Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace.

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Why you will fail to have a great career

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

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Life at 30 000 feet

Richard Branson talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences — and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

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The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think.

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The career advice you probably didn’t get

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly.

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Job Hunting Obstacles and…

“Finding a new job” makes itself on the list of New Year’s Resolutions of managers and top executives around the world. If you are one of them, make sure you are aware of the obstacles that are ahead of you. Every one is explained on the next slides – in the most likely sequence of occurring (watch it full screen for best effects):

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Job Hunting – a quick reminder

The end of the year is approaching fast and maybe some of you will make a New Year’s resolution to find a new job.

Job hunting is not as difficult as we tend to imagine, but you need to make some preparations beforehand and remember the most relevant points. Read more

How (not) to prepare for a first meeting

Assuming that you have read our previous “Free Materials”, you already know how to prepare a perfect online profile and how to take a good profile picture. You can definitely make a good 1st impression when someone googles you.

The pdf that you can download below is a useful checklist prior to the 1st contact and Read more

The Perfect CV

We are constantly asked whether we would share templates of recommended CV formats. Our answer to that is always, “No, we don’t use templates.” And we don’t use the same structure for every client, because every executive has a unique situation with a goal of their own. BUT what we do have is a set of rules that we abide by. And these we can share… so we prepared this presentation (watch it full screen for best effects):

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How (not) to take your profile picture

A good photo should perspire with your personality and professionalism. In order to obtain a good one, you should first prepare well for the photo session (which you can definitely do at home!). We have already shared with you our tips concerning the preparations prior to a photo session. Now it is the time to share our tips concerning taking your profile picture. Read more