SOURCE: Power Connections, Inc.

July 13, 2010 15:28 ET

Power Connections, Inc.: A Bad Reputation Isn't the End-All, Be-All

Eight Actions Executive Job Seekers Can Take to Repair It

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Today's economic forces make it difficult for even the most well-networked, experienced executive job seekers. If you have created a bad reputation for yourself in the business community by repeatedly treating employees, peers and venders poorly, opportunities can be dismal. However, according to Susan Howington, president and CEO of Power Connections, Inc., there are some actions you can take now and more when you eventually land a position that will make a difference in your future success.

"Executives with the worst reputations are usually those who are demeaning and even verbally abusive to their service providers," shares Howington. "When executives lose their jobs, vendors want to help them because doing so means these executives will bring them into the new company. Treating them poorly can be detrimental to your reputation." Howington adds that while some offenders suspect they have a bad reputation, most are oblivious to it.

The Short and Long of It

A bad reputation is tough to repair in the short-term. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't try. "It's really time to consider who you didn't treat well and start treating them better -- even apologize," she says. Better yet, be nice and supportive to everyone you know and meet.

In the long-term, people can be forgiving of even the worst offenders who genuinely change. Howington suggests executives with a bad reputation take these eight actions to make that happen:

1) Get out and network
2) Overtly offer to help others with a contact, job/business lead or article -- show people you are interested and put action behind your words
3) Be consistent
4) Hire a public relations firm to help rebuild your reputation through positive press
5) Get involved in the "employment" community -- serve on a board of a non-profit that helps people who are out of work or homeless who need job search skills or speak on a panel about transition
6) Treat your service providers well because they talk to others in the business community and can be your biggest advocates
7) When you land a position, resolve to continue networking and helping others who are unemployed
8) Think about what got you into trouble in the first place and change how you manage and lead -- consider hiring an executive coach to help

"Executives can change, but I'd say that 70 percent of them don't -- they go right back to the same behaviors," says Howington. "But for those who do, people are forgiving. No one will talk about what a jerk you were years ago because now you are so accessible to others. You have to be helpful and mean it. That's how you repair your reputation."


Power Connections is a national executive outplacement firm whose mission is to offer world-class service that creates positive and life enhancing experiences for clients. President and CEO Susan Howington and her team of top career management experts, business consultants and executive coaches deliver on this mission by embracing each client's professional vision and objectives, and providing the necessary tools, skills and network to help make their vision a reality. The firm offers a full range of services, including executive outplacement, executive coaching, professional networking and career management consulting. For more information, visit Power Connections online at