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Leadership advice from Caldwell Partners: Tips for excelling in Private Equity owned companies

Private Equity (PE) firms demand urgency and a laser focus on results.  Executives and senior leaders are under scrutiny to deliver top and bottom-line results often at the speed of light

Are you are considering a move to a PE-owned company, or is your current employer undergoing this transformation? Caldwell Partners, a leading international provider of executive search, outlines what it takes to succeed as an Executive, and specifically as a CFO, in their article: “What type of CFO excels within a PE-owned company?”

Les Gombik, managing partner of Caldwell Partners' Calgary office stresses the need to be agile, responsive, and comfortable with the PE firm’s interest in monitoring your daily leadership decisions. But along with this, your tool kit will be fine-tuned as you will be propelled into heavy data analytics, refining ERP and leading enterprise-wide system transformations. 

The voyage with a PE-owned firm can be challenging, but it also offers the opportunity to work with sharp minds that will drive you to be your best and excel as an executive.   

Continue reading:  What type of CFO excels within a PE-owned company?

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

 

Five Worst Job Search Problems

From creating Dragon-Slaying Stories to avoiding the Black Hole of recruiting portals, Forbes offers tips to help you avoid the Five Worst Job Search Problems.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

“Chief of Ideas” & Other Creative Job Titles – the Pros & Cons

MarketWatch reporter Daniel Goldstein investigates: When a fancy new job title is better than a raise – and when it isn't.

He interviews Joanne Loberg of JL Careers for her job search coaching expertise and perspective on how recruiters view creative job titles.

Click here for the full article.

1 Surprising Job Performance Strategy That Works (Hint: It’s Not Time Management)

That weighed-down feeling, being overwhelmed with challenges on the job, not having enough hours to tackle time-sensitive projects, and waking up the next day to do it all over again – these are all factors that compete with optimal job performance.  However, you don’t have to repeat one stressful day after another.  With the right approach, you can eliminate the pressure of meeting deadlines, reaching job performance goals, and successfully leading your team – without the side effects of job stress.

Demand on executives 

It’s hard to perform on the job – and ensure career advancement – when stressors compete for your energy. When you’re tired, overwhelmed or feeling like you can’t sustain under the pressures of your job, stress rears its ugly head – a force with which to be reckoned. The American Institute of Stress cites four primary reasons for workplace stress: workload (46%), people issues (28%), work/life balance (20%) and job insecurity (6%). 

It’s evident that workplace stress is a problem, and typical stress management advice isn’t helping. There is a way, however, to counter the seemingly insurmountable stress that blindsides you every day: think of yourself as a corporate athlete.

A new way to manage stress

Author Jim Loehr writes extensively about how executives and managers can adopt a corporate athlete’s mindset, learning to manage their energy in order to fuel performance and purpose. His central tenet is this: Follow the training regimen of elite athletes, who have learned when to expend energy, when to recover and when to kick it into high gear. 

Loehr doesn’t suggest you physically train for a race, but instead, adopt training principles to help manage your energy output on the job to ultimately drive performance. His suggestions include:
 

  • Growing your body’s capacity to expend energy. Like a muscle, lack of use and over-use are both damaging. Instead, the muscle needs balance: Push it to its limit, and then allow for recovery. In the workplace, learn how to push your energy output, but then pull back to recover – and ensure optimal job performance.
     
  • Adapting rituals that energize you. Athletes create routines that help them drive higher levels of output. Establish a daily routine with events like a coffee break, water cooler talk, or a set of push-ups to break up the periods of high-energy output.
     
  • Scheduling time for recovery. Purposefully incorporate times into your day where you let the energy level come down so you can recover. Setting aside time helps you avoid overtraining and undertraining.
     
  • Identifying barriers. For athletes, barriers to full-energy engagement may include the lack of a healthy diet, not stretching post-workout or not getting enough sleep. Identify those barriers in your life that are preventing you from reaching higher energy levels and sabotaging career resilience. These may include wasting energy on projects that can be delegated, people who require too much of your energy, and even a lack of a healthy diet, exercise or sleep.

 “Sustained high performance is best served by assuming the mentality of a sprinter not a marathoner.” says Leohr in his book, The Power of Full Engagement.  He also recommends “scheduling 90- to 120- minute periods of intense effort followed by shorter periods of recovery and renewal.” 

So instead of plowing your way through a mountain of work, leaving yourself drained and exhausted, incorporate the mindset of a corporate sprinter.  Take breaks to sustain your output, and incorporate other healthy best practices which will drive your job performance to unforeseen, unthinkable heights. 

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She specializes in working with professional and executive clients to provide job search strategies and tools including career testing, professional resumes, LinkedIn profiles, targeted cover letters, and interview strategies and practice. Copyright 2015 JL Careers Inc.  All rights reserved.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Career Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

Why Feedback Can Supercharge Your Career

Want to drive your career forward?  It is essential to know your talents, and equally important to know your blind spots.  Don’t wait for your annual performance review.  Instead, regularly and proactively solicit feedback from your key stakeholders, including your manager, peers and others.  

This feedback is critical to developing and reinforcing your career brand – highlighting what you do well and understanding how people perceive you.  Ask for feedback to help you also identify your developmental gaps which you will need to work on to prepare for career advancement. 

J. Folkman of Forbes.com recommends you “become an expert at asking for and acting on feedback from others”. Check out his article: “The One Thing That Can Supercharge Your Career” for tips on how to ask for feedback that is effective and valuable. 

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Career Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

What Does Your Resume Font Say About You?

First impressions count!  Your resume font can create a great, or a not so strong impression about who you are and how you might show up on the job.   It can give a recruiter the impression you are professional, conservative, creative or even sloppy. 

Overall, the best fonts Bloomberg writer, Natalie Kitroeff suggests you use: Helvetica and Garamond.  Fonts to avoid: Times New Roman, Courier and Comic Sans.

Check out Bloomberg’s The Best and Worst Fonts to Use on Your Resume for insights into what resume fonts say about you. 

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Career Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

 

Ace the Behavioral Interview

“Let’s schedule an interview.” They are the words every job search candidate wants to hear. Once the elation wears off, however, you face the daunting task of preparing for the interview. Knock the interview out of the park by conducting job research and preparation that surpasses the efforts of your competition. Because your career – and landing this job – depends on it.

Proven advice

One tested tactic for acing the interview, a “War Wall” can help you divide and conquer. Anthony Kaul of Higher Bracket learned this innovative, thorough and effective method for interview prep from a client.

This masterful interview strategy entails creating an interview “War Wall” which is covered with print outs of the key players’ photographs and bullet points about their roles, skills and accountabilities. He included pages with the company’s vision and mission statement, as well as the company’s primary products. He also printed out lists of questions he thought would be asked, which he prepared answers for in advance of the interview.

When it came time for the interview, he was fully prepared to respond to questions and ask intelligent ones, based on his research and “War Wall” noting relevant information.

Putting advice to the test

Facing a behavioral interview?  Start the research process:
 

  • Uncover the company’s DNA. CIO.com advises interview candidates to “learn as much about the company and the people interviewing you as you can.” Understanding the industry, products and services, mission statement and strengths and weaknesses helps you gain a competitive advantage. Then, research further to understand the specific role you are targeting. Determine the critical issues impacting the role and the core skills and experience required to be successful.
     
  • Make a connection. You also want to create a great first impression with the interviewers. Research their backgrounds and have a few points through which to connect. LinkedIn is a great "go-to" site for your research.
     
  • Create a conversation. The term “interview” is really a misnomer. Companies want to hire a contributor, someone who will add value to their team. Simply responding in rote terms to questions does nothing to differentiate your brand.  Instead, highlight your key strengths, track record of success, and demonstrate how you would be an invaluable resource to their organization.
     
  • Ask questions. According to the Harvard Business Review, the biggest mistake job candidates make in the interview is “not asking enough questions about the new job, its challenges and the performance expectations.” Ask questions to help you gain insight into what the job entails, key accountabilities, and benchmarks for success. Then, leverage these questions to discuss how and why you’re a great fit for the position.

Landing the job requires in-depth interview preparation and quality research to give you that edge you need. Next time you have a big interview, consider working with an interview coach to devise a strategic approach to your interview, develop targeted answers to commonly asked interview questions, and gain practice time in preparation for the big interview day.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She specializes in working with professional and executive clients to provide job search strategies and tools including career testing, professional resumes, LinkedIn profiles, targeted cover letters, and interview strategies and practice.  Copyright 2015 JL Careers Inc.  All rights reserved.

Going on interviews and not landing offers?

Let’s connect for a complimentary Interview Audit to determine what you need to do to start acing the interview and landing great job offers. I can be reached at joanne.loberg@jlcareers.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

JL Careers Speaker's Series: CPA Tools for Career Advancement

Chartered Professional Accountants - Tri-Cities/Ridge Meadows Chapter

Joanne Loberg, Career Consultant & Certified Executive Coach of JL Careers will be leading this interactive session for the CPABC Tri-Cities/Ridge Meadows Chapter

Part 1:  Getting Unstuck and Getting More of What You Want In Your Career 

During this session you will engage in individual and partner-based exercises to explore and develop strategies to get unstuck and moving forward in your career.  You will: 
 

  • Clarify what you really want - Clarify what’s missing in your career, and what you want more of from your career.
  • Explore what’s standing in the way - Identify the roadblocks and obstacles preventing you from moving forward.
  • Develop strategies to eliminate obstacles to success - Create your advancement plan.
  • Commit to change - Focus on what you are committed to doing to move forward.  
  • Partner for success - Gain an Accountability Partner to help keep you on track.

 
Part 2:  Ready for Your Next Career Move?  Compelling Career Branding Statements and Information Interviews

You will craft a compelling Career Branding Statement and tap into Information Interviews to get face time with hiring managers and key decision makers . Learn how to make a great first impression when networking and profiling yourself for new business development and career opportunities.  

During this hands-on session, you will also learn how to market yourself for success through creating a Compelling Career Branding Statement that markets your skills and experience. You will also uncover how to use Information Interviews to explore career opportunities within your organization and beyond. These meetings provide you with: an inside scoop as to what hiring managers are looking for when recruiting talent; uncover key skills and experience in demand; as well as identify skill gaps and strategies to strengthen your candidacy for future opportunities. 

Session date: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Going the Extra Mile – How to Create a Memorable Interview

Great interviews are tactical maneuvers which demand you have done your homework, devised your interview strategy and practiced for perfection. Healthcare CEO Marc Harrison, a leading influencer on LinkedIn, shares valuable insights in his 5 Tips for a Standout Interview. His key points are: 
 

  1. Demonstrate your professionalism by being a brand ambassador for your former employer. This will reflect well on you as it demonstrates you will be a great spokesperson for the interviewer’s organization as well.
     
  2. Respond to the interviewer’s questions directly. Sounds simple but many candidates are evasive, long winded, or too detailed. 
     
  3. Be personable and real. There is a formula for acing the interview: Fit + Passion + Ability. Read more about ‘’fit” in our blog: Going on interviews but not landing offers? Or dreading the thought of being interviewed?  Hiring managers are looking for someone who shows up engaged, passionate about their organization and ready to jump in and contribute.
     
  4. Really demonstrate you want to be part of their organization. You aren’t just looking for another job, but you want to work for them. Be able to express why you are drawn to them in terms of their mission and values.  
     
  5. Ask great questions, including questions that allow you to understand the challenges impacting the role, the goals and benchmarks of success. I also recommend exploring what’s keeping that manager awake at night when they think about that division and the role.

Creating a truly memorable interview does take work, but the reward is you will stand out from your competition and differentiate yourself as a lead candidate.  

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Career Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers

Ready for your next career move? Tools for Career Advancement - JL Careers Speaker's Series

Connecting Environmental Professionals Network – CEP Mentorship Program 

Joanne Loberg, Career Consultant & Certified Executive Coach of JL Careers will be leading this interactive session for the Connecting Environmental Professionals Network – CEP Mentorship Program.

Tools for Career Advancement: Compelling Career Branding Statements & Information Interviews

Learn how to craft a compelling Career Branding Statement and tap into Information Interviews to get face time with hiring managers and key decision makers. Learn how to make a great first impression when networking and profiling yourself for new career opportunities.  

During this hands-on session, you will also learn how to market yourself for success through creating a Compelling Career Branding Statement that markets your skills and experience. You will also uncover how to use Information Interviews to explore career opportunities within your organization and beyond. These meetings provide you with: an inside scoop as to what hiring managers are looking for when recruiting talent; uncover key skills and experience in demand; as well as identify skill gaps and strategies to strengthen your candidacy for future opportunities. 

Session date: Monday, April 27th, 2015

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