Published on: Monday, April 07, 2014
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, I was joined by executive career coach and ExecuNet networking facilitator John O'Connor, and a member asked us, "I have received good replies getting initial phone interviews with my résumé as it stands, rather than show unemployed at the top. Is it okay not to bother updating my résumé to show I've left my former company? If that is okay, how long is okay to not update it?"
Published on: Friday, April 04, 2014
We are often asked, How long does it take executives to find their next job?
There are too many individual variables to factor in, but you can be certain of one thing – it takes longer than you might think.
Why is this important? It means a lot actually – emotionally and economically. For someone making $175,000+ per year, a job search that takes one month longer means $15,000 or more in lost salary. So it's important to keep ahead of the projected landing time because it can save you tens of thousands of dollars.
We routinely survey members about how long they think it will take them to make a job change. We just completed a survey, and like in years past, they reported 6.4 months on average—a little shorter this year than during the recession.
Published on: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
CEO sisters Denise Morrison and Maggie Wilderotter shared personal stories and philosophies on business and rising to leadership.
Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup and is regularly recognized as one of the "Most Powerful Women" on Forbes'
lists. Maggie Wilderotter is President and CEO of Frontier Communications and was named by Fortune
as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" for four consecutive years.
Published on: Monday, March 31, 2014
I've been thinking about the power of apology lately. I've been noticing that the people for whom I have the most respect don’t hesitate to say "I was wrong," or "I'm sorry I..." On the other hand, the people I have the hardest time respecting seem constitutionally unable to take responsibility for their own mistakes. Even when they try, it comes out sounding like "I may have been partly at fault, but..." or "It may seem that I was wrong, but..." They just can't do it.
Published on: Friday, March 28, 2014
Writing The Truth About Lies in the Workplace
allowed me to document the variety of lies we encounter daily. In the workplace people fib, flatter, fabricate, prevaricate, equivocate, embellish, "take liberties with," "bend," or "stretch" the truth. They boast, conceal, falsify, omit, spread gossip, misinform or cover-up embarrassing (perhaps even unethical) acts. They lie in order to avoid accepting responsibility, to build status and power, to "protect" others from hearing a negative truth, to preserve a sense of autonomy, to keep their jobs, to get out of unwanted work, to get on the good side of the boss, to be perceived as "team players" when their main interest is self-interest. Or they lie because they're under pressure to perform and because (as one co-worker observed about his teammates) "they lack the guts to tell the boss that what is being asked isn't doable."