Category: Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs (page 1 of 17)

April 2020 Week 1: Venture Capital Series C Funding Opportunities

To get reports like these, set up a Google Alert with the topic “venture capital series c funding.”

Learn how my clients use this information to create interviews here by going direct using LinkedIn here.

  • What is Venture Capital Investment?
    Even if the company is still a concept, venture capital investment can … Series C funding round involves successful companies looking for more funds.

If you’re looking for hidden job market opportunities like these and want a proven step-by-step method for locating them, get my Career Power Strategy Session, “Executive Strategies for Tapping into the Hidden Job Market.”

More Venture Capital Series C Funding Opportunities

A few more Series C VC listings for you! (To get reports like these, set up a Google Alert with the topic “venture capital series c funding.”)

Learn how my clients use this information to create interviews here by going direct using LinkedIn here.

If you’re looking for hidden job market opportunities like these and want a proven step-by-step method for locating them, get my Career Power Strategy Session, “Executive Strategies for Tapping into the Hidden Job Market.”

How Company Executives Can Stem Fears and Job Losses During a Pandemic

These are challenging times for corporate execs, but “those who manage the economic effects of this crisis in a clear and compassionate way create more value for their companies and will come out of this pandemic stronger than ever before. So before announcing deep layoffs, we recommend that you consider these measures first.” Read on in HBR’s article, “The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs.

Executive Career Services: Resume Writer vs. Career Coach

I am thrilled to have my colleague Lisa Lewis write this guest post. She specializes in helping executives with Career Clarity and in this article, she will walk you through how to determine when to hire a resume writer vs. a career coach.

Guest Post by Lisa Lewis

Do I Need a Resume Writer or a Career Coach?

Executive Career Services: Resume Writer vs. Career CoachWant to land a job at a fabulous company where you’re paid well and have an impressive title?

One of the keys to getting an amazing job offer is having a perfectly polished resume that shows you’re a great fit for the role.

When it’s obvious on paper that you’re a beautiful fit, it’s easy for the hiring manager to make the case to give you a generous salary. 

However, creating a killer resume that earns you high-paying offers isn’t as simple as it seems. Tailoring your resume to the exact role, industry, and organization is a critically important step for your success. 

Want to craft the winning resume? Here are some questions to help you decide if you need to work with a professional resume writer, or if you need to start with a career coach instead. 

You’re Unsure of Your Next Ideal Role

If you have no idea what your next ideal next role could be… work with a career coach.

If you’ve been climbing up the corporate ladder but you’re bored, tired, or ready to shake things up, it may be time to speak with a career coach to help you get more clarity. If you’ve ever described yourself as “needing help figuring out what you want to be when you grow up,” or know you definitely don’t want your boss’ job but aren’t sure what you *do* want, career coaches are better positioned to help you evaluate the full employment landscape and see all the available possibilities for you to pivot into. When working with a talented resume writer, they create a completely different profile for you if you’re making a switch in your career path rather than if you’re continuing on a similar path — so making the investment into resume writing before you’ve made a decision on your direction might mean you don’t get the ROI you were looking for. If you aren’t certain where your next job could be, invest in working with a career coach to go through a holistic process to identify the best fit intersection between your strengths, interest, personality, and lifestyle needs using personality assessments, opportunity brainstorming, and visioning exercises. 

(Want to learn more about these four intersecting features of your next job? Check out the eBook, The Roadmap to Career Fulfillment!) 

You Need Help Visualizing Your Goals

If you know the kind of role you want next, and need help crystallizing your goals and positioning yourself to get it… work with a resume writer.

Resume writers are brilliant at pulling out the most relevant parts of your past work experiences and matching them up to the kinds of roles you want to step into next, helping to stretch you and allow you to grow. They can help you find the diamonds in the rough from your past, and feature them prominently in your candidate profile so that future employers start drooling over you and can’t wait to give you an interview. There’s a true art to looking at a job posting and being able to display your most important and similar accomplishments — and it’s an art which varies wildly depending on the type of role you’re aiming for. 

You’re Unsure If You Qualify for the Position You Want

If you aren’t sure you have relevant experience to apply for the roles you want… work with a career coach. 

Career coaches – particularly ones that focus on supporting people in transitions – have a gift for helping you think about ways to bridge experience gaps on your resume before you start applying for new roles. While a resume writer can make your existing experiences sparkle and shine, they need you to have the experience so they can effectively position it. Career coaches can help you brainstorm creative ways to get those relevant experiences on the side of your current role, so a future employer will be thrilled with all your growing expertise beyond your job. Employers aren’t interested in you as a candidate if you’re applying for roles in fields where you can’t prove you have knowledge or skills — you’re too risky for them to take a chance on. Career coaches help you strategize about minimizing that risk and getting more tangible experiences to help you make your next steps.  

You Need Help Realizing Your Accomplishments

If you need help making your work sound like powerful accomplishments instead of standard job duties… work with a resume writer.

When we reflect on the tasks we did in any given job, it’s easy to get mired in the details and minutiae of the day-to-day. Resume writers have a gifting for taking your career goals, seeing the bigger picture opportunities for you, and helping you elevate your work experience into language that’s appropriate for more senior hires. If you’re great at speaking about your work history but can’t seem to translate it to your CV, resume writers can help you get ideas out of your head and down on paper. Resume writers also have loads of experience in how to visually differentiate mid-level and senior-level hires on paper, and know lots of formatting and styling tricks that make a huge difference (and can dramatically increase your starting offers). Most career coaches don’t have nearly the depth or capability in branding and marketing you as resume writers. So if you’ve got it, a resume writer will help you flaunt it! 

Investing in getting support to make your next career move is a great idea, and these guidelines can offer specific direction on what kind of professional service to pursue in to get the best return on your investment. Good luck moving forward on identifying your next move and crafting the perfect resume!

Lisa Lewis is a career change expert and creator of the Career Clarity method of finding more fulfillment and joy at work. Don’t love your job? We should talk. Learn more at or check out The Career Clarity Show podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

What Boards are Looking for In New Members

Attention executives seeking your first (or second, or third) board seat…

This is a REALLY interesting article that just came out on Corporate Board Member about  What Keeps Directors Up At Night. Long term strategy, short term growth, and financial performance top the list, followed closely by concerns such as CEO succession and cybersecurity.

We create board resumes, and when we do, we focus on your ability to address issues such as these. You can learn more about our Board Resume Package here.

If you wish to speak to us personally about designing your board resume click here to schedule a 15-minute consultation or email

Executive Jobs: These States Continue to See Huge Job Growth

Click to enlarge. Courtesy of Chief Executive.

Here is some incredible data from Chief Executive in their recent article, “The Next Economy: Following The Trail Of U.S. Job Growth,” detailing statistics and predictions for the evolution of the US economy. Job growth (tech development and real estate too) is concentrated in multiple states such as Texas, Nevada, Utah and the Carolinas, among others. Interesting findings!

Could a Chief Well-Being Officer (CWO) Role Be in Your Future?

Chief Well-Being OfficerWith increasing concern by businesses over employee wellness, the role of Chief Well-Being Officer role is fast gaining popularity. Deloitte, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP were “among the leading firms that appointed well-being leaders in 2019,” and “WHEN, a rapidly growing company focused on transforming people’s lives through total well-being, has pushed the role another level by naming the first chief being officer. “

Read more about the expanding role of the CWO in Hunt Scanlon’s article, “The Rise of the Chief Well-Being Officer.”

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Executives: Changing Jobs in 2020 Could Earn You a 15%+ Salary Increase

Top Executives The current economy is ripe for executives to transition, and companies are willing to pay for top talent. According to CFO, “In 2018, the average pay hike for job-switching C-suite and VP-level executives was 11.42%, based on compensation data related to several dozen placements in 2019 by executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group. Last year, that figure climbed to 14.64%.” That’s significantly higher than the average yearly raise.  Is it time to start looking for a new job? Read on in “To Make More Money, Find a New Job.”

If you need a new or updated resume, we’d love to help. Please schedule a free introductory call.

Effective Communication for Executives

My colleague, Ardith, of Ardith Rademacher & Associates executive job search firm, penned this fantastic piece in her latest newsletter on good communication. I am resposting it for my readers with permission. These are powerful tips for every executive.

The Fine Art of Effective CommunicationThe Fine Art of Effective Communication

Guest Post by Ardith Rademacher

It can be so easy to fall back on jargon or catchphrases that you hear in the office or on television. Some people even use them consciously in attempt to make themselves appear more relatable or up-to-date and modern. However, this can do more harm than good. Many times, relying too heavily on overused expressions can make you seem uninformed, uncaring or simply unprofessional.

One of the most annoying things people can do in conversation is use heavy business jargon. How often have you heard someone say, “Let’s circle back on this. I’ll ping you in the next day or two.”? This statement can be confusing to those who are not familiar with these phrases, particularly if you work with people who speak other languages. Be direct: when exactly can the other person expect to hear back from you, how will you be reaching out, and what should they expect to receive at that time? Clarity in communication is more important than lingo.

In the same respect, flippant replies or clichés can also give the wrong impression. Overly casual responses, such as “no problem,” “sure,” “fine,” or “yeah,” can convey that you may just be trying to appease the other person, or worse, that you were not truly listening. Clichés, such as “it is what it is,” are meaningless and can come across as uncaring. Using these types of phrases will not instill trust in you or your ability to deliver on a job.

Even though it should go without saying, the use of profanity in professional and the majority of casual conversations should be avoided. Those who speak with heavy profanity are typically regarded as unintelligent, unprofessional, rude or just plain angry. Definitely not qualities that employers or clients are looking for! Even phrases that are not direct profanity, such as “pissed off,” can have the same effect.

Finally, the use of negative words or words and phrases that do not demonstrate confidence should be avoided. Instead of saying that “I cannot have that done until Tuesday”, flip the statement to a positive by saying “I can have that to you on Tuesday.” By speaking in affirmatives, and using language that sets clear expectations, you can help your colleagues and peers know what to expect and you will come across as more dependable.

The fine art of effective communication involves understanding when certain phrases and expressions should be used and when they should be avoided. Keep flippant replies and clichés out of the office, and only use in casual conversations with friends and family. Use of jargon in professional settings may cause misunderstandings that end up hurting your work or credibility. Profanity and negative words should be avoided at all costs. Follow these guidelines, and you will quickly become a master of communication.

Ardith Rademacher & Associates is proud to introduce our newly designed website, For 25 years, Ardith Rademacher has excelled at strategic hiring solutions for construction and engineering organizations nationwide. Following the feedback from our clients and candidates, we designed a website to continue in that tradition. We know that you prefer simplicity which is why our website is simple and clean. We have created a menu which invites you to find information you need about ARA, Inc. and our strategic hiring services. If you are an organization looking for a construction recruiter or if you are a candidate investigating a new construction job, come visit us at  As always, I encourage you to respond to this email with your thoughts on the discussion, our new website or how Ardith Rademacher & Associates can be a solution for you.

The 50+ Executive: Age Bias is Alive & Well

Today’s senior executives and workers are going to great lengths to disguise their true age. Read why in Wall Street Journal’s article, “Older Workers Have a Big Secret: Their Age.”

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