Career Cadence, the brainchild of Alan Carniol SOM’10, is not a typical career services company.
Unlike mostservices, this company does not help clients polish resumes, train for interviews, or even find jobs. Instead, for $199, Career Cadence offers a 45-minute personality assessment followed by a five-hour workshop that helps clients create their ideal job description. Career Cadence will offer a New Haven workshop on October 23.
“A lot of people think that the job search is like the Law of Large Numbers,” Carniol said, meaning that focusing on the quantity of job applications is a common mistake. Instead of trying to apply to the largest number of job opportunities possible, she said,Career Cadence encourages job seekers to focus on applying to the career they are best suited for he said. It is more efficientto determine what working environments will enable you to succeed instead of dropping off resumes at 100 places, Carniol added.
Carniol graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and was unsatisfied with the career opportunities and guidance available. To advise otherrecent graduates confused about their future career path, Carniol founded Career Cadence in 2008.
“The job search is completely overwhelming and there are so many different variables,” he said.“We want to make it manageable.”
The personality assessment, the first step in the Career Cadence program, asks questions about values, motivations, strengths and weaknesses on a scale of one to six.
After receiving the results, a Career Cadence-certified coach and an assistant interpret the data in a workshop. Although the workshop may have up to 12 participants, Carniol said clients receive at least 15minutes of personalized attention.
The workshop is not intended to be a lecture, Carniol said, adding that participants work together and share advice. The group environment also allows participants to use each other as resources he added.
Joe Charlet’11, who participated in a pilot program two years ago, said the workshop is the best part of the process.
“The thing that’s different about Career Cadence is that it helps you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and helps you choose a job that makes you happy,” he added.
Because Yale students tend to have long-term goals, Charlet said, Career Cadence helps people develop short-term goals to reach those larger ambitions.
Another pilot participant, Jordan Rogers’12, said Career Cadence helped him focus his goals.
“It’s for those who are looking toward the future, thinking about the next step in life, and hoping to plan now for what lies ahead,“ he said.
When both students were asked if the program is worth the cost, neither of them hesitated to say yes.
As of now, Carniol plans to market Career Cadence to recent graduates through the Internet. He also hopes to establish relationships with young professional organizations, fraternities and career offices at colleges and universities. “We have very recently switched over to selling the product,“ Carniol said.
Carniol and his business partner, Paul Holzer SOM’09, spent the last two years developing the personality assesment and workshop after meeting at the School of Management.
So far, over 150 people have participated in the Career Cadence program, either as participants in the pilot program or paying customers, while 420 people have taken the personality assessment, Carniol said. Career Cadence also offers a 60-day guarantee for those who are not satisfied with the experience. “So far, no one has asked for their money back,” Carniol said.
The next workshop at Yale will be held on Saturday, October 23.