Interview Series - Career Experts - Daisy Wright - The Wright Career Solution | CareerMetis.com

In this interview series, we caught up with Daisy Wright from The Wright Career Solution who shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.



Tell us a little bit about your company

The Wright Career Solution is a firm that offers holistic career services that helps executives, mid-career professionals and management-level individuals find satisfying careers and get hired FASTER!
 
Our specialty services include career coaching, executive resume writing, interview and job search coaching, and LinkedIn Profile development.

How did you get started in this path?

This is a very long story, but I will begin with this quote: “Necessity is the mother of invention”, because it speaks to my career journey.
 
I had outgrown my role at work and was feeling trapped and frustrated. I knew I could be doing so much more, and since promotions at the bank where I worked were elusive, I decided to engage the services of a career coach to help me uncover my assets.
 
After a few sessions of reflection, and assessing my transferable skills, teaching and writing came out as two of my top skills, I decided I would use my background in public relations to start a part time resume writing business. At the same time I would look for an opportunity to teach.
 
My research led me to a part time teaching opportunity at Sheridan College. I asked my then employer if I could change my status to part time so I could pursue teaching. They agreed. This, along with my resume writing venture, provided the bridge to finally leave my employer.
 
It has been a long road with several twists and turns, but I have been at the helm of The Wright Career Solution full time since 2004.
 
I have, and continue to engage, in many professional development activities, earning the Certified Career Development Practitioner designation, Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Executive Leadership Development Coach, and Certified Resume Strategist.
 
I am also a Forbes Career Coach. I have been doing the work that I love since then. 

Is this something you decided early on in your career?

No! Right out of high school, I wanted to be a radio announcer, then a journalist since I always loved writing. This question brought back memories of when I wrote a letter to the editor of my local newspaper, at age 11, and again in my early 20’s.
 
I also wrote poems and stories that could be hiding in a box these many years later.
 
My career journey epitomizes someone who has transitioned into different roles, from teaching in the elementary school system in Jamaica for two years prior to going to college, to working at the United Nations in New York, and then on to Canada.
 
It has been an interesting journey, and I have been using all those experiences to help clients in various aspects of a career transition.

What is the Best Career Advice You’ve ever received?

After asking my favourite teacher what career she thought I should pursue, she said “Daisy, you are too head-strong. If I tell you to do this, you will do the other.”
 
I felt deflated at the time, but I realized later in life that it was actually a compliment pointing to my independent streak, and confidence in myself.

What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?

The most exciting part of in the career coaching space is when a client gains clarity on an issue he or she is / was facing; to watch the Aha moment when the light bulb clicks, as if to say, “Yes, I get it!”
 
Because my practice offers job search coaching, these AHA moments could be when a client realizes that they had been under-selling themselves to employers, or when they are able to articulate their value in interviews.
 
As a career coach, I help them bring to light what they already have.

How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?

  • Attend industry conferences.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities offered by industry associations.
  • Read, read, read then read some more. This does not have to be restricted to the industry.
  • Build relationships with experts in and outside your industry.
  • Seek out speaking opportunities (volunteer or paid).
  • Initiate workshops or training opportunities of your own.

What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?

Tooting their own horns!
 
Not being able or willing to get clear on their value, what they bring to the table, then articulate those values to employers.

What are the common mistakes that you see them do?

Spending  too many hours uploading resumes to job boards.

Conducting limited company research.

Giving up too soon.

Career transition is not a sprint, and one must be willing to commit to the long term, if they are looking for lasting change.


How should job seekers approach job search today?

Employ a holistic approach to the job search rather than relying on one path such as spending hours uploading resumes to job boards. That’s not an effective job search strategy.
 
Research and devise a plan to reach out to potential employers and individuals, but make sure the focus is their needs.
 
Not everyone is going to say “No!”

What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?

1) Adapting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (artificial intelligence).
2) The need to up-skill or re-skill themselves for the future
3) A greater emphasis on developing their soft skills since those cannot be replaced by robots.

What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?

Engage in reverse mentoring. There is value in learning from those who have walked the path you are on, as it is in teaching others what you know.

What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?

This Chinese Proverb aptly answers this question: “To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back”.
 
Speak to those who are already doing the job for which you aspire. Those conversations will help to inform your future.

How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is an equal opportunity platform and does not require a PhD to participate. Use it to engage in conversations, demonstrate your expertise, build credibility and gain visibility.
 
Online interactions are becoming as meaningful as in real life and LinkedIn is the place to experiment with this.

Unemployment is at the lowest levels, why do you think that is? 

Businesses are feeling more confident as the economy grows, consumer confidence is high, and job creation is at a record level globally.

What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?

Dealing with unintended consequences of artificial intelligence in hiring.
 
Faulty algorithms could give rise to potential biases as some companies move away from assessing candidates based on their resumes and towards making hiring decisions based on people’s tone of voice, facial structure and personality.
 
Hiring managers need to make sure there is a diverse team involved in developing these tools.

Daisy, what are you currently working on?

Currently building an online course. Stay tuned for the launch!

What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?


What is the best way for our audience to reach you?

Email –  [email protected]

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Daisy Wright and The Wright Career Solution have also been featured in our recent compilation of the most resourceful career experts and career blogs –  Top Career Advice Websites.     

Written By
Nissar Ahamed is the Founder & CEO of CareerMetis.com. He is also the host of The Career Insider Podcast and the co-host of The C.A.R.E. Podcast

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