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How to Avoid Pricing Yourself Out of a Job

During a job search, the question of salary expectations will eventually arise. For most interviewees, this is an uncomfortable conversation. Negotiating a competitive compensation can be tricky, and one obstacle interviewees face is setting their salary requirements higher than what the organization is willing to pay. In other words, pricing themselves out of the job.

Salary negotiation is one of the most important aspects to discuss with your executive recruiter. Below, we recommend a few tips for securing the competitive compensation package you have earned.

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6 Things a Recruiter Looks for in a Resume

Though you spend hours fine-tuning your resume, research shows that recruiters will typically spend only 6 seconds reading it.

As executive recruiters, we see thousands of resumes—and more often than not, the resumes in our hands are incomplete or difficult to follow. These are discarded after only a few seconds.

How do you keep your resume from being forgotten by recruiters or employers? Here are the 6 things we look for.

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Don’t Make These 4 Interview Mistakes

Once you’ve started to navigate the open job market, polished your resume, and applied to positions of interest, the most important step is on the horizon: the interview.

We’ve conducted and heard about thousands of interviews, and nothing surprises us anymore. As bad as you think it can get, someone’s done worse.

Don’t be the next story we tell at happy hour by avoiding the following blunders.

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What to Expect in an Executive Interview

Whether you’re moving up from middle management or making a lateral C-suite move to a new industry, there are some crucial aspects to remember about an executive interview. Executives are often held to a different standard than other employees and shoulder much more responsibility.

To prove that you’re capable of the job, keep in mind the following tips during your next executive interview.

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Step By Step: How to Write an Interview Follow-Up Letter

A follow-up or thank-you letter is an essential piece of the interview process. In some cases, it may even make or break your chances of getting the job—if there is an equally-qualified candidate competing for the same position, employers will often choose the person who expresses the most interest in the job.

Not only does that mean asking for the job during the interview (subtly, of course!) but also sending a professional follow-up letter. A follow-up letter shows that time was spent crafting the perfect message, and a genuine statement of gratitude for the interviewers’ time doesn’t hurt, either.

The most important element of writing a thank-you note is to send it as soon as possible. A brief, well-crafted email works just fine! Here are the must-follow steps to crafting the perfect follow-up letter.

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Is it Time to Resign? 3 Things to Consider

Resigning from your job can be an emotional and stressful decision, but it’s usually the right one. People choose to leave their jobs for a number of reasons, but one fact remains constant: it’s common, and even encouraged, to move from one position to another throughout one’s career.

In fact, the average person changes jobs 10-15 times throughout his or her career, spending 4.2 years at each position. And as long as you can demonstrate steady personal growth with each move, there’s no reason you shouldn’t consider a change to improve your career’s outlook.

As soon as you start considering a new position, you’re likely ready to make the jump. But, there may be things you haven’t considered. Below, we list three things to think about when you’ve decided it’s time to resign.

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Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

It’s not uncommon for employers, upon learning that their employee is planning to make a job change, to present a counter offer. Often, this counter offer includes a pay raise, a promise for better working conditions, or even a desirable promotion.

Change is hard. Employees could be enticed with the perks their employer promises, coupled with the comfort of routine—it’s a job and company they know. But let’s get serious. 

A counter offer is a bandage on a larger problem, and it’s no way to secure long-term job satisfaction. In fact, your boss probably doesn’t even have your best interests at heart when he or she makes mention of a counter offer.

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The Complete Guide: Interview Tips for Every Step of the Process

Job interviews can be an extremely stressful, and even grueling, process. If you’ve ever felt this way going into an interview, the good news is that the majority of Americans agree with you: more than 90% of U.S. adults experience fear and stress related to job interviews.

Luckily, there are ways to combat this sense of unease. Interview readiness requires special techniques before, during, and after the process to position yourself at the top of the list of candidates.

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The Top 10 Interview Questions Asked to Executive Candidates

Regardless of the potential job, interview preparation should not be taken lightly. A polished LinkedIn profile, mutual connection or executive recruiting firm may help get your foot in the door, but how you perform in an interview will ultimately determine your future with the company.

For an executive role, you can expect to get questions about your leadership style, how you aligned process with the company’s vision, and your relevant experience. As you prepare for your next interview, think through answers to the following 10 questions.

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Want to Find a Better Job Faster? Consider an Executive Search Firm.

Are you one of the 51% of Americans actively looking for a new job or the many more who are open to new job opportunities? You may search through popular jobs sites, scour LinkedIn or attend networking events, but to no avail.  

Have you considered how connecting with an executive search firm could augment your efforts?

Also known as headhunters, hiring agencies, and staffing consultants, the goal of any executive recruiter is to find the best qualified candidates for their clients. If you have valuable experience or a competitive skillset, firms like Ciresi & Morek are interested in finding you a good, well-paying job.

If you’re in the market for a new job, here are seven reasons to consider working with an executive search firm.

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