So what does your executive job search strategy entail? If you are spending more than 10 hours a week surfing the Internet and high profile career sites for recent job postings, you are wasting a lot of valuable time?
More than 85% of high paying executive job opportunities will never be posted, so think about all of the great jobs that you are completely missing by focusing all your efforts online.
It comes down to this - working through people you know, people you meet, and people you get referred to, and people you get to know through informational interviews who will play a critical role in helping you to get a job.
But in order to build your network of contacts, you need to get moving. Limit your Internet time to finding information on company background, network events, career conferences, and trade shows.
Here are immediate activities you can get involved in to increase your networking and referral building skills:
- Executive networking events and workshops
- Breakfast and luncheon meetings through professional associations
- Volunteering with your favorite charity or local community group
- Participating in an online community or blog
- Becoming a member in a job search club or coaching circle
- Public speaking opportunities in your industry or marketplace
It is critical to prepare a memorable, attention-getting elevator pitch for quick introductions at structured meetings.
If you have been recently laid off, you can still project a professional image by having business cards made with your name and contact information.