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.

Welcome to the Blog - Career Tips to Accelerate Your Career Success

Forget the whole idea of ‘networking’… do this instead [Podcast]

In this 60 second podcast, Louise shares one quick tip that will alter the way you approach networking events, taking the fear and anxiety out of connecting. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/60secondpodcast-Forgetthewholeideaof“networking”...dothisinstead.mp3 Transcript Many professionals don’t like, or feel they’re not good at, networking. If that sounds like you, perhaps you’ve lost sight of what networking really is? For some, networking has become about [...]

What is career coaching? [Podcast]

In this short podcast, Steve talks about career coaching – What is it? Where do we sit in the recruitment industry? What are some of the things we can do for you? https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Career_Coaching_what_is_it_converted.mp3

CV style: What do executive recruiters prefer? [Podcast]

The Curriculum Vitae or Resume forms the foundation of your ‘personal brand’ which you will present to the recruitment market, and is often the first point of contact for your candidate / recruiter relationships. Yet, many recruiters express dissatisfaction with the quality of CVs they receive from senior executive candidates. So, what do recruiters want to see? Steve explains… https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CV_style.mp3 [...]

LinkedIn is NOT your CV [Podcast]

Your LinkedIn profile offers the chance to show the recruiters, headhunters and employers that will search for you, what makes you different in a way that your CV cannot. Take the opportunity to demonstrate your values and personality. Show passion for your work. You're missing a trick if you simply copy and paste the content from your CV, as Steve explains... [...]

How to answer the interview question ‘tell me about yourself’ (part 2) [Podcast]

In this short podcast, Steve discusses what to include in your answer to the job interview question 'Tell me about yourself?' Follow this advice to craft a compelling personal pitch. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/3_value_adds_converted.mp3 For more information, listen to: Tell me about yourself (part 1)

How to answer the interview question ‘tell me about yourself’ (part 1) [Podcast]

Steve Nicholls discusses how to approach the interview question: ‘tell me about yourself’. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/tell_me_about_yourself.mp3 Want to know more about what to say? Listen here: Tell me about yourself (part 2)  

The hidden jobs market [Podcast]

What is the hidden jobs market and what does this mean for you? Find out how, with a concerted effort and a battle plan, you can begin to navigate the hidden jobs market today. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Hidden_Jobs_Market_converted.mp3 For more information, download the Hidden Jobs Market report here: Navigating the Hidden Jobs Market: A report for senior executives

Will this type of job interview question trip you up? [Podcast]

Steve discusses the types of job interview questions which might trip you up in your next senior executive job interview. How prepared are you? https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Interview_Questions_Soft_Skills_converted.mp3

Twitter: The secret tool in developing recruiter relationships [Podcast]

According to Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey, an incredible 73% of recruiters have hired a candidate through social media. And more senior executives and recruiters use Twitter than you might think. Our MD Steve Nicholls explains how Twitter successfully breaks down barriers in developing candidate/recruiter relationships... https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Twitter_and_recruiter_relationships_converted.mp3  

Introduction to 60 Second Career Podcasts with Career Coach Steve Nicholls [Podcast]

Executive Career Tips in 60 seconds; unrehearsed, unscripted, and brought to you in digestible 60 second (or thereabouts!) chunks of executive career tips. Hope you enjoy them, and do please contact us direct to request content or questions to be addressed for future Podcasts. Every Podcast in this series will be based on a question I have been asked. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/intro_converted.mp3

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Age. Is it just a number? [Podcast]

If you perceive age or experience to be a barrier in your executive job search, we suggest ‘putting on the blinkers’, and focusing on your value to the role. Many recruiters are shocked at the general lack of preparation, poor CV and an inability to communicate achievements; get this right and you’re a strong candidate for the role, regardless of [...]

Recruiters not calling you back? Here’s why. [Podcast]

You may have experienced some issues around working with recruiters. This can be alleviated through greater understanding of the processes and priorities of their business model (servicing their clients). It’s also important to recognise that the process is not linear; it takes time for recruiters to hear back from their clients. It’s appropriate to send the odd email to check [...]

Getting past Gatekeepers [Podcast]

Taking the time to develop relationships with peers, recruiters and key players in your industry can have surprising results and you should aim to continue this process throughout your whole career, whether you are engaged in an active job search or not. https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/gatekeepers_converted.mp3

Executive Level Job Interview Tips [Podcast]

Your senior level job interview is the final step to landing your ideal job. You only get one chance to impress, but how exactly do you do that? At senior level, candidates need to be exceptionally well prepared. In this Podcast, Steve discusses the 4 R's of job interview success: Research, Rehearse, Rapport and Results Executive career coaching & Outplacement Services by Executive Connexions https://www.executiveconnexions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/interviewtips_converted.mp3

Leveraging LinkedIn Groups [Podcast]

LinkedIn groups provide the chance to network with recruiters, headhunters and peers whilst building your credibility and personal brand. Group participation will enable you to identify and build relationships with key players in your executive job search. And your interactions will get you noticed; recruitment professionals will visit your LinkedIn profile to find out more about you... so make sure it's [...]

Being Consistent across all social media [Podcast]

Make sure that all of the elements of “brand you” are aligned across all social media platforms. Show that you know what you can offer, and you know how to articulate this. You want to create the right impression. For consistency, you might consider using the same username across all platforms. I recommend using the same professional head shot too, so you’re quickly [...]

Coping with Job Search Frustration [Podcast]

There's nothing more frustrating than searching for job opportunities when none seem to exist. You might receive rejection after rejection or hear nothing but radio silence. One of the biggest challenges becomes maintaining the motivation to continue. Understanding something of the mind set and priorities of recruiters is valuable in terms of managing your own expectations as a senior level candidate and [...]

Looking to get Promoted? [Podcast]

It's tough to climb the corporate ladder. A promotion won't just fall into your lap. Want to know how to get a promotion? You'll need to be a patient and proactive team player and an ambitious self-promoter. You'll also need to begin networking for a promotion. In this podcast, Steve discusses the value of a mentoring relationship to guide you through the [...]

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

Stop connecting & start calling [Podcast]

The benefits of using emails are hard to resist. Email is a quick and easy method of communication; they do not interrupt someone or put them on the spot. But when you're looking to make a good impression and create rapport, a phone call is often the more effective option. An email could go for hours or even days without [...]

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