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#1 Foolish Mistake I See Smart Executives Make ALL.THE.TIME


foolish mistake smart execuitves makeAnd another one bites the dust….

Let’s call him Derek, changing the names to protect the fallen…

I spoke with Derek last week. He is a highly accomplished, promoted-or-recruited-every-3-to-4-years, finance executive who really knows his stuff.

He has made a ton of money for his clients and his employers. 

Recruiters, Managing Directors of other firms, and competitors always sought Derek out to explore the possibility that he might join their firms. 

Sometimes Derek had the chat….sometimes he just did not have time.  Continue Reading…

Should I Stay Employed or Resign During My Job Search? / How Long Should My Search Take?


stay-employed-or-resign-during-job-search“Should I stay or should I go now? ….” – The Clash

This is an age old question: Should I quit my job and then look for a job, or try to look while still employed?

Beware of anyone who gives advice on this question in a hard and fast rule format.

For most people, it is better to stay employed and look from a standpoint of being employed.

But it really comes down to what’s right for you.

I have seen people quit and dedicate 40-50 hours per week (as if it was a job) to job landing activities and land something within a couple of months.

However, it’s a risk.Continue Reading…

How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume? 4 Rarely-Discussed Strategies


how far back should i go on my executive resumeAs with most tactical executive resume development questions, the question “How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume?” is no exception in receiving the “It depends” answer. However, these are the X guidelines we use in making decisions on how much do we include and how far do we go back on resumes for executive-level clients with 15 to 35 years of work experience.

Generally speaking, we recommend focusing on the most recent 15 years of work experience, but this answer can vary based on each person. The nature of the experience, and the various forms it can take, when compared to the target positions is the main factor in determining if we will consider using the earlier information on a resume:Continue Reading…

The Problem With the “Can You Take a Quick Look at My Profile” Request


take quick look profile requestAt least 4-5 times per week, I’m asked by new LinkedIn connections, and other people I don’t know, to take a quick peek at their profile and let the requestor know if I have any suggestions on improvements they can make.

Unfortunately, this isn’t so easy. In fact, there are several problems that can occur from such requests and it can actually be a great disservice to job seekers. Even worse, if you ask inexperienced job seekers to take a look at your resume you may just be shooting yourself in the foot.

Here’s why you shouldn’t be asking people to take a quick look at your LinkedIn Profile and make suggestions:Continue Reading…

How to Triumph Over Transition. This is the Beginning of Your Great Story!


Whatever your reason for embarking on your upcoming transition, whether it be a layoff, economic incentive, professional frustration, divorce, empty nest syndrome or you simply have a great business idea to put to market, realize that you are in an exciting position!  Yes, you are.

This can be the beginning of what will become your Great Story.  I can imagine that you may feel petrified about starting this process and overwhelmed about where or how to start. Don’t worry. It is this uncertainty that holds all the promise and possibility that lies before you. Embrace it and don’t fight it. Don’t believe me? Need proof?Continue Reading…