One of the top recruiters of executive and leadership talent in the tech industry, Pat Fitzgerald brings deep and valuable perspectives on today’s battles for talent. In monthly episodes, Pat shares his advice on the new types of skills that businesses are seeking and the opportunities that talented professionals are looking for. Today, Pat and Bob are joined by Mark Hatfield, Managing Partner and Talent Acquisition Consultant, CareerAve LLC. The three discuss the next best steps to take after having lost your job.
Episode 14 | Lost Your Job? Here’s What to Do
The Big Themes:
- Company names and personal networks: Pat suggests that new hires create two lists: one to list companies and one to list personal networks. This is a simple and effective way to “do your research” and will help guide your job search. “The reality is your network is going to be your biggest avenue” for finding a new job, explains Pat.
- The importance of emotional EQ: Job candidates must demonstrate their emotional intelligence, personality, and value to a potential employer to differentiate themselves. Mark explains that when new hires possess the correct EQ, hiring managers will look to place the candidate in the company. Emotional EQ has become a bigger focus than what it used to be.
- Do your homework: Do proper research on the company, come prepared to ask the right questions, and connect with a hiring manager on facts, data, and information that relates to a company. Hiring managers will respond to what you know, and how much effort you put into your application and interview.
The Big Quote: “Those of you like me that are introverts, know your facts, connect with the people on data on information on facts. Be knowledgeable about what their company is doing and what their role is, about what they personally have done. You don’t have to be an extrovert, you can be an introvert, but people will resonate, will really respond to you, by you having the right knowledge, you know, to be able to ask those questions in the interview, that, to me, it doesn’t matter what kind of personality you have. You’ve got to differentiate yourself… But people will respond to you by what you know, and frankly, how much effort you put into, before you go into the interview cycle or even before you even present your job, your resume, to the offering.”
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