Ask Yourself Three Questions Before Jumping Industries

Your industry is hurting or even hemorrhaging, or maybe it looks as though it may be impacted soon. Given the mass furloughs that have occurred over the last four weeks, which have resulted in over 17 million people filing for unemployment, many are questioning their current positions, their potential prospects, and the impact Covid-19 will have on their industries. However, a rash decision and quick industry switch may not be the best choice. Reflect on […]

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Is there an ELEPHANT in your interviewing room?

Learn how a potential “disadvantage” can be neutralized and transformed during an interview. Alan’s Approach When Alan first met with our senior consultant , he was both excited and anxious about an interview he had scheduled. He was excited because he believed that the role was good fit and a great next step in his career. He was anxious about being asked why he left his last position. Alan’s last CEO wanted a nuts and […]

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Don’t Be Left Behind by Sending the Wrong Message Online

  Good eye contact, a firm handshake and an impressive resume are no longer the most important elements to make a good first impression – those only count in the real world. Every day, people are making decisions about you based upon your digital first impression.  They get to know you before they connect with you in the real world. And based upon what they see online, they may have no interest in meeting you […]

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DRIVE INTERVIEW SUCCESS BY DEVELOPING ONE SKILL

  Think back to a time when you nailed an interview. You felt excited, energized and almost certain you would move to the next step. How did you know that you nailed it? Most likely you liked the interviewer and they liked you in return. There was a connection, a chemistry, and at some point, the formality broke down. You were able to share everything that was essential because you felt comfortable, understood and heard. […]

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Don’t Polarize Your Professional Brand

We hear and see a lot of people taking sides these days. Making assumptions about those on the other side seems to be commonplace. We have no control over colleagues on the other side of any position, so it is important to understand that we operate as leaders within a polarized world, and often within a polarized industry or workplace. In addition, more of what each of us says and does in the personal and […]

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Executives in their late 30’s and 40’s are leaving dates off their LinkedIn profiles and resumes. Should you?

We have noticed a trend… We are used to playing a guessing game with executives in their 50s and 60s but now, younger executives are leaving their dates of education and sometimes early work experience off their LinkedIn profiles and resumes. We have been stumped when trying to determine the age of a potential client before we meet them on Skype or in person. Recently, a client came to us for job search consulting services, […]

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Should I Ask For A Promotion?

Before you put yourself on your boss’s calendar, be sure to conduct some due diligence. Here are the questions to ask and research, to determine if it is the right time to ask for an internal promotion. Do you understand the criteria for the job or the next level? If you don’t, ask about the criteria before you ask for the job. Once you understand the criteria, do some soul searching and get feedback on whether you meet a great […]

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How to Beat an Internal Candidate When You’re an Outsider

A wave of disappointment, and sometimes a feeling of futility can consume leadership candidates when they find out they are competing with an internal candidate. Don’t let this happen to you. While competing against an internal candidate presents a unique set of challenges, it is never futile to pursue a role just because you have stiff competition. Recently, one of our C-level candidates found out there was an internal candidate only after he fell in […]

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How to Get “Discovered” for a Great Opportunity

The Importance of an Intentional Online Presence for High- Level Job Seekers  Not a week goes by when one of our clients (who are CEOs, C-level and next level executives), doesn’t get “found” for a great opportunity online. An overwhelming majority of retained executive search consultants, external recruiters, internal talent acquisition and human capital executives – all high level recruiters (and their staffs) that look for candidates to fill the very top jobs in corporate America use LinkedIn or […]

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How to Talk About the “Bad Stuff” in a Job Interview

According to the gatekeepers℠ Everyone knows that talking about career setbacks can blow a good job opportunity. But trying to avoid or gloss over setbacks may be even more damaging. Dave Hardie, a Managing Director at Herbert Mines Associates, the largest executive search firm focused on consumer/retail, has placed over 20 CEOs in the last three years as well as two dozen other C-level positions. As a member of the gatekeepers, Dave shares with us […]

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The Most Important Interview Question

“Why are you looking?” will be one of the first and most important interview/networking questions you will be asked when you decide to make a leadership job move. Stakeholders carefully scrutinize your answer to this question for multiple reasons: Interviewers and other stakeholders want to hear an authentic response and most know that responses to this question are often manufactured. If your response or style doesn’t ring true, all your other responses may be called […]

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