Executive Job Search

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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An executive job search is nothing at all like the quest for contractor gigs, clerical work, and other "labor" jobs. The skills expected of a potential manager or CEO are fundamentally different from those expected of construction workers, secretaries, and project coordinators. In a lot of ways, these skills are much harder to define, since they revolve around things like leadership, ethics, vision, and other hard-to-define qualities.

That said, the demand for top-level executives with proven track records remains high, even in sluggish economies. In fact, demand often rises for great leaders in times of crisis, as they are the ones that boards of directors and owners turn to in order to turn ships around. A great executive not only instills confidence in the top brass of his or her corporation but the underlings as well, the very people who make the company run.

Conducting Your Executive Job Search

The parameters of your executive job search will be largely defined by your past work experience. If you've spent years running a sales force, few companies will expect you to handle a role as a technology officer. By the same token, if you've spent the past 20 years developing cutting-edge software for a computer firm, you'll likely make a poor real estate office manager. That's not to say that many executives don't swap horses midstream, just that good executives tend to play to their strengths.

Conducting a search for management jobs can be somewhat harder than looking for retail jobs or other entry-level positions. For one thing, executives tend to stick around in the same job a lot longer than coffee shop workers and telemarketers. There's also fierce competition for the most selective jobs out there, which means girding yourself for battle is one of the most critical components of your executive job search.

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