– YOUR EXECUTIVE RESUME AND JOB SEARCH –
It is not uncommon to hear well qualified executives say, “You just can’t find a good job in today’s economy.” As a result, many of these job hunters become so frustrated that they are often willing to accept just about any job offer received. A successful job campaign requires that you put forth the type of effort that opens doors and leads to the best offers. Of course, if you have been looking for a new position for some time, you may have to overcome the frustration associated with your past efforts. While this is often easier said than done, success is waiting for those who are willing to pay their dues.
Many job hunters scan the Internet, look at newspaper help-wanted ads, speak with several close business associates, contact five or six executive recruiters, and think they are job hunting. Obviously, these people are only kidding themselves. Job hunting is time-consuming work. It involves knocking on doors even if there are no jobs inside. It is the process of transferring the proficiencies that helped shape your career into job-hunting skills.
Welcome to the New Job Market
Surprisingly, few executives really understand the amount of work required to properly market themselves, nor do they comprehend the magnitude of their competition and how it will impact on their chances. Further, the average executive resume in circulation today fails to target a specific job objective, and tends to focus on past experiences as opposed to the abilities and talents sought by potential employers. An effective executive resume must show a prospective employer what has happened in your career, the actions you took to make those things happen, and the personal skills and abilities that allowed you to succeed in the job.
Flexibility Equals Success in Job Transition
In addition to establishing a plan of attack, the following principles should be an integral part of every job hunter’s mind set:
The best jobs - those that are challenging, responsible, high paying and enjoyable - are more difficult than ever to find and the competition for these positions has never been greater. This means a top-flight executive resume and an aggressive marketing effort are absolute prerequisites if you are to achieve the career and financial success you desire. Don’t forget, the only real difference between people in similar jobs who make $150,000 a year and people who make $250,000 is how they market themselves.