Career Change Testimonials

James Henderson, Design Consultant at Anglian Home Improvements (UK)

Firstly, I recall being incredibly apprehensive initially, as this was obviously a significant investment that required a lot of trust.

It had been over 20 years since I had to put myself out into the market again as I had always been recruited for for roles throughout my career.

I also understood that I was ultimately the one who would secure my new role. That The Barrett Group would not just get me a new job, but support, direct and guide me through a very thorough process that would prepare and enable me to be successful through leveraging relationships in my portfolio whom I trusted as mentors throughout my career to date.

Waffles Natusch, Dan Resendes and several support team members were all instrumental in not just support with weekly calls, but available at incredibly short notice if an interview came up. Even on weekends. Everything from refreshing a relevant resume/CV, training for interviewing techniques, depending on either agency or direct company members and their backgrounds, LinkedIn data mining, company databases etc. and a journey of home work and ground work in preparation.

I think it would also be relevant to add that obviously as of late, the world has changed massively. Major retailing/business trends that are coming out of COVID19 are focusing on collaboration, partnership, community & transparency. The need to be agile, flexible and must have the ability to pivot their business and to pivot digitally. Balancing technology with humanity is now vital and how we navigate the physical environment and digital environment become more relevant.

The rise of sustainability and the rise of the mindful consumer and mindful consumption increases. Todays consumer is much more thoughtful, that cares, is focused on health & safety, security and trust. When searching for the right fit with future roles, candidates should focus on challenging to understand how brands/companies nurture the consumer, focusing on empathy, inclusivity and feeling safe. The future will quickly become PEOPLE FIRST, SAFETY FIRST as apposed to product first.

ALL of this is completely how The Barrett Group focuses their support and I fully endorse them 100%!

John Shaw, General Manager, CTDI, Inc.

I can honestly say that if it had not been for the life & career coaching by Greg & Julie, I would likely not been able to convert on this opportunity. Although the job opportunity did not come from the traditional networking activity that I was doing, the tools & procedures that I was coached on for the preparation of the resume & cover letter, the initial phone interview and the subsequent 8 face-to-face interviews, I can honestly say that I would not be in this position. I thoroughly enjoyed and will value for the rest of my career the work that I did with the Barrett folks. Thank you everyone!!

Kristina Brown, Senior Counsel at Brown, Moskowitz & Kallen

The resources provided by The Barrett Group (TBG) are invaluable – from resume drafting to business contacts/research, the tools cannot be underestimated.  But, most importantly, the genuine service and support from my career coach, George Schulz, helped me land my new position.  George’s unrelenting pushes and prods, coupled with motivational and encouraging words, were the biggest asset of the TBG program for me.  Many thanks!

Bill Swirtz, Vice President – Arizona, Colliers International

If you are interested in reading a testimonial from a Barrett Group client, who’s campaign did not go as planned, look no further.

After leaving the corporate world in exchange for a slower pace that included travel, great food and beverages, with great friends, I decided to re-enter the corporate arena once again. That’s when I hired The Barrett Group. This was a totally new experience for me as I contemplated what avenues I wanted to explore. The Barrett Group assisted me in updating my resume, as well as identifying potential opportunities. I found them to be exceptionally qualified and motivated to get me back into the marketplace.

The Barrett Group did a great job of living up to their accountabilities and service deliverables and in turn I was diligent in following their instructions and executing.

What did The Barrett group do? They refused to give up on me.

Because I worked the program and followed their instructions, the management of The Barrett Group added additional resources to my campaign and extended the term of our agreement. They told me that success was the most important element of their company’s mission.

Today I am working in a wonderful job environment, in the correct location, with a fantastic company, and serving in my targeted executive-level role.

I highly recommend The Barrett Group as they truly care for their clients and work relentlessly to achieve the desired results.

Craig Richards, Lead Investigative Security Agent Global Security Organization at ADP

Coming from law enforcement and the corporate security world where I had spent the last 28 years, I was in need of re-learning how to find a new career challenge. I knew my resume and job seeking skills were out of date, so I did a lot of research on where to find help.

My research (after careful analysis) led me to The Barrett Group. The Barrett group took the time to learn about me, my area of expertise and helped me rewrite my resume, worked on my LinkedIn page, assisted me in mock interviews and was basically there for me whenever I had a question or concern.

After receiving some decent job offers, The Barrett Group helped me to become more skilled in negotiating salary and benefits packages. Due to this assistance I was able to turn down jobs that did not meet my expectations, and eventually succeeded in landing a great job with a very fair compensation package.

The Barrett Group remained flexible, patient and followed up with me throughout my entire job search and even still continues to stay in touch and update my resume etc. I would recommend them to anyone looking to improve their opportunities to land the best career for them.

Indira G., Sunnyvale, CA

I had a very positive experience with The Barrett Group (TBG). I engaged TBG to help me find my current job.

Sue Mitchell was my consultant and she is incredibly knowledgeable and thorough in her work. We had weekly calls in which Sue taught me the TBG methodology of executing a job search. She also helped me update my resume and rewrite my LinkedIn profile. I am incredibly grateful for some of the powerful networking techniques she taught me which not only helped me get the job offers I got, but is also something I continue to use now to increase my social capital.

Within 3 months of engaging TBG, I landed my first job offer which paid a significantly higher compensation than what I had. I decided to pass on that offer since it was very similar to the job I was doing and I was really looking for a change. Also by then I had a few other interviews in progress. I received my second job offer a month after the first one. However, my employer had offered me a retention bonus to stay for another 9 months in the meantime. So, I passed on the second offer as well and took my time looking for the perfect job. Finally, a month before I got my retention bonus, I landed my current job.

Sue also taught me some salary negotiation techniques that proved to be very useful with all the three offers. The timing was so perfect, I left my prior employer right after receiving my retention bonus.

In summary, not only did I get the job of my choice at the right time,  I also learned some life long skills in networking, negotiations and had an overall positive experience.

I will highly recommend TBG to anyone looking for a career change.

Anita Bowers, Business Analyst, Visions in Education

Anita Bowers landed her new job after only six weeks in our program – and that while changing industries! Anita comments: “I believe the interview question guide was a contributing factor in securing the job.  When I asked questions of the interviewers from your list, they almost always commented ‘Great question’.”

Richard Bellas, CCO DFI Corporation

I was very skeptical at first but decided to call the Barrett folks anyway. After working 22 years at PepsiCo in various senior management positions I was looking at new opportunities and/or senior executive/corporate roles. Another Ex-PEP executive spoke very highly about the group and their capabilities.  That was almost two years ago and it ended up being a great decision to call and they helped me with my professional choices and offered some helpful personal counsel, too.

Kevin Baker, Regional Director, Metamark Genetics

My team at the Barrett Group was an outstanding consulting force in assisting me with securing a career position that exceeded my expectations. Always highly professional and responsive, they delivered on their promises. I was particularly impressed with the quality of my consultant’s personal advice, guidance and coaching and the group’s career document preparation. Partnering with the Barrett Group was the most important investment that I have made in my career. I strongly recommend their services to anyone interested in advancing their career.

Carol Knouse, IT Consultant

Working with the Barrett Group was a game changer for me. It had been years since I looked for a new position and my consultant really educated me with regard to changes in the recruiting industry along with the use of social media like LinkedIn. She kept me on track and I really learned how to market myself. Anyone looking for a job or career change owes it to themselves to work with TBG!

Lee Price, Arkansas State Director, US Department of Labor

The Barrett Group (TBG) delivers exactly what they promise! I would NEVER have been able to do this or to get the same results on my own. Without TBG, I would still be searching!

James Henderson, District Manager, Thomas Pink

My TBG team provided excellent support, preparation, guidance and assuredness as and when required, with an outstanding humanistic approach. Your services were invaluable to me and helped me to land my ideal position!

The investment to work with you was worth every penny!

Lori Scozzafava, VP Operations Officer, GBB, Inc.

Every executive selects talented people with the right skills to meet their objectives. To achieve my goal of finding a new job, I’m glad I had the Barrett Group as part of my team.

Miriam Balsamo, AVP

If I had to do this job search on my own, I would never have gotten the job that I got!

My consultant provided a perspective in that she always kept me grounded, especially when I was feeling anxious. She was always readily accessible to me, and I had the utmost of confidence in her advice. It was always spot on. I ended up with three offers to juggle, and she rehearsed the negotiation with me so I got the highest offer possible from the company that was my first choice.

I would not have been successful without her guidance on this.

J. Martocchio, Company Confidential

TBG was very good at helping me take a fresh look at my personal situation, i.e. background, qualifications, brand, etc. and they ultimately helped me to achieve my professional career goals faster.

I was able to see my skill set and accomplishments from a different prospective, which resulted in my being able to pursue a new and different career path, without taking a salary cut.

C. Crocker, Company Confidential

The Barrett Group helped me capitalize on my strengths and recognize my potential. Their knowledge of LinkedIn analytics and help with the revamp of my LinkedIn profile and resume was a huge boon to my job search. My consultant in particular, was a fabulous resource and source of encouragement!

Andrew MacLeod, Partner, Roxford One Family Office, Columbia Capital

My consultant was instrumental in helping me prepare for my career change from public accounting to private wealth management.

I landed the position of President at a family office with only a short track-record in the business.

My consultant made sure that I was presented in the best light and had all the right tools to ace the interview selection process. I was offered a job on the spot and got the salary I demanded. The Barrett Group are true professionals who know the recruiting game and how to navigate the job markets like nobody else I have worked with in their business.

J. Smith, Project Manager, telecom

My consultants’ vast knowledge of all hiring processes and the excellent coaching that I received in all aspects of my search went way beyond my expectations!!! I ended up landing a better, higher paying position, more quickly which is why I hired The Barrett Group in the first place!!!

Tracy Morehouse, VP Legal, E3 International Corporation

The Barrett Group felt like extended family to me – they were there when I needed them for professional career support and just general moral support. I never felt alone throughout the painstaking process of landing my dream job. And, like a good family member, they knew when I needed a push in the right direction, and they gave it! Their knowledge and support were invaluable to me.

I would recommend them to any professional looking for that extra edge in their job search.

Steve Jones, President, Antioch University

Working with my consultant helped me discover who I really am both professionally and personally, enabling me to land where I am meant to be in — my ultimate best fit destination.

I can’t imagine being in a better place than I am right now!

Angela Walters, Director, Goldin Peiser & Peiser, L.L.P.

The Barrett Group (TBG) provided structure and short-term goals that were invaluable to me during my search. I had no experience in the executive search process, but having the guidance and support of TBG gave me confidence to understand what I wanted from my career and direct my search accordingly.

Jarek Mlodzinski, Director, Sales, Aurora Casket

The transition process can be very stressful and nerve racking, especially for someone who has not experienced it before. Having my consultant, and the Barrett team in my corner allowed me to focus on the right activity and increased my confidence throughout the entire process.

Dr. Gary McCarragher

Mr. Natusch and the team rapidly succeeded in realizing my dream for fulfilling career change as a hospice physician and college professor in the biological sciences. I applaud the Barrett Group’s compassion, work ethic, and above all, their commitment to RESULTS. Kudos to the Barrett Group!!

Dave Vannoy, CFO at H&H Homes

I have enjoyed immensely working with The Barrett Group. My consultant was a very good and effective partner. I greatly appreciate The Barrett Group’s process as it was very integral to me landing my new position. I am very proud of the rewrite of my resume and LinkedIn Profile, both of which they partnered with me on. I especially benefited from the interview coaching provided by my consultant which I believe was very instrumental in securing my new position.

Craig Foresman, Construction Management Consultant, Landmark Aviation

I hadn’t searched for a job in over 30 years! I hadn’t realized how job search and hiring has changed so much! TBG helped me to better understand the process by which to land a new job. I truly needed and benefitted from their guidance.

Jeremy Clark, PARC

The Barrett Group’s process and expertise proved very successful for me. TBG was focused, insightful, and had great advice relevant to wherever I was in the process, and their feedback was direct and always constructive.

In the first phase, TBG gave me valuable insights into the personal marketing process and how recruitment works, and in particular the interview prep and practice proved extremely effective in subsequent interviews.

In the second phase I received great support and encouragement. I’m convinced the service helped me present myself effectively, and I found it a very satisfactory experience.

Lana Vukovljak, CEO at CRS

I engaged The Barrett Group last year to assist with my career search when I moved from Washington, DC to Chicago. Their professionalism, systematic approach, creativity and support were excellent and well beyond my expectations.

Not only do they provide you with right tools, they also coach you and help you make connections. I enjoyed working with experts like The Barrett Group.

Ed Zelasko, General Manager, Morgan Services

The Barrett Group did an outstanding job! They are knowledgeable, helpful, and a pleasure to work with. They opened up my eyes to how I would better present myself and direct my search.

Lisbeth Moreno

The Barrett Group helped me develop my online image and brand by transforming my LinkedIn profile. They are excellent career consultants and have been a wealth of knowledge. Barrett´s team conducted the work in a professional manner at all times. They are very creative. They always had an answer to my questions.

I found in Barrett Group a value-added business partner.

Edward C. Jarvis, Chairman, Entrata, LLC

I am a long term member of the Barrett Group, LLC. I have worked with extensively with Waffles Natusch. The Barrett Group provides the expected extensive marketing research and counseling in the expansion of personal networking.

However, the greatest value to me and the group skill that has exceeded my expectation is the demonstrated level of understanding the executive decision making process. The Barrett Group not only understands the corporate decision making process but presented with limited information provides great insight into the personal motivation of corporate executives. These insights may prove to be invaluable in the assessment of presented opportunities.

Rick Perrotta

The Barrett Group provided a structured and value added approach to my career search, and was an instrumental partner in ultimately achieving my goals. Thanks!

Gene Quast

The Barrett Group is a company that actually delivers on the promise to help you find that next career that will change your life. They have a staff that is dedicated to helping you assess your strengths, position yourself in the market, help open doors through their network of client companies and past candidates and help you to determine your value to your next employer. They provide comprehensive resources to help you achieve your dreams.

I had a great experience knowing that I had a team of professionals helping me to land my last three positions. Thank you Dan Resendes and The Barrett Group team for helping me to land in three increasingly challenging positions!

Cindy Rodoni, Founder & CEO,

I engaged The Barrett Group a few years ago to assist with a career search when moving from the West Coast to the East Coast. With their guidance, I not only located a position but connected with many people of influence along the way.


After 22 years in the financial services industry, I found myself desiring a change in employment. The Barrett Group took me on as a client in the fall of 2008 just as the financial services industry collapsed and thousands of professionals began looking for employment. It was a frustrating and frightening time for me: I felt as though my whole world had come crashing down on me.

The Barrett Group provided me tools and contacts to consider alternative careers, they researched contacts in companies I was interested in and sent introduction letters, they prepared an excellent resume customized for each job search and coached me before and after each interview. Most importantly, Dan Resendes, my counselor, met with me by phone every week and was always positive and supportive. He gave me the confidence and hope to continue the search until I found the perfect position. The Barrett Group continues to reach out and provide coaching and support as I build my new career. I would not be in the position I am today without their services.

Denise Bradley

My experience with The Barrett Group far exceeded my expectations. I had previously hired a similar firm closer to my home in the Bay Area of California, which turned out to be a fiasco. They were extremely expensive and did so little for me. It was incredibly disappointing. So, when I found The Barrett Group, I was cynical and trepidatious at best. Needless to say, I was not the best client. I am a perfectionist by nature, but I was extremely picky and questioned everything. Waffles Natusch, the consultant with whom I worked, was more than patient and understanding. The resume and letters he created are not only the best I’ve seen, but they also garnered rave reviews from every prospective employer with whom I met. His response time was incredibly fast, and he always had an answer to all my questions. I was working in less than 5 months.

Donna Wren

I decided to change jobs at the beginning of one of the worst recessions in our country’s history. It was also the first time I had to actually think about how to market myself and my skills.

The Barrett Group helped me direct my search, and provided me with a terrific resume. They taught me how to accentuate my accomplishments and sell myself, something I had no idea how to do.

The resume was put together so well that I actually got a number of interviews based on my response to online postings. In addition to the resume, my advisors at The Barrett Group provided me with intense interview preparation and training. We went through the interview process, and I learned what questions to expect, how to prepare my responses, what questions I should be prepared to ask myself, and how to make sure that I made a good impression with my interviewers. Their tips were right on. I felt extremely prepared during the interview process.

Finally, once I had an offer in hand, my advisors worked with me to understand how my offer compared with other professionals at my same level in similar industries. All in all, it took about six months for me to land the job I was hoping for. And I am very thankful for all the help I received to get to this point.

Arthur Adams, Director, Domestic Commercial Sales, CSXI

Whether you’re an Entrepreneur, Executive or simply looking for a career change, the Barrett Group has a program for you. The Barrett Group created a raving fan and I highly recommend their suite of services.

Brett Johns

After a short time reaching out, my calls started getting through, my letters were being answered, and the opportunities I was reaching out for were becoming tangible. When the day came to get the job offer that I wanted, it played out like a cheesy commercial. The Barrett Group is to thank for helping me negotiate for the kind of challenging career I needed.

Paul Andersen

The Barrett group used all its resources to help research possible companies and contacts and then handled a majority of the administrative duties involved in a job search. I ended up landing an opportunity that met all of my families needs with a past contact. I would highly recommend the Barrett Group if you are serious about looking for a new opportunity.

Judy Koregen

I will start my position as Vice President of Finance next Monday. The Barrett Group helped me get my résumé to the right company and to the top as I was told. Thank you for your assistance during my job search.

Jason Iacovelli

Yesterday I accepted a position with a company which I feel will enable me to further advance my career options. Your support and creative ideas helped me obtain this position quickly and professionally.

David Hannah

Your coaching and consulting revealed that I had many lucrative options available to me. I am glad that I signed up for your three-year program. I know that should something with my current employment change and require me to again seek executive assistance, Barrett Group will be my partner in finding a solution. I would highly recommend your firm to any executive seeking a loyal partner in their quest for the next big career opportunity.

Rob Pavese

To say that your professionalism, guidance and commitment to your client is outstanding is a sheer understatement!

You not only helped me find what I was looking for in a career but your recipe for success helped mold me into an even stronger candidate ready to face the challenges of today’s job market. Thank you Dan Resendes, Waffles Pi Natusch and all the dedicated professionals at the Barrett Group. Even to this day your follow up phone calls, just to find out how I am doing, really say a lot. You go above and beyond! Thanks.

Ray Stevens

I had already achieved a great deal of success in my career when I originally contacted The Barrett Group: I was looking for a rewarding next step.

I knew my current employer would most likely be unable to provide me the entrepreneurial opportunity that I was seeking. The Barrett Group helped me accomplish three things: (1) they enabled me to survey my experience to effectively quantify and communicate my accomplishments to others, (2) valuing networking as a positive activity that benefits all those who participate, and finally, (3) Dan, Paula and the rest of the team partnered with me, creating the leverage and support one needs to go and do something extraordinary.

Recent Chairman's Blogs


A prospective client asked to speak to me. He was considering hiring the Barrett Group to help him find a great job that matched his career aspirations.

When I had My Eyes Replaced

You may have heard the expression, “My eyes were suddenly opened.” Metaphorically, that means we come to a new understanding and see things differently.

Fifty Shades of Hurray!

As we look back at the second quarter, we can report success for 53 of our clients who landed executive jobs—amidst an economic crisis and pandemic. Hurray!

Can You Hear Your Inner Voice?

What do you hear from your inner voice? Fear? Urgency? Confusion? There are so many reasons to not listen to your inner voice. These are just a few of them.

Smiling from the Eyes

Do you recognize when someone is insincere? Maybe words and actions do not add up. We recommend you be sincere…and that you are smiling from the eyes.

A Two-Sided Honor

Forbes Media and Statista gave us a two-sided honor. We were recognized as one of America’s Best Recruiting Firms 2020 in the Executive Search category.

Two Heads Are Better Than One

“Two heads are better than one” means sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone. When it comes to your career, people appreciate a second opinion.

“Your Money or Your Life?”

“Your money or your life?” We associate these words with acts of robbery; however, now they can also refer to employment. People have hard choices to make.

Are You Ready for The Recovery?

Trolling through statistics to understand where we are, I found some pretty dire statistics. So, what about the recovery? Where is it? When will it start?

Are You Trustworthy?

It is odd to think of most employers as gamblers. Yet, in hiring new employees, companies gamble that they can pick trustworthy people who will add value.

Twenty-Eight Happy Clients

There is talk about life after Covid-19. But this talk seems a little premature. The virus continues to impact our lives and is likely to remain a threat.

It’s Alright To Lie On A Resume, Right?

Exaggeration has become normal in advertising. Hyperbole in news reporting is mainstream. So, what difference does a little lie on your resume make?

Nine Clients Land New Jobs In The Last Two Weeks

The dismal headlines in these dark times can be pretty demotivating for would-be career changers. Yet, clearly, even now some people need or want to change jobs. If you are one of these people, what should you do?

Clarity About Your Career Is Critical in the Face of COVID-19

It is hard to overstate the importance of career targeting as executives look out across the swamp of what is to come while searching for solid ground.

The Hole In Your Soul

Would you consider yourself satisfied? Probably not. Most people can imagine a better life, this sense of something lacking, this “Hole in your Soul.”

Undervaluing Your Most Valuable Asset

To value something or someone is a complex concept. Have you considered that you undervalue your most valuable asset because you do not see it as an asset?

Where Will You Be After The Disaster?

Things were going so well. An eleven-year-old bull market, for example. Business confidence up. Unemployment down. Then it changed. Is this a disaster?

Virtual is a Virtue in the Age of COVID-19

For our first twenty-seven years or so the Barrett Group was a physical company. We had an office. People worked there. But much of the career consulting and coaching that we delivered was provided over the telephone, so in some ways, we were already well on the way of being a “virtual company.”

A Light in The Darkness

Fear saps your will. It freezes you in terror and darkness making it difficult to think straight. Helpful to our ancestors, but not during a health crisis.

Barrett Speaks

Our View from the Front Lines of the Job Market

Diversity in the Workplace is a Win-Win-Win

Diversity in the Workplace is a Win-Win-Win

Corporate America has a long way to go to achieve true diversity, especially at the executive level. Change has come at a snail’s pace for decades. But then the Black Lives Matter protests happened.

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Which Industries Will Sink and Which Will Swim in the Post-Covid World?

Which Industries Will Sink and Which Will Swim in the Post-Covid World?

The employment numbers for May are really ugly, but by this point they shouldn’t shock anyone. But there is a silver lining to bottoming out. Now begins the upswing.

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Career Management and the New Normal

Career Management and the New Normal

What will work life and job seeking look like after the Coronavirus Crisis? The coronavirus crisis has unleashed a maelstrom of uncertainty about every aspect of our lives.

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Contact Us To Change Your Career

Are you in a midlife career change? Are you changing careers at 30, 40 or 50 years of age? Do you need a new career? If you are currently experiencing difficulty in your job search, we’re here to help. Please send a message with your information or call.


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