About Mike McRitchie
Mike McRitchie is an author, blogger, guest blogger, and job search and small business strategist with over 20 years of experience managing wireless telecom build-outs for all the major U. S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint) as a project manager, program manager, and director-level leader.
Mike and his articles and contributions have been featured online at Harvard Business Review, Microsoft, Quicken Loans, Readers Digest, Recruiter, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His blog has also attracted guest post contributors in the areas of marketing, personal finance, and entrepreneurship.
Mike takes his experiences running projects and managing consulting business operations and uses that knowledge and passion to help tech project managers, mid-tier executives, and those wanting something more from their careers, to create kick-butt resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and career plans.
He also leverages his deep knowledge of the ins and outs of the personnel management, marketing and business building, coupled with an analytical bent, to help his clients uncover their unique strengths and accomplishments and then position them for success in their next life adventure – whether a job search or in their own business.
Mike’s books, articles and blog posts focus on actionable, leverageable strategies and tactics that help people get the results they’re targeting in their career, business and life.
WHAT WAS MIKE’S JOURNEY TO THIS POINT? (And why should it matter to you?):
Who am I?
I’ve been in your shoes.
I started my entrepreneurship and sales career at 13 with two paper routes, mowing lawns and raking leaves around the neighborhood.
I started at the bottom at an Italian restaurant washing dishes and mopping floors (I was so bad at it that I almost got fired). I overcame that stumble and was eventually promoted to cooking the meals and running the restaurant operations at 19 (making $4.00 per hour when minimum wage was just over $3.35 – they were making a killing on me).
I then came out of college from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelors degree in Economics and a minor in Statistics. Like many people today coming out of college, there were very few jobs. So what did I do? I worked temp jobs at AT&T, sold residential real estate, and later got a job doing financial forecasting models at a small health care consulting firm.
As many 20-somethings do trying to figure out their career path, I moved from healthcare to property management and then into the telecom field (roles included leasing and permitting real estate for cellular towers, project management, program and business operations).
Along the way each job prepared me for the next (note to you who are beginning your career, don’t overlook anything – you never know where you’ll use it next).
During that time I learned everything from preparing financial forecasts and budgets and setting up general and limited partnerships. I took night courses at Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) – enough to get an accounting degree – to be fully prepared for the accounting nuances of the equipment leasing partnerships we were creating. I got my Series 7 stock broker’s license to sell the partnerships. I saw how sales were made and businesses were built.
I traveled from the East Bay Area of California to Cleveland, Ohio to Seattle, Washington, and back to the East Bay Area – following the job opportunities in the wireless industry.
Many of the approaches and strategies I discuss with you come from decades of business building and problem solving experiences including:
* Growing a service company from $2 million to $16 million in sales in eight years
* Creating a collaborative team-driven culture to win “Fastest Growing Companies” and “Best Companies to Work For” awards
* Building a web marketing presence from scratch (websites, blogging, social media, PPC advertising, article marketing, etc.)
* Implementing multi-million-dollar joint ventures
* Developing expertise in joint ventures, marketing (online and offline), finance, accounting, statistical analysis, real estate, project management, and operations
* Driving mastermind groups discussions – helping business leaders solve their most pressing problems
* Turning around failing projects and dysfunctional teams
* Working with CEO’s of multi-billion dollar corporations as well as small business entrepreneurs on their most critical projects
* Working with coworkers and industry job seekers to help them with their resumes to find their next opportunity for personal and professional growth
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OR CONNECT WITH HIM:
Need Help With Your Career?
Mike Interviewed About Resumes on “How To Sell Show”
Past Client’s Result:
Nervous to ‘Nailed It’Mike started off by helping me rewrite my resume. He did a great job of helping me focus my resume and my search by uncovering my strengths and identifying what job titles would be the best fit for me.Being in the IT field I was struggling between choosing more of a technical programming role and a more systems analyst or generalist role.I then took my new resume and started applying for jobs. The good news was I was getting called for interviews. The bad news was I would get tongue-tied in the interview. I was bombing badly.So I called Mike and asked him how he could help.Mike talked me through what I had to offer that next employer. He really sold me on me. I felt energized and more confident.In my next set of interviews I felt I could answer technical questions fine but really got nervous and stumbled around with the “Tell me about yourself” question.So I called Mike back and asked him to help me with that question specifically. He coached me through telling that story and I retold it a few times over the phone until I felt comfortable with it.Then it was go time.The next interview was on. I was still a little nervous. But not as much as before. And when that question came up I delivered.Yes, I could still have done better in the interview. But I got over my fear and didn’t bomb.A few weeks later I excitedly called Mike.I’d landed the job!If you’re struggling with how to write an effective resume, how to position yourself, need guidance on your career, or, like me, need some help getting through the interview process, I highly recommend Mike.Want to know how much I trust Mike to deliver? I’m having my wife work with him next for her job search.– Augustine Torres, IT Manager/Systems Analyst/Web Developer
Need Help to Improve Your Small Business Results?
What is it like to work with me?
Check out this video interview.
“Hi Mike! Thanks for helping me find new ideas to grow and market my speaking business!
I now have a list of 17 (I counted) specific strategies and tips I can implement right away that will move me in a profitable direction.
The business and marketing mindset you shared really hit home and I can’t wait to get to it! Thanks again Mike!”