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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.

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 [...]

How to effectively use job boards in your search for a new senior level role

I'm going to cover how to effectively use job boards in your executive job search in this article. Executive career advice is plentiful on our website, so feel to use a key word search for other subjects. Job boards are a necessary component in the job hunting jigsaw, but they’re often somewhat underutilized by senior level executives. I fully understand the reticence to unleash your [...]

How to ensure a smooth outplacement process

How do HR Directors and Consultants facilitate a smooth exit for staff affected by redundancy, in terms of outplacement career coaching? Outplacement; Defined as the provision of assistance to redundant employees in finding new employment, either as a benefit provided by the employer directly, or through a specialist service. To the subject of outplacement, I’d like to hopefully offer something [...]

Top tips for choosing a career coach or company

Choosing a career coach or coaching firm can be one of the most difficult decisions you can make. For many, it requires a great deal of thought, research and many many conversations. With so many career coaches out there working with senior executives, how do you know which coach is right for you? Talk, talk, talk! Most coaching firms should [...]

How to communicate your personal brand

Do you have an executive career personal brand? Many things related to a career personal brand be viewed with a hint of scepticism. An understatement? Probably. But after speaking with many senior level executives and recruiters from many different countries it’s becoming evident that being able to competently articulate your personal brand is critical, whether it’s related to a job [...]

Executive career coaching case study: CFO of infrastructure services

Prior to working with Executive Connexions, the challenges I experienced were around a previous job move into financial services which was outside of my main industry experience in utilities/infrastructure (albeit still as CFO). The company had also faced a number of challenges. Furthermore, age - at comfortably the wrong side of 50 - was not on my side. I needed [...]

How to start building a strong relationship with a recruiter

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know, right? This is certainly true in recruitment. Many senior level recruiters and headhunters have an easily accessible pool of high quality candidates. If you’re not in that pool, then you’re making your executive job search a whole lot harder. So how can you, as a senior level candidate, build strong relationships [...]

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