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A twice weekly podcast focusing on career management and recruitment with executive recruiter John G. Self, Managing Partner of a Dallas-based search firm.
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Apr 25, 2018

Managing Your Career through a crisis — it is rarely as bad as most executives in this situation think it is but there are important caveats to that rule.

Short of murder, rape, embezzlement or pedophilia most career missteps are not as devastating as one may want to believe. 

Most career threats are not insurmountable but executives with big egos or a reluctance to admit they made a mistake may need to take a drink of humility before re-entering the job market.

Apr 11, 2018

Today’s Big idea focuses on when a job applicant should tell the truth about an issue in his or her background.  It is not as straight forward as you would think.

Reputations get dinged, people get bruised along the way.  Some of the dings and bruises are more serious than others.  Some can affect your career.  The tough question is what and when information on the more serious career issues should be disclosed to a recruiter or the prospective employer.  The answer is… there is no sure answer.

Mar 14, 2018

Most executive candidates rarely differentiate themselves from their competition. They use the same predictable resumes and bland performance in interviews.   

Today’s Big Idea:  Telling Your Story more effectively in the job interview.

Storytelling is a special art form.  This is especially true for the job interview.  It is a powerful tool but you must understand its limitations.  There are some questions that are not storytelling qualified, they beg for a straight forward, fact-based response. There are other important questions that are ideally suited to answer in a story format.

Mar 7, 2018

Today’s big idea  is about stories and the people who tell them and the power they have.

Story telling is not the exclusive purview of novelists or  writers of children’s books. 

Preachers tell stories from the Bible to exhort their followers to lead a better life.

Teachers tell stories to engage their students in important subjects like history and civics. 

Even corporations and their advertising agencies rely on stories to sell ideas or products. 

And there is a reason story telling is such an important and powerful tool. Research tells us that a good story connects the story teller and the listener in a dramatic way.  The listeners are more likely to remember the message when it is wrapped in a story well told.

 

Feb 28, 2018

Today’s Big Idea on SelfPerspective: one of the most important tools in your job search that will accelerate your quest for success. 

When someone loses their job, regardless of how competent they are in doing the work, it unleashes a rush of emotions, from the anxiety that comes with feeling overwhelmed and a sense of loss, to even crippling insecurity or depression.  Our job is our sense of identity and when we lose that anchor, well it is, to say the least, unsettling.  When you add all of these feelings to the likelihood that an applicant for an executive position is going to have four or five rejections before they get a  “yes”, it is easy to understand why looking for your next job can be an emotional merry-go-round.

 

Jan 17, 2018

Today’s First Big Idea comes from the Harvard Business Journal  — Five leadership voices every executive must cultivate. Communication is an important leadership skill that deserves more of our attention.

Our second big idea focuses on the age-old debate:  Which executive is more likely to perform better and thus move ahead — the person who puts in the longer hours, or the executive who sticks to a set work schedule with no nights or no weekends?  The answer may surprise you.

 

Dec 6, 2017

Here are five things executives in the job market can do to maintain their momentum through the holidays. This may be a dormant time but there is much a job seeker can do to maintain her or his momentum. Do not waste the gift.

Nov 29, 2017

Today, our big idea is an intriguing emerging concept in interviewing, a technique that could help you break through the noise and competition from dozens of other candidates to win that job you have always wanted.

Nov 8, 2017

Today, navigating the unsettled waters of career management in the digital age and the important role that social media platforms like LinkedIn, FaceBook and Instagram play in connecting you with potential employers.

This is one skill that executives in the job market can't live without.

Oct 25, 2017

If you believe the numbers, career change is no longer the exception, it is an integral part of today’s career experience.

Oct 17, 2017

Today, our big idea: being prepared for the curveball interview question and why that could make the difference between winning or losing a coveted job.

Oct 10, 2017

This week we cover industry trends that could effect your career and five career management essentials for managing this change.

Oct 4, 2017

Betrayal is one of life’s great nasty words, especially when it comes to your career trajectory and personal security.

Sep 27, 2017

Here are five things candidates must do today to boost their competitive position in a crowded market.

Aug 30, 2017

Today’s BIG Idea for career management is to avoid sameness. In a crowded, noisy job market, it does not pay to be like everyone else. If you are not getting calls back when you submit an application or your resume, it is time to think about a new approach.

Aug 15, 2017

In today’s podcast we will build on a recent theme of my blog posts: career management and career transition. In part one, we will explore outplacement services — what it is, how does it work, who pays for it, why it is so important for executives who have been laid off or terminated, and how to request this important benefit. In Part 2, I will share a story about a Chief Operating Officer who, in the summer of 2015, learned that his health system no longer required his services.

 

Aug 2, 2017

Today our theme is “Don’t Get in a Hurry" and we're covers three dimensions:

  • The early careerists, anxious to get to the top of their chosen profession 
  • Those executives and managers who are well on their way in their careers but who should periodically hit the their pause button and take stock of their strengths and skills. They should ask themselves whether they are truly happy and fulfilled in their quest.
  • And finally, a look at the challenges and opportunities in navigating the road to the top and how we should never become so impatient to get there that we exchange our core values for that golden ring.
Jul 25, 2017

There are some important benefits for new executives who participate in an organization’s onboarding program – especially for Chief Executive Officers. Plus, what on earth is an internet troll and why you shouldn't let them scare you away from using social media. 

 

Jul 19, 2017

Today’s podcast is in two parts. We begin with a career management idea to help you adapt your brand strategy in a time of explosive acceleration.

In part two, we will talk about leadership and what happens when you become too cute by half.

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