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Mike Jeans, President of New Directions
Guest Presenter on behalf of HBS Alumni Career Services

“Your Job Search Strategy – How to Tilt the Odds in Your Favor”

Executive job seekers are being challenged by massive corporate layoffs that create a crowded field of job candidates, widespread hiring freezes and long protracted series of interviews (when an opportunity has been identified).  How do you tilt the odds in your favor?

Setting realistic expectations and then executing well on a thoughtful and strategic plan is very important.  Also, being open to transitioning your skills to more than one type of job or industry expands your options.  This starts with knowing yourself well and crafting a strong personal brand - a brand that is distinctive, memorable and seeks to be a solution to the market that you are targeting.  You will set yourself apart from your competition and in times when companies are cutting expenses, you can position yourself as an investment that pays back. 

Traditional networking is not effective, particularly in a tight market.   You will need to take a different approach in identifying and cultivating worthwhile relationships with decision-makers and influencers.  Develop conversations and relationships . . . not just contacts and leads.  Companies hire even as they lay off employees.   Specific experience and skills will be needed.  Staying optimistic with a plan that you apply with focus and discipline will be critical.

Michael D. Jeans, President, has 25-plus years of management, marketing and sales experience, including CEO and Director of, Inc., CEO of Nashua Corporation’s Photo Division, and president of Wesson/Peter Pan Foods, a Conagra company.   He earlier held senior marketing positions at Hunt Wesson, H. P. Hood and Chesebrough-Ponds.  Mike has a B.A. from Holy Cross and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.  He is a Director of AMICA Mutual Insurance Co. and also serves on the boards of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Nashua, Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts, the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts, and the Concord Housing Development Corporation.

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