The Building Blocks of a CEO

So you want to be a CEO?

CEOs come from a wide variety of backgrounds, educational tracks, and career paths. That makes it difficult to plan a career track that leads to the head of the boardroom table. With constantly shifting corporate priorities, brand elements, and culture factors, it can be hard to imagine what a company will require of its CEO in a decade or two.

That doesn’t mean …

3 Interview Mistakes That Cost You Job Offers

From submitting your resume to scheduling interviews and accepting a job offer, the hiring process can take weeks or months.

But it only takes employers a few seconds to rule you out during a job interview.

After working with hundreds of job seekers as a recruiter, I’ve been able to identify three common interview mistakes that are probably costing you job offers. Check them …

5 Phrases that Undermine Your Leadership

It’s not uncommon for us to focus on the things we’re not doing when we aim to develop as leaders and as people. However, it’s also possible to grow tremendously if you focus on addition by subtraction: identifying and undoing the unconscious habits holding you back.

Some of the bad habits easiest to overlook are related to the words we use to describe ourselves, our work, and what …

The Time to Find a New Job Is Right Now

For years, the job market had been tight. Many job seekers were suffering through work each day, unsure of their alternatives. They weren’t prepared for unemployment, and there didn’t seem to be any other jobs out there for them.

Today, however, all signs indicate the job market is looking up. Our national unemployment rate, hovering around 4 percent, has been lower this year than in any of the past ten …

How to Breathe Life Into a Dead Job Search

I once had a neighbor who loved his cat as much as his girlfriend, if not more. He carried this cat around everywhere he went. Phil Collins was practically attached to him!

(Yes, the cat’s name was really Phil Collins.)

The cat wasn’t fighting the affection, either. He honored his owner’s obsession with complete submission and purrs. That happy motor ran continuously, and it was always a show to watch the two interact.

You could say it was a

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Working on Your LinkedIn Profile

Many professionals view LinkedIn as the best way to meet other professionals and an important part of any job search. Given that networking is so critical to professional success, it’s vital you ensure your LinkedIn presence is accurate and engaging.

However, when I review my clients’ profiles, I am often surprised by what I find.

Here are five things to keep in mind the next time you’re tweaking your …

5 Steps to Improving Engagement in Meetings

The interview for that new job you’re hoping to get. The coffee date with your personal hero and, hopefully, future mentor. The make-or-break sales demo with that perfect-fit client. The last-ditch attempt to mend a broken partnership.

When everyone in the room understands what’s at stake, engagement is automatic. We don’t worry about engagement in these situations. Instead, we focus on success. When you are clear about why your group needs to meet and what you want to accomplish together, engagement …

The Ultimate LinkedIn Guide, Part 3: Engaging With Your Network

Welcome to the Ultimate LinkedIn Guide!

In part two of this series, we looked at how to optimize your LinkedIn network. This post will address how to engage with the connections within your network in various ways.

As I tell my clients, you can have a stellar profile and large network, but if you don’t …

The Perfect Touch: Choosing the Right Jewelry for a Job Interview

You’ve fixed up your resume, submitted an application, and landed an interview for a dream job — and you deserve some congratulations! As any job seeker knows, just getting through the screening process is a huge deal.

Now, it’s time to prepare for the interview. As you research the company and map your route to the office, don’t …

Embrace Your Passion to Grow Your Career

Chances are you worked extremely hard to get to where you are right now. From making sacrifices to get the education and experience you need to the hours of sleep lost honing your resume to perfection, you’ve poured effort into every step of your journey — and it has paid off in the form of a career-worthy job.

The question, then, is “What’s next?” Do you remain complacent in the success you’ve already obtained, or do you want more? If you fall …