1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I am the resume writer and career launch coach for Julia Holian and Associates, a career development consultancy based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I write compelling resumes for professionals at all career stages that help my clients step into the next phase of their career with confidence. I’ve also developed coaching curriculum specifically catered to early-stage professionals (college students, recent grads and those just a few years out of school) that focuses on developing the tools needed to create strategic career roadmaps. I am fanatical about helping my clients uncover their unique stories by providing the tools to develop a clear understanding of their skills, experience, talents and goals.
I’m also a mama to two amazing humans (Lydia and James) and married to a wonderful guy (Brandon). When I’m not coaching or shepherding my family around town, you’ll find me in the gym, planning our next Disneyland trip, or geeking out on the latest personal development best seller.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
Apart from my early days as a camp counselor through college, my first “big girl” job was an intern at a public relations firm (the field for which I studied). I was promoted into increasingly visible roles, helping B2B and B2C tech startups and Fortune 500s tell the stories that attracted their target audiences and drove awareness among key influencers and media outlets.
As with every role I have ever landed, I came into it by leveraging my network of former classmates, friends and colleagues.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
I graduated college straight into the Great Recession and didn’t ask too many questions when I got a job within my chosen field – Afterall, I should have been grateful just to have a job, right? It wasn’t until I got married and Brandon and I started planning our family that I really started asking myself what I wanted out of my career (vs. what I thought I was supposed to pursue).
Shortly after having my first kiddo, I had transitioned to a virtual agency and was getting to work with some amazing colleagues and clients, while being home with my new baby girl – it was the freaking best work situation a new mom could ask for. But even then… I still didn’t feel “it”. I started scaling back, tried several side hustles (confession: I jumped on the 2016 LuLaRoe bandwagon) and really dug into exploring what I wanted out of my career.
And then it happened, I started finding areas that I excelled at and LOVED. While I didn’t necessarily find passion in leopard print leggings, I did uncover that I loved helping my customers feel beautiful and strong. It was that realization, paired with my technical training in public relations, that influenced my move to help individuals do exactly what I was helping businesses do – create compelling stories that spark action.
My best friend set me up with an informational meeting with a former co-worker of hers, who had recently parted ways to start a career development consultancy. We sat down for what would become a two-hour lunch and talked about how my vision for using a PR mindset to help professionals navigate telling their own stories. By the end of the lunch, Julia asked if I would be interested in working for her… and the rest is history.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
I actually wrote a blog about this a while back. In short – I’d tell younger me that she is the only one that will make her career a priority and that she needs to pay attention to the pieces of her work that are most fulfilling. Also to hang in here… current me needed years in PR to help serve our clients, understand their challenges and uncover their strengths. Lean into all of it!
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will still be in professional development – working with talented coaches and writers to help professionals at all levels find clarity and strategy as they make career moves.
Personally – I’ll still be raising my babies (who will be 10 and 8 by then, which is bonkers to think about) and thriving in a strong marriage with my hubs.
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