Archive for April, 2010

“You’d be Great for this Job!”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Or, “I’m definitely going to submit you.” 

How many times have you heard these words during your job search?

I’ve heard many transitioning executives tell me they were hopeful they would be chosen for a position because the hiring manager, HR leader, recruiter (fill in the blank) told them this.  However, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it hasn’t worked out, because they are too numerous to mention.

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Live Job Search Journey – “Networking Nancy”

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

12+ Months and No Offers for a $300K/year Executive – Can You Relate??

“Nebulous…Exhausting…Lonely.” These are the words that a once positive senior level executive recently used when describing her job search to me. Unfortunately, she’s not alone. And yet, the silver lining still exists as some of her colleagues and compadres call with reports of, “I finally landed and I couldn’t be happier.”

Over the next several months, I’ll be personally working with and tracking the progress of three real executives that are currently in transition. I will be speaking with them on a regular basis and post blogs with “real time” updates on the opportunities and challenges they face in their job search. Below, I would like to introduce “Networking Nancy” and her background. I am working with 2 other executives and hope to get their profiles posted shortly.

Due to the very real nature of the details in these blogs, I will refrain from using their real names as well as generalizing some information that may reveal their identity. However, these executives have willingly participated in this series in hopes that they may get your ideas, feedback, and support in their job search. They also hope that their story may help and encourage anyone that may be going through something similar.

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What’s Up with the Responsiveness of Companies?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I have heard from many job seekers that today’s market is worse than all past job markets in one very distinguishable area – the hiring companies today are not communicating like they used to with candidates. This is incredibly frustrating to candidates and can be the catalyst to get some people really worked up. I’d like to share some of my thoughts on this topic, and I can only profess to know my own personal experiences in working with candidates so please feel free to share your experiences as comments to this blog.

So, what’s the solution? You are probably not going to like what I have to say, but remember, it’s just my opinion, so here goes – what choice do you have?

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Perseverance in the Job Market – How Much are You Sweating?

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

“Leave it all on the field.”

“Twice the sweat for ½ the return.”

“Yesterday’s ‘A’ game is today’s ‘C’ game.”

These are just some of the quotes I’ve heard recently about today’s economy. By the way, these weren’t from job seekers – they were from business people that are just as challenged today in selling their products and services.

Good quotes to think of and remind us that we’re not alone, and that those that are persevering in this market are going above and beyond to stay alive. Many companies have downsized significantly, and in some cases shut down plants or entire business units. Becoming more efficient quickly was the name of the game in 2009 and now it’s still challenging and no one is ready to shout, “Mission Accomplished!”

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Head Trash That Can Hurt Your Job Search

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I don’t think I’ll surprise anyone by saying that it can be very difficult to find a job today. In fact, if you’re from an industry that’s been devastated or tarnished like the mortgage sector, then it might be close to impossible to re-brand yourself.  People from the real estate sector aren’t finding work in their field, and are finding it very hard to change industries after many years of success.  The tech sector is doing okay, and alternative energy/green jobs seem to still be doing okay, however they want people from those fields and would rather not settle for an industry changer.  Even the med device space, which is doing well today, still wants folks from their industry rather than an industry changer, especially if you’re out of work.  In fact, companies are looking askance at out of work job seekers, so the microscope is on you even more.

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Changing Industries – Why and How?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I asked Kelsey Richards, Program Coordinator for the McDermott & Bull Executive Network, about a “burning question” that she often gets from different members of our group. With 1500 executive level members and growing, we have a diverse group that has many different career objectives, so we find it to be a relevant melting pot of job search ideas and challenges.

One question that tends to come up frequently is, “If I wanted to change industries and my resume doesn’t speak to that industry, how can I accomplish this?” I know some industries are still in a declining state, while others seem to be growing. We all want to work in growing, expanding, and challenging fields, but with no experience, how can we market ourselves to companies in those fields?

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