Get Your Job Search On
If your mission is to find a job and find it now, HMS Consulting will help you plan your strategy and execute it successfully. Our team includes professional branding experts, LinkedIn advisors, and certified executive resume writers. We’ll also help you with important tactical skills, like interview coaching, how to negotiate salary, and networking tips.
How can HMS Consulting help you?
- Career Planning and Decision Making
Our career planning services can help you with developing a long-term plan for your career. This helps you to focus your search and spend your energy intelligently to achieve your goals.
- Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and Cover Letter Writing
We all know that having a strong LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter are important, but do we appreciate just how important it is? In some industries, if your cover letter doesn’t stand out, your resume may never even be looked at. In other industries, it’s all about your resume. For this reason, every part of your application can prove to be essential for consideration.Plus, your LinkedIn Profile can act as a living resume, archiving your achievements, learning, personality, and skills in a way that prospective employers immediately understand and appreciate without having to solicit them. Recruiters will find you before you even need to apply. Maximizing the impact of these tools makes your job search a lot easier.
- Networking Strategy & Coaching
Even with all the skill and education focus and the growing competitiveness of the work sphere, sometimes it’s still all about who you know, not what you know. Having a strong personal network can help employees to stand out as human beings beyond applicant tracking systems. Thankfully, who you know can change just as much as what you know can. Having a network-building strategy that actually works is key to finding the right opportunities and getting in the door with new organizations.Often knowing the right people doesn’t just open doors but makes it clear what doors there are to be opened. It is much easier to know you want to work for a certain employer or in a certain field when you get to talk to people with first-hand experience.
- Application Customization
The more you stand out, the more likely you are to succeed. We help you customize applications so that you can get noticed and get hired faster. Whether it’s a computer evaluating your application or the hiring manager, your resume and cover letter will have the right pitch.
- Interview Preparation
For most of us, interviews are a rare and uncomfortable event. We “get through them,” but we don’t enjoy them or maximize our communication skills to get the best results possible.A little extra preparation, some coaching, and some role play practice can make an enormous difference, teaching you how to succeed to the highest degree in your job interviews.This is your opportunity to set the tone for your entire relationship with your new employer; making the best of it is the least you owe yourself.
- Salary Negotiation
Advocating for yourself can be uncomfortable, feel aggressive, and seem off putting. Yet, we’re all responsible for negotiating our salaries with our employers. Your most powerful moment is the initial hiring salary, as your subsequent raises are all based on that number. Understanding your worth, building confidence in the value you present to an employer, and learning how to advocate for yourself effectively without being uncomfortably pushy are core skills necessary for achieving great results in salary negotiations.
- Onboarding for Success
Successful onboarding includes engaging programming and consistent conversations with new staff members. It’s important to agree on a concrete action plan for the first 100 days. After the first 30 days, revisit these goals to determine how things are going.
For those with a less urgent timeframe, we provide career counseling and coaching to help you set goals and map the steps you need to get you there.
Case Study: Getting Away From a Toxic Boss
Our Client’s Problem
Our client was a high-performing business development director who loved his work and cared deeply about the company’s people, culture, and professional development in addition to “doing a great job.”
His boss, however, did not advocate for him and was not professional, nor was her management style aligned with his ethics. The client started to feel really beaten down because he was not respected and appreciated.
He had already moved his family and did not want to relocate but was willing to travel extensively or to work remotely in order to work with a company more in line with his values. The client had several priorities to consider, including confidentiality, maintaining upward mobility, and stability for his family.
We helped our client really drill down on what was most important to him, and we made a list of “Must Haves” for his next role that better reflected his needs, personality, and values.
Together we explored the different options in the context of a small local geographical market and his willingness to work remotely to augment his search. We delivered a new, highly customized resume with several versions tailored to different types of opportunities. We also put together an interactive job planning worksheet to help the client prioritize, network, track and share applications throughout the process.
We guided our client every step of the way and used our network, and were on call for any question that arose. With our support, the client was able to follow a methodical approach, maintain resilience, and achieve his desired results. This meant about 2 coaching calls a month during the search.
Results That Matter
After 6 months of preparation and implementation, the client received three separate offers for good jobs he actually wanted within just a few weeks!
The job he accepted was primarily remote, with their corporate offices just 3 hours away and so within easy driving distance. The new role was even a step up from Director to Vice President for a thriving national non-profit organization. This fulfilled his need for meaningful work and career advancement without relocating his family.
Once placed with the new employer, our client was given additional responsibilities and a raise within the first 90 days, which shows just how important it is to be working with an employer aligned with your values, as it maximizes effectiveness as well as joy.