Hi, I'm Brooke. This is my story...
I started Interview Ally because I understand how challenging and stressful job searching can be. I lost a job during the 2009 recession, and it instantly upended my life. I felt defeated, overwhelmed, and uncertain about my future.
I came home the same day I was laid off, opened my laptop, and started looking for employment. From that moment on, I spent countless hours applying to jobs while riding a steady wave of disappointment. I was disheartened that my efforts were not paying off. Hiring managers were not responding to my resume; invitations to interview were sparce; and if I was fortunate to get interviews, the offers were not showing up.
Job hunting in the middle of a recession was very challenging. How could I stand out in a market that was inundated with job seekers just like me? I had solid experience and skills, but no one was knocking on the door. I felt a range of emotions: uncertainty for my future (would I find a job again?); defeated because I was not getting calls (what was I doing wrong?); and self-doubt (I don't measure up).
After 8 months of tirelessly searching for work, I landed a dream job as an Executive Director of a local non-profit, working for a cause I championed. That job eventually led to other opportunities that supported my professional development. Most recently, I served as an Executive Recruiter where I sourced and interviewed senior/executive level candidates for leadership positions.
Fast-forward to today, and I am now founder of Interview Ally. I am passionate about leveraging my personal and professional experience to support those who are currently seeking a new position or aspiring to a new job or career. I work with candidates to help them appreciate their value and then apply that to their desired job. Finally, I am here to provide encouragement and assurance that they are not alone in their journey.
Wherever you are in your career path - whether you have lost a job, are changing careers, or reentering the workforce - I am here to be your ALLY.
Where can you find me outside of work?
Spending time with my husband and son
Shuttling said son to and from soccer practices and games
Connecting with friends and family
Crocheting, exercising, reading, and...
Enjoying delicious Diet Cokes from McD's. :)