Tell us about yourself and your career.
My name is Janel Kim Mariani, and I’m a West Point grad and Army veteran with experience across a wide variety of functions and industries. For most of my career in industry, I was with Fortune 100 companies.
Why were you looking for a job?
I was looking for a job because I had lost my last one and needed to pay some bills.
How did you discover PAGCG?
I discovered the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Great Group through another phenomenal organization, the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN). Alex Archawski of GPNV partnered with Lynne Williams of PAGCG for a 6-week Veterans Career Success Group program to help veterans in career transition with career education.
How did PAGCG help you in your job search?
Let me count the ways PAGCG provided an organizational and philosophical structure for how to manage the job search. It offered professional development, keynotes in the recruiting and career transition industry, career transition support, and experts in ATS, LinkedIn, and more.
How did you find your job? How long did it take?
I networked my way into my role. I spent several weeks speaking with people and following different leads into the final conversation. The journey took about seven months.
What kept you motivated during the job search, especially during the downtimes?
Since PAGCG had several virtual sessions a day, I found myself with a like-minded group of people who were interested in learning about the ins and outs of LinkedIn. As people landed, we celebrated their success together.
What were the lessons that you learned during your job search?
A great lesson I learned is to target the company first, and then network your way in.
Do you have any networking tips or tricks that you can share?
Continue to modify your objectives and your elevator pitches until they roll off your tongue naturally.
What will you do in your new role?
My role is to find companies that are interested in hiring high performing military veterans.
What is one takeaway or nugget of wisdom that you would like to share?
I enjoyed the project management approach to a targeted job search presented by Paul Cecala.