There is so much information on executive job search today it can be confusing to decipher what is true and what is false. Let’s examine the top 5 statements that affect executive job seekers:
True or False: No response – no interest
False. It is very discouraging not to hear anything, no communications at all, when you have submitted a resume for a job. Don’t assume the worst. In today’s fast-paced world, recruiters and hiring managers don’t have time to respond to every inquiry they receive related or unrelated to their current search assignments.
There are so many factors that come into the equation during the hiring process (interviewer goes on vacation, the company has a hiring freeze, they decide to hire within, etc.) Follow up with a courteous email once or twice.
True or False: Match me to another position
False. Some recruiters and companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS) and are able to run your resume through their system to find matches based on your resume keywords. However, most people are focused on the position they are currently hiring for and laser in on that job. Your resume may or may not be saved in the system. Don’t rely on modern technology to hold your place in line for the next available job opening.
True or False: Experience counts
True. Especially in the world of executives, experience is your ticket to open doors. Of course there is the all-important aspect of the “right fit” which plays a big role in the hire, but experience is what gets you in the door for an interview.
True or False: I’m stuck – no chance for career change
False. Even if you are one of the rare executives that has followed their college major into the business world, it may be wearing thin at this point in your career, and you’d really like to make a career change, but don’t think it’s possible.
Believe this or not, some employers seek out executives who can bring a different perspective to their company and executive team. What’s most important is being able to highlight your transferrable skills, leadership talents, etc. that translate to any industry. Continuing professional development is also significant to show prospective employers you are learning about new industries and developing new skills.
True or False: No jobs available
False. Whether you’ve been an executive for one year or 20 years, you know that some jobs are filled before they are advertised. Networking and social media can make the difference in what might seem like a bleak job market.
Building your network before you need it is the best strategy, so you can tap into it when you are ready to make your move. Social media can help you connect to former colleagues, bosses, and friends who may know of available positions, and can refer or introduce you to the recruiter or hiring manager.