Stop the dread.
Build your dream career.
I coach BIPOC, women, and first-generation professionals who feel stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed at work to take action to build their dream careers in 3 months.
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Hi, I'm Samorn Selim!
Welcome to Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy. I’m a lawyer turned career coach on a mission for us to take our careers from dread to joy.
I grew up as the daughter of poor illiterate Lao refugees. I was the underdog. But against all odds, I graduated from Berkeley Law, landed a 6-figure job with a big law firm in my mid-20's.
I had always assumed checking off the boxes of big achievements for my resume would bring me happiness.
I was wrong.
As an outsider, people said I was lucky even just to be there and that I had to pay my dues.
I was miserable. I woke up filled with dread every morning wanting to change but didn't know how. I felt too overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck.
After working with my career coach, I reconnected with what brought me joy. Within 3 months, I transitioned to my dream job as the Director of Employer Outreach at Berkeley Law where I coached students and alums to build their dream careers.
Since then, I’ve coached more than 1,000 BIPOC, women, and first-generation professionals who are lawyers, techies, and leaders to build their dream careers.
I’ve come to realize that the idea that you have to pay your dues and work in a toxic place is a myth.
We can face our challenges head on, do work we are passionate about, and work with good people with kind hearts to make a big impact.
We can land dream jobs, be promoted to leadership positions, and negotiate 6-figure salaries. So even as we struggle, we can find a sense of belonging.
Founder and CEO of Career Unicorns
Attorney at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Director of Employer Outreach at Berkeley Law
Presenter at Google, Microsoft, The American Bar Association, Wilson Sonsini, Paul Hastings, UC Office of the President, and Dress for Success
Board Member, American Bar Association Career Center
Co-chair of Diversity Committee, Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association
Leadership Facilitator, Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Leadership Development Institute
J.D., Berkeley Law
B.A., U.C. Berkeley (High Honors Distinction)
Why Work with Samorn?
Instead of starting and stopping your job search and feeling stuck and frustrated...
Create a strategy that gets you clarity to land your dream career in 3 months.
Instead of wondering what you should write on your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, and thank you notes...
Get detailed and tailored feedback on how to show your value and land interviews.
Instead of being afraid to reach out to people to network and learn more about opportunities...
Get exact scripts and emails on what to say to get people to want to talk to and help you.
Instead of drawing a blank when someone asks, “Tell me about yourself” or other questions...
Learn strategies and get feedback so you know what you need to say to land offers.
Instead of freaking out whether you should negotiate and being anxious about what to say if you do negotiate...
Know how to position yourself to get 20-40% increases in your compensation package.
Instead of settling for jobs that undervalues you and underpays you...
Land leadership positions without having to wait years or get more degrees.
Who I Work With
I've coached clients to land jobs at Stripe, Meta (formerly Facebook), Doordash, Electronic Arts, Airbnb, Uber, Latham & Watkins, Wilson Sonsini, Kirkland & Ellis, Farella Braun + Martel, Hanson Bridgett, and more.
Listen to the Podcast
Spark Your Joy with Samorn Selim
Are you feeling stuck and frustrated at work? Join Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy podcast where we chat about how you can find a sense of belonging in a world that repeatedly tells you that you’re not supposed to be here.
Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer
A raw, vulnerable, and authentic memoir about the daughter of illiterate, poor Lao refugees growing up in Stockton who defies the odds of being a welfare queen to earn a degree from Berkeley Law and work at a Big Law firm.
1:1 Coaching for Leaders & Founders
"Samorn is a gifted mentor with a rare combination of knowledge and leadership. She is very motivational yet realistic. Her honesty is admirable and her patience is what differentiates her from the rest. I was particularly impressed by her ability to handle all my needs effortlessly. She would be valuable asset to anyone who crosses her path.”
Founder of Afrika Startup Lab