Investment in your executive career is not an option if you want results. As an executive, you know that it often times takes going the extra mile to get the job done and reach a goal. Your mindset should be engaged to apply some of those same management strategies and tactics with your executive job search.
1. Big picture thinking. Most executives have the ability to focus on the big picture and not get bogged down with little details (they delegate those pieces). In your career management plan, focus on what is going well, what isn’t working, and change your plan accordingly.
2. Streamline processes. Use technology (programs, apps, smartphone) to help you manage data, calendar, contacts, etc. Entering this data could even be delegated to someone else to free up your time for tasks that only you can do.
3. Smart networking. Make the most of the time you invest in networking. Be prepared for better results. Who will attend? Who do you want to meet? Follow up by sending a pertinent article/resource or suggesting a meet-up at some future time.
4. Hire a professional. I don’t imagine you would drill and fill your own teeth. The same applies to your career. Consider a professional career coach to help you with executive interview techniques, executive job search strategies and salary negotiations.
5. Guard your online image. Google yourself—executive recruiters and hiring managers will. Keep your posts professional and profiles updated including a recent professional picture, up-to-date contact information and career details.
6. Mastermind. In Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, he introduces the concept of a mastermind group where people surround themselves with mentors and like-minded professionals to tap for advice and information sharing. Putting together your own group like this can be quite beneficial. If you prefer working with one person, seek out someone who you admire for his or her talents and successes.
7. Dress for success. In most corporate settings, executives are expected to dress a notch above the general staff. This denotes authority and can exude confidence. Maintain the same dress code during your executive job search – your clothes speak volumes without saying a word.
8. Ongoing professional development. The business world is changing at breakneck speed and a portion of what you learned in college years ago is handled differently today. Be attractive to a prospective employer by continuing your education and staying up-to-date in your specialty field.
We can all be reminded of the famous Stephen R. Covey quote, “Start with the end in mind.” As you are reflecting on your executive career or preparing for a transition to another company or industry, examine your goals and what you want to ultimately accomplish. Do you want to retire in 10 years? Start your own company? Move up the corporate ladder? Whatever your goals, start with the end in mind to create your strategies and incorporate them into a career management plan. Invest in yourself by investing in your career.
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