Reboot Podcast Episode Extras #17 – Prep for Career Shifts and Job Changes – with Keith McAllister

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Keith McAllister

Keith McAllister

Senior Partner at Modern Executive Solutions

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Episode Description

Whether we decide to leave our job, make a career move, or unexpectedly find ourselves without a job, the space between secure positions elicits a lot of things–unprocessed fresh feelings, needs, anxieties, and wondering about next steps. Often, that “next steps” part can feel like an overwhelming mountain. 

In this episode, Ali hosts a thoughtful conversation with executive recruiter Keith McAllister at Modern Executive Solutions. In their time together, the pair discuss the importance of clearly articulating who you are, what you do, and what you’ve done, and share advice for leveraging your personal and professional networks. Keith details what to do (and not do) when you receive a call from a recruiter, and Ali asks, “How important is your LinkedIn profile?”

Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“The more senior you…the more important thing is what your network has done for you.” – Keith McAllister

“The rule of thumb is that every networking meeting should produce two more networking contacts.” – Keith McAllister

“The other thing that’s really, really important in terms of any kind of discussion you’re having with people is to be an interactive listener and don’t do monologues.” – Keith McAllister

“Your LinkedIn profile should probably have about 50 to 75% of as much detail as your resume does. And I’m talking about anybody from college graduate to kind of mid-market private equity CEO-type.” – Keith McAllister

“Your network is the most powerful thing you have. It keeps you honest. It keeps you informed. It keeps you humble. It’s a gift.” – Keith McAllister

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