(*name and company name has been changed to protect the identity of the alumna)
Like most job seekers, “Kathy” (MAS Health Law and Policy Alumna) was feeling nervous and uncertain when she first came to see me for career guidance in early April. Faced with several challenges, Kathy did not let them hinder her from seeking full-time employment.
Assessing her current job seeking efforts, we identified areas where she could modify her job search strategy. She conducted research on her career interest by completing career self-assessments and explored her job options. With the information, Kathy developed a strong career plan that included her personal and professional SMART goals.
Her resume needed some improvements. Realizing her volunteer experience counted as work experience, she adjusted her resume to showcase her skills. She also tailored her resume to the positions she was applying for and stated “With your resume suggestions, I have gotten a few interviews! Yay! I had one last week that was scheduled too quickly, so I couldn’t reach out to you. Incidentally, it was for one that was in your hunter issue. I did ok, I could have done better, but I know with your help I will improve.”
Kathy’s confidence soared and with every step in her job search process, she contacted me to seek career guidance. From interviewing to salary negotiation, Kathy learned and implemented the strategies to make herself a competitive candidate.
In early June, an email notification was sent out about a Healthcare Operations Job Fair. The company was one of the top target companies Kathy wanted to work for. When this opportunity came up, she did not hesitate to take action. Using her updated resume she “finally got a call! When the recruiter called, she asked if I wanted to come in for the job fair or if I wanted to wait a couple weeks to set up an interview. Of course, I went to the job fair and got to meet the managers.”
Prior to the interview she had concerns about her abilities with Excel. Providing Kathy with resources to Excel tutorials, she dedicated a couple of hours every night up to the day of the interview preparing and refreshing her skills which helped her “advance to the second round and because of your tutorials, I scored a 90%!”
All the hard work, time and effort she put into her job search paid off. At the end of July, she will be starting her position and happily shared that “I would never have gotten it without your help! Thank you so much! I know I asked you a lot of questions, and you were always so patient and helpful with me!” She continues to stay in touch to seek advice about work place politics, mentorship and more which is an important element in job satisfaction, retention and career advancement.
Congratulations Kathy! I look forward to seeing you excel and grow in your profession!