Greg began his career in the food services industry, spending nine successful years there and eventually growing to the point of having his own restaurant. After a successful run, he sold his restaurant for a nice profit. Having managed people for 10 years, Greg wanted to pursue a career in Human Resources; he learned the value of finding and hiring talented and committed people. After a successful entrée, Greg expanded his experience to include the hospitality, industrial supply and computer services industries, ultimately reaching the executive suite as Vice President for a Fortune 500 company.
His company underwent a corporate merger resulting in Greg losing his job. With his background in HR, Greg felt he knew what employers were looking for in their candidates, so he felt pretty confident he could land a new job quickly. After several months of “going it alone” Greg realized he would need to change his approach. Continuing to do what he had been doing only produced the same results, or lack thereof; his confidence was waning. After several conversations with George Stecyk, Executive Career Consultant and Campaign Director with Stewart, Cooper & Coon, Greg decided enough was enough and he chose to engage SC&C to assist him in his job search.
Most clients face the early stage of the campaign with some trepidation and impatience at wanting to get through “this stuff” and get into the market. Greg was no exception, but at the urging of his Campaign Director, he took the time necessary to provide the information needed to create a dynamite marketing presence; he realized how important this first phase was to the ultimate success of his campaign.
Once his campaign “went live,” Greg had some early success in landing interviews, but no offers. George was careful to not let Greg get too high when the interviews came along, or get too low when they did not pan out. The job search can be an emotional roller coaster, and an even keel with a steady, consistent approach is needed to work a campaign. It’s hard to be objective in this process, but that is what it takes, and the SC&C system really helps here. When clients follow the program outline and accept their Campaign Director’s guidance, good things happen.
And after 4 ½ months of steady campaigning, good things did happen for Greg when he accepted a position as HR Director for the Eastern US with an international infrastructure and environmental consulting firm. The pay and benefits are great, and he didn’t have to relocate, something that was important to his family. As an added plus, Greg is in a new industry with a company that appears to have a very bright future. Greg said he owes a debt of gratitude to his Campaign Director for keeping him on track and continuing to encourage him when things didn’t look too promising; that made all the difference.
Thanks Greg, but it’s you who made the difference in your own campaign and career.