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Build Your Professional Brand in Three Steps

April 10th, 2014
Reposted with permission of Debra Wheatman, President of Careers Done Write
 

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What is your professional brand? Are you the finance guy, the consulting guru, the turnaround CEO, or the hedge fund manager who retired at 30? If you can narrow down your career to three words, I would say you are winning. For the rest of us, however, we may have a number of skills that all may not complement the other; our professional brand, or summary value proposition, can get muddled. Here are three tips on how to get your professional brand in order.

  1. Simplify your multi-page CV into a two-page executive resume. Do you have a long 5- or 6-page CV with every conceivable detail on it? Who is going to read that? Your brand will not come through on a document that long. Narrow down what you’ve done in key stops in your career, leaving in pieces relevant to the brand you want to establish. Cut out the rest. Short and sweet is best and don’t forget to give the examples and results.
  2. Update your online presence so it is consistent with your resume. If your resume says one thing, your LinkedIn profile should mirror the \ same message (Notice I did not say mirror the same thing).Brand Blog Image 2 Control your online presence so that recruiters can understand the skills and achievements that make you a valued contributor in your field.
  3. Obtain  an industry certification and network via professional organizations. Perhaps the easiest way to add credibility to your profile is to demonstrate your ongoing knowledge and industry commitment. Awareness of trends and changes, as well as keeping a focus on your own growth demonstrates that you mean business – something that a potential employer will appreciate.

Building a solid and well-respected brand takes time; it is not something that happens overnight. Start shaping your brand by reviewing your background and what your marketing message says. Create something of an outline for yourself regarding what you want the outside world to know about you. Use the information to add value to your professional documents and online presence. You will continue to refine this over time, so you deliver the most compelling message.

 
We would like to extend our gratitude to Debra Wheatman at Careers Done Write for permission to share her blog. She is an experienced human capital management strategist who will help you take the next step up your career ladder. 
 

If you are ready to take the next steps in your career or if you would like us to help strengthen your organization, please contact The Davidson Group for executive placement   services.  Give us a call at 415-893-1020 or drop us a note at jobs@davidsongroup.com.  You can search all of our current opportunities at www.davidsongroup.com. Read the rest of this entry »

In Person Interview Strategies That Will Make You Shine

March 20th, 2014
Reposted with permission of Debra Wheatman, President of Careers Done Write
 

Blog 1Competition is so fierce in today’s job market; you need to give yourself a competitive advantage by developing and managing your personal brand. Your traditional resume, digital presence, and in-person persona all act in unison to demonstrate your qualifications. Here are a few interview strategies that can help set you apart from your peers and competition in a positive way.

  1. Be prepared to answer why you, why the company, why the industry, and why now. If you are unable to answer these questions clearly and succinctly, you might as well re-schedule your interview and go back to the drawing board. If you are serious about an opportunity, the answers to these questions should flow with ease and confident enthusiasm.
  2. Blog 2Know who the CEO is and gather as much of his or her backstory as possible. In addition to reading up on any news related to the company you are targeting, it is considered a best practice to come to the in-person interview knowing something about the company’s leadership. Companies tend to take on the personality of their most senior and influential leader – meaning the culture of the company is established at the top. Do your due diligence; make sure you understand something about the person responsible for the full operation. Not only will you be better informed, but you will also demonstrate that you did your due diligence.
  3. Explain why your target company is better than its competitors. Recruiters at companies want to know that you will be a team-player and generally an optimist when it comes to the company’s future prospects. You should be able to speak eloquently about why your target company’s products or services are superior to its competitors to highlight your belief in the company’s core mission and vision.Blog 3

 

 

Applying these strategies will give you an advantage over others interviewing for the same role. The research and manner in which you deliver your answers remains crucial to communicating the right message to a possible employer.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Debra Wheatman at Careers Done Write for permission to share her blog. She is an experienced human capital management strategist who will help you take the next step up your career ladder. 
 

If you are ready to take the next steps in your career or if you would like us to help strengthen your organization, please contact The Davidson Group for executive placement   services.  Give us a call at 415-893-1020 or drop us a note at jobs@davidsongroup.com.  You can search all of our current opportunities at www.davidsongroup.com.

 

Talent Showcase – February 2014

February 20th, 2014

The Davidson Group is a leading recruitment agency serving the legal, technical, and financial industries among others.  Each month we highlight some of our best candidates.  Our February 2014 Talent Showcase includes:

Candidate #19849 – Senior Litigation Support Advisor/Manager – Northeast Region

Over twenty-five years in-house experience serving AMLAW 100 law firms providing “best practices” in litigation support, expedited discovery and trial preparation.

Relevant Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Extensive experience setting up large and small sized document review platforms to leverage technology to efficiently and defensibly manage data through stages in EDRM model.
  • Handled day-to-day responsibility for AMLAW 100 law firm’s efficient 2011-2013 in-house implementations of Relativity. 
  • Worked very closely with kCura, Relativity Premium Hosting vendors, law firm’s large internal Document Review Services leadership, firm IT leadership, and case teams to create customized environment to fully leverage Relativity. 
  • Expertise in efficiently managing the processing and review of electronic data with Relativity utilizing advanced understanding of fields, layouts, saved searches, search term reports, views, permissions, scripts and transform sets views to create customized template to maximize use of Relativity commencing with document review through later stages of discovery and trial preparation. 
  • Developed guidelines for firm’s management of Relativity hosting vendors including, for example, requirements for data import, security groups, field types, layouts, saved searches, tabbed scripts, and field usage monitoring. 
  • Have long term collaborative relationships with kCura, CaseMap and LiveNote for end user enhancements to software. Recognized by kCura development manager in taped segment during kCura’s opening presentation at 2012 RelativityFest for contributions to development of software. 
  • Worked closely with firm wide procurement director to define service levels, negotiate competitive nationwide pricing and identify required “best practices” deliverables and to implement firm wide Court Reporting Preferred Vendors program. 
  • Considerable experience in workflow for scanning and potential bibliographic coding of paper documents, including “best practices” for maintaining physical boundaries of attachments in order to produce documents as “maintained in ordinary course of business.”

For more information regarding this candidate or other candidates with similar qualifications, please contact us by email at jobs@davidsongroup.com or call us at 415-893-1020.

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Candidate # 15809 – Senior Director/ eDiscovery & Information Technology – Geographically Open

A proven visionary and strategic leader that translates business needs into reality with over 18 years of experience.  Providing solutions that help improve business.  Create strong teams that provide exemplary service.  Dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and quantifiable results.  Specializing in strategic planning and implementation of complex projects.

Relevant Experience:

  • Strong leadership skills producing highly functional teams – cross training members on different skill sets to have relevant positions covered
  • Experience setting up and facilitating large-scale review projects
  • Responsible for selection, implementation and operation of technology for law firm(s) for 10 years
  • Create and follow technology budget – achieve cost saving measures
  • Develop and execute HIPAA Policy for large law firm
  • Knowledgeable in all major Litigation Support Applications

Accomplishments:

  • Implement Disaster Recovery and Knowledge Management for the firm allowing the firm to be up within the hour from any outage
  • Experience creating / enhancing Litigation Support Departments setting process and procedures and establishing profitability in the first year for two different law firm
  • Contracted for Security Assessment and implemented the recommendations
  • Opened and merged 7 different offices on time within budget
  • Moved firm to Virtual Image including all litigation support apps making it easier to review docs from any device at any time
  • Successfully managed multiple departments of up to 50 people (and hundreds of contact reviewers for large time periods)
  • Created preferred vendor program resulting in a large cost savings

For more information regarding this candidate or other candidates with similar qualifications, please contact us by email at jobs@davidsongroup.com or call us at 415-893-1020.

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Candidate #20008 – Sales and Marketing Executive Leader – Southeast 

Sales and marketing leader with 15 years of experience creating and developing sales and marketing organizations and positioning companies for growth and expansion.  Proven ability to apply marketing concepts and develop organizations and programs that significantly boost brand recognition, reputation and generate closed deals. Comprehensive leadership for taking ideas from concept to execution through the creation and implementation of proven processes and technology.

Relevant Experience and Accomplishments: 

  • Led the creation and development of multiple businesses and organizations, requiring the design of new services, brand development and sales and marketing programs to penetrate new markets resulting in millions in revenue and hundreds of clients in the first 24 months
  • Established alliances and sales channels to bolster existing sales and marketing efforts by leveraging recognized brands and offering new services that increased cross-selling opportunities and improved client penetration and retention, increasing renewal rates and annual sales results
  • Created new brands to distinguish and productize individual service offerings, helping clients differentiate between multiple capabilities, allowing the depth and breadth of services and experience to align with a broader audience, increasing the size of the target market and ultimately increased annual sales revenue
  • Directed and oversaw multiple implementations of Salesforce.com, providing consulting and implementation advise and direction to both global and local organizations, helping them leverage client data and improve the efficiency of their internal processes, marketing automation and management reporting
  • Experienced in helping identify target companies for acquisition and overseeing the integration and simplification of multiple sales and marketing organizations to improve sales effectiveness and market leverage 

For more information regarding this candidate or other candidates with similar qualifications, please contact us by email at jobs@davidsongroup.com or call us at 415-893-1020.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer You Don’t Love

February 11th, 2014
Republished with permission from the Glassdoor Team • February 11, 2014
 
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Imagine you’ve just finished interviewing with several employers. Out of all of the interviews, you received one job offer. It wasn’t exactly what you wanted. Do you accept it?

If you’ve experienced a long-term job search, you’re probably feeling like you should take what you can get. But when you encounter offers you don’t completely love, you must ask yourself if you will accept the job offer, attempt to negotiate, or wait for a better opportunity to come along.

For those of you finding yourself in this situation, here are some things to consider when accepting a job offer you aren’t completely in love with:

1. Would you be sacrificing any serious goals?

One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself is if you would make any serious sacrifices in your career when accepting the job offer. Would you need to relocate to a new city or work more hours than you’d prefer? Take a moment to compare your career goals to the job offer and see where they overlap. As long as the job keeps you moving forward in your career, then maybe the offer isn’t so bad after all.

2. Is there an opportunity for you to expand your skills and experience?

Almost every job presents the opportunity to learn something new. As you think about the job offer, take a look at the different responsibilities you’d have and opportunities for learning. Will the position require you to learn a skill or program? Will you have the opportunity to attend workshops or conferences? Sometimes, these types of learning opportunities turn into perks that could have a positive impact on your career.

3. Does the offer meet most of your needs?

If you’re having a difficult time deciding on a job offer, make a list of your needs — everything from lifestyle needs to your career goals. If the only thing you don’t love about the offer is the vacation package, maybe the offer isn’t so bad. However, if you need to have a benefits package that supports your family or you have a strong desire for promotion, then maybe you should try to negotiate the offer.

4. Can you picture yourself working for the company?

If you can see yourself working in the office and with the people, it’s probably a good sign the company could be a good fit. Even if the salary isn’t as high as you had hoped, you could be accepting a job offer that provides with a great company culture and an overall positive experience. Remember, not every job is about making the big bucks — it should also be about if you can find happiness where you work.

5. Could this job be a stepping stone to a better opportunity?

Throughout your career, you’ll find that some jobs can help you discover better opportunities. It’s OK if not every job you have is your dream job. Although you should be working toward your career goals, there will be times when you need to work a particular job in order to achieve your next goal. Every type of experience you gain gives you the opportunity to shape your career path. All you need to do is ask yourself if this offer is the right opportunity for you.

Now, when the time comes to accept the job offer, don’t forget about the power of negotiation. You can always negotiate an offer if you aren’t completely satisfied. But overall, you should weigh the cost and benefits of the position, and remember, your career goals and values should always come first.

Special thanks goes to Glassdoor for sharing interesting and insightful ideas for all interested about the job market.
 
The Davidson Group is an executive placement agency specializing in the legal services industry.  Let us strengthen your company with talented professionals.  Or, if you are a candidate looking to make a change, give us a call.  We can be reached at 415-893-1020 or jobs@davidsongroup.com.
 
 
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