3 Tips for a Better Executive Job Search

December 27, 2011

Interviewing, Networking

Executive Job Search Tips for InterviewsConducting an executive job search is no easy task today. In fact, the financial website FINS Finance says that the average executive level job search takes 12 months today.

That’s a long time spent sending out resumes, networking with industry professionals, and fielding job-interview questions. Looking for an executive level job for an entire year can stress out even the most laidback of job seekers.

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to lessen the stress associated with an executive job search.

Don’t Lose Touch with Your Industry

Stay active in your field. Many people conduct executive level job searches while still working in a current position. But many others do not. If you fall into this second category, you’ll need to stay up-to-date with your industry and its newest trends. You can do this by taking on consulting work with companies in your field. You can volunteer for your industry association; you can take a night class; you might even take part-time, lower-paying work while searching for an executive job.

By staying connected with your industry, you’ll be better prepared to answer even the toughest interview questions. You’ll also be able to list your consulting, part-time or volunteer work on your resume, helping to erase a potential employment gap on it.

The Power of Networking

Never stop networking. It’s important to sharpen your networking skills while searching for an executive level job for a pair of reasons. The first is obvious: You’ll find the best executive level jobs through networking. The second reason, though, is equally important: Networking with industry professionals keeps you connected to your field. You might learn about important new software while chatting with an executive at a chamber of commerce luncheon. You might learn how new state legislation is impacting professionals in your industry while attending the monthly meeting of your industry association.

Again, your networking skills can make you a more knowledgeable candidate for any open position in your field. Hiring managers will be able to tell during interviews whether you’ve lost touch with your field.

Executive Job Searches Shouldn’t Take Over Your Life

Stay focused and healthy. Executive job searches are full-time jobs. If you’re not careful, they can consume most of your time. If you’re looking for a new executive level position while still holding your current job, an executive job search can eat up all of your free hours.

Make sure to stay healthy during what can be a grueling process. Eat right and don’t skip your workouts. Take time out to read, watch a movie, or go on a date with your spouse or significant other. Your executive job search is important, yes, but you don’t want it to become your entire life.

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