To find your next CxO or executive job opportunity, you’re going to have to go beyond the typical online “search and apply” technique. Different job search techniques yield dramatically different results, and you want to get high-quality results with reasonable effort. Most CEO, COO, CDO, CFO, CMO, CIO, CTO, and other CxO executive opportunities aren’t even advertised publicly, so what do you do?
There are things you can do to elevate your c-suite job search, but what we want to get into here are the opportunities that almost no one knows about. The vast majority of c-level job opportunities are in the hidden job market. You can uncover some of these opportunities and connect directly with executive search consultants and organizational decision-makers by incorporating the following activities into your CxO job search. This may or may not come as a surprise, but a lot of them come down to your professional network.
Methods for Accessing the Hidden Job Market
Ask your network for/about:
- Networking Events. Attending in-person networking events is a highly effective tool for finding executive job opportunities in the hidden market and takes some time to cultivate. Focus first on getting to know the person and how you can help them instead of the other way around. You can bring up the topic of career opportunities once the relationship is established as mutually beneficial.
- Hiring companies love referrals, even to the point of offering referral bonuses to current employees. Referrals are often quality hires that save time and money. Strike up some conversations with people in your network who work with some of your target organizations or within your ideal industry, occupation, or job function.
- Exclusive Job Boards. Focus on job boards geared explicitly towards executive-level opportunities or specific occupations, industries, or job functions. Targeted job boards will be far more fruitful than the generic career sites that already have hundreds of thousands of candidates in their databases and are geared more towards entry- and mid-level career opportunities.
- Internal Succession Opportunities. Internal options for advancement may be limited with your current employer, especially at the executive level. However, people do retire, transition, or leave the organization for various reasons. You can network with internal decision-makers to make sure you are front-of-mind when an opening does appear.
- Informational Interviews. Find people who work for an organization you would like to join and ask for an informational interview to learn from them about the company’s current struggles. Listen carefully for opportunities where your skills and experience may be the ticket to them overcoming their challenges.
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Mary Elizabeth Bradford is a Certified Executive Resume Master (CERM), Internationally Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW), Certified Master Career Director (MCD) and Certified International Advanced Resume Writer (CARW) and a member of Career Directors International, Career Thought Leaders, The Professional Association of Resume Writers and The National Resume Writers Association.
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