Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Mitnick.
Hi Meredith, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada. When I say small, I mean three stoplights and more people on the 405 at 3:00am than lived there full-time kind of small. A great thing about this small town was there were too few kids to limit what we could participate in. I was in band and a cheerleader. I was in theater and competed in We The People program, I even got to study abroad in Argentina for one semester – something I’ve been told is unusual in high school, but in this town we had kids coming and going every year and it was awesome! I moved to LA for college where I met my now husband in the USC Trojan Marching Band (Fight On!). After my time at USC, I traveled as a consultant before coming back to LA and falling into Human Resources. I transitioned into event planning as I completed my MBA, also from USC, and began dabbling in social events along the way.
When I had my second child, it was time for me to leave my job because 1) I was excited to take the time to focus on my family and 2) my salary didn’t cover the cost of childcare – so I dove into motherhood and worked social events (weddings, birthdays, bar & bat mitzvahs) on the weekends, In early 2020 I was at a pivot point debating picking up more events on my own, dabbling in events sales, leaning into a wonderful company I’d been working with when COVID hit and all of my events & sales contracts disappeared. My husband works in Entertainment so when that industry shut down, it was my turn to figure out a way to keep us afloat. After some real digging and one extremely helpful exploratory call with a business coach, Dana Bowling, I decided to go full tilt into my side hustle of career coaching. See, even when I was doing those other things to pay the bills, I was the go to for “would you take a quick look at my resume?” or “I got an offer from XYZ but I’m waiting to hear from ABC, what do I do?” Pairing my passion for connecting people and my HR experience with the realization that I’ve been doing this for 15+ years made the leap as good an idea as any. And now I get to help people find careers they love as much as I love mine!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
While I do not recommend starting a business during a pandemic, there’s a different kind of motivation when you’re left without other options. This was a late night & early morning labor of love. I cried when I signed my first client. And my second. Fortunately, these were phone calls and I kept my sniffles to a minimum so I’m pretty sure they don’t know that. I’ve made great investments in the business and I’ve made poor investments. Being a one-woman show, there’s a lot of trial and error. But I think that’s to be expected. The important part is that you learn from the errors. I’ve also had to work on balance. There is truly no end to the amount of work that you COULD do as an entrepreneur – create content, learn SEO, meet with clients, research new tools, everything on the backend to keep the proverbial lights on, etc. And the amazing and awful thing about it is that you, and only you, are responsible for the decisions you make. Sign a great client – that’s on you. Bad investment in a system – that’s on you too. I’m the self-appointed CFO for my family so being responsible for the sole source of income and having months where the numbers absolutely do not add up has been a lesson in stress management, humility, and creative problem-solving. I’m extremely fortunate that my husband is an amazing partner – and about 1,000 more creative and fun than I am so paper towel and toilet paper rolls (when they weren’t sold out) became Elsa & Olaf art projects. Every box of groceries that was delivered turned into a spaceship or mural.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a confidence-building Career Coach who supports early & mid-career professionals in gaining clarity and becoming more polished so they are confident and well-positioned to succeed in their careers. Whether it’s leveling up at work, transitioning into a new role, or landing your dream job, I am here to help. I do this in two different ways. One is that I specialize in supporting mid-career professionals by taking them from overwhelmed, nervous and burned out to motivated, prepared and confident so they can gain clarity and continue to level up in their career. On the other hand, I help clients who are looking for a new job through self-paced and one on one support to navigate the job search, polish your tools and show up with confidence. I do this all through the MRM signature process I’ve carefully coined as CLEAR (and yes, each letter stands for something!).
Here’s a peek at how I can help: LOOKING FOR CLARITY: You’re feeling unfulfilled and don’t know where to start looking for “what’s next” or you have too many ideas that it’s overwhelming to choose a path. LOOKING FOR THAT BIG PROMOTION: You’re ready to level up! It’s your time to stand out and be perfectly positioned for that promotion. LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB: You’re on the hunt for something new. Maybe it’s been a while since you looked for a job (you use LinkedIn for what?!) or the search has been lackluster let’s kick it into gear. I spent 10+ years in Human Resources and recruiting, so I use this experience to lead you to your next opportunity in (and sometimes out) of the workplace. Having personally succeeded at the elusive “career pivot” in both industry and function, I know what it’s like to know it’s time for something new – AND – what it takes to synthesize all you’ve done and turn it into something to propel you forward.
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT?
✨ I have a “teach you to fish” approach. Clients benefit from my expertise while gaining skills to enhance their job search both now and& in the future.
✨ Working with me is having a personal cheerleader. Many people can edit a resume, but my clients learn to approach their goals with clarity and confidence.
✨ I will tell you what you need to hear in a way that you can hear it. You don’t hire me to tell you your resume looks great – if it did and that’s all you needed, you wouldn’t be hiring someone in the first place.
✨ I support clients from a variety of backgrounds, but areas like Human Resources, Project Management, Event Planning and Marketing are absolutely my sweet spot!
My clients are incredible human beings and I have the wonderful job of reminding them of that. Sometimes, you get stuck in a bad professional environment, with an unsupportive boss, with a hostile workplace or even hit with an unexpected layoff – and you forget how awesome and valuable you are. One client of mine hadn’t looked for a job in 10 years and was too scared to put herself out there. She ended up landing a huge opportunity with a significant pay increase. Another client went from being terrified of her boss with an anxiety-inducing professional relationship to having the script flipped with her boss saying how proud she is of my client. Point blank, I love seeing my clients succeed. The “I got an interview” text or the gif of someone “cheers-ing” to celebrate the promotion is what I live for. It’s the absolute best thing about the work I do. You’re eager to take your career to the next level, but you don’t know how. You’ve tried Googling your options, talking to friends, maybe even drafting your growth plan and goals. You’re essentially overwhelmed with all of the tips and information out there, it’s hard to know what’s right FOR YOU! You could go it alone but the thought of tackling those next steps makes you want to close your resume, log out of LinkedIn, and walk away from your computer completely. This is where I come in.
I built my business from experience and my passion for helping others succeed. I know what it’s like to struggle to navigate your career – both as an employee and the “HR Lady” on the other side of that meeting. It feels like there are so many hurdles and so few good options – it’s hard to know where to start. I’ve been reviewing resumes and prepping friends for big meetings since I was in college – I joke that my first client paid me with use of her hair straightener and baked goods. I take my clients from discouraged, confused, stuck and burned out to polished, confident and ready to achieve their career goals! Ultimately, I work with clients one on one, in group programs or through my HIRE ME Resume Course where I guide you to create a resume that will fly through the Applicant Tracking System and tell the recruiter, HIRE ME! Whether it’s time to reenter the workforce, pivot to a new industry or function, or take that next step at your current company, by working with me you’ll find clarity, confidence, strategies, and accountability to reach your goals.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
We went on family cruises. My grandparents LOVED to go on cruises and they were extremely generous to take the family with them sometimes. Me, my brother and my folks, plus my aunts, uncles and cousins would all set sail and have these truly amazing and memorable adventures. My immediate family lived in Northern Nevada and this part of my extended family was all in Texas so it was such an amazing way to connect with them and create these epic moments. I’m the oldest of eight in this generation, and pre-social media, it wasn’t always easy to stay in touch. I think those trips solidified a lot of the bonds we have as a family.
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