"Everyone Deserves to Work at Jobs and in Organizations That Are Right for Them"

Emi Scliar, BSuccess – A human resources and career consulting expert explains how to advance occupationally, prepare for retirement and generally find the workplace that suits one best

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"Career consulting is a very broad field," says Emi Scliar, human resources and career consulting expert and owner of the BSuccess brand. "For me, it's counseling people who need guidance regarding studies, careers, or retirement, as well as what’s called in Hebrew as shinua – finding a path to the right places. I call this the 'what' and the 'how': The 'what' is the study program, the career, or the post-retirement way of life that best suits a specific person, while the 'how' is the most appropriate and efficient means of getting to those places."

According to Emi, the clientele that comes to her for consulting services is highly diverse. She advises and guides young adults after their military service who want to plan a study track and future career, workers who are undecided about their place and mode of employment, and people considering a career change or thinking about starting their own business. People approaching retirement also consult with Emi about how to correctly plan for post-retirement life. Moreover, people who have been dismissed from their jobs are often referred to Emi by the organizations that had employed them, so that she can help them find their next positions.

Listen to your inner voice

Emi has an impressive background, both academic and practical, in career consulting and human resources. She holds an undergraduate degree in behavioral science, and a Master's degree in sociology and labor studies. Her Master's thesis dealt with the topic of career change under stress. She also worked for eight years at the Mifne Institute, specializing in vocational guidance and job screening. She then decided to leave the Institute and think about what she wanted to do with the rest of her professional life. "It was my third maternity leave, I'd reached the conclusion that I wanted to deal with human resources in high tech, and that's what I in fact did," she recalls, "for over 20 years. I was a human resources manager, and afterwards a deputy CEO for human resources in high tech."

But she didn't rest on her laurels. "At some point, while I was deputy CEO at a large global firm, with excellent conditions that included money, options, and prestige, I decided to make a change: to switch to part-time work and to return to the startup world I so love. I realized that that's what was right for me. I believe that if you know what you want, if you're focused and know how to search – you can ignore the 'know-it-alls' who tell you what's right, what's respectable, and what looks good. You're able to connect to yourself and find what suits you best."

"I and the 11 counselors who work with me provide support for a lot of people." Emi ScliarCredit: Courtesy of BSuccess

She worked for a few years at a high-tech company, during which she opened her own business providing HR consulting services to small entrepreneurs, mentoring to human resources personnel, and career change counseling. "When the startup closed, I decided to listen to my inner voice, which said that I find the career-transition field the most enjoyable," she relates, adding that some of her work since then has been devoted to counseling, mentoring, and HR workshops, while career-transition services occupy the bulk of her time. "Five years ago, I started BSuccess. I and the 11 counselors who work with me support for a lot of people who approach us privately, as well as to people who've been terminated or are retiring and are referred to us by organizations in the market," she notes.

A practical and individualized approach

The thing that has guided Emi through all her years of involvement in the human resources and career field is the idea that "everyone deserves to work at the jobs and for the organizations that are right for them, and every organization deserves to get the employees that are right for it. I believe that a person has to know what is right for him, and that he should, where necessary, approach those who can help him, and then his chances of getting to the right places are greater. I think people also need to be open to the idea that, at certain points in their lives, the things they want and seek will change. Additionally, some of us are suited to be 'slashers' – people who do different things at the same time. That's the direction the world is going in."

Today, the knowledge and experience Emi has amassed in her two fields of expertise – human resources and career consulting – allow her to see and also to understand the full picture. She explains: "In my view, career consultants should be able to help people in many different areas: emotionally processing what they're going through, vocational guidance, current job-seeking techniques, resumé writing, preparing for job interviews, guidance on starting a new job."

Emi employs an individualized approach in order to provide the best possible counseling; she explains that the counseling and guidance she offers are necessarily dependent on the person who comes to her. "In the first stage, you talk with the person, figure out where he is and what his needs are," she relates about her work process. "Later, you have to present the person with all the options and tailor for him what he needs, in a joint process. Very lengthy career consulting processes exist. My approach, by contrast, is practical. When a person comes just for vocational guidance – the 'what' question – it's a single introductory meeting, at the end of which I send him home with homework, questions for him and for those around him. At the next meeting, which lasts two hours, we discuss the answers, and then I give him directions that I recommend. For 90 percent of those who come to me, that's the entire process."

Guidance, consulting, workshops, and training sessions

Emi Scliar provides a variety of services in the career consulting field. One of them is guiding workers through the process of separating from an organization due to termination or retirement. The team of consultants who work alongside Emi at BSuccess deal primarily with this field. "I handpicked them," she relates. "They all have significant experience in career consulting and working with organizations. Most of them have also been involved in HR. When an organization sends us people for guidance who have been terminated or who are retiring, I refer each one to the consultant who's the best fit for him. And I get outstanding feedback on them, again and again."

"Career consultants have to be able to help people on many different issues." Emi ScliarCredit: Courtesy of BSuccess

According to Emi, organizations of all types and sizes currently provide terminated employees with guidance. These terminated employees are sent for several personal meetings or workshops, where each employee receives support in different areas on the way to his or her next job. This includes emotional processing, understanding what kind of job best suits one, and learning practical skills that will help one find that job. For those retiring, the process includes thinking about how to rebuild one's life trajectory, whether in terms of finding work at an advanced age, or dividing one's time between leisure activities, family, studies, and more."

Another area where Emi provides services is that of guidance during personal career transitions. "This includes several different groups of people: young adults making career decisions – together with them I plan a suitable career and then trace the path toward it, including studies or training; people who've completed their studies and are unsure about what kind of work to do; people who've been working for years in some field and are asking themselves if they're in the right place; people who've decided to leave their jobs and resigned, and ones who are considering starting their own businesses," she says.

Emi also holds workshops and instructional sessions on job-seeking and career transitions. These workshops, which she calls "On the Road to Your Next Job," focus on resume writing, LinkedIn, job search techniques, and preparing for interviews. Emi also holds career workshops for the general public, dealing with planning versus randomness in one's personal career, how to enter high tech for people lacking experience, and more.

In addition to all this, Emi runs a practical career counseling course. The course is intended for people working in the employment and career consulting world (personnel recruitment, human resources, coaching, or industrial and organizational psychology) who want to learn additional skills and improve their performance. "I'm now on the 11th course cycle, and have trained dozens of consultants in this way," she relates.

She also offers human resources consulting, noting that "this consists of mentoring for HR people, workshops for organizations, and guiding processes related to termination, employee evaluation, and more."

How does one find "hidden" jobs?

To conclude, Emi shares a useful career-related tip, explaining that at every stage of life she recommends stopping and examining oneself: What questions do I have, what's right and suitable for me in terms of type of work, content, the employing organization, and development.

Beyond that, the most meaningful word in the job search is "proactive." That is, you shouldn't merely look at what jobs are available, go to a few employment agencies, talk to a few friends and send out a few resumés," she explains. "Once people understand what suits them and what the relevant frames of reference are, they should find out which organizations in the market are right for them and interest them, which organizations have added value for them, and then it's highly advisable to find personal references, people who work in those organizations or are connected with them, and can recommend them. In this way, one can also find "hidden" jobs, positions that aren't advertised anywhere. The advantage is that you'll be there 'alone,' without competitors for the job."

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