Here are some simple answers to whom we work with and how we work.

 

What kind of clients do you work with?

We work on behalf of the individual job seekers, contracting with them to perform services that will help them in different aspects of their executive job searches. Most of our clients are between the ages of 35 and 69, and are accomplished professionals earning six-figures, multiple six-figures or seven-figures in their current or most recent positions. Though the following three descriptions don't encompass all of our clientele, a majority of our clients fall into these descriptions:

  • They are starting a career search for the first time in many years, and possibly the first time ever, and they need a plan to get to their next position.
  • They are aspirational, and wish to make a big move up in their next career move and would like assistance in obtaining that.
  • They are underemployed, underutilized, underpaid and definitely underappreciated in their current company, and are searching for a better fit.
Our best performing clients are those who are self-motivated, not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do some work, can easily navigate the internet and can follow instructions. Are processes are proven to work for those who put these strategies to work for them.

 

How are your services delivered?

We work personally with you, one-on-one, and usually support you using a small team of our trained coaching staff that gets to know you personally and is highly accessible to you. Our training is done through video and audio coaching calls, and is supplemented using a variety of modalities, including training videos, PDFs, Word document worksheets and other written materials. Our engagements usually last several weeks to several months, depending on how much support you would like in your career search.

 

How much do you cost?

We have a wide variety of programs, depending on your needs, that range from several hundred dollars to over $10K for full support throughout your search. We never propose services until we know enough about you to offer our recommendations for your situation and are confident that we can provide a multiple ROI for you personally. Though you are generally responsible for the investment, we have payment options and if you are getting a severance package, we can help you negotiate with your employer to pay for part or all of our services.

 

Do you help me target certain companies?

We certainly have ways of getting you introduced to the hiring managers or the talent acquisition folks in your target companies, it's our recommendation that you do not focus on just a few companies, as job seekers will often end up playing a waiting game to get into a larger company with which they are familiar. Instead, we recommend focusing on search criteria, such as target industries, size of companies, geographic locations and the job title of the person that will be the hiring manager or someone who can create a position for you. You will find this will help guarantee a great fit with your next company and will exponentially shorten the amount of time it takes to land your next high-paying position.

 

Are you Recruiters/Headhunters?

We are a full-service executive search firm, but we do not have hiring contracts with specific employers. Instead, we work on behalf of you, the job seeker. This will allow us to work in your best interest; Recruiters, on the other hand, work hard to maintain the relationship with the companies that contract with them, so in essence, they are working in the best interest of the company. Therefore, it is not always in their best interest to get you paid what you are truly worth in the marketplace. It is our #1 goal to find you a career position that is a perfect fit in all aspects and pays you what you are worth. Think of us as a "buyer's agent," like in the real estate market, instead of "seller's agent."

 

Do you make connections with target companies on my behalf?

No. We teach you how to fish, and not do the fishing for you. However, we give you the lifelong skills to successfully contact target employers, Recruiters, VC and PE firms and Boards of Directors to further your career. When you engage us to help you in your active search, we can help you grow your personal network by thousands of the right people in the right companies with the power to hire you now and for the rest of your career.

 

Do you have existing connections within market-leading companies?

Though we have been able to help our clients get into nearly all of the top companies in the U.S. and abroad, we do not rely on these relationships to help you enter a company. Instead, we have developed successful methodologies to capturing the attention of the right people within large companies and smaller organizations. This allows us to work across all industries/sectors worldwide. This also means we can help you in your search, no matter what your end career goal.

 

Do you write resumes?

Yes and no. Though our Executive Branding program does supply you with two different styles of resumes, we do not consider ourselves merely resume writers. Your personal brand, to be complete, needs to include a robust online presence, a networking and interview introduction statement, and a personal presentation to use on your LinkedIn profile and your interviews. Developing a personal brand allows you to control the perception other people have about you (think hiring managers and Recruiters) before they meet you -- this is your all-important first impression, and the messaging has to be consistent from all angles. We even supply you with a 25 to 45-page document with all of your best achievement stories, framed most impressively, to study prior to interviewing. Because of this, our Executive Branding program, which includes all of these things, takes between 4 and 6 weeks to complete. (So if you need a resume to apply for a certain position tomorrow, we're not your firm.)

 

Where are you located?

Our two main headquarters are in the Kansas City area in the U.S. and Newcastle, England in the U.K. We also have satellite offices in Chicago and other areas in Illinois, Connecticut and Minneapolis. We work worldwide via video conferencing and phone calls. We would love to talk with you about the possibility of working with you as well!

 

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