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Career advice from The Good Search executive search firm CEO Krista Bradford. Insight on how to increase your value as a candidate to attract dream job opportunities at the board and senior executive level.

Why Companies Block Recruiter Calls and Emails: They Think They Own You

Why Companies Block Recruiter Calls and Emails Companies block recruiter calls and emails to prevent headhunters from poaching talent. The puppetmaster impulse is understandable. Most enterprises invest a small fortune to recruit, train, and onboard senior executives...

LinkedIn Skill Endorsements: Fatuous or Fiction?

LinkedIn Skill Endorsements LinkedIn Skill Endorsements are an iunreliable measure of the quality of the executive who is endorsed. Still, I must confess that whenever I receive a LinkedIn Skill Endorsement, I get a little thrill that someone has recognized my...

How to Get to Know a Retained Executive Recruiter

Stalking the Elusive Retained Recruiter Senior executives are often advised to cultivate a relationship with a leading retained executive recruiter as a way to get ahead. However, that is not an easy thing to do.  Let's say you've done all that a good executive should...

Ageism in Recruiting | What to Do About It

Ageism in Recruiting ERE Media's Todd Rafael tackles the hot topic of ageism in recruiting and executive search in an interview with The Good Search CEO Krista Bradford. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3nnq0hIpeU Ageism exists. So it is more a question of what...

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 before it has -- about Steve Jobs and about the adoption experience for adult adoptees. You get a sense of what adoption...

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...

Top 20 Things Headhunters Want to See in LinkedIn Profiles

What Headhunters Look For in Your LinkedIn Profile Listed below is a Top 20 "hot list" of the things that headhunters look for in the LinkedIn profiles of senior executives and technologists for their corporate clients. In fact, one Fortune 100 client...

Unemployment Catch-22 | You Need a Job to Get a Job

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...

How to Get a Job: Try a Mustache and No Pants

How to Get a Job What Happened to the fake mustache, no pants guy? [clickToTweet tweet="Ever wonder what happened to the no pants guy who waged a 'Google, Please Hire Me' campaign?" quote="Ever wonder what happened to the fake mustache, no pants guy who waged a...

Executive Makeovers | How Not to Be Overlooked

Looking your Best with Executive Makeovers If you are a candidate looking for your next opportunity or know someone who is, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a lesson in the power of the executive makeover. Steve Corell portrays a man who has gotten so comfortable in his...

Executive Search and the Hero’s Journey

Executive Search and the Hero's Journey Within each of us, in the collective unconscious, there lies a hero -- an archetype that Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung believed lays dormant until called to action.  Studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell built upon Jung's...

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...