Executive Coaching Basics

Here are three critical areas to consider when making a career change. This guidance is based on real-time market data from the job market and a talent acquisition perspective. These suggestions have helped hundreds of people, from Engineers to CEOs. If you follow our advice, you will generate more interest from potential employers, move forward in the interview process, and improve your chances of getting the job! 


The function and scope of the work you have performed, and industries you have worked in over the past 2 to 3, maybe 3 to 5 years, is what will generate the highest degree of interest and market value from potential employers.

  •  The closer you stay to that center - function, scope, and industries - the more interest you will find and the better chance you will have of getting the job.

  • The further away you move from that center, the less you will see. 


Your LinkedIn Profile is now your new resume, or at least your first resume. LinkedIn is what most talent acquisition professionals use to determine if they will talk to you. Why? "LinkedIn Recruiter" is the primary sourcing tool used by talent acquisition and executive search professionals to find the people they seek.

  • Your LinkedIn profile must effectively communicate your value proposition and do so at the top of the page.

  • The Experience section of your LinkedIn profile should be a summary of your functional experience company by company, with less detail the further back you go. Employers want to know more about what you have done lately!

Your Resume is still a critical document but most often used now with potential employers when engaged in the interview process. Therefore, it can contain more information than previously provided. Be as concise as possible when telling:

  • List your current and past employers from an industry perspective, size, and scope.

  • Explain the size and scope of responsibility for the roles you have held, with more information for recent positions.

  • Briefly describe 2 to 3 or 4 to 5 notable accomplishments for each role. Bullet format works well to make sure your they stand out.


It is a good idea to have an experienced professional guide you through the interview process, whether there is a third-party executive search consultant or recruiter involved or not. Find someone qualified to advise you on preparation and follow up for your interviews.


  • The day before the interview, send them an email asking if there is anything specific they would like you to be prepared to speak about, how much time you will have, and will who will participate in the discussion? This will allow you to prepare and focus on what is most important to them.

  • At the end of the interview, if you are interested, make sure you tell them and ask what the next step is, and who and when would you be meeting next?

Follow up

  • Within 24 hours of your interview, send them an email thanking them for their time.

  • If there was something personal you connected on, like family, hobbies, or business acquaintances you have in common, highlight those as well.

  • In bullet format, articulate 2 or 3 things regarding the role and or qualifications that suit your background well.

  • Close the note by letting them know you are interested in moving forward to the next step.

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