Looking for ideas about how to build a successful career in tech & DEI and ways to boost your job search after a lay off? Hady Mendez, shared her insights about this and much more on Episode 60 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.
In this episode, we will learn about:
Taking ownership of your career development,
Opportunities are not always obvious, you have to put in the work and create them for yourself,
The value of creating content, building your brand and being strategic to help you stand out,
How diverse teams add significant value,
Dealing with the sense of loss arising from a lay off and the importance of self care,
Focus on your own journey and don’t compare yourself to others,
Job search strategies, including strategically using social media like LinkedIn and
How your network can help with your job search.
Hady is the founder and CEO of Boldly Speaking LLC, a company that aspires to expand the conversation around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). Through her role as a speaker and facilitator, Hady encourages employees and leaders to play an active role in creating more inclusive workplaces.
With a diverse career spanning over 25 years, Hady has served as Head of Equality for a major tech firm, held multiple customer-facing roles in high tech and financial services, served as a leader across various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), volunteered as an international champion for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, and served as Community School Director at an elementary school in the South Bronx.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College, plus graduate certificates in eBusiness and eCommerce from NYU and NJIT, respectively. She also holds a Family Development Credential from the University of Connecticut.
Hady’s additional advocacy work has her serving as a member of the NY Advisory Board at Room to Grow, a nonprofit organization based in the South Bronx. Hady also serves on the Board of Pan Peru USA, an organization whose mission is to empower low income women in rural Peru. In her free time, Hady is an amateur street art photographer and an avid podcast listener.
Hady and I discussed how she managed her lay off and she told me “I didn't post the same day, I probably waited a couple days and then I finally decided yeah this is going to be something that I'm going to be open and transparent about because that's very much in line with how I am. I pride myself in being very genuine and real … I think everybody has to decide for themselves what is the mourning period and also be honest, it's not like you mourn it and then you're done. There are days even when you feel you're done with the mourning that you think you had a really good interview and then you get "sorry we're going to move on with someone else or you never hear back”. “
People & Resources Mentioned
Hello Monday – Jessi Hempel
Dale Carnegie – How To Win Friends And Influence People
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