Principal Consultant, Career OverDrive!
What's the best part of my job?
That's pretty simple to answer.
It's helping people reach their true potential, as effectively, efficiently and quickly as possible. Helping to create a better life for my client, their loved ones, the broader community and society at large.
Many times, it's guiding clients to leap over or crush a fatal flaw or a major skills gap (without necessarily closing the actual gap) and land that new job that they previously found was impossible to consider let alone close. It's especially gratifying to see them beat out the dozens upon dozens of "more qualified" and "better" candidates who also applied for the same position and who are then left wondering, "How could he / she get in, but I didn't ?!". And best of all, it's seeing them land that job for which they were "unqualified for" with a very strong offer and excitement on the part of the hiring company or hiring authority to get them onboard and started as soon as possible, lest there be any chance to lose them to the competition.
Other times, it's coaching a strongly performing client (or a client with strong potential) who has had their life turned upside down or their career derailed by an incompetent , micromanaging or insecure manager or worse of all, the proverbial office bully.
Seeing these folks quickly pick up and deftly apply powerful, battle-tested and battle-proven strategies and techniques to cleanly expose or better yet take down such characters in a socially acceptable (and welcomed) manner makes my day! It's just one more "win" for the "good guys".
And perhaps most gratifying of all is training people who thought they needed to spend several years of their life while taking on mountains of debt to earn a costly graduate degree simply in the hopes to land a marginally better job or just to switch industries, do so right now, in a fraction of the time, for a fraction of the cost, just by properly organizing, mapping, aligning and communicating to the prospective employer or hiring authority, the skills, competencies and value they already possess.
Now that's ROI for the client. And that's happiness and a sense of psychic pleasure and well-being for me! How can you get any more satisfaction than that?