Staci Kae Brookover
Sr. Career Consultant
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
~ Oprah Winfrey (My spirit animal)
As a professional of 20 years with experience in the print and technology industries, I'm no different from you or anyone else feeling stalled, burnt out, fed up, bored, or simply just lost at times.
While I began my hands-on experience at 16 as a barista in northern California, worry for my financial future and an inherent drive to make moves with purpose drove future career decisions.
I jumped out of the food industry and into education as a pre-school teacher. Although I loved working with children, an offer of $3 more per hour then enticed me into office life, where I took on a role as a receptionist for a print company. This eventually led me down a path of customer service, account management, and production management within the industry.
Unfortunately, after 10 years in print, I watched the rise of technology quickly replace the brochure with websites, the business card with email, and billboards with the whole of the internet. Although I enjoyed working in print, I had some hard decisions to make.
FIRST STEPS OF CHOICE & CHANGE
In 2012, I set my sights on technology and made the choice to abruptly switch from one industry to another. With my GED, no college degree, and no certifications I was facing a career mountain when it came to transitioning into that arena.
I pushed forward anyway hoping someone, anyone, would see my value and give me the career break I needed. I learned something quickly... I'm the only one who cares where I’m going in life. I also learned something else that impacted my entire view of the job search process...
THIS IS NOT YOUR DAD'S JOB MARKET AND EVERYTHING YOUR DAD TAUGHT YOU ABOUT JOB SEARCHING HAS CHANGED.
The new digital job market can be extremely difficult to navigate. Standing out in a vast pool of talent can be nearly impossible if you don't know how to tell your story or utilize the resources available to you. Luckily, I had curiosity, ADJ, and some helpful recruiters on my side. Each one led me to a better understanding of myself and the job market.
Once I overcame self-doubt, created a personal brand, and started telling my story effectively, opportunities began to fall from the sky. But even if I landed interviews. without a degree or any certifications, the hurdles were still there. I decided to compartmentalize the process and become an expert in each step. The results? Those hurdles weren't as high, and some I eliminated altogether!
The experience and knowledge I gained from that two-year industry transition journey taught me invaluable skills and retrained my way of thinking. I can own the job search. I just have to learn to play the game! Constant refinement and application of my techniques proved successful time and again, to the surprise of everyone.
THE CREATION OF CLICK
After seeing my successes, friends and family asked for help here and there . . . and then began referring their friends and family to me in numbers. Ultimately, due to the volume of referrals and the repetitive nature of my advice, LinkedIn® 101 was born. I spent years teaching people the secrets to career success as a way to give back to my community.
Over many years, I continued to apply my best practices to my career journey and also consulted professionals in various industries including technology, culinary arts, marketing, renewable energy, government, and more. My clients work for recognized names like Apple, Indeed, VRBO, USAA, Univision, Facebook, and the likes. From new college grads to retirees getting a second wind, my consultations provide career foundations that are ageless.
HERE AND NOW
My LinkedIn 101: Introductory Lesson is still offered to large groups and students, but my personalized 1:1 service has evolved into my LinkedIn 201: Hands-On session, which is still is taught from a user point of view and is backed by many years of experience and proven results. Click Career Consulting is a result of my natural ability to connect with people, show them their worth, and help them take the steps to succeed in their careers.
My "listen to understand" methodologies allow me to provide personalized advice, eye-opening insights, and support to get talented people noticed no matter their job title, experience level, or industry. The process of locking in an amazing profile and revamping your resume with me helps remind you of your experiences, skill set, accomplishments, and ultimate value as an asset to companies.
Since 2014, I’ve helped my clients break through the obstacles that are holding them back in their careers and, ultimately, life. I've accepted I'm the best at what I do.
I've invested in creating this brand so that I can continue providing the value I'm most passionate about - career direction for those willing to take the first steps. Our time on Earth is too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn, develop, and retain better ways to approach finding your path and reaching goals.
It's time to embrace your future and master the new job age... and even if you aren't currently job searching, are you truly happy where you are? I'm taking back the job market in a big way, one professional at a time. Join me.
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