January 27, 2014

Getting Yourself Geared Up for the Executive Job Hunt

Getting-Yourself Geared Up for the Executive Job Hunt

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for executives to increase only 5 percent through 2020. That’s significantly lower than the average growth rate of most positions. With fewer executive positions to compete for, you’ll need to have the right resume, the right image and the right answers for critical interview questions. Get yourself prepared with these suggestions to keep yourself in the game.

Think Like an Executive

The mindset of an executive is different than someone working in operations, says In Power Women. You need to “get out of the weeds” and start thinking strategically about the company. “How can we quickly deliver a customer order?” is a tactical question left to the logistics people in a company. “How can we break into the China marketplace?” is a strategic question. If you’ve been stuck in the weeds for a long time, you’ll need to start thinking differently.

You may need to do some homework to get up to speed. It may even require you to look at supplemental education, such as in economics, marketing or organizational leadership. Research sites such as CollegeOnline.org to find the right courses to take while you’re working and doing your executive search.

Communication Must Be Natural

What you say about yourself and the questions you ask must sound confident and come without effort. Companies look for people who can handle themselves under stressful levels of scrutiny, so calm responses to questions are important. A confident approach also indicates that you are really prepared for any situation.

Your elevator speech needs to roll off your tongue. In 30 seconds, you need to introduce yourself in a way that makes a good initial impression on a person and keeps your name in their mind. After listening to you, they need to understand your goals. Most important, they need to be interested enough in you to ask for more information.

In an interview, Forbes says that all of the questions boil down to three simple questions:

  • Can you do this job?
  • Will you love doing this job?
  • Will we be able to work with you?

You will be asked these questions in a number of ways. Prepare your answers and practice responding various ways. Don’t hesitate because the recruiter may take that as you having second thoughts.

Don’t Skimp on the Basics

Too many candidates still submit resumes with typos on them, according to Examiner.com. You leave the recruiter thinking “How can a person who can’t spell run a department or company?” If writing is not your thing, then don’t hesitate to have your resume done by an executive search firm. They will make sure the content and format is perfect for the position you’re applying for.

Dress appropriately for the interview and any meetings with other managers, as well. If you’re not sure what that means, get the help of a professional again. These little things may seem insignificant to a high-level executive role, but they are actually crucial.

Be Your Own Brand

If you’ve been associated with a large company for some time, focus on creating your own personal brand. Design your own website and blog. Start posting on LinkedIn and become a guest blogger on other business sites. Build a reputation as an expert in some important topic. You’ll create an identity for yourself that’s separate from your previous company. Your ideas and opinions will also be associated with you and not your former employer.



About the Author: Mike Adams


Mike has started and sold two successful companies before retiring. When he’s not golfing and playing tennis he coaches new entrepreneurs on business best practices.


December 16, 2013

How to Dress the Part of the Next CEO: Dressing Right for the Interview

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How to Dress the Part of the Next CEODressing Right for the Interview

Dressing Right for the Interview


Looks can be deceiving, but there is one area where this rule may not apply – the job interview. What a person wears and how they look can instantly convey their appropriateness for a company, whether done consciously or subconsciously.


Establishing rapport and sharing past accomplishments are important, especially when applying for leadership positions. Often, higher-level positions require multiple interviews with different parts of an organization. But this also creates increased pressure for candidates to dress appropriately.


Know the culture


Companies may have different dress-codes for employees and managers. Where employees can wear polo shirts or dress shirts, higher-ups should be a little more formal. Some companies throw the style playbook out entirely. The Fiscal Times reports business casual company Urban Planet Mobile has a pro-jeans philosophy, and candidates showing up in full suits are told to relax.


Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes


Monster.com’s Career Advice suggests looking at yourself in the mirror the night before and imagining how you could be judged on appearance. Even if you may think a wrinkly shirt tells the world you’re too important to iron, your interviewer may conclude you don’t care. If you decide to wear a tie, practice tying it the night before. ToTieatie.com suggests larger, symmetrical knots and dark colors are winning interview combos.


Skip the sexy


While women might think showing cleavage or lots of leg can add sex appeal, it could be distracting or seen as unprofessional to interviewers. Likewise, while men may consider an unshaven look mysterious and alluring, it may also show interviewers you don’t care enough to look your best.


Look the part


Columbus Technical College’s Career site suggests that you dress like you would for a typical day in that position, so imagine that you’re already the CEO deciding what to wear. This can give you a boost in confidence to feel like you not only belong but are prepared to get things done.


Don’t be remembered by what you wear


Instead, wow them with what you have to say. Interviewers suggest initially avoiding anything to draw attention to your appearance, even if it shows a little flair. Cover up tattoos, bring the subtle handbag instead of the bright purse, and don’t wear a favorite perfume. Instead, as Deborah Sweeney, a CEO and contributor for Forbes, suggests, candidates should focus on learning about the company and sharing how they can deliver results.


Pay attention to accessories


Are your earrings discreet or big and jangly? (Discreet is better). Do you have multiple necklaces and bracelets or only a small chain? (Discreet, remember) Did you pick stylish, yet conservative shoes? (Skip the sexy, strappy pumps.)


Do your homework


Redfish Technology, nationwide high tech recruiters, suggests you should ask the interviewer or recruiter about dress code, style and culture before you show up. Whether you’re interviewing to be the next CEO, part of the C-Suite, or any other position, consider this part of your research.



About the Author: Randy Reed


Randy is a former HR director for a large, multinational corporation. These days he blogs and gardens to keep himself busy.


November 18, 2013

Do You Really Want to Work There? Get Your Questions Answered When Interviewing for a Job

Do You Really Want to Work There?

Get Your Questions Answered When Interviewing for a Job

Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager

Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager

By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology

The interview process is the usually final step in a company’s selection and vetting process, contingent upon reference and background checks of course.

For candidates this is also the last step typically in the application process. And certainly it is the best opportunity to learn as much as possible about the work environment and company culture, the personalities on the team and the management style, the less tangible aspects that aren’t written on the job description or the company website.

Recruiters often ask candidates along the application process to gauge their interest in a specific opportunity. This is something the candidate should be doing throughout the process. (more…)


September 16, 2013

Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview

Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview

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By Anna Mathieu, Redfish Technology

Unless you are a reporter, a recruiter, or other special personality, you probably don’t interview on a regular basis. An interview is a sales presentation, the company’s goal is to purchase (hire) a new employee and you want to be the choice. Honing any skill set requires practice and preparation.

You can practice with a friend or colleague by using a list of interview questions and asking your mock interviewer to change them up and throw some curve balls. You can practice aloud in the shower or in your car, answering classic questions that are likely to be asked, varying your vocabulary and presentation while hitting your main points. You can prepare by researching interview questions in your sector. Ask.com has a list of 20 common interview questions, and Forbes a list of 50 questions, or search for your niche, ex. Java developer interview questions. (more…)


July 1, 2013

Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview, by Jon Piggins, IT Sales & Marketing Recruiter

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing


You Only Get One Opportunity to Make a First Impression


Flames  (Don't)When the interviewer greets you, don’t wait awkwardly and immobile in your seat.


Bull's eye (Do)Instead:

Make a great first impression, you only get one shot at this. When you meet the interviewers or any of the staff, look the person in the eye and say hello, offer your hand and shake hands confidently. (more…)

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