Director Re-defines Right Company
was in a difficult situation at work. I no longer felt valued
or needed and had been feeling that way for a year or more.
Being single, I really needed to find a job before I could quit
a job that was dragging me down both physically and emotionally.
I felt trapped and didn't know what to do.
it divine intervention. I was driving home after working late again
and thinking about getting help with my job situation. I had heard
about career coaches but never dreamed it was something I would
do. Anyway, I drove home with the thought that I was going to do
something about changing jobs. As soon as I walked in the door,
I got on the Internet and looked up career coaching. That is how
I found Meg.
started working together right away. She understood how desperately
I wanted to make a change and got me started thinking about how
to do it. Doing my assignments was really hard as I was doing so
much overtime at work that it left little time to really do them
as thoroughly as I'd like - and I was exhausted. Every Thursday
night Meg and I talked and she kept me motivated. She suggested
I join a club to do networking and get me away from work. I joined
a Garden Club and volunteered to be the Membership Chair to get
me closer to the people.
had a business trip coming up and Meg asked how I could also make
it a trip for me to do some job networking. Well, I did just that
and felt great about it. It was actually fun. One person I spoke
with said his co-worker might know of something. On my next trip
I saw this co-worker and he came up and asked if I was still interested
in changing positions (as Jason had told him of my interest to do
so). He asked me if I was willing to relocate. I said yes. Right
there on the trade show floor he called the potential employer to
ask if the position was still available. It was and she wanted to
talk with me. Upon my return I contacted Janis and we arranged to
meet at an upcoming trade show we would both be attending.
had a brief meeting there and she asked me to contact her when I
got back. This job would mean a 500-mile relocation to Dallas. All
through this process Meg guided me on what questions to ask and
helped me figure out how to handle every situation that came along.
This was a small company and it became apparent that they were not
going to pay my way there for an interview. I felt strongly that
it was a position that I was very much interested in. Plus, my daughter
and son-in-law lived in Dallas where the job was and they had just
found out she was expecting. Meg suggested I visit my daughter and
call the prospective employer to tell her I would be in town and
ask if she had any time to see me.
worked! I called and scheduled a meeting time. Meg sent me some
interview questions even though I wasn't having an interview per
se. I worked through the well-designed set of questions and then
Meg role-played them with me to help me strengthen my answers.
Off I went to the Big D. The meeting went well thanks to Meg's coaching
and I was offered the job a short time later. Meg coached me
through negotiating the terms of employment. Again, she had
lots of questions and ideas for me to use during the negotiations.
They all worked.
all this, the daily grind at my job had become nearly unbearable.
It was obvious that my employer wanted me to be gone. Meg had coached
me that if it got unbearable and I wanted to walk away I needed
to have my "go away card" ready to be played. We discussed how to
day came and I felt that if I didn't resign I would have been fired.
I made a quick call to Meg and she was there to coach me on the
spot to help me figure out my next move. I played the "go away card"
the day I accepted the other position that wouldn't start for 5
months. With Meg's help I ended up with a separation package
that took me to within a few weeks of starting my other job.
I ended up with time to sell my house, move and take some needed
time off for some R and R.
were some weeks that I wondered why I was paying Meg, and was about
to quit, but then realized that she kept me focused and forging
on. In the end Meg saved me a lot of money! I have recommended
Meg to several friends and have told many folks about how much assistance
she was to me, and still is as she replies to my emails, even though
we are no longer formally coaching.
S., Missouri / Texas
Note: After working 10 years for a large retail chain, Kay discovered
she preferred the family-friendly work environment of a smaller
company that cared about her as well as their business.