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These days, storytelling is more important than ever.

Posted by Mitch Corlett on September 27, 2013

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." --   Philip Pullman

Who doesn't love a good story? Whether it's a book, movie, Youtube video, or campfire tale, they fill a void that's difficult to explain. We frequently perform searches for communications professionals, those people who *gasp* majored in English or Communications, and fortunately for the organization, have the uncanny ability to distill a complex message down to its essence, and then brew it into something new and complex.

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Consider Treating Your Career Like a Grand Experiment

Posted by Mitch Corlett on September 10, 2013

How many people do you know who have been with the same organization for 5 years? 10 years? I don't know if it's even possible to stay with one company your entire career anymore. If you're a top performer, employers obviously want you to stick around as long as possible. But the modern job market does not encourage us to stay on one company's payroll and climb rung-by-rung up a single organization's ladder. Developing your career is now more like climbing Everest in a blizzard. You can't necessarily see where you're going and you've made a few mistakes, but you made the ambitious choice to climb. You're going to keep climbing towards the summit because failure is not an option.

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How To Get Help From Busy People

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 10, 2013

Very few people know how to grab the attention of a busy person. As a recruiter, I get dozens of emails a week from job seekers, and daily requests to connect on LinkedIn. 99% of my LinkedIn inbox requests are the standard invitation, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”

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Is your Job Different than you Expected? Change How You Interview.

Posted by Mitch Corlett on July 2, 2013

A recent Glassdoor survey found what you probably already know...often the reality of a job differs from what you expected. If you've been burned before, here are a few ways that you can do a better job of knowing what you are getting into:

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Five Career Lessons You'll Need to Learn

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 21, 2013

When you're starting your career, it's easy to think the path will be straightforward: You'll find jobs that interest you, you’ll work hard, and you’ll be rewarded for it. But it's rarely that simple, says Alison Green, writing for Money.US News.com. “Along the way, you're going to learn some tough lessons about your career.”  She provides five of the hardest career lessons, among them:

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Is it time to look for a new job? A four-question test

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 20, 2013

In the executive search business, we spend our days talking with people who are, for the most part, not looking for a new job (or responding to job advertising). Most of the people we talk to are very fortunate. They are being treated quite well by their current employer. They are working in careers with a bright future.

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Do you speak the language of the CEO? 

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 4, 2013

My client called me right after he interviewed two people. "I just don’t see Mike being very effective with our CEO. He just doesn't have the chops for it." Then his tone brightened, "But Susan would be perfect. She’d fit right in with our executive team. They’d hit it off right away." So Susan was scheduled to meet the CEO, and Mike’s interview process was over.

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The 10 Point Test of Leadership

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 28, 2013

Not everyone can or should become a leader. Simply wanting to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader. “I never cease to be amazed by the numbers of people in leadership positions who shouldn’t be,” says Mike Myatt, one of my favorite leadership experts, writing for Forbes magazine. “Likewise, I’ve stopped being surprised when those charged with leadership development can’t seem to figure out what constitutes a leader. I hope this list will eliminate the confusion about why someone isn’t a leader.”

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Want That Promotion? Stretch Yourself

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 14, 2013

As the new year unfolds — and with it the inevitable wave of self-improvement plans— Cal Newport, writing for the Wall Street Journal, identifies strategies for advancing your career.

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This year resolve to find work that matters

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 8, 2013

January is a time when many people resolve to get a new job. A new job can be life altering, but it can also be a disappointing case of "Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss."

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