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Lost your path? Well, you’ve just found your career compass. Cheesy? Yes, but for the record, I’m a not a woo-woo career coach. That line was just to go with the photo above. (Hey: it’s hard to find good stock photos!) Seriously, I’m here to help you find a job you love — or one you can actually make money in. I’ve been working with folks at every level of their career throughout my own career in media. I know that straight-talk and  tough love are just as productive as the cheerleading that all us media folk need right now. As your coach, I’ll dive straight into what your skills are, where you’re lacking, and help you find a realistic (and rewarding) path forward. Let’s get started! Cheers, Chandra

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Hey recent grads! I provide programs and services just for you at a reduced rate.


Package #1: Makeover Your Resume 

Feel like your resume is stuck in 2010? That it doesn’t have the keywords (or right words) that media brands, content agencies, or the corporate world is looking for? I will help you frame your media and content experience so it’s attractive to hiring managers and recruiters in and outside of media for the specific roles you are applying to. (Don’t know what roles those are yet? See package #2 below!). I can tell you what needs to be highlighted more and how to do it, what you should leave off altogehter (without it looking like a “gap”). I’ll also provide you with a new template and advise on how to optimize your resume it’s ATS / bot-friendly from a keyword and layout standpoint. This package involves one round of edits by me (either live on a call or via Google docs) and one follow up review to make sure you are on the right track. /$350. Email Chandra@thetalentfairy.com and I’ll send you a link to pay.

“The best advice I have received yet for my resume.”

“I think I was stopping myself from going after many opportunities because of my resume, and therefore my messaging and talking points were all over the place. I didn’t know how to describe my career, my skills, and my future. Having Chandra’s “magic touch” on my resume has changed that mindset and I’ve not been this excited to put myself out there in a long time.” 

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Package #2: Get Unstuck From Your Rut 

With this starter package, I will help you re-define your personal brand messaging so you can be more focused and efficient in your job search and a stronger candidate for employers. This package includes 3 hours of coaching/editing which folks usually choose to break into one hour of 1:1 coaching (now only via phone or video chat) to explore your job-search focus and two hours of editing your messaging (resume, Linked In, portfolio site, and/or cover letters). It’s right for you if you need help translating and articulating your editorial skills to a next-level position (i.e., from editor to manager/director) or to an adjacent career, such as content marketing/strategy, digital or social media, or corporate marketing/branding/communications. /$549 ($51 off full price). Schedule by emailing Chandra@thetalentfairy.com.  Note: If you need more 1:1 coaching, you can add 1 hour to this package for $175. ($25 off my regular hourly rate). Or consider coaching package #3.

“Absolutely loved working with Chandra. She was easy to talk to, has great insight into the industry, helped me redo my resume to accurately show my experience, and had great interview feedback. Highly recommend!” — freelance writer, winter 2020

“Chandra’s an expert coach with contagious enthusiasm whose work on my resume helped clarify my background and my goals, and whose edit on a cover letter I’m convinced got me an interview.” — R.B., managing editor, summer 2019


 

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Package #3: Jumpstart Your (New) Career  

You CAN find a job that you love using all the skills you learned as an editor or writer. You just need to know how to spin that skillset, baby! This package includes 5 hours of coaching and editing of your personal brand messaging. It’s right for you if you have worked in content creation most of your career, but now feel like you need to shake yourself off and start fresh — either to a new role in content, pivoting to content marketing/branding/mar-comm or a new media platform.  And if you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, I can help you reposition yourself to gain new/different types of clients. This package provides all the personal brand messaging work of Package #2 above (resume, Linked In, etc.) with more 1:1 coaching so we can work together to define your unique transferrable skills; discover the roles (and job titles) you are best qualified for (inside and outside of media); and work together to target the right employers and clients so you can get on the path to your next fulfilling career. /$879 ($121 off full price). Schedule by emailing Chandra@thetalentfairy.com. Note: I’m happy to split this payment into 2 parts — just ask.

“Chandra’s experience in the magazine industry and with the new direction media has taken was exactly the kind of expertise and background I was looking for, and she’s helped me find new ways to approach what I’m trying to do with my career transition. And her huge network of contacts has also been invaluable.” — editor, fall 2019

“Chandra is the no-b.s. talent fairy. She has a knack for identifying your strengths and weaknesses within the first hour of meeting you and giving honest feedback. More importantly, she takes the time to listen to your concerns and needs and she won’t send you on a career path without offering helpful insight and resources.” — editor, summer 2019

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Package #4: Career Therapy

Created to meet client demand as a follow-up package to #2 and #3 above, this package is most like a traditional career coach or therapist. It provides less hands-on work (your resume should already be in good shape), and more expert guidance as you navigate the job search process. I will keep you accountable, focused, and confident in your new career direction while helping you manage the roller coaster of the job search process. I can review cover letters and applications, advise on edit tests — and be on call with quick assessments (“YES! You are qualified for that!”),  gut-checks (“Follow up next week”), and tough love (“Let. It. Go!”). And when you have to deal with HR awkwardness, edit tests, salary negotiation, and any other sticky situation else, I’m here, too. Also happy to provide personal contacts, connections, and relevant openings when relevant and available. Payment options vary based on your needs:

30 min weekly check-in call (4 per month) + email support/ $369/month  

30 min bi-monthly check-in call (2 per month) + email support/ $189/month  

No calls, only email support/ $99/month  

Note: This service is only available to clients who have completed packages #2 or #3 above. You can schedule your check-in call via my calendar. Email support can include up to 10 emails per month with concise questions about your job hunt and reviews of cover letters, LOIs, proposals. For detailed line edits and rewrites, I advise purchasing one of my ala carte services below or discussing during one of our check-ins.

“Over the course of a particularly demanding job application process, Chandra gave me such insightful guidance and non-stop support—she became the work cheerleader I never knew I desperately needed! Chandra has helped me work through what the next stage in my career should be (a challenge for a former magazine editor these days!). She has encouraged me to pursue a path I’ve dreamed of, and discouraged me from seeking opportunities that are not worth my time.  Always candid and positive, she effortlessly makes connections and doles out advice–with a healthy dose of skepticism which is much appreciated. Hire HER!” — C.T., content strategist, fall 2019


 


Ala Carte: Mix & Match

Let’s create a package that works best for you. I can combine any of the below services (or above packages) to give you exactly what you need to feel confident in your job search and career path.

RESUMES see Package #1 above. COVER LETTERS & PERSONAL BRAND MESSAGING  I’ll work with you to make anything you say about yourself hit the right note with potential employers, such as a cover letter, LinkedIn profile graph, About Us, mission statement, proposal, edit test, etc. 1:1 COACHING We can work on defining (or redefining) your career direction, interviewing skills, personal brand messaging, and more.  CAREER THERAPY I’m here for consistent support throughout your job search journey. See package #4 above for more details. Email Chandra@thetalentfairy.com to get started and a link to pay. Payment: Ala carte services are $200/hr with a 1 hour minimum.  

“When you get to senior status as a writer but still want feedback/guidance, what’s needed is a seasoned professional. Chandra provides writers with precisely that, which is rare to find in a coach these days! Her expertise gets to the crux of your issue and solves it. Plus, her editing skills are invaluable. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and highly recommend her no matter what stage you’re at in this industry.” — F.N., Senior Copywriter, March 2020

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Looking forward to connecting and helping you find a job, and a career, you love.

xoxo, Chandra

Reach me at Chandra@thetalentfairy.com


 

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