People ask me all the time why I started working in career management and built MyHuntPath. Traditionally, recruiters (Headhunters) do not spend much time with people that they cannot get a fee for. In 2009, sitting in my parish, one Sunday, I heard a sermon that changed the course of my business. The minister talked about the idea of fulfilling your mission. She explained that each person should follow a personal mission, guided by personal interests and abilities. This sermon inspired me to volunteer one hour a week to counsel the unemployed in my congregation and local community.
Right in the heart of the recession, I only expected to see unemployed people at that first meeting. What I was shocked to discover though, was the large amount of people in the room that DID have a job. I met and heard the stories of students (at all levels), retirees, young veterans, ex-cons, moms wanting to return to the workforce, and a few wannabe entrepreneurs.
As I stood in front of the room trying to figure out how to help everyone, it hit me. I had to teach them all to become headhunters. I realized I only needed to teach everyone in the room to make one job placement, their own. The following week, we had many people return and gained some new faces. Everyone who followed the program started finding new opportunities and a better career path. We were teaching self-directed career management and it was working!
We eventually moved to a local business incubator and expanded the program to support up to 40 different religious congregations around the Cleveland area. Later, I began receiving dozens of requests to speak at different colleges and other organizations around the country. It made me realize that turning my techniques into a business would help it reach the wide-scale audience it was suited for and thus, MyHuntPath was born. Our pricing is $4.99 a month and I always joke that for the cost of a cup of coffee, you can take control of your career in one place (granted, I do drink a grande caramel macchiato).
Our approach is unique. In my opinion, the best people to go to for career management advice are the ones who do it for a living, the headhunters who bring companies and candidates together every day.
Some candidates may not be right for a search, but they are right for MyHuntPath, as our platform helps all job seekers no matter the age or field. I found the way to use my talents and fulfill my mission. And now, you can use MyHuntPath to fulfill yours (or your Buffalo as we like to call it, but you’ll find out more about that when you sign up).
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