Simplify executive job search? Is that even possible?
It’s a given that job-hunting these days is a complicated process . . . more so than even a few years ago. And probably more so than the last time you looked for a job:
- The Internet and social media (especially LinkedIn) now play important roles.
- Personal branding is no longer optional.
- Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have gotten in the way of employers finding best-fit candidates.
- Job seekers must build a diverse, vibrant online presence that reinforces their personal brand. They must provide social proof. Otherwise they risk being invisible to executive recruiters and hiring decision makers.
- More best-fit jobs – especially at the senior or c-suite level – are waiting to be uncovered in the “hidden” job market.
- Networking your way into jobs is more important than ever. This allows you to circumvent Human Resources and executive recruiters (for as long as possible).
If you’re someone who thinks the first step in job search is to update your resume, you’re already in trouble.
How to simplify executive job search and land a great-fit job faster
Yes, it’s an involved process. Job search takes time. But you can make the experience more palatable and move it along faster, if you get organized and understand the big picture before diving in.
Instead of neglecting some steps and trying to skip ahead, dig in and get the hard work behind you. Edge out your competitors by taking the time to do the initial prep work, and then follow through with all the necessary steps.
Embrace the (somewhat) linear path for successful job search
Pare down all the possible career directions you could take, and zero in as much as possible on one clear focus.
Based on that career focus, research and target several companies that will be a mutual good fit.
Identify their pressing needs and create value around how you can help them meet these needs.
Craft a compelling personal brand story in online and off-line content that will support the value you offer your target companies. Generate chemistry for the value you offer, to help you land interviews.
Identify employees at almost any professional level at your target companies/organizations that you will connect with (via social media and real-life). Work towards getting employee introductions/referrals.
Identify recruiters in your niche to stay top-of-mind with.
Communicate your unique value when networking and interviewing, to outdistance your job-seeking competitors and get the job offers you deserve.