During Valeria’s 16 years with MIP, an Austrian consulting company, she was instrumental in developing their business in Ukraine and then enabling the shift from management consulting to HR consulting and Executive Search. While still in Ukraine, Valeria was the Executive Director of the Swedish Ukrainian Business Club and a Board Member of the European Business Association. Valeria started supporting Career Angels clients in May 2013 working out of Denmark. She particularly supports international, multilingual projects for senior executives – usually regional or global roles. She works in English, Danish, Ukrainian, Russian and German.
Why are you a Career Angel? What’s your favourite part of your work?
The job as a Career Angel allows me to leverage my experience in Executive Search and help people find a job they will be happy with.
The majority of clients comes concerned or frustrated, but at the end, when they get their offer, they are the happiest people in the world. Being able to guide them through the search process and help them with the next step in their careers makes me truly happy.
My favourite part of the work is sending out applications to companies and headhunters located in different countries and continents, in different languages, and to see how different cultures react. I enjoy that linguistic diversity.
Bonus: after having sent “a bunch of applications”, watching the client getting invitations to interviews – opportunities which we created together.
What’s your life motto?
Opportunities are always around us, we just have to be open enough to recognize them and decisive enough to take them.
That’s what I believe in and what I constantly see happening around.
What’s the best & worst career advice that you have ever received?
The best career advice I have ever received: your CV should not be just a summary of your previous experiences, but a pitch of your strengths relevant for your target position.
The worst advice: if your job is good enough, wait for being promoted, don’t leave it.