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The infamous food chain – this is where corporate life mimics the animal world, although in the corporate world the food chain is shaped like a pyramid, with lots of junior employees at the base and fewer senior people as you move up the pyramid. With that picture in mind, the more senior your role, the more difficult it is to find a new job. So, how long does it take to find a more senior job? The answer is similar to the question “how long is a piece of string?” – it depends. There are so many factors (salary, education, experience, timing, geographic location, your network, industry, the economy, etc.) that drive the job search process. But don’t think of these factors as negative, think of them as positive and base your approach on how you will overcome or leverage your job search challenges. So, if there are fewer senior jobs, it stands to reason that there are fewer resources available to executives. But that is not always the case.
Many executive recruiters prefer to find candidates that are not currently job hunting, so keeping your professional network and social media up to date are key. While executive recruiters should be a key part of our job search, remember to leverage other job search resources as well.
Executive Job Search Resources – Some resources you should consider:
- LinkedIn – Whether it be entry level or senior executive, LinkedIn is a primary resource for executive recruiters and HR professionals. Remember to keep you profile up to date.
- Networking – Depending on which statistic you read, 50% to 75% of all jobs are found through personal relationships (friends, former coworkers, relatives, etc.). While LinkedIn is the best known, there are other alternatives as well. The following articles provide some alternatives (as well as additional resources).
Executive Recruiters -Like everything else in life, recruiters (executive or otherwise) come in all shapes and sizes. There is a “gray area” in terms of where Recruiters end and Executive Recruiters begin. There is a great deal of overlap on the fringe, but the high end of recruiting is fairly well defined. Many Executive Recruiters are on retainer for specific positions. The list of executive recruiters that follows is by no means the definitive list, it is simply my short list.
- Korn/Ferry – A global executive recruiter. They have numerous offices across the US and have offices in quite a few international locations as well. You can register with their site, search their site for current opportunities (and apply) or contact a consultant.
- Russell Reynolds Associates – Russell Reynolds is also a global executive recruiter. Unlike Korn/Ferry, you can not search their site directly for current opportunities, but you can find a consultant and send your resume.
- Spencer Stuart – Another global executive recruiter. Similar to Korn/Ferry, you can register on the site as well as send your resume. There does not seem to be an option to search for current opportunities.
Executive Job Search Resources – Yes, Executives have to eat too and they also need to tap into job search resources. Several great job search resources are listed below.
- The Executive Job Search – The Riley Guide, one of the best job search resources on the Internet (if not the best), provides this link which is a full page of resources dedicated to Executive job search and resources, job lead sources, interim executive sources and so much more. It is definitely worth spending some time on this page.
- BlueSteps – This organization is associated with the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). They provide access to thousands of executive recruiters around the world and provide a number of benefits for those that join their premium services.
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