Chad and I first began working together because he was looking to make a career transition. After several successful years in sales at his former company, Chad’s position was eliminated in a downsizing. Chad was ready to go from the start and immediately began interviewing for positions. Interviewing was one of Chad’s strong points and this proved to be true since in October he received two job offers. However both companies that offered Chad positions were very vague about commission structure and had a very low base salary. After much back and forth, neither company could provide the commission structure he wanted, and Chad ended up turning down these opportunities.
I helped Chad to focus on positions where his strengths could shine. With all of his background in consumer technology, I pointed out to Chad that this was not only his passion, but also his expertise in the eyes of a recruiter. My search with Chad focused on consumer technology, but we also wanted to focus on companies with strong morale and quality products. After living in Japan for a number of years after college, Chad really respected the culture’s high regard for the customer. I immediately agreed with Chad on this and mentioned how here at TheLadders we have signs in Japanese recognizing the importance of the customer and doing the best business possible.
I discovered the Account Executive position online and Chad immediately recognized it as a position he had already applied to. We were both excited because this seemed like the perfect fit! Soon after, Chad was phone screened and began the interview process. The business and sales model was a little different than Chad’s past employers and there would need to be extensive training to get Chad up to speed. He worried this might eliminate him from moving forward in the interview process.
After Chad was brought in for the in-person interview, it took almost two and a half weeks to hear back. At one point the recruiter called Chad to see if he had heard anything. Finally, on December 23, Chad was extended the offer and he accepted.
I was very excited when Chad got the offer. He put in the effort on his end and we worked hard to ensure the offer was not only a quality company, but also had a definitive compensation structure in place. I was so happy to have worked with such a hard working client and assist him in getting this offer.
Moira Danaher is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) at TheLadders. After working with a variety of clients in different industries, functions and locations, Moira’s specialty is the job search and helping clients to land their next positions. Moira loves helping clients and making a difference in their lives.