and also help me polish a well-defined elevator speech.

Marc Bloom Print

Why did you choose Kelleher Associates for your recent transition support?

I was recommended by an acquaintance. After I met with Mitch, I felt comfortable with Kelleher and Mitch.

What did you like best about working with Kelleher Associates?

Mitch's experience and guidance was very helpful for me as I had not actually ever really productively "looked" for a position. In addition, the Kelleher resources to help fine tune my resume, LinkedIn profile and professional profile was very helpful for me.

What were some of the key concepts learned during your search process, and what would you recommend to others seeking their next position or considering a change in their career path?

Some of the key concepts for me, especially at my level (C-level) were:
1. Making sure you are comfortable with what you are good at and especially what you are not good at.
2. Spending the time to really think about what you want in your next role.
3. Doing the work – there is a lot of work involved, much more than I thought, to be prepared to go after your next role.

Josh Reisman 2015 Print

It's now been four months since I completed my program with Kelleher Associates and started in my new sales role with Prolifics Inc., an IT Solutions Company and IBM Premier Business Partner.

I was very pleased with, and benefitted significantly from, working with Kelleher Associates. Not only was the administrative staff first rate and the services even better than I expected; but also, I was able to sort through and explore a major change in my career trajectory and capitalize on introductions made on my behalf to people that were unknown to me: these introductions would have been inaccessible without the personal, proactive support and advocacy of Mitch Wienick, my primary coach, and other Principals of the firm. Notably, Mitch helped me simultaneously navigate through four different opportunities that all had advanced to, or almost to, the offer stage and coached me throughout my final negotiation process, even at night and on the weekend.

I also wanted to mention some very specific areas where Kelleher was especially helpful to me:

● demonstrated a personal interest in me and customized the program to suit my needs,
● coached me through a critical career clarification process,
● helped me identify and target roles that were strong fits with experience, skills, and interests,
● hosted priceless networking events, and
● advanced my practical use of LinkedIn and other online tools.

I am quite pleased with my search outcome and would highly recommend Kelleher Associates to anyone who was seeking to make a career change, as I was.

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