Frequently Asked Questions

1.How long does it take for HiCounselor fellows to land a position and what does the job-searching process look like?

On average, it takes about 2 months to land a position through our program. During this period of time, our fellows network with professionals through our website, apply for positions, go through an interview process, and eventually sign a final offer with their respective company. If this process looks longer for some, we are more than willing to continue to support them on their search. We offer weekly 1-on-1s, among other services, to help support them during this time. It’s also important to remember that HiCounselor is free until users are hired. The maximum duration of our program is 12 months.

2. What if I find a job by myself during the program?

Any job offers you receive and accept while using HiCounselor will be included in the required income share. The income share that we offer is that you pay back 9% of your first year's income as you earn it in exchange for taking part of our program. Even if you found a job not through HiCounselor and you were signed up for our program, we do still require that you pay the Income Share Agreement per the program’s requirements. This is because HiCounselor not only offers job placement, but also educational services. This includes teaching skills, strategies, interview preparation, and more that would contribute toward your job placement success elsewhere. HiCounselor is more than just a job placement agency that gives you a network and leaves you to figure out the next steps on your own. We become partners with you in your job search and evaluate, train, and help you optimize for every job opportunity. See #12 for additional information that you may find useful.

3. Can I personalize my HiCounselor experience to fit my needs?

Of course! The HiCounselor program is completely personalized to your unique situation. We heavily modify the program to suit individual circumstances and never give you busywork. Instead, we invest that saved time into helping you with whichever part of the job seeking process you could use more support with.

4. What can I expect in terms of referrals through HiCounselor?

While we make an active effort to execute on every single requested referral from our fellows, we’ve found that these referrals are typically only effective when the fellow is an active user on our site and takes advantage of the many tactics and skills taught during. If we don’t have a direct connection at a particular company, we will teach you strategies and maneuvers to get a referral. We would not encourage you to join our program if you plan to join HiCounselor as a passive user where you just join and wait for referrals.

5. How much time should I dedicate during the program?

HiCounselor Job Search Accelerator Program is most effective for fellows willing to dedicate 5-10 hours a week to their job search based on our assignments and strategy.

6. Will you help negotiate my pay?

Yes! We'll help you figure out if your offer is fair, if you could make more money, and if applicable, negotiate equity, stock options and other benefits as well.

7. What is an Income Share Agreement?

An Income Share Agreement is a contract between you and HiCounselor. This contract allows you to receive training and assistance from us without paying for the service upfront. By signing the Income Share Agreement, you’re agreeing to share with HiCounselor 9% of your first year’s salary over the course of 6 months.

8. What is the duration of ISA contract?

The duration of ISA between you and HiCounselor would be 12 months. We put significant time into and investment in our candidates during the program. If you land a job within 12 months, you are expected to pay 9% of your first year’s salary to HiCounselor. In case you don’t land a job during 12 months of the ISA contract, you can withdraw from the program at no cost.

9. How much would I pay?

The Income Share Agreement is based on your income—it is not a fixed amount. At HiCounselor, the ISA is 9%. You would pay us 9% of your first year’s salary. The amount you would pay is dependent on your income. For example, if we help you land a job with a 100k salary, you would make 6 monthly payments of $1,500.

10. When do I start paying?

You start paying after you landed a job and have been working for at least a full month. After that, you would be making payments via monthly bank transfers over 6 installments. You also have the option of making a lump sum payment via check or Stripe.

11. How do I set up the ISA?

We partner with Leif, an Income Share Agreement platform, to manage the payment process when you land a job. The ISA is between you and HiCounselor, but Leif’s platform helps ensure seamless application, signing, ongoing communications, and payments. We will send you a direct link to enroll in the program. It is a quick and easy process.

12. What if I quit the program, is there any fee I have to pay?

Our agreement duration is 12 months. if you don't land a job in 12 months, ISA will be cancelled and you don't pay us for anything.

  • If you decide to quit the program before the end of week 1 ( or 7 days) of the program, you will receive an 80% reduction in ISA income share percentage. That said, you would be liable to pay only 1.8% of your first year’s salary.
  • If you decided to quit the program after 7 days, there is no refund and you will pay 9% of your first year's salary for any job you start within 12 months from the HiCounselor program commencement date.

13. How does HiCounselor differentiate between a job I got through the program versus a job I got on my own?

Even if you found a job not through HiCounselor and you were signed up for our program, we do still require that you pay the income share per the program’s requirements. This is because HiCounselor not only offers job placement, but also educational services. This includes teaching skills, strategies, interview preparation, and more that would contribute toward your job placement success elsewhere. Because of this, we aren’t able to differentiate between a job you got on your own versus with our help. HiCounselor is more than just a job placement agency that gives you a network and leaves you to figure out the next steps on your own. We become partners with you in your job search and evaluate, train, and help you optimize for every job opportunity. See #12 for additional information that you may find useful.

14. What if I get fired from my new position, quit, or otherwise run into unexpected financial hardship while making the payments to HiCounselor?

Assuming that you wanted to use our services again, we would pause the payments and help you find a new job in any of these situations. Once you were back up on your feet and financially secure, payments would resume where they left off. The payments would be adjusted based on your new salary. If you don’t find a job for a period of longer than 24 months, then the entire income share agreement is cancelled even if you’re not done paying it.

15. What happens if I get a job offer but I do not think I am a fit for the company?

We never pressure our fellows into accepting an offer that isn’t right for them. In fact, we encourage our candidates to use initial offers as leverage to get even better offers. You are always free to make your final decision; we never interfere in your decision making.