Today’s professional job market is highly competitive and more difficult than ever. The economy and world events have had both a positive and negative impact on the economy and how companies find and retain talent. There are tools every executive should be using – ranging from THE Austin Search to an executive search firm – that can assist you with your job search.
Companies in all fields are competing for mid and senior-level managers, leaders and executives. Mid and senior level managers, professionals and executives who are also targeting these companies in all fields, can only be successful by conducting a well-planned, proactive career search. Targeting the right decision-makers who value their skills, education and experience is the solution to success in today’s job market.
It’s true. People still hire people. Technology and process are only facilitators. Here are five tools every executive should be using in their job search.
THE Austin Search
THE Austin Search has become one of the most respected career search firms by virtue of our personal networks and the relationships we have grown and nurtured with the people we have served. Our depth of experience and unique work style offer our clients benefits unavailable at other firms in the Austin area.
Leveraging years of experience our executive staff understands the corporate global environment and has the credentials and track records to prove it. Their team has experience with all functional disciplines including Engineering, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations, Sales, and Marketing.
Besides being a job board site, LinkedIn is a place to network and showcase your expertise. Grow your network by connecting with colleagues, previous co-workers, and the people who you have professional relationships with. Fill out your profile completely, because executive recruiters use LinkedIn profiles to research and identify candidates for leadership roles. Putting a good foot forward on LinkedIn greatly improves the success rate of your job search.
Executive Search Firms
Some executive search firms make their money by placing candidates at companies, and do not charge candidates to work with them. Some do just the opposite, based on the individual’s needs and how much personal attention they require. Take advantage of this by selecting an executive search firm to work with on your job search. By getting on an executive recruiter’s radar, and by getting into an executive search firm’s database, you are developing a referral network for potential leadership opportunities.
Like it or not, your resume is still a valuable part of a job search. Make sure you take the time to update your resume to accurately reflect the value you can bring to an organization. List your achievements and button everything up to put your best foot forward.
If you have expertise in a particular area, find a niche site that can assist you in your job search. For example, if you have worked at nonprofits for several years, find a nonprofit executive search firm that works with nonprofits and social enterprises. Or, if you are interested in Austin based employment opportunities, use THE Austin Search to discover jobs that are specific to the Austin area. The more focused you are in your job search, the better results you’ll see.
What other tools are you using in your executive job search?