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Get your Dream Job by tapping into the Hidden Job Market

CareerNerds helps you unleash the power of an elite network and personal branding to supercharge your career so you can make a lasting impact.

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CareerNerds help U.S. Service Academy Grads make smart career moves

What is the Hidden Job Market?

Tapping into the Hidden Job Market first means understanding what it is, how it works, and why you should leverage it.

Whether or not jobs are posted, 80% of all roles are filled by the hiring manager’s network.

Yet, too many people are missing out on great opportunities and earning potential because they don’t know how to tap into the Hidden Job Market — the place with the most possibilities and the least competition.

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You can unlock the Hidden Job Market and find your dream job

Fast-tracking your success and getting the highest-paying, higher-level roles requires building an elite network of decision-makers who want to see you succeed.

However, building meaningful relationships and using your network effectively to achieve your career goals don’t have to be major roadblocks, EVEN if you

  • Don’t know who to connect with or how to find them
  • Haven’t figured out the best way to tell your story or communicate the value you bring
  • Don’t have time to learn through trial and error, hoping something pays off

When you have a detailed playbook, a game plan, and someone to help you stay focused and do the work with you, you can turn your dream job into your real job.

The REAL reason you’re not moving up in your career

With your background, one thing is clear. The problem isn’t with what you can do.

In far too many companies, it’s harder to get promoted than to find a better role somewhere else — but the challenge lies in finding the right role for your career goals.

And since annual raises rarely keep up with inflation, staying until something good falls in your lap is not an option.

That means, it’s absolutely critical to learn how to market and position yourself.

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Ready to see how we can help you?

CareerNerds helps you unlock your career potential so lucrative, satisfying opportunities find you

Our three-step program blends 1:1 personalized coaching and Done-for-You implementation to help you build an effective personal brand, identify the right people for your elite network, and help you ace every networking conversation or interview.

Done with you and done for you to save you time

Go at your pace

Fits into your schedule

How It Breaks Down
Phase 1

Personal Branding

A brand is more than a logo and tagline. Your personal brand is how you show up in the world, starting with your online presence on LinkedIn.

And, when you are clear on the story you’re telling, you build credibility and show people you’re serious.

Together, we dive into your background and goals to help you articulate what makes you stand out while transforming your LinkedIn profile, resume, and how you tell your story to make the process of building your elite network more effective and efficient.

Phase 2

Networking + Interviews

This isn’t the time-consuming Academy breakfast “networking” you’re used to, with random small talk, and hoping something comes together (even though nothing ever does).

The CareerNerds approach to building an elite targeted network of decision-makers is designed with one thing in mind—achieving your career goals in the most efficient and effective manner.

Together, we’ll identify contacts for your elite network. To save you time, our team will connect you with them, while helping you learn how to maximize 30-minute calls to get what you need, build the foundation for relationships, and make every connection meaningful.

Ready to see how we can help you?

CareerNerds helped me with two critical aspects. One—updating my personal brand and LinkedIn profile to help me make my message succinct and highlight my accomplishments. Two—expanding my network to reach the right decision makers."
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Dom Schaffer - VP Sales
USMA ‘94

CareerNerds Gets Results


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Faster than doing it yourself


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The most fundamental thing you can have in your global messaging is a profile on LinkedIn which captures the right thematic play of who you are and what message you bring into the market. I’ve been able to harness and grow my network with the right profile. I didn’t have it before but I’m a big advocate and it’s the way to go moving forward.
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Harry Gray - CEO
USNA ‘91
CareerNerds helped me take a focused, LinkedIn approach, learn how to ask my network for advice—especially the Academy network, and surround myself with good people willing to help me get to the next level and pay it forward. I got my dream job with CareerNerds.
Mike Harris - VPO
USNA ‘06

Ready to see how we can help you?

Get back in the driver’s seat with the help of our 1:1 personal executive coaching

When the best opportunities find you, you’re in control of the hiring decision when you’re ready to make a move.

And it’s not just about finding your next job. It’s about giving you the tools to succeed across your entire career trajectory.

Your investment includes premium, personalized 1:1 support that includes:

Benefits of working with CareerNerds

Working with CareerNerds comes with a blend of benefits. Here are just a few:

Tangible Benefits

Intangible Benefits

All for a $7,000 one-time investment

That means if you’re at the low-end of our average $50-100k salary increase, you get 7x ROI or more in the first year alone!

And, if you‘re in between roles, your investment pays for itself if you get a job even 1-2 weeks earlier than on your own.

Ready to see how we can help you?

CareerNerds increased my value to my current company and any future opportunities as well. They've helped me in my current career and given me insights I never had before and they’ve definitely positioned me for a much more fruitful career moving forward.
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Dennis Maier - COO
USMA ‘93

Here’s what our clients are saying

Frequently Asked Questions about Career Nerds

Most of our clients take 3-6 months to go through our process. We work with you at your pace.

In a word, yes.  We’re with you every step of the way to show you how to make the most of your time and energy while giving you the tools to succeed. In fact, this was one of the questions Steve Livezey (USMA ‘93) asked before starting with us. You can watch it here.

People say they get so much out of this process that it’s worth many times more than what they paid, in value to their career long-term as well as finding their next role. Some real ROI numbers we can share:

  • If you’re at the low end of our typical range, a $50k salary increase nets you a 7x ROI in the first year on your investment, and over 10 years, 70x ROI or more.
  • If you‘re in between roles, your investment pays for itself if you get a job even 1-2 weeks earlier than on your own.

What got you here won’t get you where you want to go. So many of our clients have gotten where they are on their own, but are feeling stuck without a clear path moving forward. Even though they’ve never worked with a coach before, they need clarity and focus as well as help to grow their network. And because we do it with you, we have a 100% success rate.

Your career isn’t a solo sport. Academy Grads usually come out of the military with a built-in network. However, even though 5, 10, 20 years or more after leaving the military, you have found your own jobs, “traditional” job hunting can be challenging and time-consuming, as well as effectively building and drawing on your network. In addition to helping you get clear on your goals. 

Yes. Most coaches do. However, our CareerNerds process is completely different, with a blend of done-with-you and done-for-you, so you’re not left alone to tackle the tough questions.

95% of our clients want to stay where they are, and 5% want to move somewhere specific. Our program is designed to help you get the job you want where you want. 

Our model is designed to get you results on your schedule. Where recruiters get paid by the employer after placing candidates, we work for you and with you and back you every step of the way. Our program is proven and designed to get you results.

Our model is centered on your success and tailored to your specific needs. First, recruiters get 10x what we charge. And unlike recruiters, we work for you, not employers. Where recruiters help less than 1% of people, we work with you and on your behalf, teaching you not just how to get the next job, but how to use these skills everywhere you go in your career.

When we talk about the Hidden Job Market, we’re referring to the 80%+ of all jobs that aren’t publicly advertised. Success here requires developing an elite network, personal branding, and a strategic approach. We guide you through this process, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to make sure these hidden opportunities find you.
No. As Service Academy Grads ourselves, we’ve all been in your shoes and we’re on a mission to help this unique group of people — Service Academy Grads who have had success in the corporate world but need help taking their career to the next level.

Generally speaking, no. The vast majority of our clients have 5, 10 or 20+ of corporate experience, after leaving the military.

Networking was never one of my strong points. I struggled with reaching out to people with limited responses, focusing on what I’m trying to say and what I want to learn or gain from that connection, and how to make it meaningful. CareerNerds helped me focus on what was most meaningful. And with networking, I have a lot more focus and I’m a lot more confident.
Ty Rose - VPO
USNA ‘06

Do you feel stuck in your career, undervalued, or like you want to do more?

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