The Executive Career Jump Podcast - For Executive Leaders On The Move

Andrew MacAskill

At Executive Career Jump we are all about doing everything we can to assist leaders in making job moves. People going through redundancy or job change are six times more likely to suffer from mental health challenges. It can be a tough time. Our hope is that these podcast episodes go some way to helping listeners understand what they want from their career and how to go and get it! Each episode is hosted by one of the UK's leading Career Coaches, Andrew MacAskill and he interviews a range of experts involved in the job search, recruitment and hiring industries so that you can learn tips, tricks and strategies to ensure you successfully land your next opportunity. For more information about Andrew MacAskill and Executive Career Jump visit www.execcareerjump.com.

EP#006 Maddy Alexander Grout | The Accidental Entrepreneur
Mar 31 2020
EP#006 Maddy Alexander Grout | The Accidental Entrepreneur
In this episode, I’m joined by Maddie Alexander Grout, who, having worked in the headhunting and recruitment world for over a decade will be sharing plenty of insights for the job seeking community on that front.She has also gone through a number of business ownership faces, is very, very active on LinkedIn and champions being a mum.After graduating from university, Maddy began working as a Training Advisor for British Gas, before moving back down South and falling into recruitment, with it being the only industry she felt she could put her sales skills to use without selling anything! After working for one company for five years, she spent the next few years job hopping, eventually setting up her own recruitment company before moving back into internal recruitment. Since starting a family she has set up a number of successful businesses including my VIP card, which has won 14 awards in the last 2.5 years and having just gone nationwide, has the potential to be worldwide in the next six months.  In this episode Maddy talks openly about her mental health struggles, her passion for helping others and recently franchising out her business. We discuss the balance of work and family as well as touching on her time as a recruiter, including what differentiated those who were successful at interview and the importance of being yourself with a recruiter or potential client. Maddy is inspirational in her attitude and honesty and listening to her describe her journey is sure to stir some entrepreneurial brains, as well as provide some solid advice for jobseekers attending interviews. Links that Maddy mentions…My VIP Card E Myth by Michael E Gerber Reluctant Adult by Katie Kirby on Your Profits Tap by Steve Jones  can connect with Laurent on LinkedIn: hope you enjoy the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - you’ve enjoyed the podcast, it would be great if you could leave a review on iTunes, it’s really appreciated :) Thanks,Andrew MacAskill
EP#005 Laurent Bouvier | Culture, mission and finding people centric organisations that get the modern way of working
Mar 31 2020
EP#005 Laurent Bouvier | Culture, mission and finding people centric organisations that get the modern way of working
In this episode, I’m joined by an old colleague Laurent Bouvier, an executive coach currently working at The Zone. With Laurent’s experience and expertise, this episode will be of particular interest to executives that are on the move.Laurent really cut his teeth in the telco industry, holding some very senior leadership roles, with probably the biggest telco in the world today. He then went on to scratch that entrepreneurial itch, having a couple of startups which proved to be good learnings, before becoming very much an executive coach that helps both businesses and individuals succeed.  During his work as an executive coach we collaborated whilst I was running an executive search business where Laurent became very much, in my view, the go to expert in the market in terms of helping newly placed leaders get up and running in their new roles.Within this episode, Laurent talks about his current role at The Zone, where they are trying to bring humanity back into the organisation and the challenges that they are facing. He discusses how senior leadership can be a lonely place, and how best to approach a new job role, whilst giving an insight into the importance for a recruiter to not only assess a candidate as an individual, but also how they will fit in with the team and community. He touches upon the three most common mistakes that people make in terms of their career in general, as well as giving us an insight into his favourite books and what skills he is looking to develop. Links that Laurent mentions…The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor can connect with Laurent on LinkedIn: hope you enjoy the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - you’ve enjoyed the podcast, it would be great if you could leave a review on iTunes, it’s really appreciated :) Thanks,Andrew MacAskill
EP#004 Becky Webber | The importance of good leadership, embracing change and being successful in recruitment
Mar 31 2020
EP#004 Becky Webber | The importance of good leadership, embracing change and being successful in recruitment
In this episode, I’m joined by Becky Webber, the Regional Director at Tate Recruitment. With over 20 years recruitment experience, she gives us an insight into the types of things her team look for when placing candidates. Starting her career at Thomas Cook, Becky fell into recruitment a little by accident back in 1998, taking a job at a privately owned company, which later became Tate Recruitment. Becky has stayed with the company through different ownerships, evolving through lots of change and different ways of working, which for her has been really exciting. She currently works as the Southern Regional Director for Tate Recruitment looking after eleven different offices of recruiters. A couple of years ago, Becky also set up a side project called the Positive Career Advice website, which is designed to help job seekers on the move understand what they want,how to get it and how to go through that transition.Becky gives some great advice in this episode on how to embrace and deal with change, giving insight into the journey she has been on with her team at Tate Recruitment. With a passion for using the knowledge she has gained over the last twenty years, she delves into the importance of good leadership, and why your networks are so important. Becky also opens up about what she really looks for in a person during an interview, giving us an in depth insight into the skills that recruiters desperately want you to show during initial conversations and interviews. We talk about the importance of getting yourself noticed from other candidates, but also knowing the client. This podcast episode is filled to the brim with take home messages and gold dust advice for both recruiters, leaders and job seekers. Links that Becky mentions...Positive Career Advice Website: with Why by Simon Sinek Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal Were Born To Speak by Richard Newman can connect with Becky on LinkedIn: hope you enjoy the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - you’ve enjoyed the podcast, it would be great if you could leave a review on iTunes, it’s really appreciated :) Thanks, Andrew MacAskill
EP#003 Louis Cross | How to Make an Impact and Get Hired
Mar 31 2020
EP#003 Louis Cross | How to Make an Impact and Get Hired
In this episode, I’m joined by good friend and colleague Louis Cross, now Director at Collabz - an in-house talent company that helps small businesses play big in the talent market.Louis has spent a decade in the recruitment industry, spending all of those years working for one company, but across six different positions, three distinctly different brands, and three different models, starting with an agency, moving to RPO and lastly in house. Each move has seen him start from the bottom and work his way up in that particular field, gaining insight into the good and bad elements of each sector and the hurdles encountered, enabling him to have a broad perspective of the industry itself. Taking everything he has learnt and, in his words, ‘mashing it all together in his own proposition’, Collabz was born. In our conversation, Louis touches on his decade in the industry,and the attributes he looks for when interviewing people to work for him or his clients, particularly discussing traits that perhaps are not always at the forefront of people's mind or interview preparation. He covers the best way to get in touch with a potential company or recruiter and why hiring feels like such a dysfunctional process to so many people. As always, CV’s and LinkedIn profiles are a hot topic of conversation, with Louis giving his thoughts and tips to make yours stand out.  Louis brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table in our conversation, and I love his openness to touch upon characteristics that he identifies as important in an interview that many may try to hide. For anyone looking to make an impact, this episode is definitely for you. Links that Louis mentions…Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestly by Gino Wickman Master of Scale (Reid Hoffmann), Knowledge for Men, How I Built ThisBlinkest (recommended by Andrew)Connect:You can connect with Louis on LinkedIn: hope you enjoy the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - you’ve enjoyed the podcast, it would be great if you could leave a review on iTunes, it’s really appreciated :) Thanks,Andrew MacAskill
EP#002 Craig Elvin | Tips, strategies, and how senior executives can get the most out of working with a headhunter when job seeking or making a career move.
Mar 31 2020
EP#002 Craig Elvin | Tips, strategies, and how senior executives can get the most out of working with a headhunter when job seeking or making a career move.
In this episode, I’m joined by Craig Elvin, Director at Executive Heads - a leading executive search firm based in Southampton. I know Craig well from when we ran an executive search business together for a number of years and his experience of the SME market will be of particular interest to our listeners. For senior job searchers who are wanting to learn more about getting the most out of working with a head-hunter, this one is definitely for you.Craig spent ten years in the British Army as a Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineer, before meeting his wife and deciding to settle down in the UK to have a family. Through his network of contacts, he was offered a job as a recruitment consultant and quickly found himself promoted into managerial roles, moving up the corporate ladder and working for some of the industry’s biggest names. Sixteen years on, Executive Heads was born, in partnership with two of Craig's former colleagues.Within this episode hear Craig talk about his journey and the importance of your network, attitude and relationships. He also provides tips and tricks for your CV, discusses how you know when it’s the right time to leave your job and gives his opinion on the three most common mistakes candidates make on the job market.I love the honesty in how Craig describes his journey, the expertise and insight he gives into this industry and the snippets of gold dust that the listeners are sure to take away.Links that Craig mentions...Close to the Wind by Pete Goss Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed by Gino Wickman Go Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann Barcelona Way by David Hughes can connect with Craig on LinkedIn: hope you enjoy the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - you’ve enjoyed the podcast, it would be great if you could leave a review on iTunes, it's really appreciated.Thanks,Andrew MacAskill
EP#009 Zoe Tuffs | Future Proof Your Career by Building Your Personal Brand
Aug 30 2020
EP#009 Zoe Tuffs | Future Proof Your Career by Building Your Personal Brand
In this episode I’m joined by Zoe Tuffs, Founder of leadership and career coaching business TimesTen, and also an expert in personal brands.I wanted to speak to Zoe because at this time of worry and fear about recession and unemployment I feel we need to focus and talk about the positive strategies and actions we can take that will give us a competitive edge in the world of work and career.Zoe spent 12 years working in the high octane world of automotive event management, traveling the world organising large events and conferences for brands like Toyota and Lexus, and after a 7-year break bringing up her young children, she jumped straight back in working on an event for Google HQ and continued for the next four years building a small events business to an award-winning global agency.Part of Zoe’s role there was to really look after employee engagement and talent attraction and she found herself coaching throughout the entire time, so in 2018, took her qualification and founded TimesTen to help ambitious women connect with their strengths and sharpen their personal brands so they can really move forward in their careers.In this episode, Zoe shares how she believes that your personal brand is your most valuable asset within your career and how it can really help to future proof it for you.I loved talking to Zoe and got so much from her insights and clarity around this subject and if you want to find some inspiration and positivity about what you can do to level up your career during these uncertain times...then this episode is for you!Links that Zoe mentions...Playing Big by Tara Mohr: With Why by Simon Sinek: Better by Meredith Fineman: with Zoe on LinkedIn here: hope you enjoy the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - you’ve enjoyed the podcast, it would be great if you could leave a review on iTunes, it’s really appreciated :) MacAskill