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2015-07-19 12:19:41

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Writing and spoken English like your two feet - if you want to walk on American soil, you better sharpen your skills. In this internet era, someone can seat at home to make a career by doing the following. Can you do that?

Writing and spoken English like bread in American meal - you can't lack of it.
Are you really as prepared as you think you are?


Mark Anderson, ExecuNet President Mark.Anderson@exec-u-net-mail.com

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"Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do." — Helmut Jahn

Are you really as prepared as you think you are?

Dear Calvin:

The last eight years have taken their toll on the economy and on us as a country. The weight has been felt personally, emotionally and financially. But maybe, just maybe, there's a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. Sixty-eight percent of search firm recruiters we surveyed say the "war for talent" will be back by the end of 2015. When asked about what they're seeing in the executive job market, they say things are getting easier for the candidate and harder for the recruiter. They have a harder time now compared to five years ago to get executives to respond to their calls; say hiring managers are more willing to negotiate offers; and hiring decisions are being made more quickly because their clients fear missing out on top candidates.

Two out of every three executives surveyed are thinking about leaving, or are already preparing to leave, their company. The question is: Are they as prepared for their job search as they think they are?

No, not really.

Confidence is Not a Strategy
You've always been successful. You have plenty of experience. You can sell your accomplishments. People like you. All true I am sure, but the same is true for all the other candidates. The winner of this game has a strategy to stand out.

Our research shows that only half of active executive job seekers have a strategy for finding their next position. Less than half of those with a strategy are following their strategy as they would a business plan, and less than 20 percent believe their strategy is working.

The areas this group feels they need help with are:

  • Creating resumes that get attention
  • Writing and optimizing online profiles
  • Building an effective network
  • Finding unadvertised opportunities
  • Targeting companies
  • Overcoming ageism
  • Landing faster

These are common hurdles for job seekers. First off, I would advise deciding on your value proposition — what you are especially good at and what people know you for. You have to be able to concisely articulate the essence of what you excel at, and from there you can fill in bullets.

Networking Rules But do You Know the Rules of Networking?
Eighty-one percent of executives say the best way to find out about new executive-level jobs is through networking. They are right! Our experience has been that over 70 percent of executive-level positions are filled through networking. So after you have your value proposition nailed down, start researching companies and decide which ones you'd like to join. You will make it much easier for your network to be of actual help to you if you can tell them, "I am a skilled XYZ who specializes in ABC. It is my goal to do ABC at EFG company." Connect the dots for your network. Telling them you are looking for work is simply too broad... they are busy with their own lives. Instead tell them exactly what you are and where you want to be. Then they are able to see if they know anyone at the company you are interested in and may make a call on your behalf. Attend live networking events near you.

Get Some Help
It would also be wise to work with a career strategist. People don't know what they don't know. Being a highly successful (fill in the blank) doesn't make you a highly successful job seeker in today's market. The job search game has changed. Connect with people who are up-to-date in what's working now. Resumes have changed dramatically from just 5 to 10 years ago; online profiles are evolving constantly; networking is more than collecting large numbers of contacts. It's a whole new game. A career coach will help you with your value proposition, marketing materials, and a strategy to get noticed.

You go to a doctor to check your body's health. You go to a mechanic to check your car's health. To reach your career goals, it would be a good move to check in with a career coach. Our career services group can help you.

To your next success!

ExecuNet President Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson
ExecuNet President


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