Barbara Limmer penned this note on her newest placement. “I am thrilled to announce that Barbara T. has accepted the position of Director of Marketing for XXXX. Her new company is a financial services company with multiple branches. Here is Barbara’s story:
Barbara had been out of work for nearly a year when she came Stewart, Cooper & Coon. She had been with her previous company for over 11 years. She was looking for a similar role as Marketing Director, and was open to either staying in Financial Services or looking at new industries. She was also open to relocation, since she was currently living in the mid-West and wanted to move.
Barbara had two main challenges. One was little to no experience in Digital Marketing. To offset this she took a class and volunteered for a local non-profit to gain social media marketing experience. Her second challenge was her lack of confidence because she had obtained interviews, but had never made it to offer stage. She was also feeling very frustrated that she had never heard back from companies that she had contacted throughout her search process.
We worked together to help her better articulate her achievements with quantifiable results, and also worked on Stewart, Cooper & Coon interview preparation techniques and networking activities through our proprietary SC&C online job search activities tracking system. Her executive branding documents were prepared using our SC&C time-tested techniques, and all of the numbers now on her resume practically leapt from the page. Even her new CEO said “You have a fantastic resume!” (Kudos to Mike Fox!)
Here is her whirlwind experience and the timing of the sequence of events showing how quickly she progressed through their selection process:
Day 1: She applied to this job through Linked In;
Day 6: She had a phone interview with their HR Director;
Day 7: She was invited to fly down to company for a day of face-to-face interviews, including a tour of the area with a realtor.
Day 15: She had a great day of interviews and loved the area. Was told she’d hear something the following week.
Day 16: She received the offer. CEO said in the email “I speak for the entire team when I tell you that we loved you and think that you will be a terrific addition to the leadership team.”
Day 17: She discussed her negotiation strategy and approach with Campaign Director.
Day 19: She negotiated with company, they did not meet her halfway but rather gave her exactly what she asked for, which was even more than what she had expected. She accepted the job.
TOTAL elapsed time from online application to accepted offer: Under 3 weeks!
Barbara told us that she clearly understands that her experience is not common, and that she did not get this position due to luck; rather, it was due to her in-depth preparation by Stewart, Cooper & Coon that she was ready when this opportunity presented itself and progressed so rapidly through the interview process. She is thrilled with this outcome.
A HUGE thank you to Mike Fox and Leslie Noyes for your outstanding work on her documents, to Shanti Brown for your calling efforts, and to Mikel Ann McLeod for bringing in Barbara as a client!
COMP: $8,000 over their original offer of + 25% bonus + $12,000 relocation (up from $7500 original offer), 3 weeks vacation 1st year, 4 weeks thereafter, and full benefits with a 401k match.
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Thank you to Elizabeth Savage for bringing Z to us, to Mike Fox for writing all three of his documents (resume, cover letter, and WebFolio), and to Shanti Brown for your outreach to his target companies. I’m sure you all will join me in offering Z our congratulations!