· 01/09/20 · Basic Plan
Great dialogue and action-oriented direction!
5.0 · 28 Reviews
I'm an action-oriented coach and product manager. 6+ years operating at Dropbox & fast-growing startups, sitting on the hiring side of 100+ interviews. I love helping you get results: finding your dream job and building a lasting career you love.
Hi, I'm Dexter.
My coaching style focuses on helping you quickly identify what's holding you back in your career journey and then moving you take immediate action towards getting the outcomes you desire.
I’ve been in your shoes before. Sending my resume to hundreds of positions on LinkedIn and not hearing back. Presenting myself at dozens of on-site interviews to still not get an offer.
Feeling anxious and scared that I’m on the wrong track in my job search and performance reviews. Losing my sleep, health and time over trying find the magical formula to finding and sustaining a job that I love (hint: it doesn’t exist).
Over the last several years, I’ve been on a journey to painstakingly build back up my career approach brick-by-brick.
Thousands of hours of research later, I’ve explored every nook and cranny of the scientific literature, ancient wisdom, real-world case studies, and hundreds of individual anecdotes I could get my hands on.
This work —the product of much sweat and toil— is what enabled me to catalogue a deep library of insightful career frameworks, strategies, and tools that I still use to this day.
But I didn’t stop at just documentation, because what’s so useful about a strategy if it only works as a theory and doesn’t hold up to the litmus test of reality?
So I pressure-tested each framework, strategy, and tool —first, by putting them into practice in my own career; second, by sharing them with friends, colleagues, and clients to implement in their own lives and careers. Putting each idea to the test, learning, and iterating. Constantly.
And it has paid off.
In my own career, I’ve worked as an award-winning product manager at Dropbox and several fast-growing startups in Silicon Valley backed by world-class VC firms such as Greylock Partners and Sequoia Capital.
For each role, I’ve consistently outperformed my targets —whether it was revenue, users, or engagement.
I’ve been promoted eight months into a new job, negotiated my own compensation to get tens of thousands of dollars of raises, and helped hundreds of others find their dream job and get more out of their current career.
Last but not least, I’ve built a winning system of hundreds of rigorously-tested, ready-to-use frameworks, strategies, and tools for finding and succeeding in a job you love.
While I still don’t believe silver bullets exist, this system has consistently worked for me, my friends, colleagues and clients. Time and time again.
If you decide to embark on a new chapter of your journey with me by your side as a coach, then we'll work together using a four-part coaching process:
This process typically takes at least a couple of months (depending on your schedule) to give you enough time to not only learn the material, but to put them into practice.
With that said, I want to be candid with you. This process won’t be easy!
Our sessions are going to challenge you. If you’re looking for a quick-fix solution, then I’m not the right coach for you.
But if you want to put in the actual work to learn and implement high-value systems and frameworks based on the playbook of what’s worked for me and my clients, then I think we’ll work well together.
By the end of our sessions, you’ll be well-equipped with tools, strategies, and habits to leverage your experiences and boldly step into the next phase of your career journey — whether it’s getting that new job, securing a promotion, or navigating a big transition.
· 01/09/20 · Basic Plan
Great dialogue and action-oriented direction!
· 12/21/19 · Lite Plan
My call was great, I was facing a very important career decision and Dexter really helped me to discover a new way to frame the decision process, moving from a bunch of numbers and calculations to something more aligned with me as a person.
· 12/16/19 · Basic Plan
Dexter has a played an integral role me in landing my dream role. Every step of the interview process he was there as a sounding board and a guide on things to do and to avoid. He gave me the confidence and provided structure to my interview answers. I'm now working with Dexter to make sure that I'm navigating my current job correctly. I highly recommend Dexter.
· 11/06/19 · Coaching Intro
Dexter was respectful of my time and great with giving me direction. I, unfortunately, I was not able to afford the cost of having him as a coach. This will change once I have a steady source of income.
· 11/05/19 · Ultimate Plan
Went over topics very specific to the part of the interviewing process I'm currently in. Very relevant, targeted, and useful feedback. Great session!
· 11/01/19 · Pro Plan
Dexter Zhuang was very insightful, helpful, and patient about hearing me out about personal problems and improvements. He also provides other sourcing materials for me to gain better understanding and improvements for myself. Great coach and will continue to coach with him :)
· 10/30/19 · Lite Plan
My appointment today was great, we worked on my values and realized that some of the ones that I spent a lot of time thinking about, were actually secondary or just gateways to other more important values that were already being fulfilled. Looking forward to schedule my next session.
· 10/29/19 · Mock Interview
I had a fantastic mock interview experience with Dexter! I would strongly recommend PM candidates to schedule a mock session with Dexter before interviewing!
· 10/23/19 · Ultimate Plan
Great practice on some questions I was having trouble with (metrics + post launch + design process). Very useful session!
· 10/21/19 · Ultimate Plan
I had a great session for ironing out weak points in the interview Q&A. Insightful as always.
· 10/15/19 · Ultimate Plan
Very good session! Talked through my progress and next steps at both a strategic level (interview process tios + the psychology going into the interview) and tactical (via walking through specific Qs I was having trouble on). Looking forward to the next session.
· 10/07/19 · Ultimate Plan
Dexter was a great career coach! He is able to identify what specific problems you are facing career-wise and will then create a personalized plan to help you overcome these obstacles. Dexter believes in your abilities as a candidate and this was important for me to land my first job!
· 09/18/19 · Career Coaching
Dexter has a great personality and gives great feedback. Highly recommended.
· 09/05/19 · Resume Review
My resume review session with Dexter was great and very beneficial. I walked away with solid feedback, clear steps to take to improve my story, and an actionable plan to catch recruiters eyes.
· 09/04/19 · Ultimate Plan
Great actionable feedback on my project examples, and took the initiative to bring up the discussion and practice of interview answers I could strengthen.
· 08/22/19 · Ultimate Plan
Worked very closely to address insights gained from the recent round of interviewing. Great actionable steps and looking forward to pushing a bit further in the process.
· 08/06/19 · Mock Interview
Dexter gave me the confidence to go into the FB onsite knowing that I've prepared the best I can. His framework for telling stories and the category in which the stories should fit and how they can be flexed depending on the question was intuitive and easy to remember. His support and encouragement was very valuable, especially around non-verbal communication. I got the job :)
· 08/04/19 · Mock Interview
Very helpful session! Went over design process type questions and Dexter had some great pointers I can carry over into my next interview.
· 08/01/19 · Ultimate Plan
Great and detailed feedback that's personalized to my weak points! I have a lot of things to practice on, which speaks to the effectiveness of these sessions. Thanks!
· 07/19/19 · Coaching Intro
Dexter gave me immediately actionable advice and tips on how to improve. He also gave me a structure to work with, which is really helpful when I need to improve quickly.
· 07/17/19 · Ultimate Plan
Great feedback as always. Engaged, attentive throughout. Catered interview very specifically to the type of practice I needed.
· 07/03/19 · Ultimate Plan
I really enjoyed the session. I also appreciated Dexters consideration in working around my schedule. I hope to practice with him again soon.
· 07/02/19 · Coaching Intro
Dexter was really thorough and laid out a great plan that should help me reach my goals, given my obstacles. Feel a lot more comfortable and optimistic about the job hunting process after my phone call with Dexter.
· 06/13/19 · Ultimate Plan
Had a great practice interview session. Very pointed feedback, along with detailed notes afterwards. Highly recommended.
· 06/11/19 · Ultimate Plan
Had a great intro call. Very professional, went through a lot of material despite it being a pretty short call. Looking forward to the next session.
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· 06/11/19 · Coaching Intro
Dexter was really helpful. Explained how he could help me with my job search, how to position myself when applying and 3 steps to go about that.
· 06/05/19 · Coaching Intro
Dexter was great at helping me figure out some next steps in my job search! He listened attentively and offered some concrete advice about how I could proceed based on what I've already done.
· 06/04/19 · Coaching Intro
I had a fantastic first intro call with Dexter who in 15 minutes helped me gain clarity around my career direction & communication styles after my transition from having my own business for many years to working remotely for someone else. He was super easy to talk to and gave value-adding actionable tips.