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Executive Resumes & Executive Search Strategies

by Kim on March 2, 2015

Executive Resumes & Executive Search Strategies

As a leading executive with a history of rapidly progressive advancement as a differentiator among other executives, you may wonder why your job search has stalled. You’ve garnered numerous accolades over the years, have a public reputation as “the” person to deliver stellar results and your name is widely recognized among your peers. Assuming that you have the BEST executive resume in your search arsenal (and if not, I can help), it can be daunting when the the demand is not there.

After several years of success, and now faced with a new job search, it’s tough to contemplate the fact that you may not be on the short list for the challenging opportunities for which you are ideally suited. If that’s the case, you may want to revisit your search efforts and face this task head-on with a well-planned strategy in mind, just as you did when confronted business challenges.

Because it typically takes much longer to land a high-level, executive position, you may want to consider ramping up your search mode from passive to proactive. To ensure that your search remains competitive and far-reaching, consider including the following activities to get your name out where it needs to be, which is in front of key decision makers.

Increasing your online, community and industry visibility. In addition to joining LinkedIn (and if you haven’t already, you should), you might consider writing some expertise-ladled blogs or articles for publication, assume leadership roles with professional associations in which you have expertise or volunteer for an organization where your expertise can really make a difference. By getting involved, you are also expanding your networking opportunities with those who have personally experienced your abilities first hand.

Connecting with Recruiters and Executive Job Sites. You may have been recruited in the past, and if so, reach out to those recruiters again. If you have no experience with recruiters, it’s wise to search out the best organization for you – perhaps an industry-specific recruiter or one of the major recruiting companies which you can easily find through the Kennedy  site or The Riley Guide.  There are thousands of recruiting sites on the net today, but a few to get you started include, and

Expanding your horizons. To truly maximize your executive search efforts, you may decide that relocation is an option; if so, you will significantly boost the number of opportunities afforded to you. Obviously, this will require a discussion with your family as to pros and cons, so it’s best to review the business climate in other cities, along with cost of living, employment rate and fiscal health of the area(s) considered.

Executive Accomplishments and Documentation. Many executives hold a host of accolades, awards and public recognition which can be translated on paper or frequently is already known. However, there may be some outstanding contributions that may not be as visible. This is where you dig back into your career history and pull out notable projects or achievements that made significant impacts, set new standards, broke records, drove innovation or radically transformed the business. If you haven’t kept track of these over the years, now is the time to develop a portfolio of your best work.

While a new search may be daunting at the executive level, it will be less painful if you are armed with the most compelling executive resume possible and have developed a comprehensive search strategy. Preparation is key to finding success sooner rather than later.

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