Past. I was a high school teacher for 8 years, 5 of those I spent in Medellin, Colombia. I started a business there, and pivoted to tech when I moved to Seattle in 2014.
Present. I am a Job Search Strategist and Founder of Bespoke Professional. I help people find jobs, especially those who are pivoting, have taken time away, or are feeling undervalued in their current role. About 80% of my clients are women.
Don’t be afraid to identify that goal or dream job that seems impossible. Once you identify it, write it down, and tell those who you trust. Ask for everyone’s advice, but be very particular about what advice you take. Once you identify your north star, you can point your ship in that direction.
Future. Life has always surprised me, especially when I try to plan more than five years in the future. But I love building businesses and I want to grow this one to help as many people as possible. I specifically want to continue to find ways to help women earn market value and close the gender pay gap!
Her Boss Lady Power
Redefining Women Who Work
My clients are redefining women at work everyday whether it’s by coming back after years off or making a pivot to a new field. Pivoting is the new normal, but it is still new, so those doing it are paving the way, which isn’t always easy. People come to me when they are ready to redefine what they want from their careers, and I feel so grateful to be able to help them do it.
Work Challenges & Inspiration
Being a solo-preneur is challenging because I am so social! I knew that this would be my biggest challenge, so I joined The Riveter from the beginning to have a community. The women I have met here have not only been role models in their success, but have also been willing to share their struggles. So when I would get freaked out, I was never alone.
Managing Work/Life Balance
Having a place to work outside of my house helps me keep myself in check- Most of the time, but I defer to the parents on this one. I work with a lot of moms and studies show that moms are the most effective and productive with time.
What She Wished She Knew
For me, it’s more that there are things I would like to go back and remind my younger self, for example, to worry less and dream bigger.
Advice For Boss Ladies
Don’t be afraid to identify that goal or dream job that seems impossible. Once you identify it, write it down, and tell those who you trust. Ask for everyone’s advice, but be very particular about what advice you take. Once you identify your north star, you can point your ship in that direction. Be willing to admit what it is you truly want and start taking steps toward it, even if it seems impossible. But be open to new opportunities that present themselves along the way. Maybe your dream job is something that you don’t even know exists!
It saves so much time and stress… I also never have to stress about going to weddings or events anymore. It is so convenient and I feel like a million bucks!
Her Armoire Style
I used to love shopping, but I started to hate it, and I didn’t really like the clothes that I owned, so Armoire seemed like the perfect solution!
It saves so much time and stress. I no longer have to spend hours going shopping or weeding through pages of items online, not to mention that Armoire allows me to wear clothes that are much higher quality. I also never have to stress about going to weddings or events anymore. It is so convenient and I feel like a million bucks!
Her Go-To Power Outfit
There was this Rachel Zoe jumpsuit. It was both professional and feminine. It’s time we started being unapologetic about our ambition as women. Our outfits can remind ourselves and the world that we can be both feminine and powerful.
Lynn’s 5 Tips for Landing Your Dream Job:
Tip 1: Don’t neglect your LinkedIn profile! It should be just as, if not more robust, than your resume.
Tip 2: Be active on LinkedIn. Follow your dream companies and the people who work there.
Tip 3: Make sure friends and family in the area know you are seeking new opportunities and what you are looking for. They often will have ideas and contacts for you.
Tip 4: You might not be able to get the dream job right now, so identify what you need to do to get there in 2-5 years. It might be finding a stepping stone job.
Tip 5: Networking gets a bad rap but my clients who are most successful in landing their ideal roles for their idea pay do so through a combination of leveraging current contacts and relationships, joining professional groups, going to recruiting events and using LinkedIn to connect to those closest to their desired roles.