What Do I Need to Get an Executive-level Job?

Can you give the top three things I have to execute to get an executive-level job and why they are important?

Ann-Z-new1) Skills: The best CFO in the world is not going to land a CIO role, so making sure that your specific skill set matches up what the company is looking for is critical to success.

2) Network: By the time someone gets to the executive level, he/she will have had contact with a multitude of people in their past. Every single person will walk away having either a positive or negative impression of you. Karma does indeed have a long memory, and if you aspire to be in a leadership role, remember to be professional, be a person of your word, and be kind. There is nothing that cannot be done better in a business setting by consistently remembering those three guiding principles. Failure to treat others with respect will ultimately come back to haunt you at some point in your career.

3) Technology: Staying abreast of technology is critical in this day and age. We consistently see executive level candidates that are so afraid of technology that they pass on the final interview because it involves Skyping, or balk when requested to prepare a PowerPoint presentation. You don’t have to be a technical wizard, but acknowledge that the world moves at a very fast pace these days, and having a basic ability to utilize Skype, Excel and Google SpreadSheets to name a few is critical. Yes executives have assistants, but if you are afraid to ask for help and refuse to embrace some of the basic tools now available, you will not get far in your job search, because you will be perceived as out- of- touch and resistant to learning new ways of doing things. We see it on a monthly basis with older, highly qualified candidates and it is truly a shame.


Ask Ann,

Have a question you’d like a recruiter to answer? Write to me at AskAnn@execunet.com



Ann Zaslow-Rethaber

Ann Zaslow-Rethaber

A recruiter since 1996, Ann Zaslow-Rethaber is the president of International Search Consultants, a global executive recruiting firm launched in 1999.

ISC has become one of the country’s most reputable search firms, earning more recommendations on Linked In than any other 3rd party recruiting agency in the entire country. With a team of 15 talented recruiters, utilizing the very best high- tech tools available, ISC can produce highly qualified candidates for companies with hi-volume recruiting needs.

No Replies to "What Do I Need to Get an Executive-level Job?"