Here is a note from Steve N. to his SC&C Campaign Director, Bill Temple and the other five members of Steve’s placement team taken from an email sent to Bill the other day. “Before coming to SC&C I had been intermittently looking for a new job for the nearly 3-years, on and off. However, for the past 18 months I began looking for a new position aggressively and with NO LUCK. It was not a coincidence I landed a position within four months of my re-branding and work with SCC, so I wanted to provide you with some background color surrounding the events of my search.
FIRST, my resume was found by a headhunter who had a relationship with SC&C, not The Ladders or any of the other major job boards.
SECOND, I am certain, beyond any doubt, the way you refocused my resume, clearly delineated by contributions and concisely stated my skills, and, after beginningto get it out there, I received about 10 calls or e-mails a week after this new resume was posted. This is simply amazing in the current market. More importantly, I received substantially fewer calls for positions of a lateral or lower level role. Before SCC, I would constantly receive calls for manager level positions that were simply a waste of my time, and the compensation was regularly 10% – 20% below my current pay. After my new SC&C resume, I immediately began receiving more relevant calls at my compensation target.
THIRD, the webfolio was an exceptionally powerful tool and exuded a sense of professional presence. I received a multitude of positive comments indicating it was reviewed prior to my interview. People had a clear sense of my skills and accomplishments, even before I even walked through the door. Some people read it after interviewing and would contact me letting me know they had learned entirely new things we simply didn’t have time to cover during an interview.
FOURTH, the coaching from Bill was extremely helpful. I have always been very strong at interviewing and felt the coaching wouldn’t assist me a great deal. Bill taught me new things which stayed with me during my interviews. One specifically comes to mind; be a good listener. While this seems rather obvious, I always felt I had to constantly sell myself during the interview process and that the more I spoke, the better chance I had of covering more points about me. However, this time, I took Bill’s advice and I would literally tell myself to shut up and try and listen, before going in to each interview. This changed the entire pace of the conversation and I was now able to really hear what they wanted and not put my foot in my mouth.
FIFTH, I specifically remembered Bill working with me on precisely crafting my One-Minute commercial. When Bill and I discussed this seemingly small part of my “pitch”, I thought its nature was almost unimportant. However, I used it with the CEO and he literally said “that was a fantastic intro and proceeded to do most of the talking.” Mission accomplished and thanks for everything! Steve”