As C-suite executives we are experienced at running businesses. However, when it comes to ensuring your resume, LinkedIn profile, and preparing presentations and answering questions in a competitive board interview process, your material and performance can often be found wanting leading to frustration and confusion. This is where Richard’s 30 years of experience as an executive recruiter comes into play.
Richard’s program will:
- Help you rewrite your resume so you make the shortlist for roles.
- Update your LinkedIn profile so you get noticed by recruiters and employers; and
- Prepare you for board interviews and the preparation and delivery of presentations.
I highly recommend Richard and the skills and experience he brings to the table.
“I just didn’t get it. I thought I did, but I didn’t. And I didn’t realise that I didn’t get it, until I started to work with Richard. He systematically took me through how to present myself into the Executive Job market and made it better.
He improved my CV significantly, identifying what I should be highlighting and how to present it in a way that was so much clearer and more attuned to what those searching for executive talent are looking for. Likewise, he opened my eyes to the importance of my online presence and helped me reshape it accordingly; suddenly my CV was coming up in searches that previously wouldn’t have found me.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly, he helped me prepare for interviews. His insights, analyses and trial questions were often the difference between a good performance and one that went to the next level.
I warmly recommend Richard and his programs to any executive seeking their next step. If only he didn’t barrack for Carlton . . .”
“Richard took me from dreading interviews and semi-targeted preparation to a confident interviewee with a clear narrative, strong CV and online presence supported by a proven approach to interview preparation.
Whilst I had a solid CV and historically prided on my ability to sell myself, a recent poor interview and an initial discussion with Richard showed me that significant refinement was required to attain the “step up” role I was aspiring for. He took me through a process over four months where we systematically dissected my career, interests and role aspirations and then reconstructed my narrative in a way that maximises impact to the recruiter e.g. via hard facts and storytelling.
In addition, Richard coached me through a number of role applications where his guidance incrementally improved my performance.
I would not hesitate to recommend Richard to anyone looking for a new opportunity.”
“I would like to thank Richard for the significant knowledge and support he provided during my career transition, from a CFO who was comfortable in a role within the same organisation for over 20 years.
Richard guided me in developing a relevant and compelling resume, he provided sage advice on assessing possible opportunities, and then provided enthusiastic encouragement during the selection process.
Richard’s coaching and preparation for the interview process was invaluable.”
“After being at a crossroads in my career, I was recommended to Richard for executive interview coaching. As an experienced and skilled leader I thought I had a good resume, strong networks and could clearly articulate my key skills and abilities and define my value proposition brilliantly.
Through Richard’s uncompromising and engaging approach, I realised that there was a lot more I could do to present my career story in a way to set me up for success.
I would highly recommend Richard’s program and services without hesitation.”
“After a successful career as a CEO and executive, I have now successfully started to reposition my career to board positions and executive coaching. This is as much a change in mindset as it is a process. Richard was instrumental in helping me think through the mind set difference and more importantly how this would need to play out in my resume and interviews.
His work to improve my resume and LinkedIn profile, and how to prepare for interviews, was to the point and pragmatic. The recruiters that I have engaged with have each commented most favourably on the clarity of the resume.
And while it may seem easy, Richard helped me understand the most wicked of interview questions, “Why don’t you tell us something about yourself?”…
I have no hesitation in recommending Richard and in fact have already done so.”
“It has been a treat to work with Richard. I got in touch originally intending to improve my interview technique but came away from the program far more enriched.
Richard shared countless practical strategies for tailoring my resume, online persona, and interviewing approach. Most impressive was his ability to cut through and shape a compelling narrative. Thoughtful and insightful, he always took time to understand my values, match his advice to specific roles, and provide to-the-point, always-actionable feedback. I’ve gained new perspectives in empathy and consideration that will be an ongoing influence on how I lead teams and work with others.
Behind his genuine and approachable manner, Richard brings professionalism and an impressive depth of experience. Anyone, whether seeking coaching or not, would profit from a conversation with him.”
“Many of us who excel at work find it difficult to translate this into excelling at the interview. Richard gave me practical clear strategies, forced me out of my comfort zone until I had a new comfort zone, and undoubtedly contributed to my promotion to Chief Executive.
His style is direct and good-humoured. If you are preparing for that next big promotion, I can’t recommend him highly enough.”
“So you think you know how to present yourself, tell your story and answer interview questions? After spending some time with Richard, you might realise that you still have a lot to learn. Be prepared for an engaging, insightful series of conversations and see where it takes you. Richard Elstone was recommended to me and I highly recommend his services to anyone wanting to learn how to succinctly present their story to the world.”
“I engaged Richard Elstone through Executive Interview Coaching to assist me to get noticed and get hired. I saw first hand the impact a really good CV can have on the interview process. I’d also never invested the time into the inevitable “tell me about yourself” interview question which is so important in creating a great first impression. I also found out how important the role networking plays in uncovering the hidden job market.
I highly recommend all professionals looking to make a genuine, impactful transition to invest in this program.”
“It is with absolutely no hesitation that I recommend Richard Elstone for any Executive or Senior Leader embarking on their next executive job search. Richard is a delight to work with, and his approach and framework for really narrowing down the critical points needed on an executive resume and to tell your story clearly and succinctly, in just a few minutes was the clincher in me securing the right role.
Additionally, he held me accountable and asked the tough questions at each juncture and was always clear, direct, and transparent in his approach.
In my opinion, no matter how experienced or polished you are as an Executive, you will get something out of the time you spend with Richard.
Richard filled me with confidence to be selective with the roles I pursued and ensured I took learnings from every process I went through to inevitably land the perfect role.”
“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Richard Elstone. As an executive leader with over 25 years’ experience, I questioned the value Richard would be able to provide me. I was pleasantly surprised with the value I gained from meeting with Richard. His direct and assertive style is exactly what I needed! No waste of time, but real value-add conversations that allowed me to gain further insights into the market and gain further understanding of the expectations on executives like myself.
Richard navigated me through my career achievements, focusing on the areas that I had independently failed to recognise and improvement opportunities for both my CV and social media presence.
He is a true professional who stays independent with his counsel, becomes your conscience to keep you on track, and is extremely helpful with his network and informed recruitment advice.”
“I was introduced to Richard Elstone to support my career transition having for the most part throughout my career changed companies and roles through my network. Having not worked through this process before, I was delighted with Richard’s direct approach, his deep knowledge of the process, his enthusiasm and natural coaching style.
I learnt a great deal with one important skill being the art of engaging story telling. With the support of Richard, new skills learnt, and accountability to the process, I have secured a new position that’s exactly where I’d like my career heading.
I have no hesitation in recommending Richard and the services he provides.”
“No matter how competent you are as an Executive, you will benefit from time with Richard.
He is an expert in his field with a very professional personalised approach.
Richard is great to work with, bounce ideas off and provide you with honest unbiased expert guidance.”
“Richard’s commitment to visible results translates into tailored advice that is direct, clear and fun and delivered in a professional manner.
Coupled with a world of insight and a willingness to share his expertise.”
“I initially met Richard when I was looking for a new role. When I was preparing for a first round interview with a multi-national Germany engineering company I engaged Richard for advice. Richard seized the opportunity and was determined to prepare me for the interview. He guided me to articulate ‘my’ story and how it relates to where I could take the business and achieve their goals.
Richard then worked with me on the typical Q&A for a senior position interview process. He was brilliant in shaping me to present myself in the best way for the interview which led to me been offered the role which I accepted. He is honest in his appraisal and happy to coach you to success. I highly recommend Richard for executive interview coaching.”
“Richard helped me to see my own work experience through a fresh pair of eyes. This enabled me to identify key moments in which I thrived and helped me to reframe my pitch through the art of story-telling.
No matter how polished your CV, LinkedIn profile or personal branding may be, Richard has a subtle way of coaching that can provide a fresh and valuable perspective.”