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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…

8 Actions to Take If You Don’t Get the Job


actions to take if you don't get the job“Thank you for your interest, but…” Your third interview with the company included senior members of the executive team. You thought the position was yours. The polite telephone call you just received, that began in this manner, let you know otherwise. After you graciously respond and end the call, you are, frankly, stunned.

You did not get the job—what next?

Almost everyone interviews for jobs they do not get. Finding and achieving the position you want is an often painful process. At the executive level, the air is rarified and the competition is stiff.

No one is happy about missing the mark on a job they want. But along with disappointment and dismay, it is essential to mine the experience for hidden value.

Know how to respond

Consider these thinking and action points if the position you want slips away:Continue Reading…

Exploratory Interviews: How to Land Them and Make Them Work for You


exploratory interviewsQuestion: When is a job interview not a job interview?
Answer: When it is an exploratory (or informational) interview.

Exploratory interviews are a high-value way to network, obtain information and leave a good impression in a workplace that might interest you. Whether you seek a position, or desire a transition, an IEJI can bridge the distance between where you are in your career and where you want to be.

Even without a current job opening, company management often welcomes these conversations with high-caliber talent as a proactive way to procure talent for the next open position. You can access their expertise and investigate your options by arranging an exploratory or informational executive job interview (IEJI).Continue Reading…