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117. Job Hunting as a Senior Executive - with Amber Knight (Re-Broadcast).

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Job Hunting as a Senior Executive - with Amber Knight (Re-Broadcast).


If you are a senior executive listening to this show, or you one day want to advance in your career to become a senior executive, Amber Knight's experience job hunting as a senior executive is an important one for you to listen to.

In this episode, we revisit my conversation with Amber, a senior communications executive who has worked for the BBC and The Walt Disney CompanyIn March 2019, Disney purchased the film and TV assets held by 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion. This was an enormous deal, and it reverberated down the company structure. It's expected that mergers and acquisitions will result in restructures, aka, redundancies. Amber and her team left Disney towards the end of 2019, and the pandemic prolonged her unemployment. This is a topic we discussed a few times during the last episodes of 2021, so if you are interested in learning more and avoiding long-term unemployment, please also listen to episodes 108 and 109.

Amber has been a huge supporter of this podcast, writing about it and praising it in her LinkedIn posts. I invited her to be a guest and share her experience, and afterward, she also participated in the 2021 Job Hunting Made Simple Online Course and Group Coaching program.

We are soon re-opening registrations for the program, and the best way to find out about it is to register for the Free Job Hunting Masterclass happening on the 1st and 2nd of February. You can find it on my website or any social media platforms. If you are a newsletter subscriber, please check your inbox, I will have sent you details and look forward to seeing you there.

The Free Job Hunting Masterclass will be huge this year, with critical advice and tips for corporate job hunting in 2022 and beyond. I am ambitious this year and hope to share, as always, essential information you will not find anywhere else. That's always my motto and my promise to you: I don't want to waste your time, explaining what you already know. My goal is always to make the most out of your valuable time, and share information that can be a gamechanger for your career success. I hope to see you there.

Senior executive job searching: it can take longer than you expect.

Redundancy and job searching are a reality to be expected by most corporate professionals at some point in their careers. But when a pandemic of global scale interferes, the experience can become heightened as the number of unemployed worldwide is at its peak.

In this episode of the Job-Hunting Podcast, I interviewed Amber Knight, a real podcast listener and someone who experienced redundancy during the pandemic. Amber was job hunting during 2020 and early 2021. We discussed her experience, frustrations, learnings, and the steps she has taken to keep herself resilient and on track to achieve her career goals.

Searching for a senior role during a crisis is a challenge.

Amber was made redundant at the end of 2019, a few months before the pandemic hit. She expected that she would find a job in 3 to 4 months, so she took some time off and went on an international family vacation before looking for work.

In hindsight, Amber would have done things differently, even without the pandemic's impact, if she had better career guidance when she was made redundant. Examples are being more conservative with her family budget or understanding how long it takes to find another job in her sector and executive level. She has since learned these planning strategies by doing the Reset Your Career Program, my program designed for professionals who have left their jobs or are considering leaving their jobs and careers.

Amber mentioned she did sabotage her job search by spending too much time on online platforms such as LinkedIn and Seek.com, checking for jobs, and checking profiles. But she also did some positive strategies: she networked and kept in touch with former colleagues and peers.

In our chat, she mentioned how she discovered and binged on The Job Hunting Podcast and said how much the free Optimized Job Search Schedule helped her build her daily routine.

The importance of executive career coaching.

A mentor and coach can get you started on the right track, check your progress, advise you on what to do until you reach momentum, and continue achieving your goals.

During our chat, Amber mentioned she didn't know what she didn't know, and this is often very true when it comes to job hunting and career advancement! If she had a dedicated coach from the very start, Amber says she would have done many things more differently. 

Job hunting may take longer than you think. It requires knowledge of things that have nothing to do with your profession, discipline, and patience. I can help you in this process and guide you on the steps you need to take.

About our guest, Amber Knight

Ocean Swimmer, inflexible yogi. Passable cook and endlessly curious, Amber Knight is a senior commercial and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in creative industries – specifically film and television distribution. Starting with a career in ad agencies, she has spent the bulk of her career with two of the world's most successful and respected media companies – the BBC and The Walt Disney Company. After being made redundant in late 2019, Amber started an MBA program with AGSM at UNSW and spent 2020 in a frustrating job search. In 2021, Amber participated in my Job Hunting Made Simple Group Coaching and Online Course Program and is working as a consultant for a few companies, including Optus, while finishing her MBA. 

Episode timestamps:

  • 03:46 - The Free Masterclass
  • 05:50 - How Amber found The Job Hunting Podcast
  • 08:13 - Amber's career journey
  • 12:47 - Amber's job hunting experience
  • 16:18 - Amber's daily routine
  • 18:50 - Other activities to help in the job hunting journey
  • 20:49 - Frustrations that Amber encountered in job hunting
  • 27:10 - Technology and interviews
  • 30:19 - The difference having a mentor/coach can result in your job hunting success
  • 34:18 - Amber's vision for 2021
  • 39:00 - About Job Hunting Made Simple

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Are you new to The Job Hunting Podcast? 

Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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