You know what you want. We'll show you a better way to get it!
Job searching is tough. If you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unsure of what to do next, the Accelerator is exactly what you need to fast-track you to the next chapter of your career.
The W&M Alumni Association has partnered with the job search experts at Mission Collaborative to bring you this new online program that will give you the tools, process, and confidence you need to land your next job.
Whether you're early, mid, or late-career, the Accelerator provides the structure and accountability you need to make the breakthrough progress you've been struggling to achieve on your own (while fitting into your busy schedule!)
Become an ideal candidate
Showcase your value (with a stronger resume and LinkedIn) and captivate employers so you get more interviews.
Use a better job search process
Find great opportunities, get in through the "back door," and increase your chances of getting the offer.
Interview more effectively
Become a better storyteller, propose solutions, and convey your value. Learn how to negotiate when the offers start.
Identify your gaps and fix them
Discover potential weaknesses in your candidacy and work around them. Learn what to do differently if you get stuck.
Who this is for
We've designed the Accelerator to guide you through a better process to land your next job, regardless of your age, background, or industry. As long as you know what job you want, we'll help you get there.
The Accelerator is perfect for you if you:
Are tired of sending countless resumes into the void
Haven't job searched in a while and want to do it right
Aren't sure what to do differently to start getting interviews and job offers
*You must have one or two specific jobs that you're pursuing. The Accelerator only works when you know exactly what you're looking for. Check out our other program if you don't know what you want next.
"Digging into the resume helped me realize that I have done some pretty impressive work and I deserve a great career opportunity. I feel my resume went from basic at best, to kind of awesome!"
"I am loving the new role I just recently landed, and have Mission Collaborative to thank for it. They give you the tools to be proactive and successful in your search."
"The course platforms were easy to use, flexible, and the whole program fit into my busy schedule. I even developed a detailed action plan that I used immediately to pursue new career opportunities."
How it works
The Accelerator is not 1:1 coaching — it's a peer-to-peer program where you'll get input and support from fellow job seekers. Starting Feb 27th, you'll spend 5-10 hours per week (depending on how urgent your timeline is) doing the following:
Complete assignments on your own time
Learn a better process from the experts, explore curated resources, and complete insightful exercises. Just get the work done by the recommended deadlines!
Weekly team working sessions
Work with a diverse team of peers to get ideas, insightful feedback, and ongoing motivation. Choose between Wednesdays at 7pm ET or Thursdays at 9pm ET.
Weekly calls with your Partner
Work with a peer that's on the same job search timeline as you. You'll stay accountable with weekly working session calls at times that work for both of you.
Leverage the whole community
Crowdsource ideas, resources, and connections from fellow alumni, your personal network, and the Accelerator facilitators. You have an entire community supporting you!
What you'll experience
Expect to spend between 5 hrs/wk (if you're not in a rush for a new job) and 10 hrs/wk (if you have an urgent timeline) working on the Accelerator. You'll have a 1.5 hour video meeting weekly with your Team (Weds at 7pm ET or Thurs at 9pm ET, you pick). You’ll also have weekly hour-long phone calls with your Partner (at times you choose together).
Feb 27 - Mar 6
Work with your team and partner to craft your value proposition
Optimize your resume and LinkedIn profile with our templates and peer feedback
Mar 7 - 13
Identify job opportunities, refine your pitch, and address your gaps
Build a"Target List" of employers and learn how to make yourself a top candidate
Mar 14 - 20
Learn how to network authentically and get an "in" with employers
Start building relationships with employers and showing your value right away
Mar 21 - 28
Begin applying, prepare for interviews, and create your Action Plan
Learn how to get referred to job opportunities and nail your interviews
More tools and resources + lifetime access to the curriculum
Keep meeting with your team and partner, more resources for landing your next job
We're committed to offering W&M alumni outstanding experiences that are accessible to everyone.
Compare to 1-on-1 job search coaching ($2,000+) and resume review services ($500+).
Enrollment closes Monday Feb 22nd. The Accelerator begins Feb 27th.
Introductory Rate (Regularly $199)
We're confident you'll love it. There's really no risk in joining!
Is the Accelerator right for me?
We've designed the Accelerator to help you fast-track your job search, regardless of your age, background, or industry. To get the most from this experience, you MUST have one or two specific jobs that you want to pursue.
You aren't sure what specific job you want next (check out our other program if this is you)
You want 1-on-1 expert career coaching (this is a peer-to-peer program)
You want the answers handed to you and don't have time to put in the hard work
You aren't excited to spend some of your time helping your peers
You're not able to commit to completing the assigned work (at least 5 hours per week)
How much time will this take?
It depends on your job search timeline. If you need to land your next job ASAP, you should expect to sped 10 hours or more per week working on your job search. If you have a longer timeline, you can expect to spend about 5 hours per week working on the Accelerator.
What technology do I need to participate?
All you need is a computer with a webcam (tablets won't work!), reliable wifi, and a Google account. Nothing to download, and no special equipment required! We'll be using a platform called Teachable for the program curriculum, a tool called Slack for our community discussion forum, Google Docs for your assignments, and a video conferencing tool called Jitsi Meet. We provide tech tutorials before the Fellowship begins so you can learn everything you need to know!
What if I have to miss one or more of the Team meetings?
Refund Policy and Money Back Guarantee
Who is leading the program?
The Accelerator experience is brought to you by the career design experts at Mission Collaborative. They’ve spent years helping people build great careers, and they’ll be your guides through the curriculum.
Ashley Artrip, Co-Founder of Mission Collaborative - My mission in life is to help others design successful careers that are engaging and fulfilling. Before Mission Collaborative, I worked at Gallup where I focused on researching employee engagement and what contributes to a successful career. I am a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder coach, enabling me to help others identify their strengths and harness them to design careers they love.
What sort of support can I expect from the Accelerator staff?
You're feeling stuck or frustrated and need some support
You have a question or want feedback on an assignment you're working on
You need tech support with any of the tools we use in the Accelerator
You have a concern about your Team or Partner
Am I guaranteed to land a job by the end of this program?
No, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a job offer by the end of the Accelerator.