Acquiring an executive position is a dream countless individuals aspire to reach. Finding the right circumstances and the appropriate role, however, is not the easiest objective to achieve. It is many times made more difficult by the decisions and tactics taken by the job searchers themselves. Use these shortcuts to make your search more effective and to speed up your executive career move.
Know exactly what you want
If you can’t tell people, including recruiters, what type of executive position you want, your network of people around you may have a more difficult time assisting you. You’re not helping them, or yourself, if you tell them that you want to consider any executive roles ranging from manufacturing to engineering and any industrial sector in-between. If you’re more specific, then you will be giving your friends, colleagues and family something more precise to target on. Also, when your network refers you to headhunters or hiring managers, they need not be afraid to put credibility on the line- both yours and their own.
Get active on social media
Headhunters often use social media such as LinkedIn more so than even emails. Research even suggests that the typical recruiter clicks on the LinkedIn site approximately one-hundred times per day at the very least. By just being active on such social networks, you’ll be able to be found by recruiters. Make sure you use the right keywords on your profile and to have an active presence within groups and events. By doing so, you’ll significantly increase your odds of being targeted.
Hone in on your skills and experiences
Look strategically for executive positions where your attributes represent a genuine and unique asset. Some specializations are frequently hard to find and thus worth a premium to those seeking them out. A former military officer, for instance, will have a key advantage for a technological company that is in the business of obtaining defense-related contracts. When conducting your job search research, target in on opportunities that best suit the strengths of your individual skills and experiences.
Don’t always focus on what you did before
Some individuals have become burned out by their past positions and want a fresh start, perhaps in a new niche or industry. If you fit this billing, be sure to communicate this to others. Aside from communicating this to your network, make this known as well in your online profiles (specifically on LinkedIn), CV, and other documents. In short: don’t describe yourself and your value based off of your old job and what you used to do if you didn’t like what you did previously. Focus on where you see yourself going forward.
Help others in their networking
There’s no question that when you put your network to work, it is one of the most efficient ways of finding a new executive position. This is especially true if your network is a motivated assortment of friends, family members, professional colleagues, former mentors, former clients, and former classmates.
However, these individuals are expecting this help to works two-ways. If anyone of these individuals ask for your help, be sure to inform them of opportunities and to offer real effort in assisting them. If you only pay these individuals lip service, and they realize this, then they will surely not provide the same high standards of assistance than they would to someone who was obviously looking out for their best interests as well.
Some prospective executives may also want to consider transitional opportunities in order to reach their overall objective. A marketing executive in the United Kingdom may ultimately looking for an executive position in Oman, for example. However, this individual had yet to learn Arabic and had limited cross-cultural training. This individual knew it would be almost impossible to acquire these skills to legitimately be competitive for the position he desired immediately.
To gain these skills, this individual might consider accepting a senior marketing position at an Omani firm. The job allows him to learn about cross-cultural management, gain greater competency in the language, and ultimately gives him the experience to be a more attractive candidate for his overall career goal.
Make sure you’re ready to to take your executive career to the next level and succeed. Sign up to the CI Executive Career Management programme and get access to a Career Coach to guide and coach you through your journey to board level. Also don’t forget to keep a lookout for the top roles that become available in emerging markets.