The Career Transition Experts

The Career Transition Experts

Career Expert Secrets is designed to help you get hired for the job you’ll love. Discover what top recruiters and job search professionals have to say about current job trends and what hiring parties are looking for. You’ll also get expert leadership and career transition advice on writing your resume and cover letter, interviewing, networking, and more. In this podcast, we interview members of our executive recruiter network, including CEO recruiters and CFO recruiters as well as many other successful professionals in the executive search business. Discover how to love your career with financial success, happiness and work-life balance. If you are interested in leadership career success, listen up! You can find more from Jonathan at https://jfcareers.com/.... Show More

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August 24, 2020 33 min

Ken Adkins joins us for today's episode! Ken is a headhunter with 47 years of experience working with top companies in the fashion industry; he has a lot of great insights to help you prepare for your successful career transition. You won't want to miss this episode!

Ken offers strategies to help you prepare for the whole process, including your interview. He'll help you present yourself in a confident, clear way - and t...

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August 18, 2020 4 min

I often ask my guests, "What's the dumbest thing you've seen smart people do?"

I ask this for a reason - so that you can learn from others' mistakes and position yourself as the one best candidate for a job you'll love.

In my recent conversation with Ken Adkins, he shared some incredibly interesting stories along with amazing insights to equip you in your career transition.

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August 17, 2020 3 min

Preparing for interviews can be more challenging than many would like it to be.

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Ken Adkins, a headhunter with 47 years of experience. He has a lot of incredible insights to share, including tips for disclosing any not-so-positive parts of your job history in an interview.

In this episode, he'll help you navigate that situation. You won't want to miss this one!

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August 12, 2020 25 min

Search professional Candice Zaniewski is the founder of a specialty recruiting firm that works with companies in several industries, many of which have stayed active or even grown during the changes brought on by Covid-19. Some of these industries include architecture, engineering and manufacturing. She is also active in placing strong candidates in pharmaceutical companies, sales, and other leadership roles.

As a recruiter, Candice...

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August 11, 2020 4 min

I get many questions from my clients regarding communication throughout the career transition process.

  • What is the right amount of communication, with both my recruiter and hiring parties?
  • Will communicating too much become annoying?
  • What amount of communication should I expect from my recruiter or a company I've interviewed with?
  • I recently spoke with veteran search professional Candice Zaniewski about these questions and more, an...

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    August 10, 2020 5 min

    Every stage of your career transition is important, as each needs to work together to bring the results you want. Recently, I asked veteran search professional Candice Zaniewski which stage she recommends putting the most focus on.

    This is a tough question, and she gave a great answer! In this episode, you'll learn how to advocate for yourself from the start in order to build a great foundation for a smooth and successful career...

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    August 5, 2020 24 min

    I'm excited to have Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver, on The Career Transition Experts!

    In this episode, Bob shares a wealth of information and some incredible strategies to help you approach your networking efforts with an "interpreneurial" mindset. Leaders in the corporate world need to use many of the same strategies that entrepreneurs use to build their networks; they just approach them a bit differently.

    Candidate...

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    August 4, 2020 3 min

    Entrepreneurs build their businesses by serving and offering immense value to others. It's how they expand their network, retain valuable customers, and scale.

    However, they're not the only ones that can use this technique.

    As a leader within a business, you can also grow and advance your career by approaching it with an entrepreneurial - or "intrepreneurial" - mindset. As Bob Burg shares, if approach your job with th...

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    August 3, 2020 3 min

    Even if you're not an entrepreneur yourself, it's beneficial to approach your networking activities as if you were. This can be called an "intrepreneurial" approach - networking as an entrepreneur, but within a corporate setting.

    Your "customers" as an intrepreneur includes your hiring parties, your networking contacts, your colleagues and the people you lead, among others. These are people you, as a leader, ...

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    July 30, 2020 29 min

    In order to position yourself as the top candidate for the job you'll love, you need be able to show that you are the person they need - that you can solve the key problems, that you've done your research, and that you'll fit well into the company culture.

    When you only have an hour or so to position yourself during an interview, it pays to be prepared.

    In today's episode, Jonathan and veteran search professional Anth...

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    Interview preparation is key, but often, candidates stop at learning about the company they're interviewing for and preparing their job experience.

    As veteran search professional Anthony Caputi shares, it is also essential to anticipate and plan answers to the right questions during your interview in order to set yourself apart as the top candidate.

    Anthony shares some of these questions in this episode. Stay tuned for his full e...

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    In the midst of the current pandemic and with a look toward the future post-pandemic “new normal,” as cliché as that may sound, it’s likely that nothing is going to go completely back to normal. That’s the bad news.

    There is good news, though! With so many businesses in the process of pivoting and change, it’s a great time to set a new trajectory in your career. Whether you have found yourself laid off or are seeing everyone around ...

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    July 27, 2020 4 min

    We all know that basic interview preparation is essential, but if you want to position yourself as the top candidate, this prep needs to go beyond planning out how to articulate your experience and value proposition.

    In order to set yourself apart, you need to be able to find out (through research and asking the right questions) what problems the company is actually trying to solve. You may have the right background, a great skill s...

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    Navigating a job search can be stressful, but there are ways to shift your mindset and stay ahead of the game. In this episode, Jonathan shares three important strategies to help you develop and maintain a proactive mindset.

    Cultivating a proactive mindset will help you in many ways. Not only will it help you stay positive, but it will also give you a distinct advantage in developing a clear, organized career transition strategy.

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    July 17, 2020 26 min

    Ten years ago, Marty Gilbert founded NSENG (NorthShore Executive Networking Group) in the Chicago area with five leaders who were looking for jobs. They brainstormed, networked, and collaborated to help each other along their career paths. 

    Today, NSENG is the area's largest job search network with over 6,500 members. This group is growing quickly and has been very successful in helping its members find positions that fit them w...

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    July 16, 2020 3 min

    I often ask my podcast guests about mistakes or poor choices they've seen candidates or hiring managers make. This isn't to point out the people who make the errors, but to help my listeners learn from the mistakes of others.

    In this episode, NSENG founder Marty Gilbert explains the importance of not speaking negatively about your past, even about things that may not have been very positive. This can be challenging to do, bu...

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    Competition in the job market is tough, now more than ever. In order to land the job you want, you have to be willing to do what the majority of your competition won't.

    Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are often considered the "gateway" to getting your foot in the door, but there are times that the algorithm can weed out the best candidates. When you proactively treat your job search like a marketing campaign, you open n...

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    A successful career transition or job search requires a strong strategy - it's very much like a marketing campaign. The main difference is that you are the product.

    One of the foundations of that marketing strategy is having a strong target company list. This practice provides the focus of your strategy - it gives you both the focus you need to stay on track and a "warmer" list of companies to approach and apply to.

    In th...

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    July 13, 2020 23 min

    Many candidates consider the obvious aspects of a position when they decide whether to apply - the location, the salary, and skills required. These are all important things to think about, but in order to find the job you'll love - the role that's right for you - you'll need to go deeper.

    Marc Hutto, a veteran search professional who uses a method called Purpose Driven Recruitment, believes that specific points, called C...

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    When you're networking with a new contact or preparing for an interview, one of the most challenging aspects can be knowing how to communicate. Many people find it difficult enough to articulate their experience, values, and strengths without also trying to determine the wording and attitude that will best resonate with the other person.

    In our full episode this week, veteran search professional Marc Hutto shares several valuab...

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