Spotlight On Howard Silverman

18thMar. × ’10

A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. For many job seekers, this is a familiar feeling when every morning they wake up, apply to hundreds of positions, never hear back from the employer, then do the same thing all over again the next day. This inefficient pattern can continue for up to eight months, which is the current national average for an individual to become employed, until they finally nail down a position. However, for Howard Silverman, this was a process that dragged on for four years.

Howard had a successful background working in the pharmaceutical industry, until he was unfortunately laid off in 2006. Though he held down part-time and contract work to pay the bills and keep a steady income, he was not finding success in his niche profession. “I would apply for hundreds of positions and worked with multiple staffing agencies but saw no positive results,” Silverman stated. “I even tried to change careers completely and go into real estate until that market imploded as well.” A few months of submitting resumes and unreturned inquiries quickly turned into a few years, until Howard got a phone call toward the end of January from a career counselor suggesting a different approach.

Like most of us who receive unfamiliar phone calls from companies, Howard’s initial reaction was to get off the phone as quickly as possible. “I had been disappointed in the past,” Silverman said, “and since there was a fee I was hesitant whether it would be worth it. It’s like aspiring actors who want to work, but don’t want to pay to get their headshots.” After expressing his frustrations with the job search process thus far, the career counselor began to describe the Climber Premier system and how it could alleviate the redundancy and daunting task of looking for a new position. In lieu of submitting a standard resume, a Climber Premier member builds a profile to describe the next position they are looking for and what they want to be considered for. Once the profile is built, the Climber software continuously markets the user to hundreds of thousands of hiring managers, targeted by the job seeker’s profile specifications.

Though user’s still have the ability to apply to posted positions with their resume, Silverman was intrigued by the fact that his information would constantly be put in front of the right people, during the times he would normally be unable to search. The clincher was that Climber Premier was also month to month so if it didn’t work, he didn’t have to keep paying for it and could shut it down. “I said I would give it one month only to determine whether this was going to work for me,” said Silverman. However, the entire month would not be needed. Two days after creating his profile, he was contacted by a hiring manager in the pharmaceutical industry, who found his profile on Climber and invited him in for an interview. A few days later he received the phone call from their corporate office with an official offer for a pharmaceutical sales position, the job that he had been trying to obtain for the past four years.

Even though the average job turn around time for a Climber Premier member is three months (half the national average), Howard is absolutely thrilled with the results and to be working steadily in his ideal industry. “I told the career counselor that it would be wonderful if I got a job, but I never really expected it, especially not this quickly!”

So if the endless cycle of posting your resume and applying for positions is driving you insane, instead of driving you results check out http://www.climber.com and supercharge your job search today!

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