People learn through stories.

Michael Lewis’ character development has always stuck with me; that’s what I still remember about Flash Boys, Moneyball and The Big Short.

Malcolm Gladwell is a fantastic storyteller; that’s what drew me into…


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The interviewer is going to ask you the inevitable vague conversation starter: “So, tell me about yourself!”

What you say next is incredibly important.

In this video I share my take on the best answer based on years of interviewing executives.

This isn’t about going through your resume chronologically. …


This video is for you if you decided to look for a new executive position but you don’t know where to start. We’ll talk about how to find executive search firms, and which recruiters/consultants to reach out to.

Video: How to find an executive recruiter, with Somer Hackley

I’m creating videos for both sides of the interview table (or computer screen). This video is part of a new series: “I’m looking. Now what?” which is inspired by a handful of executive job seekers I’ve spoken with this year who started to look and were wondering if they were going about it the right way.

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This video is for you if you're on the job hunt, and are trying to get in the right mindset.

"Be more confident!"

Easier said than done.

Here's a quick tip for how to completely change the tone of your next conversation

Video: Job search confidence and mindset with Somer Hackley

I'm creating videos for both sides of the interview table (or computer screen).

This video is part of a new series: "I'm looking. Now what?" which is inspired by a handful of executive job seekers I've spoken with this year who started to look and were wondering if they were going about it the right way.

Subscribe to the channel on YouTube to be notified when new videos come out.

See this post and comments on LinkedIn.


Question: “What’s the most important leadership skill a technology executive needs to have and why? How does one acquire it?”

My answer:

Nearly every company is becoming a tech company. The tech companies are becoming platforms. Even if you’re ahead, innovation continues.

There are legacy environments to overcome…


Question: “Somer, you know lots of people. I’m looking. Can you send my resume to a few of your clients or contacts?”

Answer: I know it sounds easy. Why not just send a resume of someone I like to a company I respect? As much as it pains me to…


If you follow my posts, you know I post a lot of Q&A from executive job seekers.

Over the past couple months, the questions I’ve been getting have turned from mainly

“I’m looking but all I hear are crickets… now what?” to “Do you have advice on how to navigate…


“Somer, do you have any feedback for me?” — 1 of 4 people I talk to

Know what’s hard?

Know what else is hard?

Giving honest feedback. Thoughtful feedback that may sting a little, but comes from a good place.

Another thing that’s hard?

What happens next. The reaction.

Feedback applies on both sides of the interview.

How do you know if you’re working with a good recruiter?

You may…


Question: “Somer, it’s time. I decided to look for a job… Now what?”

Answer:

Outbound and inbound.

Network and get found.

I read that recruiters spend ~6 seconds per resume.

There’s an art to reaching out and to how you’re showing up.

This isn’t about finding open jobs…

Somer Hackley

Executive Recruiter | Author | www.distinguishedsearch.com

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