These four realities make a great case for creating a career development only email address.
You can’t assume that you’ll always be in control of your work email address.
But it’s not always true. (more…)
We called them meetings.
Because no matter how successful many professionals become, when it comes to job interviews, too many default into fresh-out-of-college mode.
Or worse, compensating behaviors.
Interviewing is one of the least practiced skills, yet interviewing well is essential to one’s career.
Today I counsel clients to think about interviews as meetings.
It’s a profound subtlety, and it helps everyone keep their footing.
It helps people speak and act with professional certainty and authority.
Don’t get me wrong, a certain level of nerves and energy can fuel job search activities and help you present “you on your best day.” But you’re really looking for a two way meeting between professionals.
Next time you accept an interview — or heck, when you call someone in for an interview — think of it as a meeting and watch the conversation flourish.
Until next time!
I used to do Q&As with newsletter subscribers. In 2006, a job seeker wrote in about relocation biases.
I’m open to relocation and have sent résumés to other cities. So far no one has expressed interest. I feel like they only want local candidates. – Anita, Tampa, FL.
They probably do. Many companies draw from local candidate pools first. It’s less costly, the candidates are familiar with the territory, and they’re easier to meet face-to-face.
As an executive search consultant who conducted national searches, I was surprised by how frequently companies got “geographically stuck.” We were often restricted in the talent we could find until we were able to convince the client to look at the bigger picture.
As a candidate, it’s your job to speak up, subtly. You can’t dictate what a hiring entity wants, but you can remove a few barriers upfront to improve the odds.
Here are a few techniques:
You never know when relocation will enter your job search, or how. But being prepared with the right tools can make a difference.
Until next time!
Until they need them.
I always smile when a client says, “How do I get my résumé to an executive recruiter?”
If you want to play in the retained executive search game, you have to let them know YOU’RE willing to play.
And that means spending a few minutes chatting the next time they call, instead of ditching them to voicemail.
I say “retained executive search” because it’s an important distinction. Think Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, and the boutique firms that open when recruiters from the big firms strike out on their own. They will often use the same sophisticated recruiting processes and be just as valuable to your career.