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Wednesday
Mar162016

JobSearch Tips: How to Create a Great Strong Resume

Tips on How to Get Your Executive Job Search Resume Noticed...

Tips on How to Get Your Executive Job Search Resume Noticed...

Basic Statistics in Today's Market You Need To Understand

   On average, your executive resume will be looked at for only 10 seconds!!

 The average person in today's labor market is in a job for only 2.5 to 3 years.

 After graduating from college, most people can expect to have 12 to 16 jobs in their lifetime.

7 Styles of Resumes You Need to Be Aware Of

There are basically seven types of executive resume forms from which you can choose. You will most likely select the one that best suits your style, with the understanding that in certain unique situations, you may want turn to some of the other alternatives.

1. Reverse chronological (preferred one)

2. Combination type, both chronological and functional

3. Functional

4. Biographical letter (the "no resume" resume)

5. "Handbill" resume and mini resume

6. "Tell-all" resume

7. Targeted resume

Overall Recap

Initially, spend most of your time building your accomplishment list. Then focus on creating a quality "Summary" that will successfully position you for the type of job you want to interview for. At the same time, differentiate yourself from the other executive job candidates who are vying for the same position. Set a timer for 10 seconds and conduct a mock pre-interview with a friend. When the timer goes off, have your friend tell you what they know about you and your professional executive background based on reading/scanning your resume for 10 to 15 seconds. If you are not happy with their answer, look at your resume and try to figure out where you message is breaking down.

Bear in mind that 90% of people finding executive jobs are currently succeeding through networking. Keep working on your list of 200 target companies. In your research, you will uncover what traits and qualities they are looking for in an executive employee. That is precisely the information you need to customize in your executive resume, executive cover letters, and executive follow-up letters to them.

Remember in your initial contact with a company to send a two-page customized executive resume that is detailed but brief. You want to entice the executive hiring authority into asking for additional information. That will necessitate him or her having to reach out to you to set up an interview. Save your long, full executive resume for your second face-to-face interview.

After you have completed your first interview, you will have a better idea of how to customize your executive resume to address the company's specific needs. This is Marketing 101.

Remember that you are the product. Keep doing this method over and over for every target company, and before you know it, you'll have sold yourself. You will find this information in my recently released new book CLICK BOOK COVER for more information Before I leave you today, I would like to leave you with a thought for today . . .  

Capitalize on Your Strengths

 

Thomas Alva Edison was almost deaf. But he didn't waste

valuable time trying to teach himself to hear. Instead, he

concentrated on the things he did best: thinking, organizing,

and creating. And he became great because of it.

—Anonymous

*** The above material is are excerpts from my newest executive job search book, The NEW Rules of Job Search – How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy, Chapter 3 – Secrets to a Homerun with Your Resume. Here is the information on that book, The NEW Rules of Job Search: How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy    

Have a good week with your executive job search.  

Feel to contact me at sweet@ExecutiveJobSearchExpert.com if you are ready for professional help with ramping up your executive job search results.  

I look forward to helping you achieve great results with your executive job search!  

Eleanor  

Eleanor Anne Sweet

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Wednesday
Mar092016

Job Search Tips: Job Search Mindset if Tips

Executive Job Search is Like Growing Bamboo - Patience Executive Job Search is Like Growing Bamboo - Patience

Managing the Ups and Downs of the Executive Job Search

One of the things that will help you to develop a positive mindset about your executive job search is to start feeling more in control. You also need to face up to how frightened and angry you are if you are currently unemployed, especially in a challenging economy like this one. You may also be dealing with feelings such as fear, anger, shock, disbelief, self-doubt, denial, betrayal, guilt, depression, shame, etc. over losing your executive job. First off, let me say that all of these responses are normal and common.

Unfortunately, everybody goes through them at various times while looking for a new executive job. They are normal emotional stages everyone deals with. Do not worry if at times you feel discouraged or emotionally out of control. Traditionally, when you're unemployed, the five main emotions are anger or being mad, sadness, shame, fear, and gladness. (Why gladness? A lot of people are relieved to be free of the executive jobs they were unhappy in.) Denial is also part of the game. One day you'll find yourself feeling up and the next day down in the dumps. Your response to your situation is bound to be a roller coaster of emotional mood swings. Again, this is normal. You are not losing your mind! The trick is to manage these emotions and compartmentalize them. This way, they do not paralyze you from taking action to regain control of your life and find a great executive job you can be excited about!

The longer you allow these emotions to bring you down and paralyze you, the longer it will take you to land your ideal job.

Ironically, it is when you might be most discouraged with your executive job search progress that you most need your determination and confidence to come out of the situation. They are what will position you as a winner. I suggest you go to my blog, on the web site www.ExecutiveJobSearchExpert.com: "Sweet Job Advice." In particular, read the February 3, 2016 entry, the bamboo story from Zig Ziglar.

This story drives home the important point that an executive job search is similar to growing a bamboo tree. Both a bamboo tree and a job search take a lot of preparation, feeding (your pipeline), and nurturing (follow through) before the fruits of your efforts are necessarily seen. The key is to keep watering and taking care of your bamboo tree. Suddenly, after five years of not "growing," your bamboo tree will grow 90 feet in one season! The same is true for your job search: Suddenly, after all your efforts, you will be rewarded with interviews and job offers. It will not help your situation to continuously beat up on yourself, though we all have done so at one time or another. Being hard on ourselves is human nature in terms of how we cope with such situations. If you find yourself going through a temporary phase of being completely overwhelmed with your executive job search, take some time off. You'll need a break to get re-energized and shake off the negative thinking.

If you're looking full time for an executive job, I suggest you take three hours off a week. Reward yourself by doing something that you normally would not have had the luxury of doing while you were working. It could be volunteering at your children's school, meeting a friend for breakfast or lunch, etc. Allow yourself an hour to walk outside the house. Another idea is to engage in some type of physical activity, such as a house maintenance project. (Your spouse will be pleased. Don't forget that this period of instability is a particularly hard time for spouses as well.) Try to find some project you can easily control, complete, and witness visual results from. I personally love gardening. I remember being depressed following the death of my mother. The day after the funeral, I felt overwhelmed. So I basically went out into the garden and the hillside and probably chopped down about 25 buckthorn trees. The physical labor and visual results helped me refocus and get re-energized. If the weather is bad, you can also work inside the house, touching up some of the chipped paint or caulk or repainting a room, closet, basement, or garage.

*** The above material is an excerpt from my newest executive job search book, The NEW Rules of Job Search – How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy, pages 25-27..   Bottom line is to take action steps with your executive job search every day. At the same time allow you a little down time to recharge. I look forward to helping you land that next great executive job that you have been looking for during your executive job search! Take care,   Eleanor Eleanor Anne Sweet Executive Job Search Expert Coach ™  

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Wednesday
Mar022016

Job Search Tips: Take time everyday for Your Job Search

Take a step everyday with your executive job search to make progress

Take a step everyday with your executive job search to make progress

If you don't climb the mountain, you can not see the view. It is going to take effort"

- Author Unknown  

Executive Job Search is a pain in the neck, but worth all the effort. Stay with it, stay focused on your goal of succeeding with your job search, in spite  of the hurdles being thrown in front of you.

"Hope is a renewable option:

if you run out of it at the end of the day,

you get to start over in the morning. "

- Barbara Kingsolver

  I know you will succeed and win!!  

Eleanor

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Wednesday
Feb242016

Job Search Tips: 15 great Tips for Your Job Search 2016!

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Executive Job Search Success in 2016!

Here are some great tips to help you ramp up your executive job search in 2016.

These tips come from my popular book:  The NEW Rules of Job Search - How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy!

15 Tips to a Successful Job Search

1. Get focused on the type of executive job you're seeking.

2. Create a new resume or update/edit a pre-existing resume to match your current executive job search campaign. I'm firm believer in multiple versions of your resume, with a different one to serve each of the various executive job opportunities you're considering. Create a customized resume to focus on the skill sets specifically listed in each executive job listing you're applying for. Also, when it comes to the length of your resume, less is better for your initial submissions. Try to keep it to two pages. You can take the longer version (two to three pages) to the actual interview.

3. Create a list of target companies/industries you would like to work for. I suggest you start with 20 companies in your "A" list and then add 100 to 200 more along with all their contact information to your "B" and "C" lists. Gather all the appropriate contact information you will need to follow up on during your executive job search campaign. I advise creating this information in Microsoft Excel if you are familiar with that software. Set up different spreadsheets for various industries. I have designed for you a suggested Excel template to use. You will find this template as reader Bonus Material at the end of this chapter (Chapter 1) for you to access and use throughout your executive job search process.

4. Send your resume to the appropriate contact person on your list. When in doubt, my suggestion is to send it to the president of the organization. From there, it should get passed down to the appropriate department. By taking such an approach, you'll also have the added benefit of the president being aware of your paperwork internally. Given the high number of people who are currently looking for a job in today's highly competitive executive job market, I recommend mailing or faxing your resume. Doing so will give your paperwork more visibility. Arrange it so that your cover letter and resume arrive on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday for the simple fact that people tend to have more time in the middle of the week to devote to reading all their correspondence.

5. Work on your "Visual Brand." When interviewing, make sure you have a professional business suit that fits you. Now is the time to make sure you have your corporate attire in order. I suggest you try everything on in advance to make sure it fits properly and still works for you. This may sound like an obvious thing, but since the current corporate climate tends to be "business casual," most people's professional business attire has been sitting in the back of their closet for quite some time. As a result, it may not currently fit the way it did when they originally purchased it. If you have gained some weight you've been meaning to get rid of, now would be a good time to lose a couple of pounds and start working out. (Check with your doctor prior to undertaking any new intense exercise program.)

6. Make sure your business portfolio is complete and up to date. I always suggest taking your professional portfolio to the first interview in case it is requested. However, it is more traditional to present your portfolio on the second or third interview. Then it's expected that it will be shared and time is allotted for the presentation of it during the executive job search interviewing process.

7. Apply for executive jobs on the internet that interest you and that are fairly realistic in their qualifications relative to your professional executive background. Save copies of which executive jobs you have submitted a resume to online. Document which organizations you have applied to as well as appropriate contact information for follow-up on your Excel spreadsheet. My suggestion is to respond to executive job postings about two to three days after the initial posting. At this point, H.R. and the executive recruiters will still be interviewing for the executive position and your resume will get noticed more. Understand that most executive job postings, particularly in this tight labor market, will easily receive about 350 resume responses.

8. Create a list for executive recruiters who specialize in your area of expertise. Create an Excel spreadsheet that contains executive recruiters' contact information. See "myResumeAgent" on the www.TheJobSearchExperts.com website (www.thejobsearchexperts.com/my-resume-agent/). This tool, which comes from Kennedy Publishers of the Directory of Executive Recruiters, will assist you in emailing your resume to recruiters. This tool has six job function areas and six industries to pick from.

9. Send your executive resume to executive recruiters as an email attachment. That way they are able to scan the executive resume into their database.

10. Approximately seven days after your initial submission, start following up by phone with both the executive recruiters and the executive company contacts regarding the executive resumes you mailed.

11. Continue following up about every 30 days to check on the status of the executive job posting or with executive recruiters who may have new clients.

12. When you get your first interview, be it via phone or face-to-face, make sure you do your homework about the executive position, hiring authority, company, competitors, and ranking in the marketplace. From a professional standpoint, I consider the primary goal of a phone interview to be getting asked in for a face-to-face interview. Once you've scored an interview, the process really starts.

13. Always remember, to follow up all interviews with an emailed or traditionally mailed thank-you letter.

14. When you receive an offer in hand, make sure you get it in writing. Also be sure to request the same amount of vacation time and other benefits you have with your current employer or recent employer.

15. If a bonus is part of the executive compensation package, make sure you clarify it by asking, "What is the realistic executive bonus I can expect?" Lately, many companies have not been paying bonuses like they did in the past. With any luck, the economy is turning around and you will soon begin to see some type of executive bonus associated with your new job. The traditional rule of thumb used to be to expect an offer equal to your most recent executive salary. Unfortunately, this labor market is different from all other labor markets I have seen professionally over the past 23 years. In some ways, therefore, all bets are off. Welcome to "The New Economy." Nowadays, a better mantra is: "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." In other words, if you like the job, you are going to be gainfully employed, and the commute is reasonable, take the job. If the executive compensation is not really what you want, so be it. In this tight labor market, it is better to be employed executive than an unemployed executive. Given this current labor market, it is not uncommon for people to not have seen any raises for three to four years, to be unemployed for 12 to 18 months, or to be willing to take 50% pay cuts to get back in the game. You need to be practical for the sake of both your career and your family. Once you've accepted the executive position, if possible stay with it for a year. Then take time to re-evaluate the situation. As the economy improves, some companies may reward those executive employees who were realistic about the down business climate. The labor market is improving. And along with it, national compensation levels will re-stabilize eventually. That will most likely take three to four years until we regain the market levels we saw prior to this deep recession that we're slowly pulling out of.

CONCLUSION: If armed with the right executive job search strategy for their situation, I genuinely believe everyone can find a executive job. Perseverance, hard work, doing your homework, and great follow- up really makes the difference! Congratulations on a successful executive job search and getting closer to your new executive job! *** The above material is an excerpt from my newest executive job search book, The NEW Rules of Job Search – How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy, pages 15-19.

Have a great 2016 landing that next great executive job! I look forward to helping you land that next great job! Take care, Eleanor Eleanor Anne Sweet Executive Job Search Expert Coach  tm

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Wednesday
Feb172016

Job Search Tips: Great Resume Advice

Don't get Overwhelmed with Your Six Figure Executive Jobs Cover Letters

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