The Career Collection

The Career Collection is dedicated to our career blog posts. Career advice seems hard to come by from those you wish would just give it to you straight: the executive recruiters themselves. Nevertheless, candidates long for constructive feedback on their candidacy, such as how they stack up against the other candidates. Applicants yearn for suggestions on ways to make themselves more competitive. Executives long for career hacks to help them scale the corporate ladder — to break through the inevitable things that get in the way of an employer understanding all that they have to contribute.

Employers and executive recruiters are dissuaded from sharing frank advice because it may expose them to the risk of litigation. For example, hiring executives often prefer to hire people like themselves. Like attracts like. Corporations often refer to that all-too-human impulse as “cultural fit” However, that natural impulse does little to develop a diverse executive team. In other words, if you don’t advance as a candidate, it may have nothing to do with you and everything to do with preconceived notions about what an ideal candidate looks like. But then again, it may have everything to do with you. We’ve seen plenty of candidates blow it.

The Good Search executive search firm CEO Krista Bradford offers frank insight and advice on ways to increase your value as a candidate to attract dream job opportunities at the board and senior executive level.

What Adoption Did to Steve Jobs

What Adoption Did to Steve Jobs The film Steve Jobs by director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin speaks the truth in a way no other film has about Steve Jobs and about the adoption experience for adult adoptees. It provides a sense of what adoption did to...

Genius Candidates

Genius Candidates As an executive search consultant that specializes in technology, I frequently encounter genius candidates. It is my job to determine which ones are top performers. While it is easy to be blinded by brilliance, successful candidates much do more than...

Finding Your Calling

Finding Your Calling and Live Longer Finding your calling is worth the effort, say the experts. According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, it can help you live longer. Lead researcher Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada says the research...

Unemployment Catch-22

Most everyone knows it is easier to get a job when you have a job. Employers are inclined to suspect that there may be something wrong with an executive who has been downsized. The reason? Companies often use downsizing as a way to rid themselves of underperforming...

Say Their Name

Say Their Name In executive recruiting and in business, say their name. Calling someone by name is a simple courtesy that is easy to forget. However, speaking a person's name is one of the most effective ways to win friends and influence people. [clickToTweet...

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