Executive Job Search & Career Transitions

This is part 3 of a series covering basic things employers look for in applicants. While every job, hiring manager, employer and situation is unique, there are usually common traits that employers look for, in almost every position.

A third thing that nearly every employer looks for is … Do you fit the culture?

Your next employer will evaluate if you fit the company’s culture, fit the department’s/team’s culture, and if the hiring manager just plain ‘ol likes you.

While most of this is determined during the interview, your resume can also help communicate fit. If your resume is effective to communicate the right fit, it can reduce your chance of being screened out of contention.

Follow these 6 tips to increase your chances you’ll be seen as a fit:

Recent years have been hard on job seekers across a wide spectrum, and recent business school graduates have been no exception to this. The state of the global economy and the resulting shortage of executive job opportunities have led to countless examples of highly educated executives working in roles beneath their qualifications or experience level, or in many cases worse, with business school graduates being unable to find employment of any kind.

However, there are encouraging signs for those graduating in 2011, and indications that the job market they are emerging into will be kinder to them than it was to those who graduated in the years preceding them.

Career change is natural, and it happens more often than you would think.  Studies have shown that the average professional will change careers (not just jobs) multiple times throughout the course of his or her lifetime.  Therefore, whether you’re bored with your current direction, have been laid off due to downsizing and budget cuts, or are simply looking for a fresh start, a career change may be just what you need to take your professional life to the next level.

While it can be overwhelming and even scary to take the leap and try to change careers, here are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you are as effective as possible in your efforts and end up in a place that is truly right for you:

This is part 1 of a series covering basic things employers look for in applicants. While every job, hiring manager, employer and situation is unique, there are usually common traits that employers look for, in almost every position.

Typically, candidates can’t easily see things through a hiring manager’s eyes (even if they have been a hiring manager themselves) … because the process of “telling your story” often gets in the way.

One commonly overlooked area that nearly every hiring manager looks for is … Can you help me solve my high priority problems?

Almost every employer wants to hire someone who can solve their priority problems, no matter if you are applying for a shop floor position or to be CEO.

The stakes are higher when undertaking a global job search - it is more important to know who you are, what you’re doing and where you’re going. Patti Wilson shared her expertise in our recent BlueSteps Executive Webinar Going Global: Executing a Cross Border Job Search. Take a look below for some highlights:
Begin at the Beginning. Making a move across an ocean is a much bigger undertaking than changing your commute to work and therefore requires much more consideration.
  • Identify your career niche - what you want to do, what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing;
  • Look at the market place, is the economy growing or shrinking, do your target companies operate in the location you want to work from?
New opportunities and challenges can be found everywhere, however, the best place for career growth in your field might no longer be on your doorstep. Cross border job search can be a huge undertaking and can present challenges on both professional and personal levels.

Perhaps you are an expatriate and you want to return to your home country, or you are working in your home country and would like to gain experience of working in another country, or of having multi-country management responsibilities. Here are some tips which we hope you will find helpful.

Everyone who has gone through a job search – and who hasn’t? – knows that it isn’t who you know that will land you your next position, it is the people that your contacts know. This is especially true at the senior executive level, and getting across how brilliant you are to third degree connections requires a certain amount of planning and effort.
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As a general rule, I do encourage people to accept interview and meeting invitations. Even if you are not interested in the job now, you may become interested as you learn more. You meet new people which could lead to other opportunities. You learn about what other companies are doing. Even when you’re happily employed, it’s useful to know your market and get a sense for your value.

That said, we all have limited time and energy. We physically can’t network 24/7, nor should we. There may be other things that are more important, even for jobseekers. Here are 3 examples of when you might want to decline a meeting: