Director Job Hunting Advice

Our third article in our A to Z Executive and Director Job Hunting series, covers letters from M to R. This includes Motivations, Networking Contacts, Objective Setting (Planning), Presentation (i.e. moments of truth, delivery, professionalism and personal branding), Questions (i.e. asking good interview questions) and Research (i.e. underpins whole employment search process). Links to related posts are found below.

Part 3: Director Job Hunting Advice (M to R)

Motivations: Having compelling reasons for doing something improves motivation, gives direction and ultimately becomes more enjoyable. Applied to a career setting – do some soul searching, identify strengths (and weaknesses), research the job market or even read an autobiography or career book for inspiration.

Networking: With 70% of opportunities never advertised, the ‘hidden job market’ becomes critically important. Use existing contacts, establish relevant networks, build relationships with headhunters and use dedicated networking tools like LinkedIn to increase networking potential. LinkedIn Profile Writing Services.

Objectives: Planning ahead should be an integral part of any executive career strategy. Always define SMART Objectives – Specific; Measurable; Achievable; Relevant and Time-Focused. Continually review, refine and update objectives to maintain focus, identify gaps (gap analysis) and monitor ongoing progress.

Presentation: Initial impressions count significantly, so impeccable presentation, professionalism and accomplished delivery at interview are crucial. Follow executive role models, match behaviours and work on developing a ‘personal brand’ to positively reinforce behaviours (i.e. improve marketability and confidence).

Questions: Asking good questions at interview always impresses employers. It shows an assured approach, genuine interest and evidence of research. First interview questions should be more general (i.e. company culture, executive team and responsibilities). Second interview questions can be more specific.

Research underpins any effective employment search strategy. It helps provide useful intelligence about the job market, target companies (i.e. company culture, possible opportunities and long-term initiatives) and aspects like salary benchmarking (Executive Salary Negotiation Strategy) and identifying sector trends.

Executive and Director Job Hunting Advice – Related Articles:

To gain a full picture of Executive and Director Job Hunting Advice, please read our four A to Z articles in the series. The idea is to summarise good director job hunting advice, preparation tips and best practice.

Director Advice A-F: Achievements, Being Specific, CV, Development (Career), Examples, Feedback

Director Advice G-L: Guidance, Housekeeping, Interviews, Job Market, Knowledge, Long-Term Plans

Director Advice M-R: Motivations, Networking, Objectives/Goals, Presentation, Questions, Research

Director Advice S-Z: Sales Pitch, Targeted Approach, USPs, Vision, Weaknesses, X-Factor, ‘You’, ‘Zero’

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