You won’t find a job or use the same tactics as when you were starting out or even a manager. Your network is your net worth and now is the time to explore its value.
I want to talk to those of you who are in an executive role about what not to do in your job search. Some of this should be painfully obvious, but I'm going to speak with you as though you are a complete newbie. After all, you may be a newbie at this level.
If you think finding your next job is going to come as a result of using the same tactics you employed when you are a less experienced individual or a manager, it is not going to work that way. What is going to work is your Rolodex. It's your branding. How many people know you, no I love you and how easily people can find out about you online.
This is it something that you can do in 10 minutes. This is a career exercise that is as important as what you actually do professionally and how you have delivered for your organizations.. After all, your,, network is your net worth. Your relationships with people who you have met professionally are going to be the currency that would will help you arrive at your next position.
I am not saying you should not connect with executive search firms but frankly, they don't want to hear from you. They want to contact someone who they believe will be appropriate which again translates into the people in your network who are known to them and your visibility online.
I'm certainly not going to suggest you run in and that says, "This is who I am and this is what I do." This is not about blogging on LinkedIn to create visibility. It is about maintaining your social contacts, speaking at group functions, being in the press releases for your organization, creating personal visibility for your successes. This is how branding is going to go for you. Your search will go longer because often you have neglected these parts of your background. Were these parts of your career efforts to emphasize the work that you do.
The place to start is the friendly "reach out call" that you haven't done in a year or more because frankly you and they had been too busy. You start with a, "Hi! How are you," phone call that talks about how they are doing, seeing if there is a place where you can help them, and responding if they ask you a question that asks about the fact that they haven't heard from you in 100 years. If they were busy, and depending upon the time of year, you can always kick off by saying, "it's January and I had memories of…" And you reference something that happened several years ago." Or, "it's June, " and you mentioned something that came into your mind from June years ago, "and I thought I would pick up the phone and call you." Or drop you a note if you are uncomfortable with a phone call.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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