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Emily Stanek

Emily Pollak

Job Search Coach

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A little bit about Emily

As a Job Search Coach, I am skilled at guiding career changers and job seekers through the overwhelming and emotionally-charged job search process. I have close to a decade of experience as a recruiter, which positions me to coach you on what hiring teams look for and how to make yourself stand out as a candidate to find and land your dream job. And this lights me up! I find joy, fulfillment, and resonance in helping individuals find meaningful and fulfilling opportunities and create their own paths to get there. 

After a brief stint in nonprofit program management, in my early twenties I kicked off my career in recruiting. I’ve recruited for startups as well as large tech and financial companies like Uber, Capital One, and VMware. As a recruiter, I spent countless hours sitting with hiring managers and diving deep to understand what they look for in candidates. I also spent countless hours coaching candidates through phone screens, interview prep conversations, and job offer negotiations. 

After dedicating so much of my career life to recruiting, where my role was to fill jobs on behalf of hiring managers and companies, I had a realization one day that I was going through the motions but lacked a sense of fulfillment and passion that others around me possessed. I almost felt envious that my coworkers and friends had careers they were excited about every day. I realized I was ready for a pivot, and as part of my process of navigating my next step, I enrolled in the Career Pathfinder Coaching Program. Through this pathfinding process, I realized I was always most passionate about helping people find fulfilling jobs and careers, rather than filling jobs for companies. I discovered that at my essence, I have always been a coach. These insights moved me to make the change from recruiting to coaching. Ever since, I have been coaching career changers and job seekers through various steps of the job search process and guiding them to achieve the mindset shift they need to get past their fears and live the life they’ve been imagining.  

Here is where I can help

If you’re in job search mode, know what types of roles you’re targeting, and you want help supercharging the search for your dream job, please schedule a free 1:1 job search coaching consultation with me. I’d love to chat and see if I could be a fit to help you land your dream job. You can find out more about our job search coaching programs here.


  • Job search: finding the right roles
  • Networking: meeting the right people and building and maintaining connections
  • Resumes and cover letters: writing, formatting, reviewing, editing
  • Personal branding: telling your story and positioning yourself for success
  • LinkedIn: profile optimization, getting noticed, and connecting to the right people
  • Interview prep: landing that dream job
  • Negotiating an offer: getting paid your worth

Certification & Training:

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Co-Active Training Institute
  • Training in Positive Intelligence (PQ)

I wanted to let you know I landed a new job! I could not be more excited all around. I attribute this success to the time we had together, the legendary ah-ha moment, and your helpful guidance. You are truly a success story and made this career transition possible for me. I thought I would share the news, and of course now when people ask I know where to point them. 😁 Everyone I have talked to pointed out that you were truly an inflection point for me and I am forever grateful.

RyanSenior Engagement Manager, Denver

After the 1st session: "Our call was so helpful to me in changing my attitude and giving me action steps. I seriously can't thank you enough!!! It's like fog has cleared from in front of me. I'm going to work on all of this over the next couple weeks and set up another session."

During the coaching process: "I was invited to a 2nd round interview on Monday morning 🙂 YAY! So excited. Thank you SO much for your help! The interview was almost entirely my elevator pitch and a few questions; I'm very grateful I had your help with this."

Upon receiving an offer: "I was just extended an offer! I am THRILLED and cannot stop smiling. Thank you so much for your help, I feel like I could not have done this without your guidance."

After starting the new job: "The new job is going great!! Negotiations worked out exactly like I wanted them to. It has been so wonderful so far - flexible, everyone is super friendly and welcoming! They even adjusted my schedule so I work Tuesday - Friday and have Mondays off through December. I can't believe this is my job!!"


Emily gave me the boost I needed to continue my job search with confidence! She offered actionable guidance to help me enhance my resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and overall job search strategy. As a senior recruiter, Emily was able to provide feedback through the lens of someone well experienced in the hiring process. Following the session, Emily sent additional resources for further support. I highly recommend sessions with Emily if you're looking for feedback, actionable advice, and even moral support to help you feel confident and empowered in your job search. Thank you, Emily!!

LyssaUX Ops Associate, San Jose

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