1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Patricia Figueroa. I am a former Fortune 500 recruiter (Dow Jones & Bank of America) who currently owns my own resume writing and career coaching business, The Career Glow Up. I provide resume & cover letter writing, LinkedIn optimization and career coaching services. I want my clients to live their dream, not dream their life!
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was at Sam Goody (I just dated myself, didn't I?!). I walked into the mall, filled out a one-page application then the manager told me I was hired on the spot!
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
As much as I loved recruiting, I hated declining people and didn't like the feeling that I was negotiating candidates into the ground when I tried to close them and extend the offer. At the same time, I noticed many candidates that were great on phone interviews whose resumes were mediocre (at best) and, if they were invited in, had absolutely no presence at the in-person interview. I decided I wanted to help these candidates with expertly written resumes, networking strategies, mock interviews and salary negotiation so they can properly present themselves and sell themselves effectively in order to land the opportunity!
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
I would have told my younger self to be more confident! Speak up for yourself more, stop being so intimidated and stop letting people walk all over you. Learn to push back and learn to say no!
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Professionally, In five years, I hope to have all of my processes in Career Glow Up automated. I hope to be giving speeches at universities across the country to inspire students and alumni. I hope to have impacted hundreds of clients to pursue their dreams fearlessly and relentlessly. Personally, I hope to continue to grow esoterically and to continue in my path as a light being.
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