Boost Your Brand, Lose The Ego
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2015
We have all experienced this...you are at a networking event or social gathering and there is that one person who is doing everything to get attention. Now, when it happens to me, I naturally get curious. I want to know the person’s story, check out his/her career background, review the professional resume and learn the real deal. Well, just last week, I decided to do a Google search on a new contact and well...there was...
What's Your Industry Brand of Career Success?
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2015
Whether you are actively job hunting, preparing for an interview or about to connect with a new contact, you need to able to articulate your key strengths and unique value proposition. If you have not sat down and evaluated your career success in a long time, now is a good time to start. One of the areas where many senior professionals fall short is capturing strong quantifiable and qualitative achievements relevant to...
Transforming Your LinkedIn Profile
by Abby Locke - Jul, 2015
Whether you are pressing through on your executive job search or working to enhance your online brand, having a strong LinkedIn profile is a vital tool for you. Too many executives do fail when it comes to building an effective and well branded LinkedIn profile. First of all, remember that your LinkedIn profile is one of the best ways to promote your executive brand. The profile provides a permanent, professional link and p...
Executive Job Search: What Does It Really Take?
by Abby Locke - Apr, 2015
You are energized, excited, positive and motivated – you have finally made up your mind to find a new job and you are off to a great start. Fast forward to 3 months, 6 months and even 18 months later. How do you feel? What is your energy like? Are you still excited about the possibilities. Starting a new job search is like starting a new relationship. It requires us to be open, to be vulnerable, take chances even at the...
7 Interview Bloopers that Sink Your Chances Every Time
by Abby Locke - Feb, 2015
Congratulations! You have finally landed a job interview with one of the top companies on your target list.That's exciting, now don't screw it up. Don't ever fool yourself into thinking that interview mistakes are just for the inexperienced, early-in-career job candidates. We know that first impressions count, so how about making your first impression stand out on your next job interview? 1) Giving long-winded, rambli...
Changing Jobs: Should You Be Looking For Greener Pastures?
by Abby Locke - Dec, 2014
When it comes to job and career satisfaction, it's often hard to tell if the grass is really greener on the other side. Do you have nagging frustrations about your current job? Do you feel like you are missing out on your long-term career goals? Do you think that leaving the only and best option for you? An article in an old issue of Talent Management magazine gave some pretty good insight on why some employees are no...
How to Write A Great Cover Letter
by Abby Locke - Oct, 2014
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether it's a letter that accompanies your direct job application, is used for networking or is for introductions to an executive recruiter, it is a critical part of your brand presentation and career marketing. When properly written, a cover letter serves as a personal introduction and the tricky part is to make an impact with rehashing your resu...
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...
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