My friend Phil* is over 65 and a constant reminder to me that age has little to do with enjoying a solid work history. I met Phil when he was COO at a premier software company, just months before the deal was inked to sell the company to a F500 enterprise. I decided immediately I wanted to know more about him because he bragged about his nieces who were both engineers. Continue reading 'Triage your way to success'»
I encourage my clients to keep a brag book for their accomplishments, small as well as noteworthy. This simple effort keeps self esteem up and focus high. No reason not to drink my own cool aid. This page is my personal brag book. Come back often to read about new accomplishments.
One of the true benefits of what I normally see as social networking noise is I am presented with myriad links to articles and ideas I would not find on my own. Today, I clicked on Fast Company and met Cofounder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper, Marco Arment. While his story of founding companies and his lifestyle are interesting, what is provocative to me is what he offers as a Life Lesson: Continue reading 'Executive careers and tiny delights'»
You didn’t do anything wrong and there was nothing you could do to prevent it, but you are unemployed. In fact, you know if you had been running the show, layoffs would not have been an option. But, you weren’t and the decisions were out of your control.
Of course you are angry, maybe even a little depressed. For sure your self confidence has taken a hit. You did a terrific job and you still find yourself out of a job. That just doesn’t seem fair.
Career advice is everywhere. Blogs abound from folks who set themselves up as career and job search experts. Seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new job search slant with a new voice. Some folks charge for it, some folks offer it for free. Price is rarely an indicator of quality. What matters is the adviser’s track record. Have they been an executive? Been involved in hiring executives? How long have they coached? Have they success to point to? Do they work with people with your specific skill set? How do their references check out?
And most important, who is the target audience for all those blogs and newsletters? Executives visit a very different landscape from individual contributors which means most of the online advice is not appropriate.
Hiring a career coach is like boarding a bus; if you chose the right one, you reach your destination. Do you know your objectives? As a career coach I find the difference between success and failure is knowing the objective before you get started. That’s why I start most coaching clients with a go/no-go list to map their real and intangible decision points. Continue reading 'Hire a career coach to soar past the competition'»
Are you angry because you feel your age prevents you from landing an executive job? Is it your age or is it something else? Many people over 50 have jobs. Even those over 60 are gainfully employed. Why not you?
My friend Phil is over 65 yet he is constantly courted for his expertise and recently accepted a spot as a CEO in an early stage company. He has had no gaps in his career for over 20 years. Why? Because he is well networked and people know of his accomplishments. In a nutshell, those are the keys to continuous employment.
FREE EXECUTIVE COACHING FOUND HERE. What can you do to improve your chances of getting back to work as an executive? Here’s career advice that is field tested and proven to work. The comments made below are not meant to blame the victim, they are honest reflections of what employers see and how they react. I didn’t script them, I only interview hiring authorities and report. Continue reading 'Why Boomers don’t get hired'»
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Over 50 and looking for work can be traumatic. You are told you are overqualified, won’t fit the culture or just overlooked.
Don’t let age discrimination get you down. Look around. Many people with a bit of grey in their hair and long tenure in the workforce are employed in terrific jobs and valued as members of the business community. Continue reading 'Over 50 and no job?'»
TACTICS TO AVOID DEALING WITH THE FACT YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED AND THERE IS A ZERO BALANCE IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT Continue reading 'JOB SEARCH DENIAL CHECK LIST'»
Executives must avoid being part of the herd
Would you use the lottery as your investment strategy? Are the odds appealing? Do you feel lucky, well, do you?
That’s exactly what you do career-wise when you submit your resume to random recruiters and recruiter groups; play the job-search lottery. Continue reading 'Execs, don’t respond to recruiter cattle-calls, ever.'»
There are open executive jobs right now and they go to the visible and accomplished.
Time for me to rant. Yet another reporter tapped me for info regarding the deplorable situation with technology employment. He made the assumption and took the point of view that there are few jobs and companies are not planning any significant hiring for the near term. He quoted national statistics about corporate hiring plans.
As a career coach, I feel a very different part of the elephant. Most of my clients are or soon will be successful West Coast technology executives. They are finding opportunities and most are hearing from recruiters for newly created projects/product lines in already successful companies. It is almost like a switch was thrown three months ago; new opportunities keep showing up. These are not replacement jobs, they are new jobs for new projects. And that is why I am optimistic. Continue reading 'Let’s get real about technology employment'»
Executive employment is not a mystery yet candidates sometimes miss the point. They get so wound up on ‘what I have to offer’ they miss what companies ‘buy.’
Companies hire people to maximize revenue and profitability. No matter how it is dressed up, no matter how we protest, regardless of the niche, the bottom line is the bottom line. We talk about growing a company, succeeding in our space, becoming the standard, beating the competition and releasing new products, but the true desired outcomes are revenue generation and profitability. Continue reading 'Why will I get hired?'»
The scariest question recruiters ask is, “How long have you been with your current (or previous) employer?”
Many people believe the job search myth that it is acceptable, even expected, to change jobs every two years. Or that the current downturn in the economy somehow forgives the resume that indicates short stints at recent jobs.
The fact of the matter is, most recruiters (and hiring authorities) won’t even consider a candidate with a pattern of very short tenure. Their clients don’t want to hire them and recruiters do what they are asked. And lately, according to the Wall Street Journal, some employers insist recruiters only interview those currently employed. They won’t waste time interviewing you because they know they can’t place you. No amount of cajolery or conniving can change this outcome. Continue reading 'The damning question recruiters ask'»