Are you an executive in the job market? Executive-level job changers seem to have the most difficult time out in the job market. Their reasons range from never having to actively look for a job before to simply not knowing where to start. Typically executives begin by contacting a recruiter, connecting with one or two industry peers and maybe answering a few executive job ads they found on a major job board. Because these efforts rarely produce any significant results, they soon begin to feel a range of negative emotions and the downward spiral begins.
So where are the executive jobs? Well, that’s the million dollar question. In short, to receive multiple, high quality interviews for key executive positions you must have a clear plan followed by a significant level of market exposure. Here are several highly effective techniques and resources to get your phone ringing in no time:
Every successful project starts with a great plan. Focus on one or two industries and one or two positions that interest you. You need to know this information before you can penetrate your market, design a compelling resume or know what you are going to emphasize in your interviews…it all starts with your focus of direction. If your target industries are in significant growth mode, you stand to do even better in the job market.
Now you need to figure out where to invest your job search efforts. If you plan to remain in the same industry and/or function….recruiters are well worth contacting! And since recruiters are generally driven by industry vs. geography, don’t forget to connect with those recruiters that match your industry, but may be out of State.
Resources: For FREE you can find recruiters by industry at www.i-recruit.com. For a relatively small investment you can access lists at The association of executive search consultants www.aesc.org. And for top executives try www.ritesite.com. John Lucht is the author of Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million+… He has an affordable and easy system for connecting with the right recruiters.
Did you know approximately 80% of key positions are filled before they are ever advertised? Contacting companies and their respective decision makers is a great way to gain in roads and initiate discussions that lead to interviews. Better yet, contact companies who are in a growth mode. Want to add some rocket fuel to that? Introduce a value proposition (letter) to help them in their growth mode. Are you a turnaround or start up expert? Send your resume to venture capital firms. Here is another tip: nationwide, the industries expected to generate the highest number of future executive-level jobs are high-tech, healthcare, business services, pharmaceutical/medical/biotech, and energy/utilities.
Resources: For FREE you can find articles about growth companies at www.findarticles.com. To find or research smaller companies; www.manta.com is a great source. Want an expert to run custom company research FOR you? Try: Fast Track Transition Career www.fttresearch.com. For Venture Capital and Private Equity firm lists check out my services here: http://www.maryelizabethbradford.com/products.php
There ARE benefits to searching on line as long as you aren’t spending hours and hours each week surfing for that lone executive job! Save yourself a whole lot of time and use a combination of job aggregators and niche executive job boards to locate senior level jobs quickly and easily.
Resources: For FREE – try job aggregator www.indeed.com. For a modest monthly fee
membership sites with exclusive member-only job listings .
Landing a great executive job is a combination of timing, common sense strategies and
the right resources. You will increase your success with these powerful tips and tools!