I’m pleased to report that Harry has accepted the position of Sr. Program Manager at XXXX (Fortune 500). Harry came to us last December after having left a VP position at his former company. He had left during a company consolidation, mostly to preserve his health, after stress and high blood pressure were affecting his ability to perform at the level he expects of himself. He set up a small consulting operation to stay busy for those 2 years, and once he had his health back he was ready to pursue an active search to rejoin the corporate world. With small children and a wife who travels he wanted to stay in CA; he also loved the technology industry.
We worked on his explaining his “reason for leaving”, departure into consulting, and re-entry desires, so these would become non-issues during his interviews. He came to Phoenix to go through the “Phoenix Experience” boot camp and improve his interview skills and ability to sell not only what he does, but how he gets his work done and demonstrate his cultural fit into an organization. After his Phoenix Experience, he continued to watch the DVD of his interview practice sessions, and to practice his answers using S.H.A.R.E. stories. We also worked on job search activities and how to grow/capitalize his network of personal contacts to tap into the “hidden” job market.
Per his email to me: “An employee of XXXX was someone I worked with over 15 years ago, and she referred me. It was a junior position but she managed to get me an interview. Things went well and over a couple of months of interview and follow up, they upgraded the position for me and made an offer. Also, a Regional Sales Director at XXXX with whom I had done business with since 2002 while at a major software company, sent a recommendation to the hiring manager a couple of weeks prior to the offer, which helped greatly. It is a good job for the money.” My responsibility and stress level will be 50% less than my former company I am looking at this as my last company for the long haul.”
Harry attributes his success to the worksheet process which forced him to dive deeply into who he is, what his transferable skills and selling points are, and to define his accomplishments and success stories. He received rave reviews on his resume and WebFolio, and he also feels strongly that his Phoenix Experience was the capstone to the whole program, and allowed him to excel in interviews.
Thank you to JMike Fox and Leslie Noyes for their document artistry, to Shanti for your exceptional calling campaign, and to Ron Venckus for your behavioral interview in Phoenix. I know you’ll join me in congratulating Harry on his new role at a Fortune 500 company.