Top Job Search Tips for Executives
Unlike searching jobs for other common positions, job search for executive level and higher differs. For one, executive jobs require a higher level of education, skill sets and experience / knowledge as well. While normal jobs are in plenty, executive jobs, on the other hand, are both difficult to find (few and far between). We have been contacted by executives at all levels and many have requested us to jot down a list of tips that they can follow (a list that will help them navigate the job search easily) to find the best-fit jobs for them. Below are five tips that we suggest when searching for an executive level job:
1. Keep your Confidence up at all times
At the early stages of job search, most people are pretty confident. However, not all of us handle rejection well. As unemployment (no job) drags on, one start to lose the confidence.
Listen to your favorite music or meditate or exercise or think of your positive memories; whatever helps you handle your failures or helps build up your confidence levels. Moreover, looking young is important. You can’t grow younger nor should you get a Botox treatment done to look younger. The important thing is to be perceived as being young. Ladders.com provides some tips on how you can shave 10 years off your image.
2. Wisely use your previous Company’s Network
You should already be using the social networking websites like Facebook and LinkedIn. Most people only restrict their social networking to personal goals. Now is the time to use them to get yourself a job! If you are connected with executives within your former firm through LinkedIn, you may mine their networks to get to executives at other companies in your industry. This way you can save your time and efforts and gives you access to companies who are familiar and respect your previous company.
You may also consider using RSS feeds to comb the web for information that is important and relevant to your field. Usually combing the web would take a lot of time, however, when you use RSS feeds to comb the web, you are using technology to help you save in on valuable time.
3. Switch to Positions that are currently in demand
Many jobs today are lost to technological advancements and thanks to software which can do your more effectively and comparatively quickly. If the job that you lost in your field is not coming back, you should strongly consider a career switch.
You need to find out where the demand is and which jobs you might be interested in. You may look up a list of current hot jobs at careervoyages.com and choose the one that you will be comfortable with and would like to pursue further.
4. Keep your resume updated and handy
By keeping your LinkedIn profile and resume up-to-date, you can dispatch then within seconds. When you keep your resume updated, you may even pick up some freelance work or work on some side projects while you are on the look-out for full-time employment.
Don’t be in a position where you may not be able to locate the copy of your updated resume when you need it. Always keep an updated file of your resume in a place where it is easy to find. Also, if you will need to tailor the resume to show off a particular skill for a specific position, it should be stored in a computer which you commonly access.
5. Stick to your non-negotiables
Although you may currently be out of work, you may have your own list of non-negotiables (things that you do not want to compromise with). One should not accept just about anything to get out of your current situation (unless money is an overwhelming factor). Accepting non-negotiables is possible only for short-term jobs, it is not recommended to accept non-negotiables for long-term career jobs.
Populate your own list of non-negotiables like location, size of the company, basic pay package, working hours etc. Choose the ones you are willing to compromise with and the ones which are completely non-negotiable.
Above five tips will help you land yourself in the most appropriate and best fitting job as an executive and will help you advance your career.