Speaking Events

Available for Workshops, keynotes, panels, Seminars & trainings.


Sarah Johnston

Former corporate recruiter. Top-rated career strategist. Kind heart, tough love.

With over 10 years of career consulting, resume writing, and recruiting expertise, Sarah has advised hundreds of professionals across industries like nursing, marketing, nonprofit administration, operations, sales, construction, education, and retail in developing resumes and personalized career strategies that stand out in today’s market.

Sarah has real experience using the techniques she teaches. She’s lived in five states and through experience and successful networking has been able to break in to new communities and land jobs at top, competitive employers.

Sarah is available to speak at your upcoming keynote, panel, workshop, training or seminar.

Sarah is comfortable both on camera and live, and has presented to corporate, collegiate, nonprofit and association audiences.

I am so beyond proud of the Launch Your Career Conference that Career Success is hosting this weekend for graduating seniors in The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences We kicked off with an AMAZING keynote speech by Sarah Jonhnston, Job Search Expert and Founder of BriefcaseCoach. Sarah shared how graduating seniors can alleviate their job search anxieties by strategizing and taking small action steps toward their career goals. Sarah expressed the importance of students being proactive in networking and taking ownership of their career. On behalf of the Planning Committee, I would like to send a HUGE thank you to Sarah for taking the time to invest in our students by sharing her expertise!
— Doanise Thompson, Ohio State University

Speaking Topics

Don’t wait to start your job search.
College students, it’s never too early to start your job search. Practical tips and real life stories about the modern job search.

Leveraging LinkedIn for a job search.
Sarah has been teaching LinkedIn to businesses and individuals since 2007. As a former corporate recruiter and LinkedIn recruiter seat holder, Sarah knows all of the latest tips and tricks to get the most out of the site.

Navigating the hidden job market.
Are you applying for jobs online and feel like you are getting lost in the applicant tracking system (ATS) black hole? There really is a better way. 70-80% of all jobs are gotten through networking. Find out how to ditch the ATS and focus on relationships.

Informational interviews: your secret sauce in the job search.
The informational interview is the secret tool everyone should have in their back pocket. A hybrid of an amazing networking opportunity, an info-session, and a job interview. Learn how to find and target decision makers, what to say and how to make the most of these meetings.

Learn to love networking
”I hate networking” is a common complaint clients share during coaching calls. “It feels dirty—or like I am using people”, others say. But in today’s world, networking is a necessity. A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more business and job opportunities and better work relationships. This talk covers how to mentally prepare for events, make small talk, navigate the room and feel authentic during the process.

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