There are countless online resources explaining everything from the best way to dress for your technical interview to the top things you should avoid saying to a hiring manager. While helpful, these blog posts may not answer your specific concerns. That’s what makes the human touch an important element of the job search—something Seen provides that sets us apart.
When it comes to the job search, one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why Seen recently implemented several new free coaching services that address some of the most challenging parts of the job search, from asking for a promotion to transitioning into tech later in your career.
A holistic approach to tech career coaching
These new services allow our career coaches to offer a more comprehensive approach to the candidate journey. This holistic approach helps us understand where you are in your job search so we can provide catered advice and the best coaching possible.
Keep in mind that these free services can be requested in combination with one another to create a specialized coaching session personalized to your own experience. You’ll be able to request them after you sign up and are approved for Seen.
Breaking into tech
Not all technical education programs are created equal. Many colleges and bootcamps don’t offer opportunities like internships or other needed career services that can help a fresh graduate jumpstart their technical career. What’s more, new grads and certificate holders often lack the experience that comes with the job search. By choosing our “breaking into tech” career coaching service, you’ll get a crash course on the basics of the job search and interviewing processes.
Our career coaches are here to equip you with the tools you need to navigate the job search and interview processes. Often, recent graduates are more interested in taking the first role that comes their way. Our coaches will work to help you understand the importance of finding a position that’s more than a paycheck, but one that is the right fit for you.
Choose the “breaking into tech” service if: You’re a fresh college or bootcamp graduate looking to jumpstart your technical career.
Due to booming job opportunity and rising salaries, more people are transitioning into new tech roles every day. Shifting your career into tech from a non-technical position (or from another tech field like software engineering to product management) can take some guidance to avoid any missteps, and our career coaches are here to help guide you through it.
When you make an appointment with one of our career coaches to discuss your career transition, you can expect to work with them to analyze your skill set, identify any gaps and how to fill them, and strategize effective ways to make the jump into a new role. Shifting your career from one tech field to another, such as software engineering to product management, may require you to learn new skills. Your coach will go over the many ways you can upskill, from online courses to bootcamps, as well as spend time exploring how to market yourself in a job interview when you lack the experience that much of your competition has.
Choose the “career transition” service if: You either work in a non-technical industry but are interested in pursuing a career in tech or are transitioning from one tech field into another adjacent tech field.
You’re looking to advance your career, but negotiating a promotion can be tricky. Defining your professional goals and understanding the steps you need to take to make this happen is something our coaches can help you with. Note that this coaching service isn’t just for promotions, as we can help guide you through an internal transition to another team as well.
During your phone call, you can look forward to one of our career coaches advising you on how to set yourself up for a promotion or internal transfer and effectively talk to management to make it happen, including how to appropriately update your resume, the best way to prep for an upcoming performance review and what to expect in your job interview.
Choose the “career advancement” service if: You’re looking to level-up your career through a promotion or an internal transfer.
Networking doesn’t always come easy, but it’s an important skill to have under your belt as it might be the key to you earning your next role. Knowing the right people in this industry can make it easier to get your foot in the door at a specific company, especially if you are seeking a senior of C-level role. If you find it difficult to make these professional relationships, our career coaches can help you learn how to efficiently build important connections in the industry while avoiding the awkwardness that’s often synonymous with networking events.
Building a professional network is one thing, but leveraging these connections to further your career is another. If you’re interested in working on your networking skills with your career coach, you can expect to go over not only the best places to meet important people to advance your career, but the most appropriate ways to connect with them to build an impactful bond that might lead to an opportunity as well.
Choose the “networking” service if: You’re uncomfortable networking with professionals in the industry, whether you’re early on in your career or a seasoned professional.
Additional coaching services
While we have added these new services, our previous services haven’t disappeared. In addition to the four new services outlined above, the Seen team still offers other helpful services to job seekers, including:
- Seen profile review: Our coaches can help you tailor your Seen profile to attract the opportunities you really want. They will work with you to build out all elements of your profile, from your work experience descriptions to your skill set, and everything in between.
- Interview preparation and practice: Practice your interview skills by going through a mock interview with one of our career coaches. After the interview, your coach will offer feedback and tips on how to navigate behavioral and technical questions alike, selling yourself in what might be the hardest part of the hiring process.
- Salary negotiation tactics: You’re active in your job search, but not sure what to do if you’re extended an offer. Our coaches can give you advice and insight on how to make sure the compensation package offered to you is competitive and provide tactics on how to further negotiate if necessary.
- Job search tactics: Our career coaches can help you identify which job sites and tactics yield the best results, as well as offer you tips on how to leverage your professional network to boost your search.
No matter where you are in your career, our professional coaches can help you make the most of it. From interviewing prep to role transitioning later in life, our coaches provide the necessary advice to help you excel in your career.
Creating a personalized job search strategy
With more people pursuing technical degrees or certificates, the talent pool is growing wider and more varied. Each person’s job search is unique and full of its own set of challenges, thus the need for individualized advice is greater now more than ever. This is what makes a career coach an essential tool in your job search.
Whether you are a fresh graduate who needs advice on how to negotiate a compensation package without the leverage of a previous salary, or a non-tech professional looking to take advantage of the growing number of technical job opportunities, our career coaches can help you take the necessary next steps to find fulfillment in your work life.
With these new free coaching services in conjunction with some of our tried-and-true options, Seen is able to create a job search strategy that is right for you.