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Executive Jobs

Land Your Dream Job By Asking The Right Interview Questions

What do you say to executive recruiters when they call? What questions do top CXO candidates ask in interviews? 1. Did you find me by referral or on LinkedIn? START with a good ice-breaker like this one. It gives you a chance to gather your thoughts. And it is important for you to know where

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Executive Presence

Why You Shouldn’t Wear This Color to Work or on a First Date

Attraction can be mysterious. What makes us prefer one person to another? While you can’t reduce it to just one thing, you can avoid the known turn-offs for important first impressions like an interview. Wearing the color red can work against you. According to a new study by the Journal of Experimental Psychology men wearing red triggers

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Executive Jobs

Keep Your Executive Resume From Being Deleted

Top 10 Phrases to DUMP and What to Say Instead Year end is a good time to update your executive resume, even if you’re not looking for a job. Deleting clichés and overused phrases is a quick way to freshen up your resume. Start by getting rid of the bloat and showing you’re not a

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Business Advice

Skills or Habits – What’s The Best Way to Level Up?

What is most important when hiring an executive; their knowledge, attitude, skills, or habits? When I was in my 20s and a newly appointed VP, Marshall Goldsmith asked me that question during a management training. I replied smugly, “Attitude.” I say smugly because everyone else at the training was at least two decades older than

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Executive Jobs

This is Why When It Comes to Landing Your Dream Job, Mother Knows Best

Photo by Victoria Borodinova from Pexels |  Remember the times when your mother corrected you about your manners, or told you to follow your heart, or reminded you to wait your turn to speak? It turns out her hard work will benefit you well-beyond childhood. When it comes to up-leveling and nailing an interview, your mother truly knew best. Mind

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Business Advice

Taking a Sabbatical from Work: What You Need to Know

BY EVA BENOIT evabenoit.com Taking a Sabbatical from Work: What You Need to Know Taking a sabbatical from work was once synonymous with university professors and researchers, but times have changed and just about anyone can take one. Some are paid and some aren’t, and the length of time can vary, but taking a break from

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Executive Jobs

Stop Waiting on Luck in Your Job Search

It often seems like it’s luck, but it’s usually relationships that make you fortunate enough to land an interview or land a big client. Many job seekers I talk with resent being passed over for a good job for someone who “knew someone.” They want candidates to be selected by merit alone and are often frustrated that

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Executive Presence

Is Your Profile Photo Working for You? Get Unbiased Feedback

Is Your Profile Photo Working for You? Get Unbiased Feedback Research shows that the kind of smile you use in your profile photo matters. I just ran my LinkedIn photo through algorithms to evaluate how credible I seem as a business person. The results (above) show my photo as  “higher than average” as Competent and

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Executive Jobs

6 Factors to Land Your Dream Job

6 Points You Must Cover to Land Your Dream Job STOP talking about what tasks you performed.START talking about impact. I say this in coaching sessions every day. Why? Because everyday candidates show me resumes that are position descriptions, not resumes: “managed volunteers; solicited bids; developed and monitored budgets…” And everyday hiring managers tell me they’re looking for

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Business Advice

Spring into Your Next Big Thing

Two key questions will get you ready for the next big thing in your life. And if you share your answers with me in an email, you could win a free month of coaching to support your venture.  Spring is the season for do-overs. It’s time for new things to grow—a better job, a new

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