7 Interview Bloopers that Sink Your Chances Every Time
by Abby Locke - Nov, 2014
Congratulations! You have finally landed a job interview with one of the top companies on your target list.That's exciting, now don't screw it up. Don't ever fool yourself into thinking that interview mistakes are just for the inexperienced, early-in-career job candidates. We know that first impressions count, so how about making your first impression stand out on your next job interview? 1) Giving long-winded, rambli...
How to Write A Great Cover Letter
by Abby Locke - Oct, 2014
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether it's a letter that accompanies your direct job application, is used for networking or is for introductions to an executive recruiter, it is a critical part of your brand presentation and career marketing. When properly written, a cover letter serves as a personal introduction and the tricky part is to make an impact with rehashing your resu...
Career Tips Tuesday: Why Snooping is Your Best Job Search Strategy
by Abby Locke - Jan, 2014
There is a lot of truth to the notion about what happens when preparation meets opportunity, the possibilities are endless… especially when it comes to your executive job search. However, if your career background is highly specialized, your experience is in a niche industry or your job search is limited to a small geographic location, your strategy needs to be extremely tailored, precise and customized to yield the greate...
Stalled Job Search? Try A New Industry
by Abby Locke - Jul, 2013
If you have been running into steady roadblocks or the opportunities in your field seem to be disappearing right before your eyes. It may be time to try something different – like a new field or a new industry. Are you overwhelmed at starting over your career or being the newbie all over again? Well, here are three tips to consider when making your move: 1. Do your research This is not new advice to you – you s...
What Is Your Professional Resume Really Saying?
by Abby Locke - Jun, 2013
It seems like every time I turn around, there are more speculations and “predictions” about the economy. One minute we are up and the other we are doomed, however, if you are a job seeker who has been trying everything to land a job or break into a new career, it’s just down right frustrating. Well, the one job search strategy that needs no prediction is a professional resume. Despite all the online branding and social med...
Job Search: What’s the magic number
by Abby Locke - Mar, 2013
A client recently asked me “How many job applications would it take to land a new job?” It’s a good question and certainly a valid question, but unfortunately, a successful job search comes down to more than numbers. A job seeker’s successes and outcomes are influenced by so many factors like economic climate, overall industry conditions, level of experience, available opportunities in target market and geographic locations...
Are You Missing The Resume Boat?
by Abby Locke - Oct, 2010
I was recently working with a CFO client and after sending his the first draft of his executive resume, he responded with a long list of questions regarding the content. He was really concerned that I had omitted some facts about his educational and career background and was worried that it could hurt his prospects. I would safely say that one of the hardest aspect of developing an executive resume is knowing when and what...
Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 1 - Have A Clear Job Target
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
Whether you are voluntarily looking for a new job or find yourself an unfortunate victim of today's economic decline, you will be unsuccessful, frustrated and discouraged unless you have a clear, concise job target. In Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters, the authors suggest from the beginning that "starting a job search before you know the job you want and what you have to offer will end in frustration". Simply saying that...
Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 2 - Determine Your Job Search Tactics
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
It never fails to amaze me when I talk to highly qualified executives - who have reached out to me for assistance after getting dismal results in their job search - and find out that their main job search tactic is spending hours on the Internet visiting job boards and posting resumes. You never put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to the executive job search. Technology will continue to impact your personal and pr...
Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 3 - Identify Your Target Companies
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
A step that is often overlooked in the executive job search process is developing a list of target companies. Many executive candidates will have a job search strategy that is dependent on the available positions listed on various career and recruiter-based websites. The flaw with that passive strategy is that you are forced to compete with thousands and thousands of other candidates through an online application system wit...
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