I’ve hired Melissa twice. Most recently, it was for strategic guidance on updating my CV and to help me do the requisite company research that gave me the confidence I needed to have conversational yet informed chats with hiring managers in a growing media company in Europe. However, at first I was hesitant to hire Melissa because she is US based and I worried about relevance since I am based in the Middle East and looking to live in Europe. I have also been to career coaches and it can be very hypothetical – I needed more practical help and hoped that would be the case with Melissa (thankfully, it was). It turns out that I was able to successfully partner with Melissa despite these initial concerns because she was very approachable and came prepared with insightful and relevant insights during our chats. What I found most helpful while working with Melissa, was her tailored interview questions and virtual mock interview. The one thing anyone who wants to hire Melissa needs to know is that she offers straight up job hunting help.
I wasn’t sure that a person with 10 yrs of experience could help someone with 30 yrs but I took a chance because I wanted to be fully prepared.
The VALUE that I got in working with Melissa was really around being able to focus in on the important aspect of the interview which is getting across to the interviewer that I was best candidate. Specifically, I felt the most beneficial advice was the chart of my work experience relative to the new job. Talking during the interviews about how my experience was the same, different, and key learning really solidified me as the winning candidate!
Our session allowed me to expand my thinking about my career and now I will consider using a coach in more parts of my life. Melissa’s method brings results. I received an offer and accepted the job which we targeted.
Yes, I would recommend Melissa’s services to my HR team, my boss, and several people who are looking.
The results that I garnered from partnering with Melissa were that I landed an offer in a new sector for me from machinery to healthcare and along the way I identified advocates within multiple organizations during our time together and in fewer than two months. Softer results include improved clarity on career objectives and work history, target companies and network for advocacy.
Prior to working with Melissa, I did not have a strong appreciation for the work required to get one interview. The process she used helped me build muscle to land interviews repeatedly- from the templates to act of interview prep, I now spend hours in advance of each conversation which has me appear much differently to perspective employers.
I would recommend her services to people who have not been in the job market recently, mostly focused in a single company, sector or industry. She will provide a mirror that gives a true perspective on where they stand in the broader world.
Again, it was wonderful working with Melissa. Not only did I get a job but she helped me restore my confidence so I was ready to step into the new role – priceless!
The results that I garnered from working with Melissa are that I gained structure around my interview preparation and picked up valuable interviewing tips that I leveraged to help me land a Chief Strategy Officer role in an energy company.
What I liked best about working with Melissa was her response time in that she was there when I needed her, her quality and focus, and that she prepped for our meetings.
I would highly recommend her to other senior professionals who are committed to doing the work necessary to ultimately get the best results.
The most important thing people should know about working with Melissa is that with her they will find an open forum to air their concerns and receive very clear guidance on how to prepare themselves with confidence – know that her method really works.
Not only did I get the job, but I have much more awareness now of my strengths and areas of opportunity as well as how should I approach an interview process. Aside from the confidence boost that I got from working with her I found her interview questions to be extremely helpful because they not only encouraged me to address how I would do the job as to exceed the company’s expectations but she also asked me questions that more broadly addressed the expanded role of a CFO in today’s global economy – it was a great learning experience for me overall.
I really enjoyed working with Melissa and will be grateful forever for our shared success.
I had not worked on a resume or thought about job searching in over 15 years so it was a pretty daunting experience to begin. The only hesitation I had was if I was ready to receive the services or if I should have done more work up front. I’m happy that I started when I did because otherwise, I wouldn’t have gotten this far on my own!
My resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are all updated and of much better quality than when I started! Through the process I also learned a lot of valuable information on how to find target companies, how to search for contacts, etc. All of these activities have given me much more confidence than when we began!
What I liked most about working with Melissa was the accountability that came with the process. In a busy day and life, these things are easily put on the back burner and our weekly meetings held me accountable for getting my ‘homework’ done and being ready for the session. I wouldn’t have maintained the progress without these regular reviews. Since I have been out of the job search field for so many years, I have absolutely found all of the resources to be very helpful including her brand exercise which was also very good along with all her help with resources that are available online, particularly LinkedIn!
Something that I think is important to know about working with Melissa is that you need to set enough time aside during these five weeks to do it justice otherwise you won’t receive the maximum benefits if you aren’t committed to putting in the necessary time.
What I liked best about working with Melissa was her candid feedback and myriad of tools. All of her tools were helpful (90-day plan, top companies list and related information stored there, keywords list and exercise that resulted in her being able to identify my ideal keywords, her use of Skype to consult with me, etc.)
I have been able to go back to almost all of her resources to review information we discussed and/or to refresh my memory about the feedback Melissa provided in writing. In addition, I appreciate getting copies of the recorded sessions we had. It’s a never-ending source of information as I continue down this journey. After partnering with Melissa, I have a much clearer understanding of what my focus needs to be around while I am on my job search. Also, I believe that my applications, cover letters, Twitter and LinkedIn collateral are much better structured to put my best foot forward.
I understand the level of detail that I need to focus on to ensure that I present myself in the best light possible. The most important thing people should know about working with Melissa is that she makes it easy for her clients to be themselves, she leverages technology to support your clients, and she provides honest/direct feedback which helps her clients prepare for the “real world” of career management.
I want to thank Melissa for all her help and sage advice. I took advantage of her initial consult and found it very helpful. I’ve also enjoy reading her blog posts and find the information very helpful. As a result, I had no hesitations with hiring Melissa.
I like her non-nonsense approach. She is candid, patient and very good at what she does. Initially Melissa gave me a word of advice and that was to “stop doing what I was doing”. I was like a hamster running in circles sending resumes everywhere. You said to take a week or so to “reset”. I did exactly that and it helped me clear my head.
Sure enough 3 weeks later, I found a job, secured an interview and accepted a job offer later. I would definitely recommend Melissa to any mid to senior level professional who is ready to work hard and commit to doing what is necessary to take full advantage of the expertise Melissa offers.
I think partnering with Melissa is a good investment, particularly for people who have been out of the job search loop for a while. I felt she was results oriented. Even though we had specific sessions scheduled, I never felt like we left something out because of the time limit.
Melissa is super responsive and on top of things. Melissa also provided great insights on how to approach the job search, as well as specific companies and industries. Our mock interview was also very useful. Melissa was also a great help with my resume. When I show it to other people almost every time they have nothing to change.