Eight tips to securing a $50,000 increase in salary … in THIS economy

Most of my clients secure offers and jobs pretty fast…but some job searches take longer. One of my executive clients had a variety of interviews and it took him a year to change industries and secure a pay increase. But he did it… to the tune of a $50,000 salary increase and the opportunity to partner with an exceptional company in a wonderful position. He just started his new position and he is walking on air!

I asked him to reflect on this last year and offer me some gems of advice to pass on. Here is what he told me:

…After he had his resume professionally designed:

1. He surrounded himself with supportive and positive people

2. He reached out for advice and didn’t try to do everything himself

3. He didn’t succumb to negative self talk when his job search seemed to be going too slow…

4. He stuck to the strategies I had taught him and didn’t shift to something new just because things weren’t happening as fast as he would have liked

5. He took time to be with his family and he took “extra” time off to balance out his job search and the extra stress that naturally creates

6. He let me coach him through his interviews and offer negotiations and used the strategies I suggested

7. He didn’t spend a lot of time listening to depressing statistics on the news about how tough it was to get a job. He just stuck with the program and did all he could to stay positive

8. He went direct and used strategies to tap the hidden job market

…I couldn’t have added anything to this list!

Mary Elizabeth Bradford is the Founder and Executive Director of CEOresumewriter.com and Maryelizabethbradford.com and a past executive recruiter. A thought leader in the career services industry for over 20 years, she holds 5 distinct advanced certifications for senior-level resume writing, online branding and executive-level job search coaching (CERM, CMRW, CARW, MCD, NCOPE). She has been seen and heard in major media including Forbes, Time, WSJ, Newsweek and NBC affiliate stations. She holds 2 CDI TORI awards and is a top tier judge for the elite CDI TORI awards for four consecutive years. Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s elite team of award-winning, certified, top executive resume writers, former top executive recruiters, and global HR executives help many of the world’s premier C-suite, board members and thought leaders secure the transitions and compensation packages they want. She works with clients all over the globe.

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