You’ve been in your job for a while and are feeling undervalued and unappreciated. Where do you go from here? Maybe it’s time to move up a gear and go for one of those management or executive jobs that might offer you the fresh challenge you need. It’s perfectly reasonable to want to advance and grow in your career and is a natural step to move up the career ladder.
Unfortunately it involves a bit more than luck (although you might be one of the very lucky few that’s in the right place at the right time to be offered an amazing role by the CEO of a company), so you should prepare to do some groundwork to find an Executive Job role that suits you. The best place to start is with an internet based search that will give you the right places to contact.
Once you’re registered with a good recruitment agency the opportunities should start rolling in, and if you’re offered an interview you’ll need to handle it a bit differently than your usual job interview.
For starters, you will need to think and dress like an executive and not just a jobbing candidate. You need to come across as someone that is an executive and not someone that’s trying to be one. First impressions really do count so dress to impress by wearing your smartest suit or business wear and make sure that you are freshly shaven/made up accordingly. Look like an executive and you’ll be treated like one, even if you don’t get the job!
Secondly, you will need to display your knowledge of your chosen industry like an expert. Employers aren’t interested in employing managers that will need to be trained or worse, need constant hand holding. They are looking for someone that can start the job and “hit the ground running” needing minimal training of how the company does things and can then go and do their job.
Executives can’t be “all-rounders” they have to be a fountain of knowledge in their chosen field, nearly three quarters of applicants are successful because of their knowledge of a subject. Basically, companies aren’t looking for graduates.
You also need to make sure that you CV is solid with no gaps and that each of your previous job roles is well detailed. You will also have to prove yourself by talking honestly about why you left that role so make sure that you have prepared answers to avoid any embarrassing silences.
Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects including Executive Jobs.
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