BlueSteps Review: Need a Shortcut to Sourcing Executive Recruiters?

If you’ve followed my blog, articles, or LinkedIn posts, then you know that I advocate using a strategic approach to leverage executive job boards and services. Part of what that means to me is employing the right ones to begin with. One of the job services I suggest to most executive job seekers is BlueSteps.com. […]

As a Career, Job Search, and LinkedIn Coach I am constantly urging my executive-level clients to build a reputation for thought leadership via industry articles, blog posts, and LinkedIn content. While nearly all of them see the potential value in a thought leadership-driven job search approach, most are reluctant to dive right in. What stops […]

If you’re planning a cross-country road trip, do you start off without a map? Probably not. Likewise, when you plan a job search (rarely a short-term, overnight experience), do you begin with a written plan? Probably not. Yet wouldn’t one be enormously helpful? Almost certainly. Unless you have the financial freedom to take 1-2 years […]

Are you or someone you know about to launch an executive search in 2016? If so, one of the first things you’ll want to do is create an Executive Job Search Action Plan to guide your search execution. Sometimes referred to as a Personal Marketing Plan, both terms hint at the importance of advance planning […]

Last week I noted that it’s important to tell your career story in many ways (in print, online, and verbally) and in many places (resume, LinkedIn profile, bio/marketing brief, cover letter). In this three-part blog series, I previously showcased ways to highlight your career story in your resume; the next post in this series will […]

Does your resume capture the essence of your career story to date? Does it convey the impact that you’ve had on the employers you’ve worked for so far? Does it showcase your unique combination of achievements and skills? If not, then your resume is failing to promote the real you. While it’s important to tell […]

Are you having trouble getting traction in your job search? May I suggest a simple exercise that will demonstrate what you most need to fix in your search to turn it around? Try this simple but effective Job Search Traction Troubleshooter to identify the problems in your search. Use the same tool to create a […]

One of the most powerful ways to stand out with recruiters, influential contacts, and hiring executives is to make yourself useful. By that I mean sharing useful content that relates directly to your areas of expertise. You can share such content in LinkedIn status updates or in LI Groups discussion areas, of course, but you […]

Are you guilty of managing your career only when you’re in or anticipating an active career search? Unfortunately, the “I’ll wait until I really need it” approach doesn’t work effectively. If you want to minimize your current or future unemployment or protect your work life from long gaps between jobs, you will need these 7 […]

Do you have an executive bio? And do you know how best to use one? Bios have been around for decades and are often used by senior executives. In fact, recruiters and employers tend to assume that if you are a senior executive, you already have one. Useful for reminding your network what you bring […]