Good CEO Job Hunting Tips
CEO Job Hunting Advice: Following on from our previous article in our series, Executive Career Solutions covers subsequent elements regarding executive and CEO job hunting. In this article, we consider letters G to L in our sequence by introducing Guidance (i.e. important career help), Housekeeping (i.e. keeping up-to-date records), Interviews (i.e. preparation and techniques), Job Market Factors, Knowledge Base (i.e. examining skills and expertise) and developing a Long-Term Strategy. Related articles are found immediately below this post.
Post 2: CEO Job Hunting (G to L)
Guidance: Sometimes it is necessary to seek guidance, advice and support from fellow executives, career management companies or an influential person in developing a career (i.e. mentor). The idea is to promote good practice, reconcile key issues, eliminate uncertainties and establish a fully integrated career plan.
Housekeeping: This relates to documenting ALL job search activities, details of contacts, target companies and networking prospects for tracking purposes. Another aspect is to continually document career history, achievements and executive recognition, essential for updating CVs and providing evidence of suitability.
Interviews: Being shortlisted shows an obvious interest, so why waste this opportunity? Preparation is the key to strong interview performance – i.e. research the company, refine skills / techniques, identify robust examples/achievements, develop sales pitch/USPs, structure answers, ask good questions and know CV.
Job Market: Use market intelligence to identify key success factors (i.e. experience, skills and expertise requirements), monitor sector trends (i.e. salaries and business developments), follow companies (i.e. knowing which one’s are recruiting), build relationships with headhunters and establish contacts networks.
Knowledge: Possessing specialist knowledge, skills and expertise is a key differentiator, especially at the top level where executives have accumulated strategic, leadership and decision-making acumen over a number of years. Always give credible examples (and evidence) of how this knowledge has been applied.
Long-Term Strategy: Often the most successful CEOs execute a well-defined plan. Thinking long-term focuses the mind, sets priorities and gives a framework for identifying professional development needs, setting targets and achieving goals. Set 1, 3 and 5 year plans to cover short, medium and long-term targets.
CEO Job Hunting Advice – Posts Continued:
Review our other CEO Job Hunting Advice articles to share knowledge, best practice and essential preparation tips. The idea is to provide a quick guide and overview for refining CEO job hunting skills and related strategies to maximise performance. The Chief Executive Magazine gives useful insights into latest issues affecting chief executives, leadership, talent management, global business and decision-making.
CEO Advice A-F: Achievements, Being Specific, CV, Development (Career), Examples, Feedback
CEO Advice G-L: Guidance, Housekeeping, Interviews, Job Market, Knowledge, Long-Term Strategy
CEO Advice M-R: Motivations, Networking, Objectives/Goals, Presentation, Questions, Research
CEO Advice S-Z: Sales Pitch, Targeted Approach, USPs, Vision, Weaknesses, X-Factor, ‘You’, ‘Zero’