Over the past few days I have been pondering over what prompted me to start this business of JOB SEARCH COACHING, and I started to reflect on "how I got here." Why did I decide to start something that I knew would be difficult for me to build a customer base with me practically starting from scratch? Why did I decide to put myself out there investing my own money for something that is not a sure thing?
The answer came to me through a post that my daughter made on my behalf on FaceBook. She simply requested that people share my webpage, and she mentioned how hard I had worked to get this started just because I wanted to help others. That may seem simple to some, but it was powerful for me. My daughter noticed my hard work, dedication and commitment to starting this business, and listened to me talk about my passion for helping others. I wish I could do this for free, but it cost money to have a website. It cost money to get a certification to do something that I am already proficient in, and it takes money to maintain these things. I am currently offering a free promotion to provide copies of all documents ordered on fine linen resume paper. The paper cost money, not to mention what I will have to pay to ship the copies. It cost money to market and promote what I am doing. Most people get into business to make a profit and gain financial independence. That is not my goal. My goal is to help. If I begin to make a profit, then that will be a bonus. I still maintain a full-time job of my own, and I perform the JOB SEARCH COACHING in my spare time. Although, I am not classified as a non-profit, that is exactly what it feels like because a profit has yet to be seen; however, I still have the same level of passion and enthusiasm as I did on day one.
I got here for the exact reason my daughter mentioned when she shared my post. I got here because of my desire to want to help those who have not landed the job they seek. It is discouraging to go to a job day-to-day that you have only settled for. I am happy to say that I work for a fabulous company and have moved around a bit, but have thoroughly enjoyed every role that I have been in, and I want that for others. I have experience with staying on a job just because I have bills to pay and a family to help take care and be miserable in the process. It is not a good feeling. I have experience with spending thousands for college and being knee deep in student loans and have trouble finding a job in the area I went to college for. I am a US Army Veteran and you would think that people who have served their country will have an easy time finding a civilian job, but it is not that easy. I have learned that to get a government job you have to have specifics on your resume that the public sector does not require. I also have experience with submitting several job applications and wondering why I am not getting any calls, just to finally do some research and find out that my resume was not making it through the company's Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Before I started in depth studies of resumes during my last lay-off scare I did not know all of this, and that is why I am here.
I have kept my prices below market value because I want to help students fresh out of college, military service members who are leaving the military and coming back to civilian life, and women who may be entering the workforce for the first time and just don't know where to start. This is my desire, and I hope you will let me help you. I have a commitment to help you with your resume, cover letter, interview techniques, or whatever other coaching you may need to land a job that you are satisfied with and do not have to dread that commute to work to a place you really don't want to be.
Maybe this is not you, but you know someone else in this predicament. Please share my information. I would appreciate the referral, and I promise you whomever you refer will not be disappointed.
I know this blog is probably a bit unorthodox, but no one will know my story unless I tell it.