Back in Time
Rewinding all the way back to 2015, I was working in high volume recruiting. We’re talking emailing hundreds of people and scheduling at least 30 interviews per week. I was involved in the hiring of about 50 people per month. On top of that, I had a terribly unempathetic boss.
I was poached by someone I met who worked for a coding Bootcamp, and they told me I’d be brilliant at career coaching. I hadn’t even considered it, but she was right. I would.
After all, I had a background in both adult learning theory (basically, training) plus recruiting. It was an outstanding concept… to turn my recruiting knowledge into coaching job seekers on what recruiters are looking for.
It Made Sense
Fast forwarding a bit, I’d been doing the career coaching thing for over a year, and I get assigned a “dotted line boss.” A boss who thinks it’s important that you work rigid hours and all other micromanagement BS. My original boss was cool with remote work, coming in when you wanted, the whole nine yards of autonomy. So I was always being pulled in one direction by that Micromanager Dotted Line Boss and the opposite direction of I-Trust-You-As-An-Adult-To-Get-Your-Work-Done Boss.
It occurred to me, as that company began to fold, that I could work for myself. I saw other people doing it, why not me? I hired a business coach. I faced my internal demons and my imposter syndrome. I began to brand myself and decided what I would offer to others. It was good.
I launched Fierce and Focused LLC in 2018 and learned a lot along the way. I’ve re-launched after learning many, many important lessons. I’ll save that for another time.