Wendy Saccuzzo

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I’m Wendy, and I’m a career counselor (aka, strategist) specializing in career transition.

MY APPROACH

When I’m working with clients, my approach is holistic and humanistic.  I believe that our personal and professional lives are deeply intertwined.  Maybe you’re here because you’re going through some stuff in your personal life and it’s affecting your work.  Maybe you’re not sure what to do next in your professional life.   I have a graduate degree in counseling with a focus on career development, and if we work together, we can talk about things like:

  • The power of effectively telling your story- this helps you build relationships with people you meet, and can lead to career ideas and connections.  This is where personal brand and cultivating that online presence is so important.
  • Increasing your self-awareness, which leads to better career satisfaction- what are your interests, skills, and values?

  • If you’ve already identified a career goal, we can work on preparing a strategy for job search, including resume, cover letter, and mock interviewing.

CREATING A STRATEGY

Many of my clients enjoy starting off our work together with the creation of a career roadmap.  This will help both you and me understand where you’ve been, what you like and dislike, what your story is, and how to start setting some goals.  It’s not often that we take the time to pause and reflect on our accomplishments and what we are saying about ourselves verbally and on the internet, but this brand we create for ourselves is the number one way we connect with new opportunities for work.

When I took my first counseling class in graduate school, I wasn’t sure what would come next for me in my career as a counselor.  One of my classmates gave a presentation on the power of visualization, asking us to think about a day without restrictions- what would it look like?  I joined the class in closing my eyes and walking through my ideal career day and then journaled about it.   What a powerful evening that was!  Suddenly, I had a loose plan to work toward, and a few specific goals I wanted to achieve long-term.  This sense of purpose and the activity of goal setting gave me a newfound motivation.  Today, as a career counselor, I use similar exercises with my own clients to help them gain more self-awareness about their own career goals.

How about you- what motivates you?  We can work on identifying that and setting your own goals.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS 

“Wendy was the catalyst in my career transition to tech by using innovative writing exercises and tools to help me effectively set a goal I thought I could never reach. Her pro-coaching literally changed my life and I am now in the career I have always been passionate about. Somehow she knew this from our first meeting.”

“I approached Wendy for assistance with a career change, specifically helping me tailor my resume and interviewing to move away from IT leadership into a more service-based role. Wendy quickly recognized where I needed guidance and we spent all of our time together exploring those areas. My interviews after speaking with her were better across the board than the interviews I’d previously done, and I trace it directly to her advice. She helped me see my presentation with fresh eyes and showed me how to bring forward my best and most relevant traits, with superior results.”

MY PROFESSIONAL STORY

Diversity and inclusion in tech are important to me.   Previously I worked as Director of Career Services at Hackbright Academy, the software engineering school for women in San Francisco.  I  built a career development curriculum and managed a team of coaches.  Together, we prepared the graduates for their career transition into software engineering and helped tech companies with their diversity strategies.  Prior to that, I was in technical recruiting, where I helped to build engineering teams in early stage startup companies.  I’ve also worked in real estate, higher education, and in non-profits.

Outside of my counseling practice, I facilitate meetups to empower women in technology with Empower Tech– join us for an upcoming meetup.  I’m  also involved with Women Who Code- San Francisco as Director of Career Development, where I lead meet-ups on career development in tech, and I’m a member of the National Career Development Association.  I’m also a parent and family is important to me.  I value work/life balance, and strive to achieve it by balancing ambition with family time, gardening, hiking, and reading far too many blogs.

CONNECTING

Let’s talk.  You can follow me on Twitter or learn more about my professional career and read my blogposts on LinkedIn.  I look forward to hearing your story and helping you determine what comes next in your career.  Email me at aboutworkstuff at gmail dot com, or call 415-320-3985.