For those executives who are exploring or transitioning into new careers, industries, or roles, or looking for any type of career help, we can help! Amazing Resumes & Career Coaching has the experience, expertise, resources, and skills to work with C-Level clients and identify employment, business, and industry trends. We use our strong business acumen and significant knowledge of the economy, industries, and employment trends to assist our clients strategically navigate the job market.
A certified career management coach is assigned to each client. Together they develop and implement a personalized strategic career plan that capitalizes on C-Level strengths, experiences, and connections.
Elements of Executive Coaching
From our vast experience working with executives, we know that executive coaching should incorporate two of the most requested executive competencies sought by companies today. LEADERSHIP and STRATEGIC THINKING & EXECUTION are the top two competencies mentioned in an article by Boris Groysberg in the March 18, 2014 edition of the Harvard Business Review.
- LEADERSHIP – The HBR article cites LEADERSHIP as the first attribute needed to thrive in the C-Suite. Leadership characteristics include visionary, balanced, authentic, and ethical.
- Visionary – Envisioning where you want to go and what results you expect to receive is a primary goal of every leader and the first step in the job search process. Our career coaches help executives identify their target audience (employers, recruiters) and visualize realistic outcomes.
- Authentic – Another aspect of leadership is authenticity. Leaders need to be able to articulate and show examples of their authentic personal brand. We work one-on-one with our clients to uncover their Unique Value Proposition (UVP), so they can differentiate their authentic selves from other C-Level candidates.
- Balanced – C-Level executives use Balanced Leadership to connect with all stakeholders and respond to challenges. We employ a balanced mix of resources and strategies to work with executive leaders and improve their communication skills with employers, recruiters, and industry influencers. Setting up and using social media (especially LinkedIn), networking, recruiter resume distribution, speeches, blogs, and newsletters, are some of the resources and strategies we promote / teach in the job search process.
- Ethical – Ethical leadership is characterized by trust, honesty, and fairness. All of our career coaches promise to uphold and promote ethical standards in dealing with our clients. Holding ethical values and making ethical choices are the nucleus of our brand!
- STRATEGIC THINKING & EXECUTION – The HBR article cites STRATEGIC THINKING & EXECUTION as the second attribute needed to thrive in the C-Suite.
- Our executive career management coaches assist each client to develop and implement a personalized strategic career plan that capitalizes on C-Level strengths, experiences, and connections. Prioritizing and making critical decisions and leveraging strategic resources are two strategies used to develop and execute multi-faceted action plans.
Executive Job Search
Searching for a new position at the executive level is especially difficult because the competition is strong and openings are limited. Our certified career coaches are experts in the field of executive job search. We prepare our C- Level and executive clients for major career opportunities and/or transitions using proven executive coaching methods. Personalized coaching tips, strategies, and exercises ensure our executive-level clients have the necessary skills, information and resources to be successful in their job search.
If you are thinking of or already in the process of looking for a job, transitioning to a new career, seeking advancement in your present career, or searching for more information, please contact Debbie at (410) 653-7679.
If you are interested in improving your networking skills, then career coaching is a great solution. Our certified career coaches understand that networking can be frustrating and frightening. We prepare our clients for major career opportunities and/or transitions by ensuring they have the necessary networking skills, information and resources to instill confidence and increase their chances for success.
- Networking is defined as an interaction with other people to build relationships, exchange information, and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career. There are many audiences to network with, i.e. online groups and individuals (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter), professional conference attendees, community and business association members.
Executive networking career coaching sessions cover a comprehensive range of topics and are tailored to meet individual needs. The first step is developing a networking strategy based on your needs, personality, audience, and venue.
- SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT – Our career coaches work with clients to acquire the necessary social skills for networking. Social networking skills can be: learning to read or mirror body language or social cues, determining who to speak with and what to say in networking situations, or how to showcase your expertise in an unpretentious manner.
- NETWORKING RESUME – Networking resumes are another tool in an executive’s portfolio. These resumes are specifically used for networking purposes and are generally no more than one page in length. Some executive job seekers use this type of resume instead of a biography.
- NETWORKING / BUSINESS CARD – Today’s networking / business cards are a marketing “must have” for every executive. Amazing Resumes’ writers and designers develop networking / business cards that communicate professional brand and highlight top qualifications. These cards are designed to leave a memorable impression of who you are and what you can contribute. Whoever accepts your networking / business card will receive more than your name and title; they will obtain a unique snapshot that communicates your professional value.
If you would like to learn practical, adoptable, and functional networking strategies, please contact us at (410) 653-7679.
Executive Interview Coaching
Once a company or potential employer shows an interest in an executive and/or their resume, they will be asked to set up an interview. This is how the employer / Board of Directors learns more about the job seeker’s executive capabilities, accomplishments, and personality and also how they determine if the job candidate will be a good fit for the organization and position. The executive interview is also the job seeker’s opportunity to decide if the company, position description, and culture will fulfill their needs.
There are many types of interviews: phone, in-person, Skype, one-to-one, and panel. There usually is also more than one interview for the position. Our career coaches help executives navigate and prepare for any eventuality. We want our clients to be successful and understand that receiving a job offer depends on how well they interview. Creating a positive impression by showing executive value in an interview is vital to the success of job search outcomes.
“Thank you for the hour we spent reviewing interviewing skills. It was very helpful. I wrote notes and know how I need to prepare for my first interview.” Luanne W.
Some questions to think about before an executive interview:
- When you took your current job, what were your top two or three priorities and how did you handle them?
- What are we doing that resonates with you?
- What’s your plan for improving our organization?
During career coaching for interviewing, we help the executive job seeker answer these questions and more. Our career coaches share various tips, resources, and strategies that position the executive candidate for success.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact us at (410) 653-7679.
Salary Negotiation for Executives
Salary negotiation is an art that can be learned. Knowing what you want, need, and deserve in terms of compensation is not necessarily the same thing. As with other types of career coaching, we teach our Executive clients to understand the art of salary negotiations by looking at it from three perspectives – the client, the employer, and the industry.
Research has shown that some reasons negotiations are unsuccessful are because of
- Over- or lack of self-confidence
- Inflated value of self-worth
- Inability to compromise
- Poor listening skills
- Inadequate preparation
Conventional wisdom for negotiating salaries states that, “The first person to bring up the subject of salary is the loser.” Our career coaches provide you with tips on when and how to negotiate a win / win salary!
For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact us at (410) 653-7679.