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Never Hire Anyone Over 30

Hello Everyone, 

I represent senior executives seeking new challenges.  When one of my clients is not hired, the feedback I get, more than any other factor, is that the candidate is out-of-date and out-of-touch. In my latest video, I compare the skills and traits of eager millennials against those of older executives. If you’re a senior executive that fits our description, analyze this matrix carefully.  There is a wealth of information in the matrix for senior execs.  While the humor is obvious, there are pearls of wisdom.  If you learn from what is in this matrix, your likelihood of landing a job just sky rocketed.

*The Matrix is listed below the video as an image.

 

The Most Valuable LinkedIn Feature is the One That is Least Utilized

I always enjoying reading articles and posts about how to build and enhance your LinkedIn profile.  I read the information provided by so-called experts.  These experts conduct webinars, provide individual LI coaching, re-write profiles and offer never ending punditry on the pros and cons of various LinkedIn features.  Yet these experts, in my humble opinion, overlook, do not understand, or for some unknown reason refuse to recognize and extol the virtues of using rich media including videos, images, audio files, presentations and documents.   

I believe the most valuable of all the rich media options is videos.  If you are seeking advice or guidance on enhancing your profile from an "expert," you should first check his/her profile and see if they have incorporated rich media and, in particular, video clips.  But you don't need an expert to do this for you, with a modest amount of effort, you can do it yourself.

So I am going to jump right into the hot tub with my own punditry.  Here is a question for you:  How many of your connections have a "Welcome Video" on their profile?  My guess is that most of you answered zero, or perhaps one or two.  Yet incorporating a Welcome Video is a powerful way to capture the interest of your current and future connections.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

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From Senior Executive to Consultant: No Problem. From Consultant to Senior Executive: Nightmare

Tragically, over the past several years, the term "consultant" has almost become a pejorative.  Not long ago, I did a video post entitled "Webster's Definition of Consultant:  Unemployed Executive."  While obviously an exaggeration, there is some truth in that statement.  Virtually every senior level executive who is in transition, refers to themselves as a "Consultant."  

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New Book by Jim Stroud, Authority on Recruiter Development and Executive Search Strategies

Jim Stroud has recently published a new book titled Resume Forensics.  It is primarily targeted to recruiters, but in reality, it possesses outstanding insights for job seekers on how recruiters identify and select candidates for opportunities.....admittedly a mystery for centuries.  :-)

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The Mind, Body, & Business Connection - Infographic: Driving An Executive Search

Using a contemporary infographic to take on numerous executive job search challenges.  Fasten your seat belt, you are about to see a concept that is rarely applied to an executive level search.  But we have honed the concept to be an awesome asset to drive an executive's search. In this video, we showcase an executive, David Smith, and the parallels between sports/fitness and business success.
We have already gotten extraordinary feedback from recruiters and decision makers on infographics for our executives seeking new challenges.  We would love your feedback on this concept.
Below the embedded video is a text version of this video.

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