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  • Can an Experienced Executive With No Degree Get Past the ATS?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on September 10, 2019 at 5:01 am

    How can a job seeker with many years of experience, but no degree, get a resume through the screening process and have the opportunity for a face-to-face interview when the job posting says a degree is required? After 24 years of recruiting, I don’t think I have had more than a dozen of hiring managers […] The post Can an Experienced Executive With No Degree Get Past the ATS? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • How Do I Find the Hidden Job Market?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on September 2, 2019 at 5:04 am

    How does one discover the “hidden job market” and once “in” become a lead candidate for senior executive positions? I think it makes sense for starters to define the oft mentioned, mystical, by nature elusive, hidden job market. Job seekers have been dreaming of this legendary goldmine of jobs for years now, where job offers […] The post How Do I Find the Hidden Job Market? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • New Company is Offering a Lesser Title… Will that Look Like a Step Down?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on August 19, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I have been an IT director for seven years; now I have an opportunity – good company, good salary, role is perfect for what I am looking for but the title is senior manager. How concerned should I be that it might be perceived as a step down because of the titles? Well, this is […] The post New Company is Offering a Lesser Title… Will that Look Like a Step Down? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • How Much Time Should Be Spent on Opportunities Where You Can’t Identify a Networking Contact?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on August 15, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Applying to C-suite positions online with no networking feels like an exercise in futility. How much time, if any, should be spent on opportunities where you can’t identify a networking contact? I detect more than a small amount of despair in your query. Fret not weary job seeker! For I can tell you after recruiting […] The post How Much Time Should Be Spent on Opportunities Where You Can’t Identify a Networking Contact? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • How Can Candidates Prepare for Recruiters Investigating the Topic of Fit?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on August 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I have heard many times the importance of fit at the executive level. How do recruiters evaluate candidates for a good fit with the other members of the C-suite? How can candidates prepare for recruiters investigating the topic of fit? After recruiting at the C-level for 24 years, I can attest to the fact that […] The post How Can Candidates Prepare for Recruiters Investigating the Topic of Fit? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • Should I Refer Others for a Position I Want?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on July 23, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    How should you answer a recruiter’s message asking for candidates for a particular position when you are personally interested in it yourself? This is a terrific question, and I’m so glad you asked it! In order to answer this question, I need to give a little lesson on high-end recruiting. When we are conducting a […] The post Should I Refer Others for a Position I Want? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • How Can I Re-enter the C-suite Without Letting My Employment Gap Be an Issue?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on July 22, 2019 at 5:19 am

    I have been out of the workforce for several years. What’s your advice on the best way to smoothly re-enter the C-suite without letting my employment gap be an issue? People leave full-time employment for many reasons. Perhaps they make an empowering life choice, such as choosing to care for a loved one, or perhaps […] The post How Can I Re-enter the C-suite Without Letting My Employment Gap Be an Issue? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • How Do I Ace my Phone Interview?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on July 15, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Ann,  I have a phone interview next week and I don’t think I do very well on them. What do I need to know get invited to a face-to-face interview? A phone interview is typically the very first step in an interview process, and a surprising number of candidates do not get through that initial […] The post How Do I Ace my Phone Interview? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • I Look Pregnant. Do I Tell Interviewers I am Not?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on July 9, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Hi Ann, I’m enjoying your helpful tips on the ExecuNet website. My situation is unusual and I am hoping for some expert advice. I was laid off in January when I was 37 weeks pregnant, and delivered my son just two weeks later. Obviously, this had drastic implications on my job search, as I have […] The post I Look Pregnant. Do I Tell Interviewers I am Not? appeared first on ExecuNet .

  • What Do I Need to Get an Executive-level Job?
    by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber on July 5, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Can you give the top three things I have to execute to get an executive-level job and why they are important? 1) Skills: The best CFO in the world is not going to land a CIO role, so making sure that your specific skill set matches up what the company is looking for is critical […] The post What Do I Need to Get an Executive-level Job? appeared first on ExecuNet .

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