Category Archives: Job Search Strategies

Employers look for executive personality traits before hiring


Research indicates that over 80% of employers look for the cultural fit of an executive over skills. That’s huge! In data collected from 1,200 of the world’s leading companies, there are five top personality traits sought after by these employers. Professionalism (86%) Most people reach executive level through career achievements, […]

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You Don’t Have To Be What You Have Always Been


Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I love listening to clients and their stories. I especially enjoy listening to client stories about the path to their present job title. Did you start out wanting to be a _____________ (whatever job […]

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5 Quick Buddhist Practices


As job search coaches, my colleagues and I are experts at helping clients plan and implement their job searches. We teach about social search (leveraging social media), Web 2.0 networking, the Direct Approach, uses of job boards, how to work with recruiters, email and direct mail campaigns etc. The only […]

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7 tips to stand out in an interview


During an executive’s career, one might expect to be interviewed dozens of times. “Your job at the interview is to be as helpful as you can,” states Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, a seasoned search consultant and author of Great People Decisions.  He comments that most interviewers focus too heavily on experience and […]

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The Cowboy and The Cables


It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference. ~ Zig Ziglar As my daughter and I got in our vehicle to leave a busy Chicago parking lot last week-end, the vehicle would not start. While the engine turned over twice, that was it – no […]

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3 things that will get you blacklisted with recruiters


Executives beware! Recruiters are speaking out about what irritates them and what could possibly get you blacklisted. A survey of 1,500 recruiters by Bullhorn, a recruiting software company, recently shared its results: 1.         Applying to positions you are clearly not qualified for. 43% of recruiters might blacklist […]

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To Unlearn, To Relearn in Your Job Search


My client and I were discussing graduate school and what we remembered most from that learning experience. The subject of “unlearn” came up as one of the things that still stood out years later. As a job seeker, are there any “things” you have had to unlearn and relearn in […]

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New Job Market – Are You Prepared?


As an executive you may have experienced many changes in the job market over the years. Predictions have been formulating for some time now about big changes in careers and the traditional workforce.  The experts forecast an exponential growth in the number of self-employed, independent service firms, solopreneuers, and temporary […]

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Another Blog Post About Presenting Naked


I love learning and I love going to different presentations to learn. I am always fascinated by the presenter’s style and how he or she goes about imparting information. More often than not, it is a PowerPoint presentation. Do you use PowerPoint in your presentations? And if you do, what […]

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town


“The only gift is a portion of thyself. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson What work-related gift do you want Santa to bring you? a client recently asked. Um….well, I really haven’t thought about it that much. Since his question, I have been thinking about it and now, via this post, I […]

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