The "Official" Bio...
Erica Golden, MA, SPHR, CCC is an Executive Coach, Career Consultant, and Author of RESUMES THAT HACK THE JOB HUNT: Write Resumes That Get Results Right Now©, and the upcoming ART OF EMPLOYABILITY.©
Erica is currently a Vice President at a Torchiana, a premiere Talent Solutions firm in the Bay Area. She also has 15+ years of experience in consulting + HR at Silicon Valley start-ups, global enterprises, and F100 firms; and has coached 5,000+ professionals.
She holds a M.A. in Career Development from J.F.K.U. School of Management, B.A. in Psychology from U.C.S.C, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (S.P.H.R.) Certification, and is a Certified Career Coach.
As an acknowledged thought leader in 21st century careers, and expertise with the trends in today's employment market, Erica helps professionals learn, launch and thrive in the modern world of work. She's been called the "Career Coach for the New Economy" + "The Gig Whisperer," and is frequently requested as a presenter to audiences of career changers and employment professionals on subjects related to careers in the new economy. Her work has also appeared in online publications such as Skilled Up, The San Jose Mercury News, College Recruiter, IACET, and The Staffing Stream.
Erica lives in the heart of Silicon Valley, and when she’s not coaching, writing, and speaking about the "future of work," or spending time with family, she loves to “geek-out” with the latest innovations transforming the world of work today.
The "Inside Scoop" version...
Do you know what really makes me an authority on the modern world of work?
Beyond my professional credentials and degrees, I’m also an expert on navigating the modern employment market because during the quirky course of my career, I discovered (from my own personal research) the “secret sauce" to finding and landing new work fast--and being able to quickly + continually land new gigs became my claim to fame.
In fact, my early resume includes jobs:
--teaching science and math to at-risk teens
--placing temp workers in "cubicle farms" and candy factories
--handling customer service complaints in a large call center
--driving a big yellow school bus up and down the west coast
--leading sales trainings and in-store “ambush makeovers” at shopping malls
--designing complex IT systems with Big 5 Consulting firms
--staffing international Fortune 500 conglomerates in hyper-growth & helping to launch Silicon Valley start-ups
I was successful at all of this and more (okay, not so much with the double-clutch on the school bus!) but when it was time to move on, I was always driven to find the next opportunity—and mastered the art of finding them fast.
I also understand personally that not all job changes are voluntary. I experienced what it’s like to come to work one day and discover that my company is closing and sending jobs thousands of miles away. I’ve also been the one who has handed workers their pink slips, and walked laid-off employees out the door carrying their small cardboard box of belongings.
Believe me when I say that I know what job hunters and working professionals go through from every angle. I’ve been out of work and overworked. I’ve done the hiring and I’ve done the firing. I’ve been the person on both sides of the interview desk. Through it all, I learned the secrets of how hiring really happens and I hacked the job hunt! Now, I'm committed to teaching you to do the same.
Having worked with thousands of professionals, from executives to on-rampers to assembly line workers, my clients know I understand them. I’ve been in (many of) their shoes--from Prada to Payless. As a result, I developed my tools and techniques to be equally effective for new graduates, seasoned professionals, and those in the C-suite. Bottom line, my streamlined systems make finding work that fits, both fun + easy-to-do for anyone.
Ultimately, my goal is straightforward & simple...I’m on a mission to expand employability for all. That simply means that I want as many people as possible to be empowered, energized, and even enjoy the experience of getting great gigs NOW.
I can help you too. Really. I'll walk you through it, step-by-step.
I'm here to help.
A few fun facts...
Best cup of coffee I've ever had was in San Juan, PR in a cafe--Darth Vader was there too.
I'm a twin. Not identical. Not fraternal. Simply sororal. Yep. It's a thing.
I'm in the heart of Silicon Valley, so Google self-driving test cars go by my house frequently. Like, a LOT. I can't wait until one is mine. Look, no hands!
I'm obsessed with podcasts. Really. Obsessed. I'm always learning something amazing that leads to another "aha!"
I believe that we're all here to help each other. End of story. Drop the mic.
Now it's your turn...I'd love to hear from you. Give me a shout out on my Social Media links below, and I'll look forward to connecting with you!