Here is a note from Barbara Limmer, Pat’s SC&C Campaign Director. “I’m thrilled to announce that Pat has accepted the position as VP of Planning and Marketing for XXXX in IL. Pat came to us in 2010, having spent the last six years of her life in the real estate industry. Her goal was to secure a high-level marketing position within the Chicago area and changing industries was a challenge for her.
She had been out of work for 6 months and had concerns about being able to sell herself in interviews and break out of the Real Estate industry – especially given that she was also targeting a relatively small geographical area. She also admitted to being uncomfortable in the networking process.
Pat was one of our Phoenix Experience clients and visited us in Phoenix earlier in 2011. After our series of sessions with her and with the help of Ron Venckus (Behavioral Interview Expert), Fred Coon (Company Founder) and me, she realized that she not only had a lot to offer but also that her engaging personality would contribute greatly to her “likeability” in interviews. Through our work on interview preparation and practice, she walked away much more confident that, in “real” interviews, she was much truly able to sell herself.
We also worked together to define, isolate, and develop action plans to overcome her “fears” about networking and, after taking a leap of faith and doing it, she realized how helpful and uplifting it is to just get out there and have conversations with people.
In the early part of 2011 she found herself in late stage interviews with three companies, and ultimately received an offer from the company in which she felt she had the best chemistry and fit. The offer was $20,000 higher than the maximum the search firm had told her they could go (and $5,000 above what she had made previously), the industry change positions her for more exposure to healthcare and nonprofit industries, and also puts her into the Strategic Planning arena in which she had limited previous experience. Best of all, she no longer has a one hour commute each way to work—this position is only 10 minutes from her house!
When asked to what she attributes her success, she said, “It was the interview preparation and practice, especially the Phoenix experience, as well as SC&C’s understanding of multi-channel marketing tactics that work that helped me learn how exploit a variety of channels simultaneously It worked and I am really happy with my SC&C exerience.”
Title: VP of Planning and Marketing
Salary: $180,000 (20,000 more than the recruiter told her was possible and $5,000 more than she was previously making
Full Benefit Package
PS: Pat has asked SC&C to continue working with her in an executive coaching capacity and to assist her with her successful on-boarding for this new position, in addition to working on planning for the next steps in her career.