A to Z of Executive Job Hunting Skills UK
Executive Job Hunting Advice: Forming the basis behind any executive job hunting strategy are certain core elements or key success factors likely to influence executive employment search / career development outcomes. ExecutiveCV.net seeks to incorporate many of these aspects into an A to Z framework as a useful and simple guide. The idea being to consider what executive headhunters and recruiters look for in candidates, ideas on establishing an effective job hunting strategy and exploring ways of differentiating executives and CEOs at the very highest level. This covers many areas likely to yield ‘quick wins’ and quickly improve effectiveness.
This is not an exhaustive list, but nonetheless forms the basis of an executive employment search. It is also useful to remember that such elements will be of lesser or greater importance based on the individual, plus 70% of opportunities are never advertised, so exploring the ‘hidden job market’ is critically important.
Part 1: Executive Job Hunting UK (A to F)
Achievements: Candidates must clearly showcase main achievements, outcomes and where they have influenced the wider organisation. Fully justify with examples and quantify figures where possible. Identifying and selling achievements is difficult (using an executive CV achievements section can help).
Be Specific when talking about achievements, examples and outcomes on the CV and at interview as it gives credibility, conveys clear understanding and shows confidence in own abilities. Being vague when presenting information only adds to uncertainty for the recruiter, so increasing the risk of not being selected.
CV: A clearly targeted, well-marketed and effective CV will make an impression with recruiters. Most initial recruitment decisions are made based entirely on the CV alone, so having a well-presented, up-to-date and focused CV always works best (quickly responding to opportunities is crucial and follow top 10 tips writing an executive CV from employers and headhunters to help).
Development: A longstanding track record and continued professional development is very important for executives. Having an MBA, specialist (relevant) degree or professional qualifications all give added credibility as do professional memberships, associations, certifications and non-executive director positions.
Examples: Executives must provide strong evidence of suitability using examples of how they influenced the wider organisation, applied specialist knowledge (expertise) and shown top level strategic / leadership credentials. Recruiters always dig deeper and interrogate decision-making rationale at interview.
Feedback is critically important as it helps shape future performance. Recruiters may give constructive feedback regarding CVs, interviews, assessments and overall performance. Experienced at selecting and matching executives to opportunities, means recruiters are a wealth of expert information and advice.
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See other articles in our Executive Job Hunting Advice UK series. The idea is to profile a useful A to Z list of executive job hunting behaviours, best practice and preparation tips to maximise chances of success.
Executive Advice A-F: Achievements, Being Specific, CV, Development (Career), Examples, Feedback
Executive Advice G-L: Guidance, Housekeeping, Interviews, Job Market, Knowledge, Long-Term Plans
Executive Advice M-R: Motivations, Networking, Objective Setting, Presentation, Questions, Research
Executive Advice S-Z: Sales Pitch, Targeted Approach, USPs, Vision, Weaknesses, X-Factor, ‘You’, ‘Zero’