Pop Quiz, Monday with Jen Hood

Jen Hood

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Jen Hood

Jen Hood
Photo credit: Jen Hood

What is your job role?
Founder / Owner of The Career Force

Tell us about your company?
The Career Force helps career minded professionals stand out in today’s market. I started the company because most of the career advice I was finding was dated. What worked 10+ years ago does not work anymore.

With the first steps of hiring being done mostly online, so many extremely qualified candidates are passed up for jobs because no one ever told them what the hiring expectations are. It’s not a person processing the first step of your resume – it’s a computer.

The Career Force is geared towards technically minded people through coaching and courses. It’s all about demystifying the hiring process from someone who has been on both sides of the table.

What do you love most about your job?
Lifting the smoke screen that most people see as the hiring process excites me. When things “click” for someone, they realize that it’s not them; personally, that’s the issue. They just are prepared for a different set of expectations vs. what’s actually used.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My background is in analytics and other technical positions. I’m wired to want to know the “why” behind things.

I’ve heard from so many people that feel like my company is the first that’s told them the “why” behind every step of the hiring process. I know how good that feeling is and it drives me to help others have the same experience.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
It’s easy to get caught up by all the additional things that could be done to help people or grow the business. It’s a constant focal point to evaluate where I add the most value and where to say no.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The best way to connect with like-minded people is by having a distinct voice they recognize. My career insights are just as true for creatives as they are for analysts. However, I focus on people that connect with a very analytical, fact-based perspective. I tried to be neutral enough for everyone and found it really meant I connected with no one.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Help people first. You have to build trust and show why people should take your advice. Sharing information and offering insights without expecting anything is a key place to start.

Spend time doing what you want to teach and advise. Having a hands-on experience and a view of the day to day makes you much more credible and in touch with what people are experiencing.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Website – thecareerforce.com
YouTube – youtube.com/channel/UCwXJEwaFT5i3MKKMGdneYUA
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/the-career-force/

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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