Our Executive Career Advice includes support around landing your next role faster through solid career advice, achieving more interviews with CV advice, helping build your personal brand, learning about the hidden jobs market & finding the executive headhunters and thought leadership to ensure that opportunities come to you.

Our career advice & guidance insights will advise you on various elements of the executive job search world, all designed to help you land your next role faster. It's important to take the right paths when carrying out your job hunt, career change or executive coaching (whether you are focusing on individual executive career coaching or professional outplacement), and therefore our career advice blog is a vital tool to your success.

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Hidden Benefits of Career Coaching

What Are The Benefits Of Career Coaching? A career coach can be a wonderful asset for any executive at a career crossroads. Whether you're unsure which path to take, you're hoping to find a new passion, or you're ready to move to the next level, getting an outside perspective from a professional can be extremely helpful. Career coaches can guide [...]

The Science of Influence: Do you have Executive Presence?

“It is executive presence — and no man or woman attains a top job, lands an extraordinary deal, or develops a significant following without this heady combination of confidence, poise, and authenticity that convinces the rest of us we’re in the presence of someone who’s the real deal. It’s an amalgam of qualities that telegraphs that you are in charge [...]

How to Tap into the Invisible- The Hidden Job Market

What if your perfect job is not advertised in a traditional way? What if you had to stretch your job hunting skills to find it? There are plenty of unadvertised or "hidden" jobs out there, but discovering them takes (yes, sometimes a little bit of luck) a great many smart discovery tactics. The Hidden Job Market refers to all the [...]

Using Social Media to Build your Executive Personal Brand

How To: Personal Branding Social Media "Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual re-invention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to imagination. It is easy to be cynical about such things, much harder to be successful". – Sir Richard Branson   A strong executive personal brand will differentiate you from others by showcasing the value you offer [...]

Ignite your networking flame- but please don’t burn anyone

“What people say and feel about you when you've left a room is precisely your job while you are in it.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru   Networking is a door opener. Every person can introduce us to new ideas, expand our knowledge and lead to new business adventures. However, it won't happen if you don't make an effort to connect. Business [...]

To LinkedIn or not to LinkedIn – that is the question…

I heard through the grapevine that the days of the traditional CV are numbered.... However, some recruiters and career development consultants say the CV is not dead yet and it's still not quite time to drop this carefully crafted, battle-tested document. Others say that LinkedIn profile has surpassed it in terms of importance to modern job seekers. Where's the truth? [...]

Are you Armani or Next at heart? – It can make or break your career

All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.  – Tom Peters in Fast Company Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual re-invention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to [...]

The 5 Best Executive Job Interview Tips

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking and tough. ...But executive job interviews can be even worse. They frequently last for days and involve tough tasks and decision-making exercises. But what if you had an unfair advantage? Perhaps a set of executive job interview tips that seem to automatically convince the job interviewers that you're the right person for the job? Well, [...]

What is the Hidden Jobs Market?

Mоѕt реорlе are аwаrе of the stress wе fасе in vаriоuѕ ѕituаtiоnѕ in life and career. It might bе mоving hоmеѕ, changing career, tackling illness or a bеrеаvеmеnt, or tackling the hidden jobs market. There are mаnу times in our livеѕ whеn external рrеѕѕurеѕ affect thе way wе bеhаvе. It iѕ at times like thеѕе thаt we often need аdviсе [...]

How to manage a career change

It’s a familiar feeling… Monday morning… One day, one day I’ll make a career change for the better. For most of course, that day never comes unless you look for some executive career advice. It has been a historic challenge for many people to know how to change their career. Most career coaching clients that we work with are looking [...]

How to re-focus your job search & career planning

Let's begin with a short Career Q&A to help you with some executive career advice: During your career, how many times have you come to a role by applying for it How many times has a role come to you… through a personal introduction, reference or invitation? Have you had roles where your CV/resume was a formality? Have you had roles where [...]

How to communicate your personal brand

Do you have an executive career personal brand? Many things related to a career personal brand be viewed with a hint of scepticism. An understatement? Probably. But after speaking with many senior level executives and recruiters from many different countries it’s becoming evident that being able to competently articulate your personal brand is critical, whether it’s related to a job [...]

Positioning yourself for success on social

Social media and the senior executive job search Living in today’s technology-based Internet society means that unless you’re scrupulous about erasing your every move in the digital ether, you have a digital footprint. Ensuring that that presence is meaningful and more than just a tick-box or accidental ‘being there’ creates an invaluable asset in your senior level job search. Jim [...]

Planning your next career move? How to find your element

From spin doctor to coach Let me tell you a little about myself. Ten years ago I was working in Government. I’ll come clean; I was a spin doctor. I was based in the Home Office, working alongside civil servants and politicians, translating policy into messages that could be shared with the general public via the media, speeches and events. [...]

How to get clear on your authentic personal brand

Your most important job is to be head marketer for 'brand You'. I am a brand. YOU are a brand. In fact, everyone is a brand. You’ve been a brand your entire life whether you’ve been aware of it or not. How you act, how you communicate, what you stand for and how people feel about you are [...]

How to get headhunted for your next executive role

You receive a call from an executive headhunter. He shows a genuine interest in you and knows all about your career to date. He’s keen to talk to you about an exciting job possibility with a renowned company. A tailor-made opportunity with a company you’d love to work for; a ringing endorsement of your career achievements so far. You feel [...]

Social leadership and the executive job search: an interview with Ted Coiné [video]

Steve Nicholls interviews Ted Coiné What will you learn when you watch this video? The value of ‘blue unicorns’ and leading in a new way How ‘social leadership’ is the new ‘thought leadership’ Why more and more directors and board members are looking for social media skills as one of the Top 5 competencies in their CEO (which is set [...]

Elevator Pitch Sample & Examples

The ‘Elevator Pitch’ Definition: An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition. The elevator pitch has been around almost as long as, well, elevators, but remains a necessary step in the armoury of any executive looking for their next role or career change [...]

Honing your Elevator Pitch [Podcast]

The elevator pitch (also known as an elevator speech, or elevator statement) is a short summary used to quickly and simply define you and your value proposition. It's a succinct few sentences that sum up your experience and value to the listener. Here, Steve discusses the structure of the elevator pitch and how this might vary in relation to different contexts. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/elevatorpitch_converted.mp3

The CV & Personal Branding Consistency

What else can be written about the executive level CV that hasn’t already been said? It’s been a career/job staple now for many years, but depending on what articles you read, there seems to be a movement toward cloud based options (storing your data remotely online). So, is the paper CV dead? What uses should you put it to in todays [...]

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