Switching your career path can be a challenging time. There are a lot of difficult choices to be made, and after you’ve decided to leave your current field, you may be nervous about finding a new career with an executive resume that may not match the jobs you’re looking for. Reflecting your career change on your resume will help your new employers understand your switch and get a better sense of why you’re a good fit for your new career.
Updating Your Resume
When it comes to executive resume writing, it is important to show employers what skills you possess and how those skills would benefit their company. Even though your former career path may be different, it is likely you have many transferable skills that will still be relevant to your new job.
The most common way people give up
their power is by thinking
they do not have any.
- Alice Walker
The people who get the most discouraged and depressed by a job search are the people who feel powerless in it--they are at the mercy of job postings and resume roulette.
You'll feel more positive and actually get better results if you always remember that you have power.
If you don't see enough job postings, remember that for every one you see, there's at least one more you don't (the hidden job market). Go find those jobs.
Many of the hiring managers you contact won't have anything available. That's OK. Some will. In fact, you have the power to contact so many hiring managers that you get multiple interviews. It happens all the time. The more interviews you get, the more power you have.
30-60-90-Day Plans absolutely help new graduates get a leg up in the job search race. It's tough to get a job with no experience, but a 90-day plan shows that you can do the job even without it.
Jorge got a job usually reserved for pharmacists who complete a 2-year fellowship. Congratulations, Jorge!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your services (interview prep documents, videos, webinars, [Hidden] Jobs Finder, and 90-day plan). With your help I was able to secure a job in the pharmaceutical industry straight out of pharmacy school. Your 90-day plan outline helped me impress the company so much that I was given a promotion to a senior title, which is usually for pharmacists who complete a 2-year industry fellowship. Thank you for helping me get the job of my dreams.
Searching for a new job doesn’t have to be as difficult as some people make it. Although it may seem like staying at your current job is easier than looking for another one, you owe it to yourself to continue to seek new opportunities and develop throughout your career. When you are ready to make the leap into a new job opportunity, many professional resume writers recommend taking these steps.
C-level executive jobs are especially competitive. Your prospective employers not only want to know you can do the job well, but also feel you will fit into their company culture. Before you start your search, take an inventory of your skills and unique characteristics. Add these to your resume’s executive biography and be prepared to show off what makes you you!
Executive Job Seekers: One interview tool can make sure you get a strong offer and give you the blueprint to success in your new role. This strategy gets C-Level, President, VP, and Director job offers fast—so you save months of time and thousands of dollars, and don’t miss out on a plum job.
Imagine you were interviewing 2 candidates…one answers questions well, and the other answers questions well AND has a plan that shows you exactly how they would approach the job, so you have a substantial, in-depth discussion about it. Which one would you hire? You’d hire the one with the plan, of course.
Having a plan means that you can prove your fit for the job. It shows who you are and what you can do. It allows you to communicate at a much deeper level about this job and demonstrates your knowledge, drive, work ethic, and commitment to success.
Having an in-depth plan to discuss in your interview also means that you avoid the 3 biggest reasons executives fail in the first 18 months:
(1) Difficulty in establishing credibility;
(2) Inheriting a crisis without a plan for solving it; and
(3) Undefined performance metrics.
Discussing these things with a plan in your interview gives you a blueprint to success in your new role.
Starting from scratch, creating a substantial plan requires significant research and thought, as well as a considerable number of hours. Not only do you have to research the company, you have to evaluate all the different tasks, actions, and priorities to determine which ones will be the most impressive and move you furthest toward success. This can take days, or even weeks.
The 30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives has ALL of the tested, proven tips and insights you need to quickly create a professional, strategic, powerful plan that will give you the best interview of your life—and the job offer.
When you’re looking for a new job, you likely have a salary goal in mind. As you’re writing a professional resume, you begin thinking about what you’re really worth. However, when you’re presented with a job offer, you may feel like you either have to take it or leave it. However, this is not the case. With careful c-level personal branding and these tips, you can negotiate a better salary and gain the compensation you deserve.
Research Average Salaries
Salaries vary dramatically due to a variety of factors, including location, industry, education level, experience and employer budget. What you make at a position in one location may be significantly more or less in another location. Performing your due diligence can help you learn how much you can expect to earn in a given position. Consider both local and national statistics for a clearer picture. Be sure to bring this information along to show a prospective employer. Read more...
There are no traffic jams
along the extra mile.
- Roger Staubach
If you want to stand out in the job search and interviews, the cold hard truth is that you have to do a little more than everyone else. Go the extra mile. You'll be one of the few.
How do you go the extra mile in a job search?
To get interviews, stop applying online to jobs and instead, directly contact hiring managers. Applying for jobs is the same road that all the other job seekers are on. It's crowded and you will get lost in the traffic.
If you haven't heard back from the company by the time they said you would, don't just sit and wait like everyone else. Follow up.
These are the "go the extra mile" things that make you stand out.
To find out exactly how to find the hiring managers you need and exactly what to say to them to make them want to interview you, get the Hidden Jobs Finder. This tool has all the information you need to get the interview you want.
When I tell job seekers they need to close for the job, many of them are nervous about actually doing it (like Viv). But when they try it, they usually get a big reward--a job offer! (I love this email! Congratulations, Viv!)
I just had to drop you a line to share with you some feedback...
I took a risk...today I went for an interview and found myself uttering the words near the end "So is there anything you are thinking about right now that is making you hesitate in relation to me for this role?" [Closing for the Job]
I am paraphrasing there but it worked and I then successfully addressed the concerns the hiring manager had and then met the team at the end of the interview.
It is a temporary to permanent role...They will support my professional qualifications i.e. I am taking some examinations in November and will be studying for those but I won't complete until next May and they will support me in that and have offered me a travel pass to help with transport costs too.
There are lots of challenges ahead ... but looks like opportunities are there, too, for me to move forward and progress in my career path. The salary band is what it is but I can see scope for the future and I asked some pretty delving questions to be sure I now what is really going on.
So thank you Peggy for keeping me motivated and prepared to sell myself.
I will keep doing my homework because you make it so fun and practical and I am sure there is more I can learn to keep going in the right direction.
Peggy my fairy godmother.
Thanks for your help.
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When you hear the term, branding, what comes to mind? Most people think of businesses and the logos and slogans they use to capture the attention of their target audience. In the world of resumes and cover letters, your C-level personal branding isn’t all that different. When writing an effective resume, you need to focus on how you present yourself and what information you share with prospective employers.
Audit Your Online Profiles
Today’s employers are more likely to look at your online presence before they make a final hiring decision. For this reason, you need to make sure your online profiles reflect the personality and assets you have to offer. Make sure you only share information that reflects positively on you. In addition, you can set your Google account to alert you whenever your name is mentioned, allowing you to monitor content outside of your control. Read more...
It might be easier to write one resume and then send it to every job you are applying for. However, this isn’t the best way to reach your target audience. When writing an effective resume, you need to focus on the company you are applying to and the particulars of the job. An executive resume service can help with the task of writing a professional resume.
Create a Core Resume
The starting point for your professional resume will be the same for every resume you send in to a job because your core skills and past work experience won’t change. When you start building this resume, you can start with the same facts and save it to your computer so you can easily make changes for the next job you may apply for. This core resume will make up the bare bones, which can then be tailored to your exact needs as you continue through your job search. Read more...
Whether you think you can,
or you think you can't--you're right!
- Henry Ford
In your job search and in your life--attitude is EVERYTHING.
If you think you can, you have the mental strength to deal with obstacles and setbacks, and makes you a little braver than you might otherwise be, so you tackle goals that are bigger than you might otherwise tackle.
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Writing an effective resume is about more than just creating a resume once and distributing it to prospective employers. An executive resume writer will tell you how important it is to review your resume and edit it often. Unfortunately, many people find one of their biggest weaknesses is editing. Hiring an executive resume service can provide the assistance you need, but learning to edit on your own can be invaluable.
Focus on Your Achievements
Many individuals focus on what their responsibilities have been at their jobs, rather than what they have actually achieved. Prospective employers want to know what your skills are and how you have used those skills to accomplish things in your past work history. Think about the requirements of the job to which you are applying and focus on the skills you need to meet the demands of the position.