Amber Hameed | VP Global Marketing Strategy, Platforms and Operations, Universal Music Group

Amber Hameed | VP Global Marketing Strategy, Platforms and Operations, Universal Music Group

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Amber Hameed

“I wanted to find the right next step but wasn’t sure I had the right tools to get me there.”

Details

     

Started: VP Information Systems, Dollar Shave Club

Landed: VP Global Marketing Strategy, Platforms and Operations, Universal Music Group

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Industry: CPG to Media

Services: Resume Writing, LinkedIn Writing

Overview:
Amber engaged with Discover Podium for support attracting opportunities outside of tech—and how to best communicate how her skills translated across different industries.

Challenges

World and economic circumstances took a toll on Amber’s company and forced downsizing. She decided to capitalize on the opportunity and start looking for the next step in her career. As she explored opportunities she began to realize the roles weren’t a great fit. She wanted a change and didn’t know where to start.

Amber had the tools but they weren’t the right tools. After six months of looking for new opportunities and making it pretty far in the interview process, Amber decided to engage Discover Podium.

“I was asking myself, does my resume fit what I’m looking for or what I think I deserve. Does my professional arsenal represent where I want to go in my career. I needed to be sure that what I was presenting was up to par and competitive with my peers.”

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Approach

Knowing that Amber already had a few opportunities in the pipeline and understanding that she was looking to expand her options, the Discover Podium team positioned her content in a way that drew more eyes and the right attention to her LinkedIn Profile. Ultimately they built a compelling career story towards the goals she strived for. 

“The LinkedIn portion was a big piece of it. I’ve always heard all kinds of feedback from people. All the jargon gets really confusing. Working with Discover Podium brought clarity to the process and an outside perspective that I really needed. It pretty much took the guesswork out of putting together my LinkedIn profile and resume. The process made it optimal for me to do what I needed in order to get to the next level and not have to worry about people’s opinions but rather a proven process presented by career experts.”

Growth

Working through the content process, Amber learned how to weed through the jargon and hone in on what sets her apart from the competition. Not only did she polish her professional content, she was able to take what she’d learned and apply it to the interview and negotiation process. 

“Working with Discover Podium, I’ve learned how people look for candidates and what they look for in a LinkedIn profile. What I learned brought me to the forefront of recruiter searches. And I was able to take this career story and apply it to my interviews.” 

Amber walked away understanding the power of her professional content and how to position herself for the career she wanted.

How Does Amber Define Fulfillment at Work?

“Something that’s new and exciting. I always want to be learning and growing in whatever role I take.”

Final Testimonial

“The follow-up personalization was the most valuable part of the whole process. I knew my career search was not only my priority, but the priority of the Discover Podium team as well.”

Amber Hameed
VP Global Marketing Strategy, Platforms and Operations, Universal Music Group

The job market is an isolating, broken system. Professionals are often left to fend for themselves while employers hold all the cards. Discover Podium puts the professional back in the driver’s seat. We are your biggest cheerleaders when you need encouragement and we’re the coach that never lets you down.

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Alejandro Lara | Expert Program Manager, PG&E

Alejandro Lara | Expert Program Manager, PG&E

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Alejandro Lara

“I was struggling in my job search and I didn’t know what I was missing.”

Details

   

Started: Program Manager, Indeed

Landed: Expert Program Manager, PG&E

Location: San Francisco, CA

Industry: Legal to Operationalized Policy

Services: Career Advisory, Resume Writing

Overview:
After getting to several last-round interviews but never securing the role, Alejandro Lara engaged Discover Podium looking for clarity in his job search and support in his interview process.

Challenges

Shortly after Alejandro accepted the job at Indeed, the team experienced a dynamic changed resulting in unexpected role changes. After quickly realizing the role was no longer a good fit for him, Alejandro hit the job market. While he was attracting attention with his resume, he was having a hard time getting past the final-round interview. It was at this point he decided to reach out for help.

“The job I accepted at Indeed and the job I actually had ended up being two different jobs. Shortly after I joined the team, the boss took a promotion and the team went in a different direction. I realized quickly that I was working on projects that I wasn’t passionate about. After about a year, I decided I needed to change directions.” 

The Discover Podium team was there for Alejandro to help him fill in the missing pieces of his job search. 

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Approach

Alejandro was having trouble making it past the final round of interviews. Discover Podium helped him first identify roles that were a better fit by directing him to opportunities he previously didn’t see. Next, the team worked with him to develop his professional story. He had a wealth of experience but was having trouble articulating it in a way that translated into new opportunities. Once he secured the interview, the team coached him through every step of the process. He found new confidence in the way he presented his skills and how those skills translated into success for his future role. 

“In working with Brandon, he quickly understood my background and helped me identify what types of opportunities I was looking for. On my own, there were opportunities that I wasn’t seeing in my search. 

I also discovered a better way to package myself and highlight my story. What I chose to highlight made me a better match for the roles I truly wanted — the roles that were a good fit. Working on my career story gave me the confidence I needed going into the interview process. I learned how to best put forth all the work I’ve done, and talk about my experiences not just in the past tense, but also how I will translate those experiences into future work.”

Growth

Before reaching out to Discover Podium, Alejandro had been searching for something new for seven months. After engaging the team, he secured a new role within two months. Through the process of working with Discover Podium, Alejandro became more organized and an overall better communicator both professionally and personally. He now has a much clearer vision for his career goals and trajectory. 

“I’m definitely a better communicator and I’m even more organized than before. Because of some of the work that goes into thinking about career goals I feel like I have more perspective. I have clarity on my career progression. Overall, I’m a better co-worker and teammate.”

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How Does Alejandro Define Fulfillment at Work?

“Work that’s engaging and challenging. And mostly, I want a sense of purpose. I need to feel that I’ve accomplished something and it was worth going to work that day.”

Final Testimonial

Discover Podium is an investment in your career and investing in your career is priceless. It’s easy to think you can do it all on your own until the reality of the process sets in. Resume writing, interviewing, negotiating, these are all muscles that atrophy when you don’t use them. By the time I knew I needed another job, I was already 2 months behind and I wasn’t ready to interview. The Discover Podium team gave me the support and confidence I needed and even made me a better communicator in my personal life.

Alejandro Lara
Expert Program Manager, PG&E

The job market is an isolating, broken system. Professionals are often left to fend for themselves while employers hold all the cards. Discover Podium puts the professional back in the driver’s seat. We are your biggest cheerleaders when you need encouragement and we’re the coach that never lets you down.

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Travis B. Smith | Director of Product Design, Grubhub

Travis B. Smith | Director of Product Design, Grubhub

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“I have never had a career coach before. I have talked about my career plans with mentors, friends, and recruiters, but never anyone that was just there to help me make the best decision. I am always looking to engage with experts in their field, and this time around, it felt right to get some professional career guidance.”

Details

  

Started: Director of Product Design

Landed: Senior UX Manager, Shopify

Location: Remote

Services: Career Advisory

Overview:
Travis Smith, an accomplished product design leader, came to Discover Podium in pursuit of a more fulfilling opportunity. After close to a year of selectively searching, Travis decided to engage a strategic partner in his job search.

Challenges

When Travis came to Discover Podium he was no stranger to the job-search process. He had already received a few offers that weren’t the right fit. His challenge was he was attracting attention, but it wasn’t the right kind of attention. Discover Podium helped Travis narrow down exactly what his needs and wants were so that he could more accurately target, define, and attract the right opportunity.  He was having trouble finding the trifecta of location, compensation, and fulfilling work. 

“I had been looking on and off for about eight months, the final months were the beginning of the COVID crisis, so I had a lot of questions. When I started talking to Laurel [a Career Advisor on the Discover Podium Team], I had a handful of offers that I had walked away from and was in talks with a few other companies.”

“The main issue I was having was trying to find the right balance of an interesting product, the right location, and the right comp level. After turning down a few offers, my current work situation was not getting any better. —”

Approach

Travis met with the Discover Podium team weekly for one month to review his career objectives. After several phone conversations and few emails, Discover Podium was able to guide Travis towards a career fit that met the trifecta that he was looking for. 

“First and foremost, just having an objective person to talk to was incredibly valuable to me. I spoke with my wife, friends, colleagues, parents, and kids about what I was looking for and what I wanted to do next. Each of them had their perspective, but it was hard for me to fully articulate my position with all of them. Working with Laurel allowed me to talk out what I was feeling and have someone poke holes in my approach. Getting information about what other job seekers were doing in interviews and negotiations was also helpful. That type of market-specific knowledge helped me a lot.”

Discover Podium offered an outside objective perspective and an impartial audience. We served as a sounding board through the tough decisions and guided him to ultimately make a decision that was best for him and his family. Travis also used Discover Podium to help him exit his previous position strategically and start strong in his new role.

Growth

At first glance, Travis was reluctant about the role because the title appeared to be a step back. Ultimately he realized the offered position had more growth potential and was overall more fulfilling. Thinking about his career holistically instead of singularly allowed him to take steps towards overall happiness as well as positive career growth.

“I have significantly benefited from Discover Podium. I feel much more confident in my job search, and I was also able to get a great new gig!”

“I have already recommended the service to several friends. —”

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“—You have to understand what you are trying to achieve so that you can continue to take steps in the right direction.”

“I want to add my thanks and gratitude for your work and the service you are providing people. I am very grateful that I found it. Also, thank you to Laurel for being the best!”

How Does Travis Define Fulfillment at Work?

“I define it on two levels. The first is getting to the job that you have always wanted. For me, that is leading a talented team of designers. The second is finding a job and company that fit you and your way of working. This one is trickier and also ever-changing.”

Final Testimonial

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“The most rewarding thing about Discover Podium was the confidence it gave me when I was talking to companies. I had more knowledge at hand and a better strategy going into these critical conversations.”

Travis B. Smith
Senior UX Manager, Shopify

The job market is an isolating, broken system. Professionals are often left to fend for themselves while employers hold all the cards. Discover Podium puts the professional back in the driver’s seat. We are your biggest cheerleaders when you need encouragement and we’re the coach that never lets you down.

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