What a Baby Can Teach Us About Career Transition in 2015

Spending time with a little baby over the holidays was a fun experience. Here is a photo of a precious seven-month old who offered free lessons regarding skill development. When this baby “grows up”, I hope he doesn’t forget everything he learned as a baby. Perhaps it will keep him on track if ever he should find himself in the midst of a career transition.
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This holiday season often brings us in contact with people we don’t see very much during the year; former work colleagues, neighbors, relatives, and old friends. These people can all be very influential members of your network, and once you’ve reconnected over a holiday get-together or phone call, you can naturally follow up to ask for more specific assistance.

Be prepared to BRIEFLY inform your contacts what you’re up to and what you’re looking for…then step back. “I don’t want to monopolize your time! How about if I give you a call in a few days to see what suggestions you might be able to give me.” When you do call, you’ve “primed the pump,” so to speak, and you won’t feel awkward reintroducing yourself to people you haven’t been close with recently.

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The World’s Simplest Marketing Plan

Note: Selling Sucks! Marketing is Sexy!

A client once told me she was a “marketing idiot.” What she really needed, she said, was the “world’s simplest marketing plan.” So I set out to create one for her. Here’s what it looked like:

1. Make a list of everyone you know.
2. Tell those people about your business.
3. Ask if they’d like to find out more about it.
4. Tell the interested people more and create advocates to refer you.
5. When you get to the end of the list, contact everyone again.

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My Top 5 Essential Interview Tips

These are my personal views based on having worked as an executive search consultant, executive career transition coach and mock interview trainer for over 20 years. My view is that the key candidate behaviors that have influenced my decisions as an interviewer in the selection and short-listing process include:

1. LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE – Beginning with the way the candidate walks into the room; their presence and body language; whether or not they initiate the handshake; the firmness of that handshake; ability to maintain eye contact and the self-assurance to permit their personality to shine through; remembering to smile.

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How Being a Thought Leader Helps Your Career

Branding yourself as an industry expert could bring career opportunities. What comes to mind when you think of a thought leader or expert? It’s likely someone who speaks at conferences, has authored books, and is the go-to source in his field. Opportunities for this person abound, from consulting gigs to job offers. Thought leadership is designed to help an individual become branded as an expert in an industry. Maybe you know everything there is to know about your profession and becoming recognized as a reputable person will bring you more career opportunities.
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Write a Marketing Plan for your Job Search

A well thought out, concise Job Search Marketing Plan (JSMP) is an essential part of your successful job search! It’s a blueprint for your strategy that forces you to focus and direct your job search to ensure that you are covering all methods; keeps you aware of how much work you have to do, and evaluates the quality of your efforts. Your JSMP is a dynamic, action oriented plan that helps you set realistic and meaningful daily, weekly and monthly goals. This plan is critical to your career management and CONDUCTING A PROFESSIONAL JOB SEARCH CAMPAIGN.
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How to Land a New Job in 5 Minutes


How to Make the Right Decision Every Time!

Discover the Top 4 Decision-Making Criteria to Avoid Accepting the Wrong Job

When an executive leader is compelled to make a decision on whether he or she wants to work for a new company and accept an offer of employment, many different reasons (good and bad) come to mind. When faced with this all important career decision the best way to address this process is to break your decision into four critical sub-parts:

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What I’ve Learned as a Self-Employed Entrepreneur (and didn’t know as a corporate executive)

It is often said, “If you love what you do – you’ll never work a day in your life!”

Here are my thoughts on owning my own business…

1) There are more great business ideas out there than great businesses. The difference is in the people, the execution, the timing, commitment and passion to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

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Conquering the Job Market at Any Age

I get questions all the time from senior level executives in career transition wanting to know the same thing, in one way or another: Is my age that’s keeping me from finding work?

Some senior level managers, executives and professionals think it’s too late to change fields, and often worry they’re too old. This will surprise you, but I give them the same advice every time, regardless of their age or profession.

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