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.
You switched from a for-profit career to a non-profit position. How did that come about?
Making the switch was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. It was a big step to leave the corporate world and enter the non-profit world. I attribute the switch 100% to Mitch. As part of my coaching he helped me explore what was really important for me and encouraged me to explore multiple options. As it turned out Mitch was right, I love Year Up and was in a position to respectfully decline other offers, which, by the way, are still trickling in.
How important was networking in your search process and how did you benefit in this area from working with Kelleher Associates?
Networking is the key to finding your dream job or any position for that matter. Initially, I did not particularly enjoy the ExecuNet sessions. I always considered myself a good networker but realized through my interaction with Kelleher I was actually really good at building relationships. One of the best lessons was creating a profile page to share with people as I networked so I could help them help me.
How did you become aware of the Year Up opportunity?
Boardwalk Consulting, the recruiter that handles national searches for Year Up, was one of the many firms I was introduced to through Kelleher.
How was Kelleher Associates helpful to you when preparing for critical interviews?
Many people in the Kelleher office helped with this. The most important to me was role playing and being asked questions I would not have thought of on my own. The role plays really prepared me for the toughest of questions.
What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position and haven't had to do it on their own in a long time?
It's hard and you have to do your homework. It sounds cliché but you get out what you put in. Kelleher doesn't do the work for you--rather they help you learn to do for yourself. If there is a silver bullet it is learning to ask others for help and then show them how they can help you
Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?
Absolutely and without a moment's hesitation. My biggest take away was Mitch's ability to help me understand what was most important to me and then pointing me in the right direction. Left to my own devices I would be in another corporate executive role, chasing a bonus and being miserable. Instead I am changing the world and empowering young adults to do the same.