When we left the warm embrace of our 9-5’s and embarked on the journey of helping others pursue their own careers, we had no idea how much our decision would impact ourselves, each other and the help we could provide to our clients.
That moment we knew what we were meant to do....
Crystal: I was on a flight bound for Boston, where I was going to have to terminate someone. I knew the person was a mis-hire from the get-go. I knew I was a mis-hire too. I was miserable. Values out of alignment, I wondered how I ended up in this moment, having accepted a role that didn't suit me at all. I realized I had been making the most important decisions in my career alone. I couldn't help but notice how many of us walk our career path alone and I knew I could, should and must do something about it.
Annika: When I started out my career in Canada, I thought I was hot stuff. Master’s degree, international work experience.... you name it, I had it. But was I ever wrong. With too much confidence, and not a lot of market research, I bombed my first salary negotiation. But I bounced back, learning negotiation strategy quickly and almost tripled my income within a few years and negotiated my high profile full-time job into a part time role, giving me the flexibility I wanted to build my freelance business. I wish somebody would have told me how to negotiate beyond my salary... which is why I light up when I help our clients achieve their full compensation potential.
Now banded together by the same conviction to support you as you pursue your career, we now spend our days supporting professionals in their job hunt, nurturing stronger workplace environments and giving people the tools, resources and support to embrace what they want, on their terms.
Crystal Henrickson, Career Consultant + Career Coach
Crystal has been guiding people through their hiring journeys and advising executives at small businesses for more than 10 years. Her experiences span industries including technology and startups, non-profits, food and beverage, cosmetics, recruitment and more. Marketing, community management, sales and people operations have been her functional hats. Crystal has played key hiring roles in companies such as Yelp, Toyota BC and digital agencies, and has advised 25+ startups.
Annika Reinhardt, Negotiation Advisor + Operations Commander
Annika has an eagle-eye for scouting amazing career opportunities and when it comes to salary negotiations, she's an expert advisor. She's sought after by large organizations like BC Hydro and Kwantlen University for her facilitation skills and ensures that operations at the Talent Collective run smoothly.