Whether you’re an executive now or heading there, you need a strong approach to impress employers. Also, you probably know about networking’s importance to your executive job search. That’s even more true if you’re searching in a competitive market.
I’ve worked with job- and career-change executives for years. That has given me broad exposure to their needs. In addition to my own knowledge, I consult with professional colleagues to gather information and advice.
Over the past 15+ years, I’ve worked with diverse clients and industries. Here’s a brief sample:
CEO / COO / CFO / CTO & CIO / CMO (Chief Marketing Officer)
Director & Senior Director
Executive Vice President & Vice President
High-Tech / Manufacturing / Logistics / Transportation / Energy / Hospitality / Pharmaceuticals
As part of our joint effort, I do the following:
My executive-level clients typically have a resume. However, they often haven’t kept it up to date. For that reason, they feel it doesn’t present them well in relation to their current career goals. Regardless of your circumstances, I will work with you to develop marketing tools you can use.
If I believe you need more than an executive resume, I will recommend one or more of these writing services:
Similarly, your resume and other career-related materials need to be first-class quality. Obviously, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.
If so, I can create a resume that presents you as a top-quality candidate. As a result, you will stand out more strongly from your competition in an executive job search.
How long does it take? Normally, I deliver the first proof copy within 5-7 work-days after I have all your information. Start-to-finish, the whole process typically takes less than two weeks.
We know employers search LinkedIn for senior-level candidates. I can develop a profile to help you catch their attention and interest. Also, I create content you can use to enhance your current profile or to build a new one.
LinkedIn is a great way to build your professional network and open doors to new opportunities. Creating a strong LinkedIn profile presents you as a serious professional and helps attract like-minded business professionals to you. This includes not only prospective employers but also potential connections who could increase your value to your current employer.
My one-hour LinkedIn coaching session helps identify ways to strengthen your online presence. The session works best if we schedule it soon after we finish your profile. Consequently, I suggest including it in our project plan.
Remember: If LinkedIn isn’t working for you, it’s working against you, because employers won’t notice you!
Career management services help you manage at least three crucial tasks. Those tasks are:
Do you know where you want to go next? That represents a critical part of the career management process. If you don’t have a clear goal, I recommend checking out my career coaching services. They include exploration and evaluation of possible career choices.
Have you heard the saying, “Luck is not a strategy”? If you’re a senior professional or executive, you plan critical initiatives carefully–before they need to be in place. Why? Because getting caught unprepared could hurt your career. Employers don’t like that kind of surprise!
Accordingly, your ongoing career success requires the same careful attention and timely action. If possible, you want to avoid missing a great job opportunity because you weren’t ready.
Likewise, you don’t want to discover you’re unprepared when a crisis erupts and threatens your job. That creates a disturbing effect on two counts: (1) It leaves you confused about what to do next; and (2) You could probably have avoided it!
You risk achieving hit-or-miss results if you adopt a random approach to your career. For lasting career success and satisfaction, you must focus on all major aspects, including the following:
With a complete plan, you can execute short-range actions and still keep on track for the long-range goal. If needed, you can make changes as you go.
Companies and industries go through many changes over time. If you keep an eye out for trends that could affect your career, you’re less likely to be caught off guard.
Technology might not be your friend, but you don’t want it to be your enemy, either. Realistically, you need to accept that changes will happen whether you want them to or not. The more you can make technology work in your favor, the better.
If you’ve been building your career for a number of years, you’re probably no longer in a low-ranking position. You’ve increased your expertise, strengths, and value to employers. Also, you’re not the same person you were then. For example, family might be a higher priority than it was when you launched your career. As you change, other aspects might also need to.
When you started out, a simple resume and cover letter might have been all you needed most of the time. However, that’s not so true as you progress in your career.
Even management newcomers are finding that tools like a LinkedIn profile represent a key piece of their career success. Similarly, an executive bio tends to be more relevant at senior levels. It’s wise to have these tools in shape “just in case.”
Here’s a look at what might be our next steps for your executive job search:
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