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7 Tips on How to Create Your 30-Second Elevator Pitch

 

elevator pitchIf you have a career of any kind, you need an elevator pitch (some call it an elevator speech or a value proposition).

An elevator pitch is a roughly 30-second sound bite – a response to the question, “Tell me about yourself” or “What do you do?”

Has anyone ever actually used the elevator pitch in an elevator?

While I doubt you will actually use it in an elevator, you will most definitely use it at BBQ’s, conferences, job fairs, networking events, during phone screenings, on airline flights, at cocktail parties, in education/training seminars and community gatherings – just to name a few places.

The possibilities of where you can use an elevator pitch to describe what you do are endless.

Maybe we should rename the elevator pitch to the BBQ Boast? The Conference Quote or the Party Pitch? Or the Seminar Spiel?

Regardless of the name or the place, it behooves you to be ready.

Making the connection and telling someone about yourself can lead to your next job, your next sale, your next client, your next growth opportunity, your next volunteer gig or your next chance to help someone else.

So let’s be ready.

Here are the short cuts to creating your 30-second elevator pitch:Continue Reading…

Top 5 Tips for Introverted Executive Job Seekers

 

introverted executive job seekersIf you consider yourself shy, or introverted, what can you do to help yourself land the job you want?

This is a comment I received recently:

“Reaching out for extroverts is easy…for us people who are socially awkward, it can be so painful to just say hello to someone. It’s worsened by the fact that I dread small talk more than anything else out there…”

If you are shy, or introverted, hear this message: you are not alone. I understand what you mean because I feel the same way you do.

Working as a recruiter, and now in my own business, I can tell you that a lot of people are uncomfortable reaching out to others, and many people dislike small talk. That said—outreach and social connection are an essential part of your job search. So what can you do?Continue Reading…

7 Moves to Protect Yourself During a Merger Or Takeover

 

protect yourself during a mergerLast year, Investor Place reports, the deal volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) was the highest since the financial crisis. The pace in 2015 is supposed to top that. This reflects the drive to enhance competitiveness. Those strategies could include adding new product lines, increasing market share, gaining access to proprietary technology and/or reducing costs.

It’s not about just your job

As the two companies become integrated, your career is in play. That’s what you have to pay attention to. The impacts of any M&A are bigger than simply your job.

So many scenarios are possible.

• There could be redundancies in manpower in functions ranging from law to marketing. That means your job could be eliminated. That could happen whether your company has been acquired or it’s the one initiating the takeover.
• You could remain employed. However, your job is changed significantly. You have to make the decision to adjust or begin a search for a position outside the company.
• Maybe the emerging organizational culture is no longer a good fit for you. Staying there could damage your personal branding. You must leave.

Here are 7 moves on how to protect your overall career:Continue Reading…

Who, What, Where, How – Four Keys to Crafting a Winning Executive Resume

keys to crafting a winning executive resume Employment for life is increasingly a thing of the past – even at the executive levels, according to a study recently published in the Harvard Business Review. Executives are switching jobs more frequently – on average every four to five years.

If you’re looking to take the next step in your executive leadership career, here are some guidelines and keys to crafting a winning executive resume that’ll make you stand out as a candidate, whether you’re in the public, private or non-profit sector. Continue Reading…

4 Must-Have Executive Job Search Tools Job Seekers Should Always Have at Their Disposal

must-have executive job search tools that job seekers should always have at their disposalImagine being on the job hunt and always knowing what to say and when. Imagine what it would be like to show up to networking events and know exactly what you need to do.

Often times executive positions will slip through a candidate’s fingers because they weren’t prepared to answer a question on the spot or they forgot who they met at a networking event. With these tools you’ll be able to avoid these faux pas and better your chances of landing an executive position.Continue Reading…