Career Change Testimonials: What our clients are saying about their career change process
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 I knew my resume and job seeking skills were out of date, so I did a lot of research on where to find help.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.
Kevin R., Regional Director Of Operations
For a businessman who had not had interview for a new position in over a decade, the dedicated team at The Barrett Group (TBG) provided me the insight into where my strengths and opportunities are, a good update to my resume as well as my LinkedIn profile, and professional career coaching throughout my almost year long job search. I was hesitant at first, but after speaking with their Clilent Concierge, and reading many successful reviews posted on their website, I decided this is what I needed to help me put my best foot forward.
I did an initial consultation and took a DISC assessment and I made a life plan based on my values, strengths and opportunities. This helped me to truly focus on what I wanted most in my career and personal life. After that I was paired up with Paula, a professional career coach who, along with her team at TBG, helped me create a very professional resume, a LinkedIn profile that “works,” and provided weekly hour-long counseling sessions. We worked to focus on companies that would provide me with my position requirements and salary in the area of the country I wanted to relocate to.
Paula and I discussed and practiced how to best answer difficult interview questions as well as how to handle rejection and move on. While we had scheduled weekly sessions, she was ALWAYS available to take my call any time I might need additional help even on weekends or evenings. We discussed how to best utilize search engines, recruiters and finally direct email as resources to get in front of decision makers. I was able to generate much more interest and land many more interviews with much more going into the final selection due to my relationship with Paula and The Barrett Group team.
Once I finally decided and accepted a position with my current company, a large operator of several restaurant chains, they again updated my resume and LinkedIn profile and offer lifetime updates as my position changes throughout the rest of my career.
One thought before going in: though TBG provides many resources, it is still up to you to do the daily legwork and networking necessary to land the job. They can show you the way, but only you can do it. If you are a long term executive that is currently looking for professional help and coaching during transition in your career, The Barrett Group is a great company to reach out to. I’m glad I did.
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.
Lynn Duke, HR Director
I went from having no confidence in conducting a job search to feeling very confident. I wish everyone could do The Barrett Group program. When you’re going through the process, you don’t realize how it will all come together for you. I found it to be worth every penny.
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!
Jim Shoff, Vice President, TTEC
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a positive endorsement for The Barrett Group reference their direct work with me in helping secure a recent Vice President role in a publicly traded technology company. For several months, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of their outstanding support in vetting out opportunities, and streamlining/optimizing my approach. Their tenacity and attention to detail are second to none. Further, Barrett Group’s unique ability to focus in on a best fit and filtering out what isn’t, was key to guiding me to a great opening to further build my financial security.
Their prompt ability to accurately respond to short notice and often-critical requests has repeatedly impressed me. The Barrett Group was able to take large volumes of data, and tailor to my goals and objectives. A fantastic fit to anyone requiring a thorough, accurate, innovative, and highly dedicated team members to ascertain quality growth options. To net it out, their overall professionalism is first-class.
Mike De Pietro, Enterprise Account Executive
My Barrett Group resume is far more in-depth than anything I have ever had. I would not have been able to write it, myself. It was also so helpful to know what to include and what to omit in my LinkedIn profile. The result is that my resume and LinkedIn profile now tell a story, rather than just providing a summary of my experience.