As a human resources professional and consultant, Jill MacFadyen has worked for several American, Japanese and German firms in a wide variety of industries. She loved recruiting individuals for the ideal cultural fit and was responsible for recruiting positions of all levels, up to and including company president.
A 2002 interview with a potential candidate changed her perspective. One of the required questions was "Tell me what you are most proud of?" The young man on the other end replied, "beating cancer last year." Knowing that answers about his health would be a detriment to his candidacy, Jill told him that legally she was not supposed to have access to that type of information and that they were going to start all over. The man then asked if she thought that was why he hadn't been able to land a position even though he had many interviews. She gently told him yes and helped him find an example that showcased his professional accomplishments. Between that incident and being tired of rejecting qualified applicants, Jill decided to make a difference by helping candidates find the right position for themselves.
In addition to her private clients, she is a career coach for the alumni of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Jill MacFadyen received her coach's training from The Coaches Training Institute and is certified as a Life Coach by The International Coach Federation. She has a Bachelor's degree from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Jill is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator from the Association for Psychological Type.
What Sets Jill Apart from Other Career Coaches
- Nearly 20 years of recruiting experience from entry-level positions to c-level executives and other strategic partners.
- Being laid off, riffed or outsourced three times, Jill knows what it is like to be on both sides of the interview desk.
- More than 125 hours of Life Coach training from the Coaches Training Institute which helps her assist her clients in not just what to do, but to also overcome old patterns of behavior that have outlived their usefulness.
- Qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to help clients recognize optimal fit.
- Having changed careers several times, Jill found her optimal fit and wants others to be as happy at work as she is.