I'm a career concierge and hiring consultant. I know a lot of things about hiring, resumes, cover letters, and general professional development, and I want to help folks get, keep and thrive in jobs they don't hate. That means getting your resume and applications in ship-shape, but it also means improving the hiring process itself.
- More than 6 years of working in hiring processes in non-profits, drug policy organizations, and new media
- I'm told by hiring managers that my cover letters are among the best they've seen
- I've also worked in HR and operations capacities, so I know a lot about how organizations function, I'm very familiar with employment law, an I have strong opinions on what makes a job or organization good or bad
The long version:
I started college in 2004, when the standard narrative was that a BA would get you a cushy office job somewhere.
I graduated college in 2008, riiight into the recession. Suddenly, all those cushy entry-level jobs were gone. I got a good internship on a congressional campaign, but struggled to find something after that. After being unemployed for a good 6 months, I got the job I’d spend the next two years doing: working at a Jack in the Box in Oregon.
During my time at Jack in the Box, I got into a bunch of other stuff; in addition to reading all the jobsearch advice I could find, I started reading all about non-profits, and even tried to start my own (which totally failed). Ultimately, I got a internship because I'd spent years following the popular Ask a Manager blog, and it turned out Alison was looking to hire an intern for an organization she contracted with.
At that job, I got a promotion to Office Manager, where I worked for 3 years in HR, operations, and accounting functions. I left to spend a year with The Management Center, creating worksheets and guiding materials, newsletters, and laying some groundwork for collecting data and evaluating the impact of their management trainings. From there, I applied a few places and landed at Vox Media, where I helped with hiring everyone from reporters to social media managers to editorial operations, in addition to managing Vox.com's freelance contracts and doing sundry logistics and administrative work.
I say all this to demonstrate: I know none of this is easy.
We live in a country where people spend the entirety of your K-12 education hyping how important grades are, how important it is to get into A Good School, and how doing those things are the only way to get A Good Job.
Turns out, college doesn’t (necessarily) lead to jobs. Jobs themselves are hardly the holy grail either, as most of us have worked somewhere we absolutely f*cking hated. I'm not a total cynic, though. I really believe that we can find some level of fulfillment at work, whether it's doing something we love, helping a good cause, moving metrics in ways that feel satisfying, or helping others get big things done.
I’m here to help. That’s all I can do.
In addition to resume and cover letter reviews, I offer contract review for freelance writers, photographers and illustrators, one-on-one career coaching, recruiting services, and a $10 a month full-service career concierge. Job searching can be a grind, but it doesn't have to be! Let's get excited about your next steps together.
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Stuff I like:
Ask a Manager is just, like, the best. Lots of workplace and job-search advice, and one of the best commentariats on the internet.
Matt Bruenig's People's Policy Project seeks to "publish ideas and analysis that assist in the development of an economic system that serves the many, not the few." Unlike most (all?) other think tanks, they're funded entirely by small donations on Patreon.
Chapo Trap House is a comedy/media podcast with a leftist perspective. While emphatically not for everyone, its massively popular on Patreon and giving them $5 a month for the extra episode each week is well worth it.
Street Fight Radio is the #1 anarcho-comedy show on any station across the nation. Just some solid dudes talking about whatever. I really like Street Fight because its a community of real people; it's easy to get lost in the bubble sometimes.
The Emotional Labor Union is a women's discussion group that started in Washington, DC but is expanding to other cities. When I was in college, I attended a weekly women's group and it was such a nourishing experience, but I'd sort of forgotten how great it was to have a community of women to talk with, help out, and lean on until I started going to the ELU. It's a bit pricey (because Casey puts a lot of work in and believes in fair compensation for fair labor), but very much worth it, and they'll work with you if you want to attend but can't afford the base price.
Capital Women is a newsletter for women in the DMV, focusing on arts, business, and events. I have an advice column there!