“Confused, lost, unsure, unclear, perplexed, bewildered, and disoriented.” These are just some of the words members have used to describe how they feel when taking on a job search.
“Common sense, straightforward, authentic, comfortable, well-practiced, informative, knowledgeable, and helpful.” And these are some of the words members used to describe ExecuNet Career Strategist Marsha Muawwad’s recent session of ExecuNet Master Class. The class, Stealth Job Search Strategies for Executives, was specifically focused on the employed job seeker, but there was plenty in there for any job seeker.
We researched which topics members most wanted covered in this session and the results were:
- Overcoming feelings of disloyalty to current employer
- Preparing for a search
- Aligning résumés and online profiles
- Using LinkedIn
- Increasing visibility with search firms
- Preparing for screening interviews
- Working with a coach
The realities of job search these days are that literally the world is open and available to discuss new career opportunities all the time. LinkedIn, the largest source of online profiles, consists of over 433 million people; it’s vital to stand out and not get lost in the crowd. With about 90 percent of executive jobs never getting posted, we’ve found that a very small percentage of executives find employment through job boards. Networking yields more success than any other method of job search – over 70 percent. This has been true at the executive level for a while now, but the face of networking into an executive-level job is constantly evolving. What worked 5-10 years ago has changed. The consistency of one’s story in the résumé, online profiles, personal marketing materials, and face-to-face is of the utmost importance.
Watch the recording of this session, available ondemand to VIP Platinum members, if you’re looking for a job. Marsha is a fantastic executive coach, and she talks about all of the points listed above, including handling your current boss if she gets wind of your plans and making your age work for you as an advantage – even if you’re over 50.
This session will help you understand how to land an executive job in today’s market and will show you what it takes to balance your current job and your career search to create the best results all around.
Who wouldn’t want that!
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