Hi My name is Leah Derus – MIT Sloan MBA, Storyteller, Resume Writer, Career Coach and MBA Admissions Consultant. Are you looking to completely reinvent your career? Segue into the next role within your current career track? Get back into the workforce after a hiatus? Sending out resumes but not hearing back from recruiters as often as you should?
I help clients identify career paths/roles, develop top-notch, story-driven resumes/cover letters and exude executive presence and poise in interview. Reach out for a Free Consultation to talk about what’s been on your mind.
Maintaining momentum in your career
In our 20’s our career is (or should be!) in upward trajectory mode, but, by our 30’s things start to flatten out. At some point, you may find yourself in the same role for 4+ years with only nominal 3% raises – essentially your salary is just keeping pace with inflation. From a mathematical point of view that makes sense. The most coveted jobs and careers are at the top of the pyramid – and by definition most people must remain in the middle. But that doesn’t mean you have to. By taking a proactive approach, you’ll continue to advance on your current career path or branch out to a new one. The secret is in understanding that a career is like any product and that promoting it is a sales job. Sales involves convincing others of the value of a product. Knowing how to present your professional narrative in a convincing way – on paper and in person – is key to your success. Feel free to reach out for a Free Consultation to discuss where your career is at (or keep on reading).
Presenting well on paper (resumes)
Presenting well on paper involves first crafting story about yourself, your accomplishments and your goals and then translating that into resume and cover letter format. It’s not always easy for people to do on their own. That’s because we often lack perspective on ourselves and our work precisely because we are deeply involved in both.
In other words, a resume can be thought of as a macro view of your career, but as people, we’re living our lives at the micro level. Most of the time we don’t think about our work from a big picture point of view. Instead, we’re focused on daily details: those unanswered emails, an upcoming review, a deliverable or a deadline. If we’re focused on the minutae of our work – is it any surprise that most resumes are also written from this vantage point?
Good resumes tell stories, and those stories leave the reader with an easy-to-remember impression. Good resumes…resonate. Most people (in my experience around 95%) directly benefit from working with a professional to a) fine tune their story and b) translate that into their resume. Career coaching and a resume rewrite are among the few expenditures in life that have a near-immediate return on investment. If you’d like to talk about your resume, reach out for a Free Consultation.
Presenting well in person (interviews)
Successful people exude executive presence. In fact, at Harvard Business School, during the admissions interview two admissions officials grill the applicant with rapid-fire questions. Being able to answer questions on the spot in an intelligent and organized way is half the battle. The candidate is simultaneously being evaluated for strong inter-personal skills, relatability and charisma. You don’t need to go to HBS to have executive presence – it’s something you can practice (and exude in interview) thanks to mock interviews.