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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. We have helped hundreds of VP and C-level job seekers for decades. 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 a great new job! 

The function and scope of the work you have performed, and industries you have worked in over the past 3 to 5 years, are what will generate the highest degree of interest and compensation 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 a great new job.

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


Your LinkedIn Profile, not your resume, is what talent acquisition professionals use to ‘source’ and ‘screen’ candidates like you for job opportunities. LinkedIn is what they use to determine if they will talk to you. Why? LinkedIn Recruiter is the primary sourcing tool used by talent acquisition professionals to find the people they seek.

  • Your LinkedIn profile must effectively communicate your ‘market value’ 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 is most often used now with potential employers when engaged in the interview process. Therefore, it can contain more information than previously provided but you want to be as concise as possible - less is more!

  • 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 3 to 5 notable accomplishments for each role in bullet format to make sure they stand out.


It is good to have an experienced talent acquisition professional guide you through the job interview process. If you cannot find someone qualified to advise you here are a couple of things that will help.


  • The day before the interview, send them an email asking if there is there 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 interview? 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 and ask what the next step is, and when and whom would you be meeting with?


  • Within 24 hours of your interview, send them an email thanking them for their time and if there was something personal you connected on, like family, hobbies, or business acquaintances you have in common, highlight those.

  • In bullet format, articulate 2 or 3 things regarding the role and or qualifications that you connected on and fit your background.

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



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