If you’re wondering why you are seeing few results from your job search, it could be because you are skilled as an executive, but not skilled as an executive job seeker.
However, the good news is that you can use some of the same skills that you have honed as an executive and apply them to your job search to be successful.
Here are some examples:
1) Strategic planning. Your job search needs to be strategic in order to be effective. It includes strategically reaching out to potential networking contacts who are in the best position to help you and devising online and offline methods that are likely to result in success. You may also create a list of companies that are the best fit for your skill set and develop a plan to network your way into these companies.
2) Market analysis. This type of analysis includes a survey of the job search landscape to see what the growth areas are in your field. If you are in a specialty area that is declining, then it only makes sense to find another area which is a good match for your skills so that you are not in a position where you are competing for fewer and fewer jobs against candidates who are as qualified as you are. For example, there has been a lot of consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry in recent years. There are now fewer drug companies with fewer positions available. After surveying the landscape you might conclude that you can transfer your executive sales skills to medical devices where your knowledge of the medical field is an asset, and there are more opportunities.
3) Best practices. Before launching your job search, you should take stock of the best practices for landing a new position. Instead of defaulting to what is most comfortable for you or what used to work 10 or 15 years ago, find out what works well in terms of job search in today’s highly competitive job market. You wouldn’t wing it in your job. Don’t wing it in your job search. Educate yourself on the most effective job search methods and then incorporate them into your job search on a consistent basis.
4) Business case. You need to be able to present a compelling business case to potential employers as to why you are the best person for the job. To simply rely on the fact that you have the appropriate credentials for the job is not sufficient when they are so many other job seekers with a similar background to yours. Researching the company to find out how you can uniquely meet their needs is a way to distinguish yourself from the competition and increase your chances of being hired.
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