In Summer 2009. I had three quarters left in business school and was starting to get the itch…the itch to do something BIG.
I wanted to be in the position to make and influence key decisions and consulting seemed like my best bet... because accounting wasn't doing it for me. So here's what I did:
I emailed a close mentor to either confirm or challenge my conclusion that consulting was the right move for me.
He agreed with my thinking, but he said something that else that changed my life.
He told me the National Black MBA conference was happening the following week in New Orleans and that I should consider going down for it. His non-profit organization was hosting a breakfast with key recruiters from a variety of top firms, and there were also various receptions that would be taking place during the weekend.
It sounded like the perfect opportunity to make some progress on my career change, but I balked at the timing. We were closing our third quarter financial reporting, one of the busiest times of the year, so I was already mentally preparing myself to miss out this opportunity....
... until he quickly set me straight after I sent him a note my concern about the timing of the conference. Here's what he said:
You have to get out and build relationships that will enable your career to flourish now and longer term. Trust me it won’t happen if you just focus on academics and do a good job at work. It is way way more important than whatever is happening at school for 1 day even if it is exams, and you are making a big mistake by not getting out there given what you want to do. There is always a good reason not to go to something like this (work, school, family, cash), but you have to get out and make it happen and you never regret going when you do. Trust me.
That was enough for me. And by the end of the day I had an invitation in my inbox to a closed reception that Accenture was hosting in New Orleans.
Fast forward to the reception…I went over to introduce myself to the one person in the room who wasn't surrounded by eager jobseekers.
I talked about my CPA, working on my MBA at night and how I was interested in joining the Finance & Performance Management practice at Accenture.
After about ten minutes of conversation he says to me, “You talk a pretty good game. We should get you on the interview schedule.” He proceeded to walk me to the front and tell one of the greeters/recruiters at the door he’d like to get me on the interview schedule…for the next day! I ended up getting an offer a few days later that nearly doubled my salary.
As it turns out, that person I spoke to at that reception was the North America managing director of management consulting for Accenture. I still have people to this day ask me, “what the hell did you say to him at that reception?”
I guess I got lucky…
And the good news is with a little bit of coaching you can get lucky too...
You don't have to hate your job to make money
If you’re an accountant wanting to make the transition to management consulting (you don’t have to be an auditor just because you're an accountant)…
If you know you want to make an impact in your career -- to feel like what you do actually matters -- but you’re just not sure of the best way to leave your mark …
If you’re flat-out bored out of your mind when you come to work… then this message is just for you. Here’s why…
You can now work with me one-one to create a career action plan for you to transition to a management consulting career and I’ll help you every step of the way as you execute it
By no means is changing careers required, but make no mistake, there is a cost to not dealing with how you’re feeling…
If You Ignore Your Career Crisis, That Soul-Crushing Weight You Feel Only Gets Worse
What most people do when facing a career crossroads is rationalize why they can’t take action. Too busy right now… Will get to it when things slow down… Too risky… Not 100% qualified for the job they want… There are all kinds of reasons to not do anything and stay exactly where you're at. But for most people, this doesn’t work:
The real problem is they don’t know how to communicate the value they bring to a given position and they’re afraid of rejection
Instead of risking the chance of a rejection, they flush years down the drain working a job they resent with nothing of substance to show for it
They get complacent in the job they resent, give a fraction of their full capacity, and find themselves banking salary increases designed to keep up with whatever’s left of inflation (spoiler alert: it’s tiny)
And ultimately at the end of all, they become dead weight to be cut when times get tight
And what happens if you just do nothing? If you just keep doing what you’ve been doing?
At best, you keep getting what you've been getting -- underpaid, unappreciated, and bored to death.
At worst, you end up jobless and unemployable because you were too busy working to look out for your own career.
How I Discovered the Secret to Landing a Consulting Job (and being a top performer after you do)
I’ve got an answer that works. Here’s the story: I started a blog where I shared everything I wish I had known when I started my career and what worked with my coachees at the firm. I had so many people approaching me online asking me about being a coach or mentor to them.
I interacted with most of them but it takes a ton of time and rarely do I get to see if they applied the coaching at all and the outcome if they did. (There's my need to see impact again.)
So I started thinking “What if I worked one-on-one with a handful of clients, maximum ten at a time… and I helped them overhaul their resumes, develop an immediate career action plan, help them establish strategic relationships in their careers, and get real feedback they need to have a lucrative career in consulting?”
“What if I could help these people pull together a blueprint that would totally change the trajectory of their career the way my coaches have done for me?”
Basically, I started thinking about what if I took the coaching I do internally and made it available to the public.
The potential is exactly why I decided to start Success Factory coaching program.
It's Worked For Me in the Past, It's Working For Me Currently, And It Can Work For You Too
Here’s what great coaching did for me… showed me how to balance relationships with technical skills required for the job… taught me how to craft a resume that jumps sticks in the reader's mind… and ultimately put me in a position where I landed a job that nearly doubled my income immediately! I can't promise you'll get the same result as me in your unique situation, but the potential is there.
I will forever be in my coaches' debt because the lessons they taught me about navigating the corporate world are invaluable. My goal is for you to say the same thing about me and our coaching.
So What Do You Get Out of This Arrangement
When you sign up for my Success Factory coaching program, we’ll conduct monthly 45-minute one-on-sessions...
We will overhaul your resume
We will write your cover letters(s)
We will determine skill gaps for your target positions and how to address them
We will identify key relationships to be nurtured as part of your career growth
Ultimately, if you do what you’re supposed to do, you will become a true advocate of your own career and a force which simply cannot be ignored - the result will speak for itself
It all comes as part of a monthly subscription of $125.
And you are 100% safe to try this and me out. That’s all I’m suggesting. We’ll have an initial call to see if this is a mutual fit. If we agree that it is, you’ll be delighted - and I think that’s exactly what’s about to happen. We’ll continue our journey together and and start shaping the future of your career. If for some reason one, or both of us, doesn’t think this a good fit based on that initial call, you get your $125 back immediately with no future commitment. Simple.
If You're Ready To Make A Change in Your Career, Now Is Your Time to Act
Now you have a choice to make: Do what you’ve been doing (or worse, do nothing at all). You know where that will lead. Sad. Jobless. Unemployable. Is that really where you want to go?
Alternatively, you can take a new action, and get a new result. Work with me one-on-one. Finally get that resume updated, that cover letter dusted off, the confidence and a step-by-step roadmap to open the door to the potentially life-changing opportunities you deserve.
Which of those options do you really want for yourself?
Here’s what to do now… click the button below to submit the $125 fully refundable application fee. We’ll have a quick chat and determine if this is a good fit.
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