Career Strategy Interviews
Podcast with author and career search coach, Rita Ashley
Boomer Job Search Alert Over 45? How to Overcome the Grey Ceiling in Your Job Search
"Overqualified is the easiest answer to give a candidate when an employer passes on hiring an over 45 year old candidate. It is rarely the real reason; it is the politically correct reason and the safest way to get the candidate to go away. Employers who pass on baby boomers don't want to ‘handle' the questions and emotions that result from refusal; they want to move on to the next candidate. Same goes for recruiters." -- Rita Ashley
Welcome to a Career Strategies Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting. According to career and job search coach Rita Ashley, highly quailfied executives in the mid-forties to late fifties are "angry, frustrated, and scared. Many in this age group have been unemployed for over a year. They've come to believe that ageism. She is a technology recruiting veteran who not only worked closely with investors, executives and hiring authorities to staff senior positions, she came to the job as a former Silicon Valley executive.
"One executive mentioned, "When a resume or LinkedIn profile begins, ‘25 years experience' I assume the person will rely on old expertise rather than up-to-the-minute and contemporary solutions. If they lead with number of years and not recent accomplishments, I run away."
Armed with an insider's view of how hiring gets done Ms. Ashley teaches her clients life skills for career development and job search. In the last two years, 98% of her clients reached their targeted career goals within six months.
Podcast with President of ZoomInfo, Sam Zales
Sam Zales, President of ZoomInfo Responds to My Linkedin Questions--"No way no how, am not pimping my Rolodex!"
It all started innocently enough. I received a press release from ZoomInfo with a request I record an interview to promote their new FreshContacts offer:
WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - Helping put America back to work, ZoomInfo, the world's most comprehensive source of business information on people and companies, today announced a new resource for job hunters. Available immediately, FreshContacts provides free access to job seekers looking to identify, research and connect with innovative companies and their hiring managers. Providing actionable intelligence on prospective employers, FreshContacts can drastically shorten the time it takes for many job seekers to find employment... Read the complete press release.
So here's the deal. To get access to ZoomInfo's database, you must allow ZoomInfo access to your Outlook contacts, via an application you download from ZoomInfo's web site. Now, here's their pitch: "You may be wondering why ZoomInfo has agreed to give away a 2 month subscription for FREE. Well, it's a simple win-win situation: you get the value of the ZoomInfo database of 45 million professionals at 5 million companies, and in exchange, you allow your contact records to improve the size and quality of the database, which in turn helps everyone else who is using it! " I found one of their bullit points to be particularly disturbing: "Contributions to the database are totally anonymous - they are not traceable back to you." Okay.
I've found Linkedin Questions to be a goldmine. This is a free focus group, all you marketing people! So I published the following question, "What do you think of ZoomInfo's FreshContacts initiative? ... I'm recording a podcast interview with Sam Zales the president of ZoomInfo tomorrow."
ZoomInfo recently opened their database (for a limited time), to anyone willing to share their Outlook contact list - this is accomplished through a plug-in you download. Here's a link to the press release
Insights and Guidance from David Perry, Executive Placement Recruiter
"In the new economy, jobs are temporary. That means you need to be permanently looking for your next opportunity." David Perry.
Welcome to a Career Transition Channel podcast on Total Picture Radio with Peter Clayton Reporting. Back by popular demand is @roguerecruiter (on Twitter), good friend and frequent contributor to TotalPicture Radio, David Perry. Dave is the Dave Berry of recruiting.
David is managing director of Perry-Martel International, one of North America's top executive , recruiting, and placement firms. He is the author of numerous career books, the latest being Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job. As a recruiter, he recently made his 1000th executive placement. He's been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and on TV as an employment analyst for NBC, ABC and CBC News in Canada.
Get David Perry and Kevin Donlin's new Guerrilla Job Search System Home Study Course DVD for only $29.
Podcast with author and PrimeGenesis founder, George Bradt
Welcome to rewind 09 - here on TotalPicture Radio, we're replaying some of the most memorable podcasts from 2009 - Today we're rewinding one of the most popular interviews from last year -- our podcast with George Bradt founder and managing director of PrimeGenesis. Bradt the author of numerous books on Onboarding.
This interview is particularly relevant for executives who've recently accepted a new position, are currently in a job search, as well as hiring managers, recruiters and HR professionals. Our focus: The Second Edition of The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results.
Our conversation with George Bradt first aired in March of 2009. According to our guest, George Bradt, founder and managing director of PrimeGenesis, "Moving into a new job is among the toughest career challenges you'll face. Half of newly hired executives fail within 18 months. Many, many more new employees simply fail to distinguish themselves."
George is the author of- the Second Edition was just published by Wiley. I interviewed George in 2007, when the first edition of the book was released.
The Second Edition includes 40% new material and updates -- including new and updated downloadable forms -- plus:
- A new chapter on positioning yourself for a leadership role
- A new chapter on what to do after the first 100 days
- A new chapter on getting promoted from within and what to do then
"The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short." Do You Have a Happiness Project?
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
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