The 7 Deadly Sins of Executive Job Searching
While many think that executives should know all there is about getting a job when they want one, the truth is that many executive level people haven't had to apply for a job in a long time and have forgotten a lot of rules that go along with the process.
Before searching the job search sites and for executive recruiters, following the rules below will help you to avoid many of the pitfalls associated with the executive job search.
Here are the 7 deadly sins of executive job searching and how to avoid them:
1. Being Complicated – Many executives have a habit of being used to people listening to whatever they say, for as long as they want to say it. In an interview atmosphere, you're going to turn off the interviewer that way. Learn to speak in shorter and more concise sentences.
2. Going Solo – A lot of higher-level management people won't ask for help. They are determined to do everything themselves, not realizing that going through your contacts and letting them know you're on the lookout for a new job is doing something for themselves, using the contacts they have made over time. Many executive jobs are never advertised and are had by knowing someone who happens to mention you to the person looking for the job. They won't mention you if they don't know you're looking.
3. Giving Up – Many executives who find themselves looking for a new job are doing so because they have been fired from a job. For many, that can be a loss of their identity, the person they knew they were for years. The only way to move on is to pick yourself up and get your focus on searching for that new job.
4. Waiting For a Job – Jobs don't always come to you just because you've sent out a resume. Get involved in networking situations and meet more people who may help you find that next job.
5. Sending Out Random Resumes- Instead of just sending a resume to a company and hoping they will pay attention to it, make a connection at the company. Call, try to schedule a meeting and let them put a body with the resume.
6. Using That Same Old Resume – Update your resume. Make it snappy and attention grabbing and double check for any typos.
7. Giving It Minimal Effort – until you have a new job, job hunting is your job. Treat it as such. Put as much energy, as you would into a full time job, into finding that next career opening.
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