Here are some great tips to help you ramp up your executive job search in 2015.
15 Tips to a Successful Job Search
1. Get focused on the type of executive job you’re seeking.
2. Create a new resume or update/edit a pre-existing resume to match your current executive job search campaign.
I’m firm believer in multiple versions of your resume, with a different one to serve each of the various executive job opportunities you’re considering. Create a customized resume to focus on the skill sets specifically listed in each executive job listing you’re applying for. Also, when it comes to the length of your resume, less is better for your initial submissions. Try to keep it to two pages. You can take the longer version (two to three pages) to the actual interview.
3. Create a list of target companies/industries you would like to work for.
I suggest you start with 20 companies in your “A” list and then add 100 to 200 more along with all their contact information to your “B” and “C” lists.
Gather all the appropriate contact information you will need to follow up on during your executive job search campaign. I advise creating this information in Microsoft Excel if you are familiar with that software. Set up different spreadsheets for various industries. I have designed for you a suggested Excel template to use. You will find this template as reader Bonus Material at the end of this chapter (Chapter 1) for you to access and use throughout your executive job search process.
4. Send your resume to the appropriate contact person on your list.
When in doubt, my suggestion is to send it to the president of the organization. From there, it should get passed down to the appropriate department. By taking such an approach, you’ll also have the added benefit of the president being aware of your paperwork internally.
Given the high number of people who are currently looking for a job in today’s highly competitive executive job market, I recommend mailing or faxing your resume. Doing so will give your paperwork more visibility. Arrange it so that your cover letter and resume arrive on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday for the simple fact that people tend to have more time in the middle of the week to devote to reading all their correspondence.
5. Work on your “Visual Brand.”
When interviewing, make sure you have a professional business suit that fits you. Now is the time to make sure you have your corporate attire in order. I suggest you try everything on in advance to make sure it fits properly and still works for you.
This may sound like an obvious thing, but since the current corporate climate tends to be “business casual,” most people’s professional business attire has been sitting in the back of their closet for quite some time. As a result, it may not currently fit the way it did when they originally purchased it.
If you have gained some weight you’ve been meaning to get rid of, now would be a good time to lose a couple of pounds and start working out. (Check with your doctor prior to undertaking any new intense exercise program.)
This is some great information. Next week look for my blog post for Monday July 27, where I share Executive Job Search Success Tips 6-10.
I look forward to sharing more executive job search tips with you next week.
Have a productive week,
Eleanor Anne Sweet
The Executive Job Search Expert Â tm
The above information is from my full version recent book, The NEW Rules of Job Search – How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy.
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