We Focus on Senior Executives

This individual took a LOOONG winter holiday break, so I’ve been on his case to get going again in his job hunt. But whether it’s the accountability we provide or the method, we call this training Career Accelerator™ for a reason. This program brings rapid access to senior executives on your terms and as you define it. And we focus on senior executives because they are the only ones who can offer a proper referral and MAKE A DECISION to HIRE YOU. Don’t necessarily avoid junior employees, but don’t confuse reaching out to junior employees with the most effective application of your limited networking time.

#networking #executive #hiring #decision #careeraccelerator #stuartsystem #jstuartbradley

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No Barrier!

“It’s difficult for an international student”: not true - it’s hard for us all alike

‍“My English is not good enough”: but here you are speaking to me in great English and reading it as well.

‍“Most companies won’t sponsor”: not true, they just won’t sponsor your resume. Go out and meet people.

‍“It’s too hard to network”: Let us review what is your goal: talk to colleagues and bosses all day and get paid. THAT Sounds like you you ARE interested in networking, in meeting potential colleagues and bosses now. What holds you back?

“I tried and failed”: good. Did that stop you from learning how to ride a bicycle?

“I am not getting interviews”: This happens when applying online and hoping to hear back. I know we’ve been told to do that but that is not how the job hunt works. You’ve been trapped by the algorithm!

“Career center says it's impossible”: they are...

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You're Not Stuck

As international students, we work really really hard. If you are a job seeker now, this quote above has special relevance: the GPA, the long hours of study, those things that got you to where you are now: those are exactly the things you have to loosen up about if you want to make progress.

It’s a hard thing to give up because traditionally “education” has been one thing about human fate that was deemed to be controllable when everything else was my last fixed according to ancient wisdom.

Today, a perfect GPA alone will do nothing to get you hired. Technology has made applying so easy, your perfect resume is lost in the noise.

Even if it gets found, who cares? Are you also supported by a solid referral? Do you understand the problems of the company and have suggestions on how to solve them?

In the past, when we kept our heads down and worked hard in class good things happened. There was a grace and a certainty associated with that that was so comforting.

This does not...

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Valentines Day: Job Hunting and Dating

On #ValentinesDay, it helps to see the connection between #jobhunting and #dating.

The month of May / internship season / graduation is ~ 50 business days away.

It is an exciting time!

You want the results to come quickly.

So, what is the best way to achieve that?

See the connection between job-hunting and dating.

Let’s imagine you go out with someone on a first date and they tell you:

“I don’t care who I date, actually. I just want to date anyone. ”

How would you feel if you heard that?

Not good, right?

The same holds true in the job search.

If we just “want a job”, we are not positioning ourself for success.

Think about the fit. Think about how to convey you are a good fit.

Without experience, the biggest reasons to hire us are:

hungry to learn
eager to make a difference
easy to be trained.

But, if we don’t become sensitive to the goals of the company, if we don’t position ourselves as a problem solver, we still send the same weak...

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Coronavirus: Wuhan's Newest Orders

My Wuhan family’s newest orders from the government:

  1. Fencing to cordon off all roads. Zero foot or vehicle traffic
  2. No shopping. All food to be centrally prepared and delivered
  3. No excursions outside of the home. No gathering. Daily reporting of body temperature via messaging to local authority
  4. Observe coordinated disinfection of public and private living quarters.

#coronavirus #disinfection #lockdown #wuhan #who #ifc #economy #health #quarantine #community #food #security #JeNeSuisPasUnVirus

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Just Wanted to Date Anyone?

What if you told your date that you didn’t care WHO you dated. THAT YOU JUST WANTED TO DATE ANYONE. This is the message we send when we apply online and have a really broad search / cast a wide net.

Do the people in this picture really just want to “date anyone“?


They want a job that:

  • Honors what they’ve learned
  • Challenges them to learn more
  • Makes them feel heard
  • Considers them a part of the team.

What is the impression you would like to deposit in the mind of a hiring manager?

  • Focused
  • Dedicated
  • Perfect fit

#dating #jobhunt #valentine2020 #careercoach #joboffer #careeraccelerator #resume #focus #dedication #fit #firstjob

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Want Better Acceptance Rate

Job hunting and getting 137 / 160 LinkedIn requests accepted. 85% acceptance rate. Good? Real-time view of my student results using the Stuart System™ as shared in our international student job hunt community. LinkedIn is just one small part.

I like focusing on coaching efforts on international students:

  1. because I was one myself and
  2. because of the lack of time, culture gaps and desire for outstanding results (that brought them to the US, to begin with) call for a system. Mine is the Stuart System™.

I have never met an un-hireable international student. There are only un-hireable ways of thinking and doing.

Stuart System™ is about teaching somebody to fish, not just giving them a fish (授人以鱼不如授人以渔). Learn how to kick butt now. It is a skill you then have for life.

I always leave room for my students to impress me.

85% connection right impresses me. You’re considered good if you get above a 40% rate. But we want to be better than good.

This is almost as nice...

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Job Hunt: Start Where You Are

As an international talent, no matter where you are in your job hunt, that is where you start. Wherever you are: that’s it. This is the place. It’s now. It’s here.

Han Solo has a quote in Star Wars or maybe it’s the Empire strikes back: “no matter where you go, there you are”. I forget where he said that. But it’s an amazing insight.

A lot of us look at the job search and say: “quite difficult.” We are tempted to wait until conditions are different / better to begin the hunt.

If we want to think of a job search as difficult, then it will be difficult.

If we want to think about it as a growth opportunity, then it will be a growth opportunity.

We might imagine the type of life we have on the job. In that life, we talk to colleagues, we talk to our hiring manager/boss. It’s the future that we want.

And we know the offer opens the door to that day-to-day work life.

The job search is actually probably the best job training out there to...

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Success From Our Career Accelerator Family

Happy to hear this success from our Career Accelerator family. Questions don’t concern only the steps to get an offer. Lots of questions arise once an offer is extended. At the office today if you want to be thoughtful and seal the deal.

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