Those young in their career or those seeking to change their career path are often given very bad advice.
Do what you love and the money will follow.
Follow your bliss.
Follow your passions when looking for a job.
If you do what you love it will never seem like work.
If you don’t love your work, find something else.
THEY CALL IT WORK FOR A REASON.
Photography and writing are my passions. If I dedicated mindshare and time to pursuing either, I am certain I could make some sort of progress and earn a few bucks. Instead, I take pride in my work as an Executive Coach. I have trained for and know how to do it, some say well. My work provides an income, loads of satisfaction and the wherewithal to write and photograph. Continue reading 'Bad advice from well meaning mentors'»
￼Excerpt from Job Search Debugged which can be purchased and delivered immediately as a PDF download from the book store, the red tab above. A sample of the tough love found in the pages of the book that has guided many a career.
BASICS FOR SIX-FIGURE INCOME CANDIDATES
Most readers of this book earn significant income in salary, bonus, and stock. Landing $100,000+ jobs can often take six months or more. The amount of time is less important than what occurs in that time. To be effective, focus on your networking activities: Your objective is to rise above the competition with recognized expertise, outstanding messaging, and industry presence. Your objective is not to get your resume to rise to the top of the stack, it is to not be on the stack at all. Continue reading 'Job search advice that works for six figure executives'»
“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” Lao Tzu
Successful executive job search starts with your objective. Are you looking for that next big job? Is that the focus of your job search and your networking? Or have you taken the time to learn how to build your career over the long-haul? Continue reading 'Are you looking for a job or building a career?'»
A quick scan of a resume sets expectations instantly.
Here’s what you need to know to make that fact work for you in your executive job search.
Let’s set the stage. The person reading your resume is a hiring authority or refers candidates to hiring authorities. They want to spend time with only the best candidates and a triage based on a resume is their perceived best first step. Here’s how it works. Continue reading 'Resume roulette – Get your resume to the top of the stack'»
Tired of hearing it yet? The best jobs come from successful executive networking.
Networking is the single most effective method for landing your six figure executive job. You know the majority of management positions are filled through referrals and you want people to recognize and remember you when they are chartered with finding top management. Invest in your occupational future now. Get to the right people and engage in a highly targeted job search when the time comes, make time now and change your lifestyle. Learn business networking beyond the typical social networking opportunities. Continue reading 'Executive Networking on Steroids'»
Time management is the demon that destroys a carefully executed job search. One client of recent memory spent seven hours a day at the computer sending emails, requests for introductions and participating in various LinkedIn groups. After three months he had only made five new connections that referred him to opportunities. And not one of the opportunities was right for him. He was demoralized. The demon was elated. Continue reading 'Six tricks to subdue your job search time management demon'»
I published this blog last year and it resonated with a lot of senior executives who, in their private moments, admit to feelings of being an impostor. Yesterday, I mounted my first photography exhibit and when it was finished, I was overwhelmed with feelings of self doubt. What made me think I had any right to pass myself off as a photographer? In dealing with these feelings, I confronted my own ‘impostor.’
Continue reading 'Are you a Fraud? Silence your internal critic.'»
Get promoted, fast.
TEN STEPS TO EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
It’s not rocket science. Many people master the art of strong leadership, mostly by trial and error, some through mentors and others by way of a career coach. Here’s a primer of basic leadership techniques. You still may want a coach to help you implement, but this heads-up will alert you to where to put your effort. Continue reading 'Fast track to successful executive leadership'»
How to get the most from an incompetent recruiter without shooting yourself in the foot.
While the job-search world is filled with competent and effective recruiters, my email from angry candidates who have dealt with the worst of the lot and responses to my LinkedIn threads shout there are a lot of bad recruiters and harmful recruiting practices candidates find demoralizing and frustrating. Continue reading 'Get the most from a bad recruiter'»
Control your resume. A friend of mine expressed disbelief than any executive would even consider using a job board. He knows job boards don’t work. He maintained that no executive is so naive to believe an anonymous resource like a job board could be considered as a tool by any executive who has ever hired anyone. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading 'Why employers post on job boards'»
Don’t underestimate the power of a mentor. The earliest of leaders, into ancient Greece and beyond, all had mentors; people to guide and provide insights as we find our way to success. It is not a step to be overlooked in building a career and is sometimes the difference between mediocrity and greatness. Continue reading 'Importance of role models and mentors'»
Advice for LGBT Job seekers
Objective: Work in a GLBT friendly environment
Strategy: Look before you leap
Tactic: Learn if the company values diversity
“Be yourself. People like people with self-confidence. Be honest. If you disagree, then disagree. Take the track that you are who you are because of your experiences. Approach the interview not as black or white, gay or straight, but as a candidate who wants to learn as much about the job as possible.” Teresa T., VP Human Resources
Gail, an out lesbian, loved her work and her team. She knew a promotion to Director was right for her and she refused to accept the company’s intolerance of her sexual orientation as an obstacle. She felt if only she put in more hours, solved more key problems, they would see the error of their ways. Instead, they assigned her an escort for trips to the rest room. She finally quit. Continue reading 'LGBT Career support'»
Manage your job search while you are employed.
“I can’t afford a protracted job search with no income. I have to look for a new job while I am working and make the transition as quickly as possible so my finances do not take a hit.” Joel P. VP Marketing.
The time has come to make a change. For whatever reason, you are ready to find a new job. When you opt to remain employed while searching, you make decisions about how you will conduct yourself, the ethics of your situation and when and how to tell your current employer. Continue reading 'The stealth job search'»