Expert Tips for a Successful Job Search

On this episode of the Let's Go Win podcast, we have a special guest who is an expert in executive career growth, C-level job search strategy, and board candidate best practices. Debra Boggs, an award-winning entrepreneur and international speaker, will be sharing her insights and guidance on the topic of job searching. Whether you're currently seeking a job or simply interested in career management, this discussion is for you.

The Importance of Priorities in Job Search

When it comes to job searching, many people tend to roll their eyes and feel less than excited about the process. But according to Debra Boggs, job searching doesn't have to be a daunting task. She believes that everyone's priorities have shifted, especially during the pandemic. Candidates are now looking for more than just a paycheck and security. They want to work for companies that align with their values and offer meaningful work. On the other hand, companies need to catch up with the changing demands of the workforce and create environments that prioritize culture and employee satisfaction.

The Role of Culture in Job Satisfaction

Many companies fail to clearly define their culture, which leads to confusion and dissatisfaction among employees. It's crucial for companies to listen to their employees and understand their challenges. This can be done through surveys and outside parties who can assess the culture objectively. By understanding the true culture of a company, job seekers can make more informed decisions and find the right fit for themselves.

Maintaining Morale During a Job Search

The job search process can be long and challenging, but the importance of maintaining morale throughout the journey. Job searching can be like a grieving process, especially for executives who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to their careers. Taking the time to process and come to terms with the loss of a job is crucial before diving into the search. Approaching the search with a negative mindset can hinder progress, while addressing and healing from the emotions associated with job loss can lead to better outcomes.

The Power of Clarity in Job Searching

Job seekers, especially executives, need to gain clarity about their goals and ideal opportunities before starting the search. This clarity helps them focus on the right companies, industries, and management styles that align with their values and aspirations. By defining their ideal opportunity, candidates can conduct a more targeted search and increase their chances of finding the right job with the right compensation.

The Difference Between Jobs and Careers

There is a distinction between jobs and careers. While a job might be seen as temporary, a career is a long-term commitment. Career management involves taking a proactive approach to shaping the future of one's career, maximizing experiences, compensation, opportunities, and networks. It's about thinking beyond just the next job search and planning for long-term success.

The Search for Board Positions

Board roles require specific skills and expertise, often at the advisory level rather than tactical execution. Candidates need to focus on their board-specific skills, such as global experience, guiding companies through mergers and acquisitions, and overseeing transformations. Building a network and leveraging existing connections are crucial in the board search process.

The Role of LinkedIn in Career Management

LinkedIn is as important as a resume when it comes to making a strong first impression. Executives need to optimize their LinkedIn profiles with a professional headshot, a strong executive presence, and compelling content. Networking through LinkedIn is also essential for executive job seekers and board candidates, as it allows them to tap into their network for potential opportunities.


Job searching and career management can be complex processes, especially for executives and those looking for board positions. However, with the right approach and guidance, it is possible to navigate these challenges successfully. Debra Boggs and her team at DSC Executive Career Management provide valuable insights, strategies, and support to help executives and professionals achieve their career goals. So, whether you're currently job searching or planning for your future, consider reaching out to Debra and her team for expert advice at

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