Build a Better Job Hunt
You know you need a new job, but you’re not exactly sure what that looks like.
You’re ready for a change, but what do you want to try next? You know what you’re doing now isn’t the right fit.
Also, it’s been a while since you’ve searched for a job, or maybe you’re in the early years of your career and got your job through your college campus’s recruiting process senior year. You need some effective strategies to get you to your next job.
If this sounds like you, I may be able to help. I’ve designed a process for clarifying your career goals, researching career paths, and moving ahead with intention. I believe that job hunters too often settle for what’s “out there” on the job boards, just a slice of job openings at any given time.
I also believe workers sometimes get stuck because they don’t take time to stop and reflect on how they’ve grown and changed in their work. A job hunt can be a time to take stock, research options, and move toward what you want, not just the next obvious step in your industry.
By working one on one with a career coach, you can take time to plan and reflect. You can also get help with accountability and moving toward work that builds on the skills you are proud of and the ones you’re excited to learn. I encourage my clients to adopt a growth mindset that helps you adapt to constant changes in the workforce. You also can get help and feedback on your resume, cover letters, LinkedIn Profile, interviewing skills, and networking strategy.
Typically I work with clients for 4-6, 1-hour sessions, but it may be more or less, depending on your circumstances. I work one-on-one with clients by video or phone.
We often start with a skills assessment. What do you feel confident doing? Is there a skill you’re ready to leave behind? What do you want to learn next?
Then we move on to values and interests. What is most important to you? What fascinates you? What are you curious about?
Next, we create a game plan, with manageable steps. We get you started moving on them and troubleshoot any obstacles. One book I often use with clients is the 2-Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton
Finally, we look at your documents (résumé, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile), to make sure they align with your overall career goals.
I’m a Global Career Development Facilitator and a Certified Professional Resume Writer. I have helped with job hunts in a wide range of industries with students at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, as well as for my own clients. Please see my “about” page for more information on my qualifications.
‘Meredith empowered me to go after a job!’
“I really liked working with Meredith. The relaxed atmosphere of her office put me at ease. Her knowledge and expertise helped me feel confident and motivated to pursue a job. After our meeting, I jumped right into researching what to do next. Meredith empowered me to go after a job!”
—Amy, job hunter, now back to work after a hiatus
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you prefer to work in person or by phone/online?
I’ve switched to conducting meetings on the Zoom video platform, mostly because of the horrible traffic most weekdays in my area. If you’d prefer to meet in person, I use a shared office space near the Columbia, Md. mall.
What if I need to cancel?
I understand that life happens. I ask that clients give me 24 hours notice if they need to reschedule.
What if I feel confident in one part of the job hunt? Can you tailor your process to my particular circumstances?
Yes, definitely. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I believe one-on-one career help is so valuable. If you feel confident in one area, we can focus on where you need help.
Do you give homework?
Yes, between appointments we decide together on appropriate next steps to take to move you forward in the job hunt. It may be updating a section of the resume, or researching target companies for your job search. It may be some reading.
What if I don’t do the homework, or meet my goals in some way?
We discuss obstacles you encountered, and brainstorm ways to work around them. I don’t believe in shaming, punishing, or badgering people. Life happens! But we will discuss how to move forward productively.
How do I get started?
You can book an appointment by returning to the main page of my web site and use the scheduling tool on the right hand side to book an appointment that fits with your schedule. If you’re not sure about getting started, you can schedule a free 20-minute call to learn more about my services. I offer early evening or weekday appointments.