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  Career Tips Tuesday: Why Snooping is Your Best Job Search Strategy
by Abby Locke - Jan, 2014
There is a lot of truth to the notion about what happens when preparation meets opportunity, the possibilities are endless… especially when it comes to your executive job search. However, if your career background is highly specialized, your experience is in a niche industry or your job search is limited to a small geographic location, your strategy needs to be extremely tailored, precise and customized to yield the greate...
 
  Stalled Job Search? Try A New Industry
by Abby Locke - Jul, 2013
If you have been running into steady roadblocks or the opportunities in your field seem to be disappearing right before your eyes. It may be time to try something different – like a new field or a new industry. Are you overwhelmed at starting over your career or being the newbie all over again? Well, here are three tips to consider when making your move: 1. Do your research This is not new advice to you – you s...
 
  What Is Your Professional Resume Really Saying?
by Abby Locke - Jun, 2013
It seems like every time I turn around, there are more speculations and “predictions” about the economy. One minute we are up and the other we are doomed, however, if you are a job seeker who has been trying everything to land a job or break into a new career, it’s just down right frustrating. Well, the one job search strategy that needs no prediction is a professional resume. Despite all the online branding and social med...
 
  Job Search: What’s the magic number
by Abby Locke - Mar, 2013
A client recently asked me “How many job applications would it take to land a new job?” It’s a good question and certainly a valid question, but unfortunately, a successful job search comes down to more than numbers. A job seeker’s successes and outcomes are influenced by so many factors like economic climate, overall industry conditions, level of experience, available opportunities in target market and geographic locations...
 
  Are You Missing The Resume Boat?
by Abby Locke - Oct, 2010
I was recently working with a CFO client and after sending his the first draft of his executive resume, he responded with a long list of questions regarding the content. He was really concerned that I had omitted some facts about his educational and career background and was worried that it could hurt his prospects. I would safely say that one of the hardest aspect of developing an executive resume is knowing when and what...
 
  Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 1 - Have A Clear Job Target
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
Whether you are voluntarily looking for a new job or find yourself an unfortunate victim of today's economic decline, you will be unsuccessful, frustrated and discouraged unless you have a clear, concise job target. In Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters, the authors suggest from the beginning that "starting a job search before you know the job you want and what you have to offer will end in frustration". Simply saying that...
 
  Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 2 - Determine Your Job Search Tactics
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
It never fails to amaze me when I talk to highly qualified executives - who have reached out to me for assistance after getting dismal results in their job search - and find out that their main job search tactic is spending hours on the Internet visiting job boards and posting resumes. You never put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to the executive job search. Technology will continue to impact your personal and pr...
 
  Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 3 - Identify Your Target Companies
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
A step that is often overlooked in the executive job search process is developing a list of target companies. Many executive candidates will have a job search strategy that is dependent on the available positions listed on various career and recruiter-based websites. The flaw with that passive strategy is that you are forced to compete with thousands and thousands of other candidates through an online application system wit...
 
  Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 4 - Create Your Marketing Collateral
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
You might be surprised to find that developing your marketing collateral - also known as resume, cover letter, career biography and more - actually comes in step four of your job search process. I continue to educate executive job seekers on the importance of laying groundwork and foundation first before promoting themselves to companies, recruiters and anyone who would listen to them. I have personally worked with clients...
 
  Executive Job Search Strategy: Step 5 - Pursue Job Opportunities
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2009
The thousands of job openings that you can easily find online through job boards, recruiter listings and company websites attract thousands of applicants. So when you send in your resume, what are the chances that you will get an interview? Only about 2-3%. Your job search efforts at this point should be focused on researching job "opportunities" - in other words, potential job openings that have not been advertised to the...
 
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