Understanding the realities of a job search can help managers transitioning into an executive job prepare for their job transition. Moving from hospitality management, to a general manager or executive management position is a different process than candidates are familiar with.
1. Time Commitment
A job search is a full-time job, even with a strong team including personal assistant, transitional/life coach, recruiters, editor, and possibly a freelance marketing professional. It takes time to build your marketing collateral, establishing and marketing your brand, handling correspondence, scheduling, and searching job boards.
Job hunting for executives is not a Do-It-Yourself process. If you are still working towards an executive job then now is the time to start building your job hunting team, and finding a recruitment firm you can work with. Waiting until you need a team can be a career killing move. You want to have a team you trust, and work out the kinks, before you are vying for a 6 figure job position.
It can take 9 – 12 months to find a new position. The length of time depends on your skill, geography, and how strong your network is. The more flexible you are, and the fewer life anchors are holding you, the faster you will secure your next position.
2. Network or Recruiters
If you are looking for a job in the high 5 figures then you should have a network. That doesn’t mean your network will be useful in finding your next position. In fact, as time progresses asking your network can be detrimental to your job hunting efforts.
A network can be vital, but working with a recruitment firm can shorten the time span needed to secure a job.
3. Marketing Yourself
No matter how great you are, you are only as good as your last ‘measurable’ success. As you move through your career it is vital that you save ‘Sanitized’ presentations, manuals you’ve written, protocols you implemented, and reports.
Reports should focus on increases in profits, decreases in expenses, and problems solved. If you cannot prove your success then it may be more detrimental to discuss it. If you do not have ‘the numbers’ to validate your successes, then what exactly do you expect to market to prospective employers?
First strike career communications are no longer resumes. Now they happen on LinkedIn and twitter. By the time an executive’s resume is viewed they have been searched on Google and LinkedIn. Your resume has probably been reviewed on your website. Your social network has been reviewed.
Few executives (or C-suit managers) have time to invest in managing their digital marketing. That is why they hire a job hunting team to keep their online marketing valid, before they even consider a job search.
4. Don’t Self Sabotage
Many professionals have a life coach, or transition coach on their job hunting team to help them stay focused, and prevent them from self-sabotaging.
One of the most dangerous ways to destroy a career is to do nothing but job hunt. The longer you are unemployed the less desirable you are.
5. Executive Portfolio
Don’t fall behind. Executive Portfolios are changing. Their format, focus, and content are evolving. Many high level managers and executives waste months job hunting before realizing they never receive a call back because their portfolios are out of date.