Q & A with Kylie Hammond

What books/authors have inspired you?

There are two. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber is the bible for anybody with a business in terms of getting yourself clear about working on your business and not in your business. It is absolutely ‘A-class’ and you’d be hard pressed to find anything better.

The other book that I absolutely adore, and I’ve read it till the pages are dog-eared, is Dr Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. This book came out before The Secret and all the buzz around the Law of Attraction. It’s quite religious; he was a pastor apparently, so you might need to put the religious aspect aside, but it’s a fabulous read.

Who/what inspired you to write?

The job-hunting landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years with the emergence of social media, and the variety of online recruiters and resources available.  It really is a bit of a jungle out there.

After having worked with literally thousands of senior executives and CEOs, I have witnessed first-hand how many people are overwhelmed at the prospect of looking for a new job. While I work with many clients one-on-one to develop a job-hunting strategy and plan, I felt that by writing a guide I’d be able to help many more people.

The tips and hints that I’ve pulled together in my book come from many years of experience in the executive search industry, working with a large variety of companies and HR professionals. Armed with this insider knowledge, your chances of finding success in your executive job search will increase significantly.

Some critical job search elements I cover in the Executive Candidate’s Survival Guide include:

• Identifying your professional goals and analysing your options

• Understanding your value proposition and learning how to market yourself

• Developing a career portfolio

• Developing a resumé for specific opportunities

• Leveraging the power of professional and social media, and making valuable connections

• Knowing how to work with executive search consultants and headhunters

• Discovering where to find the best referees

• Learning how to negotiate the best contract, and

• Making a graceful exit from an existing job

What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?

Seeing the finished book! I love it, and find it such a great tool to give to clients who are starting out on their job-hunting journey.

Why did you decide to self publish?

We had a substantial client base that had expressed interest in other books and articles I had written, so we knew that there would be demand for the book. The self-publishing process enabled us to have complete control over the project from end to end and allowed us the time required to develop a book that I was 100% happy with.

What was the best thing about self-publishing? It’s certainly been a positive thing for my business. While I have previously contributed to many publications, being an author in my own right has helped me build credibility and has certainly lifted client perceptions. 

What do you hope that your readers get out of the book?

That they feel as though they have a companion of sorts in their job-hunting journey.  It can be a lonely process, but ensuring you’ve got a strategy and plan in place will make all the difference.

Would you consider writing another book?

Absolutely. I regularly write thought leadership pieces, and am in discussions with a European publisher about another book. The difficulty is fitting it in with the demands of my business!