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Interesting article. I think this is very valuable information for Executives who are interviewing for senior level positions. The takeaway I got was this: slow down and remember to use all of the senses (in this case, visual) in high level interviews to determine and discern what to do and say next. 🙂
The Secret to Negotiating Is Reading People’s Faces
Great article in Harvard Business Review titled:
How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident
My favorite takeaways from this (I do these myself!) very insightful little piece:
- Emulate what your mentors/those you admire do
- Baby steps: smaller pieces
- Don’t beat yourself up for not being ready – just move forward.
Quick Tips: 3 minute Tip For Networking at the Executive Level
It’s live: http://www.maryelizabethbradford.com/quick-tips-networking.php
JobMob has thoughtfully compiled a list of the best job search advice for 2015! You’ll find my article, “Executive Job Interviews and Money: The Secret to Landing Bigger Job Offers” listed among those of some of the top career professionals in the industry such as Jason Alba (JibberJobber.com), Marc Miller (CareerPivot), J.T. O’Donnell (CareerHMO), Martin Yate (Knock ’em Dead book series), and Undercover Recruiter. Enjoy!
The Top Job Search Articles of 2015
I’m sure you’ve heard about the value of investing in an executive resume writer and/or job search coach to help you during your job search. This investment will certainly pay off in multiple ways, including improving your ability to fully leverage yourself in your industry of choice, making sure you are optimizing your skills and strengths amid the competition, and securing the highest quality interviews.
However, there are additional investments that lend themselves to rich and rewarding payoffs. Have you considered how your home, your health and your downtime activities play into the effectiveness of your job search?
Here are some examples:
- Investment in your health. Are you taking care of yourself? Have you been putting off your yearly physical, your trip to the dentist or your chiropractor? Do you invest in eating organic food? Do you get out for a few minutes each day for some exercise and fresh air? Your monetary investment to do this is relatively small, but your short- and long-term payoff is vital to keeping stress under control and your state of well-being.
- Investment in activities you enjoy. You have heard me say it before – investing in yourself by participating in activities you enjoy and that relax you are even MORE important during your job search and need to be INCREASED. Feel like you just don’t have the time? Look at where you spend your time during the day, then commit to cutting out ONE activity that you don’t absolutely need to be doing. Replace it with something you love to do, whether it’s spending time with your family, playing tennis, bike riding or reading a book. The more relaxed and balanced you are, the more energy and focus you will have to give your job search.
- Investment in your surroundings. Is your office or home a mess? Investment in a clean work and living space will add to your feeling of peace. I have a young child and know how hard it can be to keep things tidy! But each morning I clean my office so I can think clearly and be present and creative for my clients. In other words, your surroundings can mirror your mental outlook.
- Investment in your clarity. If you are struggling with your confidence and your self-worth regarding your job search, then grab a pen and paper and write out 30 valuable skills, strengths and traits that you can bring to your employer(s). Getting clear here will help you get in touch with how much you really do have to offer. We often devalue our professional worth, so this exercise will also serve to fill in the gaps if you are leaving out any critical points in your resume.
- Investment in “high-payoff” job search activities. Are you licking stamps and envelopes and running to the printer? Consider hiring someone to handle these entry level tasks for you during your job search so you can invest your time focusing on more high-payoff activities like targeting employers, following up with phone calls and preparing for interviews. You get so much more done with a little help! Your investment in hiring the teenager across the street (or your own, if you have one) will definitely kick your job search results into high gear.
So what can you invest in this week that will make you feel good, more balanced and less stressed?
Do you know someone who is looking for a new job? I bet you wish you could help them, but maybe you think you can’t because you don’t know of any open positions that would fit them? Well, there are lots of ways to help job seekers, even if you can’t offer them their dream job.
Here are eight tips you can use right now to help your friends and associates that may be in a job search:
Tip #1: Offer to give their resume to a key decision maker in your company.
As long as you’re comfortable with it, why not pass along their resume? You never know when a position might come up or even be created to meet a need!
Tip #2: Invite them to join your network on LinkedIn.
The bigger a job seeker’s LinkedIn network, the better chance they’ll have of finding and connecting with others! The tipping point on LinkedIn is about 65 connections, so it doesn’t take much to quickly create a powerful network!
Tip#3: Endorse them on LinkedIn, give them a Recommendation or offer to be a reference.
You don’t have to have been their boss to recommend or endorse them. So, if you can, why not brag a little on the strengths and skills you know they have?
Tip#4: Hear them out.
Let them share what they are looking for with you in terms of ideal industries and positions. Do you know ANYONE in their industry of choice that they could network with? You don’t have to know if they are hiring or not – every connection counts and could potentially lead to something else!
Tip #5: Invite them out.
Do you attend chamber events, church functions, fundraisers or association meetings? Why not invite them along? Job seekers benefit from the opportunity to make new contacts and connections, PLUS it’s good for them to get out of the house and stay involved!
Tip #6: Tell them about my free ezine and blog articles.
They can sign up here.
Tip #7: Give them additional tools.
One of my affordable audios, books or all-in-one system might be just the tool they need to get unstuck and into the next phase of their job search. Have them visit my Success Store.
Tip #8: Be positive.
Job seekers need positive support and to keep focused on opportunities rather than bad economic conditions and negative news. This is one of the most powerful ways you can support them -with your positive attitude!
My clients are finding and landing jobs every day. The jobs ARE out there and so is help and support. Be sure to remind them of this.
Do you have additional ways to support and assist job seeking friends and associates? Please share your helpful ideas here!
Looking back, I have probably coached and written resumes for over 4000 executives in all kinds of industries. Here are a few things I have learned along the way that I hope you will benefit from.
- Worry about things that never happen.
Most clients I work with have shared numerous worries they thought would hold them back, like their age, too little or too much salary, the economy, a shrinking industry, too many jobs in the last 10 years, and being fired or laid off (just to name a few). I am happy to report that these same executives went to on achieve – and in many cases exceed – their career goals. How did they do it? Usually through a combination of the following:
- Education that the reality of their concerns was often overemphasized to the point of being counterproductive.
- Obstacles were minimized or eradicated through a well-planned marketing strategy.
- An expertly crafted resume showcased their strengths and was in sync with their goals.
- Believe they can’t successfully change industries.
I love to hear the excitement in my clients’ voices when they are shown that successfully changing industries is more about their plan, their resume, their networking approach, and they coaching they receive than their experience!
- Feel they interview very well, when they don’t.
“Just help me land the interviews and I will do the rest.” I have heard that dozens of times from seasoned professionals that made one simple error: They mistook their amazing charisma and people skills for great interview skills. Believe me, there is a big difference. I have seen firsthand how just answering one question the “wrong way” quickly leads to a lost candidacy.
- Can’t write an interest-generating resume.
There are multiple reasons for this, such as:
- The use of industry jargon (resumes need to be written with an audience of at least 5 different departments in mind).
- The inability to write objectively.
- Failure to craft a resume from a marketing perspective.
- Writing about what was accomplished and not what happened as a result.
- Didn’t know how much career coaching and marketing would help them, until they used it.
I can personally relate. I didn’t realize how much a business coach would help me until I hired one. It’s respectable to want to do things for ourselves – and there is a beneficial degree of learning in it – but if you have ever played sports and had an excellent coach, or studied under a dynamic teacher, then you have already experienced the value that a true professional can bring and the many ways they can help you to reach your full potential.
I hope if you have identified with any of these points, it will help you to quickly and easily take action to shore up areas for improvement. I promise this will result in a much more enjoyable and fruitful job search for you!
If you read my blog or E-zine you know I am ALL about taking both leadership and control of your executive job search—and that includes not just investing in a professionally certified executive resume writer but fully leveraging market opportunities as well. It takes a little planning, initiative, and guts—but the payback is amazing, and you get to pick your low-hanging fruit in terms of the companies YOU are interested in working for.
This article I read on CareerCloud is a great example of a plucky recruiter taking the initiative in a memorable and authentic way that answers the questions every job seeker must answer: What good are you to me, and why should I be reading this?
And even though this recruiter is not at the E-Suite yet, I bet they will be! And that makes the best employers sit up and take notice. I think it is often forgotten, when we are in job seeking mode, that just as our main challenge is to find the right opportunity at a good company—a COO’s primary challenge is generally to find and retain exceptional people. So be that exceptional person and the opportunities will follow.
Last week I read this rather brow-raising article in TechCrunch. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina announced recently that she was going to run for president. She grabbed the domain name carlyforpresident.com, but someone else picked up http://carlyfiorina.org and posted a page of 30,000 sad faces for all the people she laid off at HP.
Over the years I have worked with other executives who shared with me that upon Googling their own names, they were shocked to discover that theirname.com was already taken – and some of those sites were going to require explanation on behalf of those executives at some point during their interview process. One of my executive clients found out he shared the same name with a popular male stripper who had a very – ahem – revealing website (and no, I am not going to list his name!)
So, it will run you about $10 a year to grab your name.com from a domain name company (like Godaddy.com) and I strongly suggest you do it! Even if you have to use a version of yourname.com, like your-name.com, or yourinitials.com, I feel it is worth it!
Here are a couple of additional things to think about:
Get it Now, Even if You Don’t Need it Yet
Even if you don’t use yourname.com now, you may use it in the future for your own business; for instance, if you go into management consulting. And even if you don’t use your name for the business, you are ensuring that no one else will! That’s valuable in today’s climate where it is very common for someone to Google someone else’s name. Especially in the job search process.
Use it for Job Search
You may want to create a website for a job search. Websites are a really nice touch and work for you 24/7 – even when sleep! A photo of you gives an additional dynamic that people can connect with. We use Weebly to create our websites. If you use Weebly or a similar service, just make sure to upgrade to the pro package so that no tacky drip marketing shows up on your site. Weebly gives you the option to hide your website from search engines (a very good idea if you are in a secret job search or just passively looking) and even the option to password protect it.
You can certainly have yourname.com indexed by search engines – just know that once you are indexed, your site link and description (even if it is unpublished) will show up in Google’s search results when someone Googles your name. Another benefit to search engine indexing is that if your name is already taken by someone whose website might cause a few raised eyebrows, then when your site shows up right next to it, it will help diffuse the shock and may avert awkward interview conversations.
If I wanted a position in this industry in Austin I sure would be writing Mr. Long a value proposition letter congratulating him on this nomination!!!
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