Successful Executive Job Hunting

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Executive Job Seekers need to be proactive and brand themselves in a way that will set them apart from the competition. Here are 10 suggestions:

1.  Define a clear career path:

2.  Set and understand short and long-term goals:
3.  Write a compelling resume that succinctly communicates:
4.  Develop an effective customized cover letter to “sell” yourself to potential employers:


5.  Develop a strong network of individuals that can aide in your job search and placement:

6.  Maintain an up-to-date list of references who will vouch for your expertise and leadership abilities:
7.  Become an expert at social networking:
8.  Have a thorough understanding of the company and prepare for tough interview questions:
9.  Maintain professionalism throughout the application and interview process:
10.  If offered the job, know how to negotiate your comp and benefits package:
  1. The Pause: After hearing an offer, taking a breath and remaining silence for a few seconds will communicate that you are disappointed with the offer, and the recruiter may offer you higher salary
  2. Guarantee acceptance if given a higher pay: Negotiating a salary means the human resources team will need to do more work to get your offer approved, which can be an inconvenience if they are not sure you will take the job. Let them know that if they increase the pay by x-amount of dollars, you will take the offer and offer to start work on a specific date.
  3. Use competition to your advantage: If you are interviewing or have interviewed for other jobs, indicate that you are very interested in the opportunity but are expecting to receive another offer soon. If the company knows they are competing for you, they may raise the salary.
  4. Consider other benefits besides salary: You may also want to negotiate an extra week of vacation, a more flexible schedule, the ability to occasionally work from home, a car allowance, company cell phone, etc.
  5. Ask for an early review: Most companies offer a performance review after 3 or 6-months and on your 1-year anniversary. However, you may ask them to consider a merit increase at the 3-month review if you have exceeded all established short-term goals.

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