When you don’t know what employers are looking for, you don’t know where to focus your limited time and efforts. You don’t know how to fix your job search, if your initial efforts don’t pan out.
You need to get your job search working right from the start. The hiring process can take several months, and you don’t want to waste any more time at a job you don’t love. If you’re unemployed, you don’t want to use up your savings before you land a job you love.
RECRUITER, COACH AND CAREER CHANGE EXPERT
As the co-founder of SixFigureStart®, I specialize in helping executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives make a great living doing work they love.
As a recruiter, I have hired thousands of people from entry-level to experienced, for big brands and start-ups, and in diverse industries, including tech, media, financial services, management consulting, biotech/ healthcare, education and non-profit.
I'm also the author of an e-book all about career change - Jump Ship: Career Change - 10 Steps To Starting A New Career.
I have been on the employer’s side of the hiring process, writing the job postings, screening the resumes, interviewing the candidates, and negotiating the offers, and now I share that behind the scenes knowledge with you.
There is often a disconnect between how employers hire and how job seekers look for a job:
The best job search is:
Comprehensive – you cover all your bases, taking the specific actions you need to get noticed and hired;
Thoughtful – you go after the career you truly want, not just what happens to be available; and
Proactive – you are in control of the hiring process, not waiting for a recruiter or employer to come find you.
If you could apply a Comprehensive, Thougtful and Proactive approach to your job search, you would:
Working through the process of changing jobs was overwhelming, but you were a terrific sounding board. You understood my business, knew the players and gave me actionable advice. Working with you I was able to focus on the steps necessary to clearly define my goals and work my options. Now I'm on my way -- this is not the end destination – just the beginning.
LESSON 1 - Time Management and the Job Search:
How much time to spend on what, how to look for a job when you have one
LESSON 2 - Traditional Job Search:
How to get the most from job postings and recruiters
LESSON 3 - Hidden Job Market:
Why most jobs are hidden, how to find these jobs
LESSON 4 - Six-Step Job Search Overview:
Why Six Steps, what order to work the steps
LESSON 1 - How to select your job search target
LESSON 2 - How to identify your interests
LESSON 3 - How to confirm your strengths
LESSON 4 - How clarify your priorities
LESSON 5 - How to define market opportunities
LESSON 6 - How to manage a job search when you have too many job search targets
LESSON 1 - Resumes:
What recruiters look at, content v. format, preparation tips, FAQs
LESSON 2 - LinkedIn:
What recruiters look at, how LinkedIn differs from the resume, what are the most important sections and features
LESSON 3 - Cover Letters:
Why you absolutely need to include cover letters, 7 steps for writing cover letters quickly and easily
LESSON 5 - Additional Marketing Tools:
7 overlooked tools every job seeker needs
LESSON 4 - Networking Pitch:
When your pitch is more important than your resume, cover letter, or even LinkedIn, 2 elements every pitch needs to have, how to write your pitch, how to tailor your pitch to different audiences and situations
LESSON 1 - What To Research
LESSON 2 - Research sources:
Including how to find inside information (e.g., company culture and salary data)
LESSON 3 - What to do with negative information you hear
LESSON 4 - Informational interviews:
The most important research tool most job seekers don’t use
LESSON 1 - The similarities and differences between Networking and Interviewing
LESSON 2 - Why Networking should be where you spend the most time in your job search
LESSON 3 - How to get started with Networking
LESSON 4 - How to network without seeming like a pest or a user
LESSON 5 - How to ask for job search help from your network (so you actually receive it)
LESSON 6 - Networking tips for specific situations – when you’re shy, 1:1 v. group
LESSON 7 - Overview of the interviewing process
LESSON 8 - Live v. phone v. video interviews
LESSON 9 - First-round versus Callback interviews
LESSON 10 - Behavioral v. technical v. exploratory v. stress interviews
LESSON 11 - Executive presence – a 10-point checklist so you know where you stand
LESSON 12 - Overview of the interviewing process
LESSON 13 - How to structure interview answers:
2 elements of the “best” interview answers, 5-step process for giving clear examples without rambling
LESSON 14 - Difficult interviews:
How to handle a hostile interviewer, how to address “red flags” in your background (e.g., employment gap, fired from your last job, too much/ too little experience)
LESSON 15 - Questions to ask during the interview process
LESSON 16 - Interview mistakes to avoid
LESSON 1 - Why a job search runs into trouble:
Three stages where you might get stuck
LESSON 2 - How to keep your job search organized
Three pieces of information you must track
LESSON 3 - How to stay motivated throughout your job search
At high stakes events like interviews and day-to-day
LESSON 4 - Career change is not the same as job search
Mistakes to avoid when pursuing a job in a different industry or job function
LESSON 1 - The Negotiation starts before the offer is even decided
LESSON 2 - Why you should never accept a job offer when you first get it – two things to say instead
LESSON 3 - Elements of an offer negotiation – who is involved, what is negotiable
LESSON 4 - Three stages of negotiation
LESSON 5 - Seven steps to prepare for the Negotiation meeting
LESSON 6 - The most important element of the Negotiation meeting
LESSON 7 - Negotiation follow-up and what to do when you hear No
LESSON 8 - Negotiation mistakes to avoid
LESSON 9 - Negotiation mistakes even experienced professionals
Caroline Ceniza-Levine has a giving spirit. With her incredible insight, I gained confidence and clarity on what I wanted in regards to my career. As a result, I ended up with a "happy" agreement with a large corporation and landed my dream job... not bad for being laid off and unemployed for less than 2 weeks. Listen to Caroline and you will make it to the other side.
How does the course work?
The course is delivered via webinar. It is only available to registered users, so a username and password will be required.
How much time will the course take?
Each lesson ranges from 5-20 minutes, and there are 48 total lessons. That said, the course provides information for you to apply to your job search. A comprehensive, thoughtful and proactive job search can be a job in itself. You should be prepared to spend a minimum of 10 hours and ideally 20 or more hours on your job search.
Why should I buy this course instead of using the free career advice out there?
There is plenty of free career advice available in books and blogs. I have written three career-related books and write about job search regularly in various blogs. However, unlike this course which shares a job search approach from start-to-finish, the various career books and blogs cover different topics in no particular order or structure. You would have to curate through lots of material and know what you are looking for.
How does the weekly coaching office hours work?
We periodically offer an additional product - weekly Q&A coaching, where on a weekly basis I collect questions from the group and create a webinar answering those questions. All the questions and answers are shared back with the group, so that you will hear the answer to your question, as well as answers to the other job seeker questions. Access to collective job search questions will increase the learning for everyone.
Do I have to complete the course in 30 days?
The course can be completed in less than 30 days, but you have up to one year to access the lessons.
Is this course only for people looking for specific types of jobs?
The course applies to a wide variety of industries and roles, from entry-level to experienced. That said, there are some jobs with very specific application requirements and norms. For example, landing an acting job requires a specialized resume and an audition process that is quite different from the interview process. If you are going after a very specialized job with unique hiring criteria, you will be better served with a customized job search plan for that field (in the case of acting, this could mean working with an acting coach who specializes in auditions).
What if I have questions?
If you have a question for Customer Support (e.g., accessing the webinars, billing), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question about your career or would like to dive deeper than the course material, consider adding the weekly office hours option, where you can ask your specific job search questions and receive answers to your questions and other job seekers’ questions via recorded Q&A webinar delivered each week.
Do I have to complete the course in order?
The course is set up so you can access any Module at any time, once all modules are launched (end of May). If you are starting your job search from scratch, then starting the course from the first Module onward is recommended. However, if you are already active in your search, you should start with the stage most relevant to where you are. If you are interviewing already, you should start with the Interviewing lessons to make sure you’re prepared for your current activities. However, you will need the earlier lessons if your current interviews don’t lead to a job offer and you need to add more leads to your job search.
Do you have a money back guarantee?
Yes, we do! You get a 14 day money back guarantee. Use the course for 14 days and get a refund if you are unhappy for any reason. The risk is 100% on me for you to be satisfied with the course or you get your money back.
Will this course get me a job?
Getting a job is ultimately about the action you take, not just the information you learn. This course will give you the information you need to launch a thorough job search but you still need to apply the strategies and tips to your search. That said, the testimonials you read here are just some of the many job seekers who have worked with me and landed a job they love.
Does this work for job seekers outside of the US?
This job search approach is based on my work in 20+ year career as a recruiter and career coach in the US. That said, I have coached international job seekers and have taught many international students in my university classes. The strategies and tips covered in this course are applicable to job search both in the US and outside. However, you would need to customize to the culture and norms of where you are looking for a job.
What if I still have more questions?
If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with me at email@example.com
Caroline helped me develop my responses so that I had an answer for any possible question thrown at me during the interview. In previous interviews, I was always very hesitant after a question was asked. I needed to take time to think of an answer. After coaching with SixFigureStart, my interview with [Big Four Audit Firm] went very smoothly and I had great answers for everything asked. Without her help I do not think I could have received the [Big Four Audit Firm] offer.
I got a 37% increase in salary. [My former employer] really wanted me to stay, but I was able to use that as leverage and negotiate the salary. Thanks so much for your guidance and advice – it truly helped me.
-- Jay P.
I got my dream job. You were instrumental in helping me see things more clearly along the way – messaging and telling my story.