Are you a “Wandering Butterfly”?

Wandering ButterflyLet’s review the theory briefly: a “Wandering Butterfly” or career type “transatory” is a professional who changes jobs every 3-4 years “moving rather laterally than upwards” to new and unrelated fields like a butterfly from cherry tree to sunflower to roses. Moving rather laterally means that they are not after becoming an authoritative figure. Their motivations of change are fueled by: Read more

Career Personality: Tireless Kangaroo

KangarooThis is the second post in the cycle “What Career Personality are you?” You can read the first post here.

The category “transatory+” did not surface in the original research. We allowed ourselves to “update” / “extend” the existing model. Why? Analyzing professionals in the last 10-15 years, you will find an increasing number of those who change jobs more often than only every 3-4 years. Some change as often as once a year. They are “consistently inconsistent”. Based on our observation, this rather recent phenomenon has two underlying causes in two different age groups: Read more

Job Hunting for Foreigners in Poland

This post initiates another cycle of blog posts (the other one being “What Career Personality are you?“) that aims at answering the following main question:

What do experienced managers have to do to find a job in a certain country?

Related questions we will answer:
Is there demand for foreign managers? What is expected of them?
How important is it for job hunting managers to know the local language?
What skills or competencies do they have to demonstrate to be successful?
What are specificities of the local markets? Read more

What Career Personality are you?

This introduction will start a cycle of blog posts dedicated to the various career personalities. The inspiration? A casual conversation discussing patterns of job hunters like “jumpers” and – as the person I was talking to elegantly put it – “wandering butterflies”. That was enough impulse to dig up the theory and compare it to what we, Career Angels, observe every day. We invited Senior Consultants from Devonshire Poland to share their experiences, insights, observations and pieces of advice. Read more

“Looking for new opportunities…”

This post was inspired by, well, profiles we see every day on sites like LinkedIn. And particularly a post I clicked on last Thursday morning on which led me to a group called “Job seeker’s corner”: 77 pages with on average 15 people per page introducing themselves as job hunters… that makes 1155 professionals looking for a job.

I then checked how many professionals (I did not differentiate experienced managers from junior professionals as the rules are the same) use those phrases: Read more

Are you on a headhunter’s blacklist?

If you’ve done one or more of the things below, you might have placed yourself on the blacklist (or “graylist”, if it wasn’t that bad) of one or more headhunters and therefore burnt a bridge that you might not have even had yet to start with.

You or your wife, husband, bff, girlfriend, partner sent your application from their email account. Read more

CV Report Testing Results

Several month ago we introduced a new tool called “CV Report” that helped us, Career Angels, explain to potential clients what they had to improve on their CV. As it was initially meant to be a support tool and not a stand-alone one, we decided to ask 10 experienced managers from the LinkedIn group “Kariera Managera – Executive Careers in Poland” to volunteer their CVs in exchange for a CV Report. And in return we wanted to have their opinion on their expectations, etc. Read more

When does networking fail_Part 2

Networking, in our case meaning contacting people we know in order to find new employment, fails due to the following:
– A lack of grace and tact when approaching others.
– An attitude of “You are my friend. You have to employ me.”
Hiring an acquaintance for all the wrong reasons: not because they are qualified, but because we e.g. have a feeling of obligation.
– After employing a friend, especially if it is a close one, the new employer-employee relationship may become awkward Read more