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Revitalizing a Job Search

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

With 2010 now in full gear, it is time to revitalize and evaluate a job search as the executive winter market is upon us.  Companies are seeking to add executive talent early in the year to deliver results during this year and meet their objectives.  Hiring will also occur after bonus payouts so that a new employer will not have to pay for bonuses lost.

Key Tips:

  • Reexamine your resume as a marketing document, not a summary of everything that you have done.  Any upfront summary is really a positioning statement of who you are and what makes you different.  Show key accomplishments in bullets starting with action words and quantification of results achieved if possible.  More than 5 bullets for a position for key accomplishments is too much.  Leaving off early positions or a date when you graduated does not get you more interviews as many career counselors suggest, but rather raises suspicions about your background.
  • Reestablish network relationships by providing value to them and asking for advice, not open positions.
  • Never submit directly to a job on a company’s career site as that puts you off limits for executive search firms with that company and rarely gets you an interview.  Get in touch with a key employee to refer you for that position or work with a recruiter to get introduced to an executive, not a computer data base.
  • Ensure that you have a good profile on LinkedIn and join groups that are related to your industry and function to be easier to contact and see what jobs and discussions are occurring in your field.
  • View finding a new job as a job and work at it diligently with a purpose and plan.
  • Have specific targets rather than being “open” in your discussions to demonstrate your work interests and passions.
  • Stay positive and enthusiastic by working out and keeping active with friends, family and business connections.