Christina Forst | Global Sustainability Manager, Reporting and Engagement - IFF
Christina transitioned from more than 6 years in ‘in-house’ roles at AIG into a sustainability management-consulting role.
How do I update my personal marketing materials and leverage my experience to switch roles?
When I left my previous position after six years, I had an old resume and an outdated sense of what a job search in today’s marketplace requires. After only a couple of months on my own with little to no traction, I knew I needed some professional advice to effectively leverage my in-house corporate sustainability experience into a management consulting role.
It’s not always easy or comfortable to identify and talk about your strengths, weaknesses, career accomplishments, and career gaps, but it is a necessary step.
I appreciated Shannon’s candor and directness throughout this process, which ultimately helped me start to build my personal brand story around key words that I wanted to be known for, while also making sure that my next role matched my values as well.
"My professional story to come forward into a compelling narrative."
She often helped me find the right words, draft the strongest sentence, or frame things in a new way. With her specialty and expertise in the sustainability area, I really trusted her targeted advice and hiring manager perspective.
I had several successful interviews and job offers before accepting my dream job as a corporate sustainability consultant.
By equipping me with the right tools – including a revised CV, LinkedIn profile, bio, elevator pitch and interview prep – Shannon helped me to execute a much more structured job search. Looking ahead, I have no doubt I will continue to be a “Walk of Life student” in order to keep my personal brand alive and my career trajectory on track!