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What are your references saying about you?

I once again came across the information about a company that will check your references on a confidential bases to see what they are saying about you. Here is the information: “CAREER THOUGHT LEADERS (CTL), NEWS & EVENTS   Allison & Taylor and JobReferences.com have joined Career Thought Leaders as a Promotional Associate Organization! They offer a […]

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How is executive/c-level job search different?

Submitted for consideration in an article in the ATD publication CTDO that caters to executives in learning and development such as Chief Learning Officers Executive/c-level job search is different from job search by managers and professionals because it is still personal. Executive recruiters from Associate to Partner, for example, still talk with sources, prospects and […]

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Murky Waters and Transferable Skills

The murky waters of resumes based on transferable skills From time to time, my resume writers and I get contacted by people wanting to change fields or industries and ask for a version – or 2nd version – of their resumes based on transferable skills, hoping to get hired based on skills they have acquired […]

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What Boards Want

In working with executives who are interested in serving on Boards, I always have them try to find some descriptions of actual Board seats that are in play – perhaps “specs” from a recruiting firm handling a Board search or from the company’s Board selection committee. The descriptions are useful in aligning the candidate with […]

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Yellow Brick Path marks 10-year anniversary with a makeover

It’s hard to believe that Yellow Brick Path and its team of consultants and coaches have been serving clients for a decade in defining their career paths, presenting themselves professionally, gaining visibility, and finding their next jobs. During that time, the focus of the company has evolved, the job search and recruiting marketplace has changed […]

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A book review: Will College Pay Off?

Book Citation Information Will College Pay Off? A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make, by Peter Cappelli, 2015. PublicAffairs™, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, New York, NY, USA. 215 pages.

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An Easy Solution to Better Resumes

What to include on your resume – an easy solution Clients often expect that I am going to know exactly what should be included on their resumes to have the most appeal to recruiters and hiring organizations. The truth is that no one can know that – but there is hope. What clients should expect […]

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Getting New Systems Used

Getting new systems (models, programs, processes, innovations) used: As relevant now as 40 years ago In 1979, Peter Keen, a professor at various times at Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and Wharton, gave a keynote address entitled “Where Do Systems Get Used: Organizational Issues”. “Systems” for Keen translates to model-driven “decision support systems” (DSS) that were being […]

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The Executive Role: Is It For You? – Pete Bradshaw

The Executive Role: Is It For You? In 1985, I had the opportunity to participate in a leadership development and coaching program led by Howard Holt “Pete” Bradshaw of Organization Consultants Inc., who died in 2012 after a long career providing counsel to business leaders. At one point during the program, he asked the participants […]

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Reflections of an Executive, Tom Lysaught

Report Card Questions: Reflections of an Executive This is an excerpt from the President’s address to the GTE Directories Corporation (GTEDC) Senior Management Conference in 1985.  GTE became part of Verizon and its telephone directories division was later spun off. This address is a timeless classic that has never lost its relevance or power for […]

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