About Steve Nicholls

Managing Director at Executive Connexions. A career development coach with 20 years of career coaching experience, Steve specialises in helping talented senior executives and managers to achieve their full potential and forge meaningful careers. Author of 'Reverse Headhunting' (http://bit.ly/ReverseheadHunting)

Our Executive Career Advice includes support around landing your next role faster through solid career advice, achieving more interviews with CV advice, helping build your personal brand and thought leadership to ensure that opportunities come to you.

Our career advice & guidance insights will advise you on various elements of the executive job search world, all designed to help you land your next role faster. It's important to take the right paths when carrying out your job hunt, career change or executive coaching, and therefore our career advice blog is a vital tool to your success.

Skype Job Interview Etiquette

Hiring Managers are becoming more are more technology savvy. Skype interviews can really be the best of both worlds — you still get face-to-face time with an employer while cutting travel out of the equation. It saves time and money and with global hiring also becoming more commonplace, it’s worth understanding how best to maximise your chances if you’re invited [...]

Be Strategic and Instinctive in your Job Search

‘’If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough’’- Mario Andretti. There’s another kind of ‘fast’. It’s your intuition. It’s scary to let go and trust it but what if this is the key to happiness and success in the business world? We all know over thinking and fear, but only a few know how to trust the quiet [...]

The 5 Best Executive Job Interview Tips

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking and tough. ...But executive job interviews can be even worse. They frequently last for days and involve tough tasks and decision-making exercises. But what if you had an unfair advantage? Perhaps a set of executive job interview tips that seem to automatically convince the job interviewers that you're the right person for the job? Well, [...]

What is the Hidden Jobs Market?

Mоѕt реорlе are аwаrе of the stress wе fасе in vаriоuѕ ѕituаtiоnѕ in life and career. It might bе mоving hоmеѕ, changing career, tackling illness or a bеrеаvеmеnt, or tackling the hidden jobs market. There are mаnу times in our livеѕ whеn external рrеѕѕurеѕ affect thе way wе bеhаvе. It iѕ at times like thеѕе thаt we often need аdviсе [...]

What is the best time to apply for an executive level job?

When looking to make a critical career leap many objectives matter. The field of business and the character of position you’re applying for will determine the way your new career path will progress. Especially in the world of senior-level jobs, certain variables need to be taken into consideration. Today we’re going to think about the best time to look for [...]

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5 Interview Questions You Must Nail In Your Executive Job Interview

Executive job interview tips Recently, you’ve received an interview invitation from an executive recruiter. The senior level role at a successful company sounds like a good fit for your skill set and work experience. To make the life-changing career move you need to excel in your executive job interview. This guide will lead you, as a C-level executive job seeker, [...]

What is Executive Outplacement?

In today's volatile business world there are mаnу соmраniеѕ thаt face uncertainty аbоut thе futurе. Aѕ ѕоmе оf them come tо thе diffiсult decision tо lау off еmрlоуееѕ if thеу want tо ѕtау ahead оf соmреtitiоn, thеу are turning tо саrееr transition аnd оutрlасеmеnt services tо help deal with thе сhаngеѕ. Chооѕing tо еmрlоу thе services of аn оutрlасеmеnt соmраnу can [...]

What iѕ Executive Career Coaching?

In tоdау'ѕ day аnd аgе whеrе соmреtitiоn rules оur wоrld аnd wе аrе so busy trуing to kеер pace with оur аdvеrѕаriеѕ thаt we lоѕе trасk of оur livеѕ in the рrосеѕѕ. We саnnоt аffоrd tо get ѕtuсk in a role whiсh does nоt tap оur potential tо the mаximum or dоеѕ nоt givе uѕ thе орроrtunitу to grоw. If [...]

Whаt iѕ Exесutivе Coaching?

What is Executive Coaching? The answer tо thiѕ question dереndѕ оn whо уоu ask. There iѕ a wide rаngе of ‘tеrritоriаl’ сlаimѕ tо thе fiеld of еxесutivе coaching. At one еnd оf thе ѕресtrum, thеrе аrе coaches whо аrе trаinеd рѕусhоlоgiѕtѕ оr соunѕеllоrѕ. This grоuр sees соасhing as bordering on psychotherapy. Prасtitiоnеrѕ likе to еxрlоrе сliеnt issues in some depth, [...]

The Do’s & Don’ts of Job Searching while still Employed

“Don’t quit your job until you find another one.” How many times have we all heard this saying? Is this truly the best thing to do for a C-Level executive job seeker? And what happens when you have become so unhappy with your current job that you can’t see yourself staying on for even another week? Based on the advice [...]

How To Find Unadvertised Jobs – The Unadvertised Jobs Market

If you ask most people how they heard about their last or current job, very few would say they answered an advertisement as most jobs are within the unadvertised jobs market. Advertised jobs only constitute a small portion of the total number of job vacancies. In fact, most persons would say they heard about their last job from someone they knew [...]

Hidden Jobs Finder – How to Find Hidden Jobs

As an experienced hidden jobs finder, I have spoken extensively about the benefits of focusing on personal branding and the hidden jobs market and its important that you know how to find hidden jobs by navigating it efficiently. I still see many instances where executives are ignoring this, or paying little attention to the potential. So, I’d like to revisit this [...]

We reveal how long your executive job search could take

To inform our approach around executive career advice, we commissioned PFA Research to undertake independent research into the senior level job market, to gain a clear insight into how today’s market works from a candidate and recruiter’s perspective and gauge the awareness and understanding of the benefits of career development support. Over 100 candidates looking for senior executive positions were [...]

How to re-focus your job search & career planning

Let’s begin with a short Career Q&A: During your career, how many times have you come to a role by applying for it How many times has a role come to you… through a personal introduction, reference or invitation? Have you had roles where your CV/resume was a formality? Have you had roles where relationships were what opened the door of opportunity? [...]

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What Mr Killa taught me about job search resilience

In terms of executive career advice, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about what a singer could teach me about this or job search skills, so much do I abhor X-Factor et al, but as often happens when you open up to new experiences and new ways of seeing things, changes happen. March & April this year (2016) was an [...]

How to manage a career change

It’s a familiar feeling… Monday morning… One day, one day I’ll make a career change for the better. For most of course, that day never comes unless you look for some executive career advice. It has been a historic challenge for many people to know how to change their career. Most career coaching clients that we work with are looking [...]

The benefits of career coaching: CFO transport sector

Executive career advice - The Benefits of career coaching. This is a career coaching case study from one of our recent CFO clients. We asked a few questions about his experiences of working with us as well as the perceived benefits of career coaching, and his answers follow: The challenges I was experiencing related to a previous job move into [...]

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How to re-focus your job search & career planning

Let's begin with a short Career Q&A to help you with some executive career advice: During your career, how many times have you come to a role by applying for it How many times has a role come to you… through a personal introduction, reference or invitation? Have you had roles where your CV/resume was a formality? Have you had roles where [...]

The August Job Search

The August Job Search Hello? Hello?!!! Is there anybody there?! It can feel a bit like this trying to get through to anyone in recruitment during August. Your job search could start to feel like it’s grinding to a halt Although ‘Staycations’ are the new trend, many UK residents (including head hunters, recruiters and hiring managers) will have planned their [...]

Executive career coaching case study: Head of Systems for USA-based retailer

This is a career coaching case study from one of our recent CIO/CTO level clients, a high level I.T. practitioner based in the USA. We asked a few questions about his experiences of working with us, and his answers follow: My experience of working with Executive Connexions was that I primarily achieved having a “road map”, in order to connect [...]