Tips For a Successful Executive Job Search

An executive job search is very different today than it was a decade ago. One thing that hasn’t changed is the need for a quality resume. With the competition and the tools used by companies to filter out resumes, many professionals rely on the best executive resume writers to help them out. In fact, this is one of the first things anyone should do to help get their job search started correctly. Once you have a perfect resume, you can incorporate these three strategies to give your job search efforts a boost.

Don’t Waste Your Time With General Online Job Boards

Once your resume is finished, it can be tempting to search out on generic online job boards. However, even resume writers will tell you it’s probably not the best idea. General online job boards often times have old job postings or inaccurate job descriptions, not to mention the hundreds or thousands of applicants they receive every single day. Your chances of even having your resume viewed with human eyes are slim-to-none. Instead, focus your efforts in other areas including niche online job boards that provide a more focused experience for job searchers and employers who will take the time to review your resume. There’s nothing wrong with looking at general online job boards to get an idea of what openings companies of interest may have, but actually applying for those jobs online isn’t usually the best option. Stick to niche job boards and other networking.

Networking is Vital

Before you start looking for local networking events and attending them, which you definitely need to do, start by brushing up your LinkedIn profile and connecting with people through it. You can even use your findings from online job boards to search for people who work at the companies that interest you. Many executives aren’t natural networkers, so starting off a conversation through LinkedIn is a great way to break the ice, make the face-to-face interactions much easier and define your c-level personal branding. Always have a business card ready and hand them out to the people you connect with the most.

Determine Your Companies of Interest

If you don’t know what you are aiming at, you’ll hit it every time, so make a list of several companies you’re interested in working for, and then do extensive research on them. The best executive resume writers will ask you what companies you believe you are a good fit for, so they can tailor your resume to them. Your list of companies can come from your networking efforts, online research, past co-workers and more. When you hand over a resume to a potential employer, they want to see what value you will bring to them. A general resume won’t give them the information they want to see, so targeting the company in your resume will yield the best results.

Professional Resume Services is here to help executives have a seamless job search. We understand going through a job search can be stressful, time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Whether you need tips on improving your c-level personal branding, updating your resume or anything else related to your search, always feel free to contact us at any time and we would be happy to help.

About the author


Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.