Executive Job Search

By: Mario Churchill

The first job the individual lands after graduation could lead to better opportunities in the future. If after how many years the employee sees no growth in the company, perhaps it is time to do an executive job search before leaving the current position.

The first thing the executive should do is update that resume. This is because the one who will interview the person does not know anything except what is written on that document.

It should contain the positions held in previous jobs, the length of time that the executive has been there, the nature of the work and the major accomplishments. Those who don't know how to make a resume can use the wizard function in word or ask someone else to edit and polish it.

The applicant should remember that a poorly written resume will make job hunting more difficult and the recruiter will most likely give the vacant position to someone else.

When the resume has been made, it is time to get it to as many recruiters as possible. The person can contact old friends or look in the classified ads section of the newspaper. It doesn't look good just to have this document there. A cover letter should always be attached and addressed to the designated person.

It also wouldn't hurt to open an Internet account since a lot of recruiters have websites that helps both the applicant and the employer look for qualified people to occupy the vacant positions.

Another option that will cost a little more is for the individual to hire a headhunter to do all the legwork. This broker can help negotiate the salary that the executive wants which is usually higher than what is being paid by the current employer.

A lot of executives stop here and wait for that phone call. It will take some time before some of these companies respond so investing in email campaign software will be useful to send the resume to other people.

Telemarketers sell products by calling on potential clients on the phone. The executive can do the same thing by selling oneself. If the person is not there, it wouldn't hurt to leave a voice message including the contact number and email address.

The trick to landing an executive job has to do with timing. Most companies look for fresh or experienced people usually in the first quarter of the year. Maybe because there are a lot of bright minds fresh from college or the budget is still huge from the previous year.

If there are no hits yet after a month, the executive should be grateful that there is still the existing job. At least, this will help pay the bills and for other expenses.

When the call comes in, the individual should look smart and be prepared to answer any question given by the recruiter. It pays to come on time because this shows that the individual values the time of other people even if the one who will be conducting the interview is late.

Most recruiters will say right then and there if the executive got the job. Those who say, " we'll just give you a call." are saying in a polite way that the individual did not get it so the executive should continue on with the job search.

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