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How Our Tech Manager Clients Land Their “Hell Yes” Tech Leadership Jobs (without moving to San Francisco)

I was talking to a potential client last night who lives in Ohio. And he absolutely LOVES it there! So does his wife. They built a family there and it feels like home.

But he’s stuck in a dead-end IT Manager job with no room for growth.

He knows he needs to go on the job market FOR REAL… (instead of just pretending to by responding to LinkedIn recruiters for jobs that are clearly a step down and casually browsing job postings into the wee hours of the evening.)

But he’s scared. He wants to stay in Ohio. He said to me, “I don’t want to have to move to San Francisco, Jen! But it seems like if I want to upgrade my salary, that’s why I need to do!”

I understand this feeling 100%.

We’re inundated with stories about how The Bay Area is THE technology Hub. Anyone who’s anyone who wants to be at the top of the tech leadership game is in the Greater San Francisco Area.

I beg to differ.

Not just b/c BOSTON is actually THE technology Hub. Come on! The major players in tech are based here including Spotify, Wayfair, Acquia, & SmartBear. And oh, we also have a talent pool oozing out of the areas awesome colleges and universities. (Ever hear of MIT? Harvard? Yeah, that’s us.)

Okay, my Boston pride has caused me to digress…

The fact of the matter is, if you’re feeling stuck in your career AND you don’t want to move to San Francisco or Boston or any of the other major tech hubs is the good ol’ U.S. of A…

You’re probably feeling stuck. You love where you live but you don’t hear about job openings in tech.

If you do, they’re for software engineers and other IC positions. You NEVER hear about openings for tech management positions — especially at the higher ranks.

And this is causing some frustration. Perhaps a lot of frustration. It may have even reached a breaking point where your partner is so fed up with your whining about being “stuck in the middle of nowhere” that s/he stormed out.

And didn’t come back for several hours.

During those several hours — wondering where your beloved partner is and how you let it get this far — you might have come to a realization:

Work is killing me. It’s killing my energy, my happiness, and my relationships.

Something has to give.

Here’s the bottom line: if you don’t fix your career soon, you’re never going to fix it. And this life where work is slowly killing you one 9+ hour workday at a time will become your destiny.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. While most tech managers (including those who live in the “middle-of-nowhere”) are struggling to make the decision to go on the job market and do it effectively, a small handful of smart technical leaders are quietly landing their Hell Yes jobs with Hell Yes salaries (without moving to San Francisco or Boston).

They get to live where THEY want. They get to stay HOME.

And, they’re able to go on the job market with purpose. They have a PLAN to intentionally network, get access to decision makers, move the conversations forward on interviews (for jobs that were never posted), negotiate with confidence, and land that jobs of their dreams.

If this is what you want for your career, send me a LinkedIn message today!

We’ll put our heads together to map out a step-by-step plan so that you can navigate the job market powerfully and intentionally — and in a way that produces real RESULTS — a.k.a. getting a job where YOU want to live.

If you want our help implementing that plan, we’ll tell you what that would look like. If you don’t, that’s cool too.

We’ll help you live where you want and build a dream career. It all starts with one conversation.

Want to learn more about how we can help you upgrade your tech career? Check out our webinar today at

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Career Coach for Tech Managers. I help tech managers upgrade their careers, their teams, their paychecks, and their lives.

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