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Career Expert Secrets is designed to help you get hired for the job you’ll love. Discover what top recruiters and job search professionals have to say about current job trends and what hiring parties are looking for. You’ll also get expert leadership and career transition advice on writing your resume and cover letter, interviewing, networking, and more. In this podcast, we interview members of our executive recruiter network, including CEO recruiters and CFO recruiters as well as many other successful professionals in the executive search business. Discover how to love your career with financial success, happiness and work-life balance. If you are interested in leadership career success, listen up! You can find more from Jonathan at https://jfcareers.com/.
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Ep48: Gary Ireland

Ep48: Gary Ireland

2020-10-0225:34

This week, I'm excited to talk with my friend, Gary Ireland. Gary is an attorney specializing in employment law, and he has some incredible insights to help you make the most of your career. This is an important topic for leaders at any stage of their career, including leaders who are in the midst of a career transition.Gary will cover important items, ranging from understanding and managing the expectations of your role from the beginning and communicating well with your colleagues to strategic evaluations and more.He and Jonathan also discuss how to effectively negotiate offers to ensure that you not only get a competitive compensation package, but also that both you and the company are clear on goals and expectations.In addition, Gary offers some excellent insight on how to handle workplace issues such as office politics, personality clashes, and other problems that may arise. Both he and Jonathan offer tips and strategies to help you navigate these issues.Gary and Jonathan then offer perspective on the benefit of a great coach in managing your career, as well as choosing a role that aligns with your needs, values and what you truly love to do.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes!Gary Ireland is an Employment Lawyer and principal of Law Offices of Gary E. Ireland. You can reach him at gary@irelandlaw.net. You can also find him online at https://www.irelandlaw.net/ or on LinkedIn.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Ep47: Ken Adkins

Ep47: Ken Adkins

2020-08-2433:30

Ken Adkins joins us for today's episode! Ken is a headhunter with 47 years of experience working with top companies in the fashion industry; he has a lot of great insights to help you prepare for your successful career transition. You won't want to miss this episode!Ken offers strategies to help you prepare for the whole process, including your interview. He'll help you present yourself in a confident, clear way - and to deal with both the positive and negative aspects of your professional history. He also gives strategies to help you convey your leadership style, team building philosophy, and experience in a convincing, articulate manner.He also offers excellent insights regarding some of the current shifts in the business world that have been accelerated by Covid-19 - and he gives essential tips as to how to keep up with them. This includes the current shift to team members at all levels (including executives) working remotely.There are a lot of opportunities opening up in many industries right now, but with companies pivoting, candidates will often have to present themselves a bit differently than in the past. Ken and Jonathan offer tips to help you set yourself apart - even if you have negative aspects in your work history that you'd rather not focus on.Ken also has some great "what not to do" stories to share! Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes!Ken Adkins is the owner of Adkins & Associates Ltd., a headhunting firm that handles management to C-Suite searches for the fashion industry. You can find Ken on LinkedIn or email him at kadkins@adkinsassociates.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
I often ask my guests, "What's the dumbest thing you've seen smart people do?"I ask this for a reason - so that you can learn from others' mistakes and position yourself as the one best candidate for a job you'll love.In my recent conversation with Ken Adkins, he shared some incredibly interesting stories along with amazing insights to equip you in your career transition. Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes, including Ken's full interview!Ken Adkins is the owner of Adkins & Associates Ltd., a headhunting firm that handles management to C-Suite searches for the fashion industry. You can find Ken on LinkedIn or email him at kadkins@adkinsassociates.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Preparing for interviews can be more challenging than many would like it to be. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Ken Adkins, a headhunter with 47 years of experience. He has a lot of incredible insights to share, including tips for disclosing any not-so-positive parts of your job history in an interview.In this episode, he'll help you navigate that situation. You won't want to miss this one!Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes, including Ken's full interview.Ken Adkins is the owner of Adkins & Associates Ltd., a headhunting firm that handles management to C-Suite searches for the fashion industry. You can find Ken on LinkedIn or email him at kadkins@adkinsassociates.com. Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Search professional Candice Zaniewski is the founder of a specialty recruiting firm that works with companies in several industries, many of which have stayed active or even grown during the changes brought on by Covid-19. Some of these industries include architecture, engineering and manufacturing. She is also active in placing strong candidates in pharmaceutical companies, sales, and other leadership roles.As a recruiter, Candice is passionate about making sure each stage of the hiring process runs smoothly; however, she stresses the importance of making sure the beginning steps are completed strategically and proactively, as this will often cause the rest of the process to be much easier.Join Jonathan and Candice as they discuss:The best way to advocate for yourself throughout the hiring processHow to network effectively without being "salesy"Their favorite personality assessments to help candidates pinpoint their strengths and communicate with networking contacts, recruiters and decision makersHow to work and communicate with your recruiter in a way that equips them to advocate for youThe importance of following through, credibility and overcommunication in your career transitionYou'll also learn how to navigate situations that can make a huge difference in your job search (including how to effectively discuss and negotiate compensation) and learn strategies for positioning yourself well in the post-Covid job market.You can find the assessments Candice and Jonathan discussed, as well as an additional assessment, at the following links:StrengthsfindersDISCJPEABANKCodeBe sure to subscribe to catch our future episodes! Candice Zaniewski is the founder of Tailored Talent, a Talent Acquisition firm that specializes in building strong relationships and tailoring recruitment services for a variety of firms. You can find out more about Candice on LinkedIn as well as at ttalent.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
I get many questions from my clients regarding communication throughout the career transition process.What is the right amount of communication, with both my recruiter and hiring parties?Will communicating too much become annoying?What amount of communication should I expect from my recruiter or a company I've interviewed with?I recently spoke with veteran search professional Candice Zaniewski about these questions and more, and she gave some very insightful answers. You'll find those in this episode, and much more in her full interview this week!Candice Zaniewski is the founder of Tailored Talent, a Talent Acquisition firm that specializes in building strong relationships and tailoring recruitment services for a variety of firms. You can find out more about Candice on LinkedIn as well as at ttalent.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Every stage of your career transition is important, as each needs to work together to bring the results you want. Recently, I asked veteran search professional Candice Zaniewski which stage she recommends putting the most focus on.This is a tough question, and she gave a great answer! In this episode, you'll learn how to advocate for yourself from the start in order to build a great foundation for a smooth and successful career transition.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes!Candice Zaniewski is the founder of Tailored Talent, a Talent Acquisition firm that specializes in building strong relationships and tailoring recruitment services for a variety of firms. You can find out more about Candice on LinkedIn as well as at ttalent.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Ep41: Bob Burg

Ep41: Bob Burg

2020-08-0524:00

I'm excited to have Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver, on The Career Transition Experts!In this episode, Bob shares a wealth of information and some incredible strategies to help you approach your networking efforts with an "interpreneurial" mindset. Leaders in the corporate world need to use many of the same strategies that entrepreneurs use to build their networks; they just approach them a bit differently.Candidates often tend to approach their networking efforts with an end goal in mind - a job. While this makes sense, it also significantly limits their networking ability. Instead, Bob teaches leaders how to approach networking with a mindset of giving immense value - of somehow making your contacts' lives better. By shifting your focus to a "Go-Give" attitude, you can set yourself apart and become someone that your networking contacts want to help.Join Bob and Jonathan as they discuss these strategies and how they apply to your job search and career advancement. You'll learn how to influence others and learn how to attract others to yourself and your ideas by aligning your message with their needs.You'll also learn how to ask the right questions in order to find out how to learn what those needs are, equipping you to quickly build rapport and bring your networking relationships to a higher level. By applying Bob's advice - by approaching networking with an intention to serve and give immense value to others - you'll likely notice that your own professional goals are easier to reach as well.You'll find this and much more in this episode! Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss upcoming content.Bob Burg shares how a subtle shift in focus in not only a more uplifting and fulfilling way of conducting business but the most financially profitable way, as well. For 30 years he’s helped companies, sales leaders, and their teams to more effectively communicate their value, sell at higher prices with less resistance, and grow their businesses based on Endless Referrals. He is also the co-author of The Go-Giver, which has sold over 950,000 copies. You can learn more about Bob and find his incredible resources at burg.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Entrepreneurs build their businesses by serving and offering immense value to others. It's how they expand their network, retain valuable customers, and scale.However, they're not the only ones that can use this technique.As a leader within a business, you can also grow and advance your career by approaching it with an entrepreneurial - or "intrepreneurial" - mindset. As Bob Burg shares, if approach your job with the goal of giving immense value to your company, colleagues, and those you lead (as well as your clients or customers), it stands to reason that you will find it much easier to advance in your career.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes, including Bob's full interview!Bob Burg shares how a subtle shift in focus in not only a more uplifting and fulfilling way of conducting business but the most financially profitable way, as well. For 30 years he’s helped companies, sales leaders, and their teams to more effectively communicate their value, sell at higher prices with less resistance, and grow their businesses based on Endless Referrals. He is also the co-author of The Go-Giver, which has sold over 950,000 copies. You can learn more about Bob and find his incredible resources at burg.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Even if you're not an entrepreneur yourself, it's beneficial to approach your networking activities as if you were. This can be called an "intrepreneurial" approach - networking as an entrepreneur, but within a corporate setting.Your "customers" as an intrepreneur includes your hiring parties, your networking contacts, your colleagues and the people you lead, among others. These are people you, as a leader, want to consistently provide immense value to.Bob Burg, an award-winning speaker and author, explains how this mindset shift works. Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss our upcoming episodes, including Bob's full interview!Bob Burg shares how a subtle shift in focus in not only a more uplifting and fulfilling way of conducting business but the most financially profitable way, as well. For 30 years he’s helped companies, sales leaders, and their teams to more effectively communicate their value, sell at higher prices with less resistance, and grow their businesses based on Endless Referrals. He is also the co-author of The Go-Giver, which has sold over 950,000 copies. You can learn more about Bob and find his incredible resources at burg.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Ep38: Anthony Caputi

Ep38: Anthony Caputi

2020-07-3029:56

In order to position yourself as the top candidate for the job you'll love, you need be able to show that you are the person they need - that you can solve the key problems, that you've done your research, and that you'll fit well into the company culture.When you only have an hour or so to position yourself during an interview, it pays to be prepared.In today's episode, Jonathan and veteran search professional Anthony Caputi discuss the importance of finding the right candidate for the role - and how to position yourself as that top candidate. Anthony shares both actionable strategies and examples to equip you to put those strategies to work for you.You'll learn which questions to ask in your interview, when and how to ask them, and why. In addition, you'll discover new ways to approach your interview preparation and articulate your value proposition to a prospective employer.Anthony also shares about how to keep a good balance during your interview - how to be give a solid presentation without making it "all about you" - as well as how to make sure that you have a solid understanding of the company's expectations of you early on.In addition, Anthony shares several questions you should consider and prepare answers for prior to any interview:1. Why have you chosen a career in __________ field?2. In what areas of that field would you say you're an expert?3. In what areas of that field would you like mentorship or training?4. In what area of this field do you prefer to be less involved?5. What made the best manager you ever had the best manager you ever had?6. What made the worst manager you ever had the worst manager you ever had?7. Looking back, 5 years from now, what would you like to have achieved?8. How many managers have you reported to in the last 5 years, and what were their strengths and weaknesses as managers?9. In your past 3 roles, what specifically were you hired or tasked to deliver? (Be specific!)10. What were specific victories and challenges that you faced, and how did you approach and handle them?11. Tell me about a time when you fell short, and what did you learn from this experience?12. Where have others helped you be more successful?13. How have you helped others be more successful?You'll find these insights and more in this episode.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss upcoming episodes!Anthony Caputi is the Managing Director at Ezekiel Global Executive Search, a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that specializes in working with US and European entrepreneurial and growth-stage businesses. You can find Anthony on LinkedIn and at EzekielGlobal.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Interview preparation is key, but often, candidates stop at learning about the company they're interviewing for and preparing their job experience.As veteran search professional Anthony Caputi shares, it is also essential to anticipate and plan answers to the right questions during your interview in order to set yourself apart as the top candidate.Anthony shares some of these questions in this episode. Stay tuned for his full episode, releasing soon, in which he'll share many more.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss upcoming episodes!Anthony Caputi is the Managing Director at Ezekiel Global Executive Search, a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that specializes in working with US and European entrepreneurial and growth-stage businesses. You can find Anthony on LinkedIn and at EzekielGlobal.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
In the midst of the current pandemic and with a look toward the future post-pandemic “new normal,” as cliché as that may sound, it’s likely that nothing is going to go completely back to normal. That’s the bad news.There is good news, though! With so many businesses in the process of pivoting and change, it’s a great time to set a new trajectory in your career. Whether you have found yourself laid off or are seeing everyone around you losing hope, now is the time to design an enjoyable, productive, and fulfilling future.To do that effectively, you must avoid the 5 common pitfalls that could derail a successful transition. Find out how to position yourself for the job you want - and what pitfalls to avoid.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss upcoming episodes!Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
We all know that basic interview preparation is essential, but if you want to position yourself as the top candidate, this prep needs to go beyond planning out how to articulate your experience and value proposition.In order to set yourself apart, you need to be able to find out (through research and asking the right questions) what problems the company is actually trying to solve. You may have the right background, a great skill set and a personality that will fit well into the company's culture, but if you can't solve the problem at hand, it's likely you'll be passed over.Listen as veteran search professional Anthony Caputi explains how to make sure you're asking the right questions and positioning yourself well.Be sure to subscribe to The Career Transition Experts so you don't miss upcoming episodes, including our full interview with Anthony!Anthony Caputi is the Managing Director at Ezekiel Global Executive Search, a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that specializes in working with US and European entrepreneurial and growth-stage businesses. You can find Anthony on LinkedIn and at EzekielGlobal.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Navigating a job search can be stressful, but there are ways to shift your mindset and stay ahead of the game. In this episode, Jonathan shares three important strategies to help you develop and maintain a proactive mindset.Cultivating a proactive mindset will help you in many ways. Not only will it help you stay positive, but it will also give you a distinct advantage in developing a clear, organized career transition strategy.As you plan and act proactively, you'll also find that others will be impressed by your confidence and clarity of purpose. This can lead to some amazing victories and opportunities.Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss our upcoming episodes!Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Ep33: Marty Gilbert

Ep33: Marty Gilbert

2020-07-1726:10

Ten years ago, Marty Gilbert founded NSENG (NorthShore Executive Networking Group) in the Chicago area with five leaders who were looking for jobs. They brainstormed, networked, and collaborated to help each other along their career paths. Today, NSENG is the area's largest job search network with over 6,500 members. This group is growing quickly and has been very successful in helping its members find positions that fit them well, with approximately 10 members being hired each week - even in the midst of the upset caused by Covid-19. In this episode, Marty shares several strategies and insights to help leaders across the country find and land the jobs they'll love.Some of these strategies include:How to be proactive in your leadership job searchThe foundations of a successful career transition in today's marketThe importance of being bold in your networking and search effortsThe What the Hell Approach (TM) to a leadership job searchHow to approach your job search with a marketing mindsetHow to get your foot in the door the ATS system rejects your applicationEffective ways to tap into the hidden job marketand far more!Learn how to put together a robust strategy, including developing a targeted company list and marketing campaign to market yourself well to prospective employers. In addition, Marty shares how to use this list and proactive strategies to put yourself in front on decision makers in ways that are likely to get your foot in the door.In addition, Marty shares how to write a cover letter that will quickly get you noticed by decision makers. This strategy includes using the job description in addition to your own research and experience to customize a cover letter that will set you apart.Jonathan and Marty also share several additional tips and strategies including:The importance of framing your past experiences positivelyTips for optimizing your resume and LinkedIn profile to position you for the jobs you wantHow to use the positive aspects of recent changes in the business world to your advantageMarty Gilbert is the Founder, CEO, and Job Search Coach of NSENG (NorthShore Executive Networking Group) in the Chicago area. For over 30 years, Marty was a senior level leader in marketing, sales, and product development for technology firms; for the past decade, he has led 6,500+ leaders and executives through their successful career transitions. You can learn more about Marty and the resources he has to offer at nsenginc.com.NSENG offers many valuable training webinars and other resources for leaders in a career transition. You can find and register for these at https://nsenginc.com/webinars/.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
I often ask my podcast guests about mistakes or poor choices they've seen candidates or hiring managers make. This isn't to point out the people who make the errors, but to help my listeners learn from the mistakes of others.In this episode, NSENG founder Marty Gilbert explains the importance of not speaking negatively about your past, even about things that may not have been very positive. This can be challenging to do, but Marty offers actionable tips and strategies to help you do so - as well as the reasons a positive framework will give you an advantage.Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss this week's episodes, including a full-length episode with Marty Gilbert!Marty Gilbert is the Founder, CEO, and Job Search Coach of NSENG (NorthShore Executive Networking Group) in the Chicago area. For over 30 years, Marty was a senior level leader in marketing, sales, and product development for technology firms; for the past decade, he has led 6,500+ leaders and executives through their successful career transitions. You can learn more about Marty and the resources he has to offer at nsenginc.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Competition in the job market is tough, now more than ever. In order to land the job you want, you have to be willing to do what the majority of your competition won't.Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are often considered the "gateway" to getting your foot in the door, but there are times that the algorithm can weed out the best candidates. When you proactively treat your job search like a marketing campaign, you open new avenues to reach decision makers and position yourself for a role that best fits you.The "What the Hell" approach, designed by Marty Gilbert, is designed to help leaders apply a marketing mindset to their job search. In this episode, Marty explains his approach and how it's helping leaders in many different industries break through the red tape and get hired.Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss this week's episodes, including a full-length episode with Marty Gilbert!Marty Gilbert is the Founder, CEO, and Job Search Coach of NSENG (NorthShore Executive Networking Group) in the Chicago area. For over 30 years, Marty was a senior level leader in marketing, sales, and product development for technology firms; for the past decade, he has led 6,500+ leaders and executives through their successful career transitions. You can learn more about Marty and the resources he has to offer at nsenginc.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
A successful career transition or job search requires a strong strategy - it's very much like a marketing campaign. The main difference is that you are the product.One of the foundations of that marketing strategy is having a strong target company list. This practice provides the focus of your strategy - it gives you both the focus you need to stay on track and a "warmer" list of companies to approach and apply to.In this episode, you'll gain insight and clarity as to how to form and use your targeted company list. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss this week's episodes, including a full-length episode with Marty Gilbert! Marty Gilbert is the Founder, CEO, and Job Search Coach of NSENG (NorthShore Executive Networking Group) in the Chicago area. For over 30 years, Marty was a senior level leader in marketing, sales, and product development for technology firms; for the past decade, he has led 6,500+ leaders and executives through their successful career transitions. You can learn more about Marty and the resources he has to offer at nsenginc.com.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Resume Preparation Checklist and check out the Resume Building Resources to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
Ep29: Marc Hutto

Ep29: Marc Hutto

2020-07-1323:42

Many candidates consider the obvious aspects of a position when they decide whether to apply - the location, the salary, and skills required. These are all important things to think about, but in order to find the job you'll love - the role that's right for you - you'll need to go deeper.Marc Hutto, a veteran search professional who uses a method called Purpose Driven Recruitment, believes that specific points, called Career Drivers, can be a better indicator of whether a role is likely to be right for a candidate.While these Career Drivers include things like location and compensation, they also include meaning and purpose, personal and professional growth, culture, and more. While these Drivers will be different for each person, they're essential to have clarity on.To help bring clarity to your networking and job search, one tool that Marc uses is Crystal Knows, a Chrome extension that analyzes the language of a LinkedIn profile or resume to give you a better understanding of how a networking contact or interviewer operates. This can give you a strong communication advantage.Marc also discusses Whole Story, a program that helps you present your experience, values, and personality in innovative ways so that you can effectively and concisely tell your story during an interview.Purpose Driven Recruitment is a process that encourages candidates to dig deeper into what really matters to them and then takes each aspect into account when matching a candidate with a role or company.Listen to discover how to use this method to advance your career transition, effectively prepare for your interview, work well with your recruiter, and far more.Marc Hutto is the Founder and CEO of Reveal Global Intelligence, a professional services firm that offers Passive Talent Recruiting and Sourcing services to large, global companies and rapidly growing small businesses. Marc offers 14 years of recruiting experience as well as 15 years with the world's 4th largest bank, offering a unique blend of skills and experience that have equipped him to reinvent the recruitment process.Thank you for listening to The Career Transition Experts! Be sure to download your free Career and Resume Prep-List and check out the Career Transition Toolkit to help you optimize and accelerate your job search.
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