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Hi, I'm Melissa Llarena. I'm the president and co-founder of Career Outcomes Matter.
What I do best is coach business leaders on how to dissect and deliver the perfect job interview and I’ve been doing this since 1997. The reason I got into career coaching was because, I’ve personally transitioned across 16 different business units throughout my career and I never felt more alive (professionally) than when I used my Swiss Army knife-like skills to empower my first client with the strategy, courage, and content he needed to secure a banking job, earn more than 40% of his expected base salary, and ultimately secure a visa.
My approach isn’t about putting a Band-Aid solution on challenges—it’s about developing applicable skill sets that people can immediately and effectively put to use in landing their dream roles again and again.
I take pride in being a coach who doesn’t dish out some touchy-feely mumbo jumbo, but instead meets a client precisely where they are and gets her hands dirty to help them execute on those résumés, LinkedIn updates, interview answers, career pivots, salary talks, etc..
My proven method revolves around bringing proven business tools and insights (imagine using a SWOT analysis on yourself or creating your own brand using the frameworks consumer product goods companies have used) that have built billion dollar businesses to help my clients build priceless careers.
Let me explain where I built my repertoire of insights and why I enjoy sharing substantive feedback to anyone who wants to sell themselves into a plum role.
I began my career at JPMorgan Chase as a generalist in HR, where I focused on performance management and high-potential career-development programs. Later, I transitioned into the bank’s Internet-marketing unit, where I worked on competitive intelligence. I then left the bank to join Reuters, where I was the lead trainer for Fidelity Investments. These experiences positioned me well for later roles marketing brands across sectors, including in consumer product goods, financial services, and technology. After 10 years as a marketer of products and services for brands including AmEx and P&G, I decided to help top talent market themselves – helping humans felt more important to me.
Today, I am an adjunct instructor for NYU and I lend my expertise as a volunteer interviewer for various not-for-profit organizations in the US.
I've authored quite a bit of content including a widely viral eBook The Interview-Strategy Playbook for Corporate Olympians: A Guide to Nailing the 27 Job Interview Questions that Can Trip Up the Savviest Corporate Athletes.
CNBC, The Financial Times, Fox Business News, The Society for Human Resources Management, American Express Open Forum, Women 2.0, The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, US News & World Report, Forbes, WSJ, and Ladders have turned to me for insights.
I earned an undergraduate psychology degree from NYU and then I earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
I'm originally from Astoria, NY. Funny enough, one client said this about me "Melissa means business! She brings a 'no nonsense' approach, like you'd expect from a New Yorker, and it was exactly what I needed."
In the meantime, here's access to my 20-page interview preparation kit - there are loads of strategies and tips that will help you improve your interviewing skills and understand what's really going on behind the scenes.
Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:30am ET.
Melissa Llarena is the CEO and career coach behind Career Outcomes Matter. Her craft is coaching top executives on how to dissect and deliver the perfect job interview. The Financial Times, Fox Business News, American Express Open Forum, The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, US News & World Report, [...]