10 Things to Do to Prepare Candidates for Interviewing


There are definitely certain things to do to prepare for your job interview. Some preparations take a little more time than others. Here are some of the key items that should be included: Research the company thoroughly, including things that are “in the news” in order to be seen as someone who has kept on top of the company’s activity. This should include those areas in which you might contribute in the future. Be sure that your interviewing attire is clean and in good shape – that … [Read more...]

Why Courage is Risky, Fulfilling and Required


We have all been witnesses to varying forms and demonstrations of courage: those who participated in the D-Day Invasion; first responders to acts of violence and destruction; a child and their family as they go through the process of addressing a loved one’s life-threatening illness or condition. There is no doubt that these and many other similar examples demonstrate our amazing capacity to do what needs to be done, no matter the risks, threats and challenges associated with accomplishing the … [Read more...]

Thinking About Quitting? 4 Ways to Do It Correctly


Sometimes, we all want to flip our desks, scream at the top of our lungs “I’m mad as hell, and I am not going to take this anymore!” Or, if you are a fan of social media, you might choose to make a demeaning video of your company and post it online letting them know that you quit.  But let’s face it; this is not the most professional way to quit a job and that sort of behavior does tend to come around to bite you later. So you want to quit and no one can stop you. How should you do it so that … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Writing a Better Resume


Most job seekers approach writing a resume, and their job search strategy, the wrong way. They begin by listing their job chronology as their resume, including just about everything they have done in their jobs such as experience that isn’t really relevant to the position they are seeking. They then start sending out a resume that does not show why they are qualified for that position and isn’t in a format that enables the recruiter to quickly understand what they bring to that position and to … [Read more...]

Culture – Is it as Important as They Say?


The buzzword “culture” continues to be a hot topic of discussion. We hear often from clients who have the desire to objectively measure and shift their company culture. So, what is the big deal anyway? Culture goes beyond the warm, fuzzy feeling that employees get when they step into the office. Company culture even incorporates much more than the office location, benefits provided or the dress code required. It is related to the behavior of every individual within the organization and the … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Big Transition: Succession Planning


Many transitions and changes occur in business. Mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, downsizings and closings are a few, but one that many companies are facing or preparing for these days is Succession Planning, replacing their key executives and employees in critical roles. As Baby Boomers — the oldest and, up to now, the largest workforce generation — begins retiring, their leadership positions are left waiting to be filled. This generation has actually been one to work or plan to work … [Read more...]

What Does My Boss Mean by, “Work on Your Executive Presence?”


As part of an organization that is called upon for coaching services, we often hear managers say, “He needs to improve his executive presence” or “She has high potential and is a good performer, but her presence could slow down her progression in the company.” Countless articles are published on executive presence, but it still remains a fuzzy, elusive concept. We can recognize it, especially when it is lacking, but find it difficult to articulate. So, what do bosses mean when they say, “You … [Read more...]

4 Crucial Mistakes in Your Cover Letter


You’ve spent so much time creating and perfecting your resume. The time comes to submit it and you do the right thing: you tweak it to reflect the key words that will speak to that specific company and position. You are undoubtedly getting that job, right? Well, maybe … maybe not. Have you carefully looked at your cover letter? Is your cover letter undermining all of your good effort? Often job seekers overlook the cover letter because they don’t believe anyone looks at it. The fact is that … [Read more...]

Can We Really Manage the Pace of Change?


It’s a game-changing question. And traditional top-down leadership is no longer the answer. At OI Global Partners, we believe that “change is the new black” and certainly the new normal. The companies that will not only survive but thrive are those that can shift their thinking away from “change management” to “changing the way we manage,” allowing them to adjust to this new normal. A few crucial tips for making the shift: Build Trust Now. Without this foundational “Behavior of a Cohesive … [Read more...]

LinkedIn Recommendations: Strategies For Credibility

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First of all, let's not confuse recommendations with endorsements. Endorsements can originate from anyone you're connected to, whether they have first-hand knowledge or not! Recommendations, on the other hand, are written by LinkedIn users who do have first-hand knowledge of you from a variety of possible scenarios: You managed him/her You reported to him/her You were senior to him/her, but didn't manage them They were senior to you, but didn't manage you directly You worked with … [Read more...]