The job market can be tough. The economy is struggling, and it seems that unemployment is always on the rise. People who have jobs are holding onto them, and new graduates can spend a lot of time in menial positions while they search for the “right fit.”
No matter how difficult the job you’re in, it’s easier to find new employment as an established professional than as a green rookie. No one wants to be standing on the street, hat in hand, or collecting food stamps to buy their weekly groceries. It can feel a bit like begging to market your assets in the job market. Most people have to make ends meet without the luxury of waiting for the perfect job.
Few people enjoy resume writing, and fewer still excel at the game (and it is a game). Employers do their best to articulate what they are looking for in a position, and prospective employees attempt to fill that gap. Strategy plays a major role. Employees have to try and find out who the hiring manager is, what their values are, what the criteria are for hiring an employee into that organization, and they also have to try to predict what other candidates for the same job will say.
Some skills are assets while some strengths might actually be weaknesses in disguise. It all depends on the employer’s perspective and the role. There are experts out there, though, who specialize in matching employers with the right employees. Job seekers may find and utilize executive recruiters to land their dream jobs.
Job seekers who are trying to figure out how to find and utilize executive recruiters may start by using the internet as a resource to locate the job resources within the area in which they plan to work. It is important to note that dream jobs may require moving to different states or even different countries. As a top-level executive, head offices tend not to be located in small, rural centres. Mention your willingness and desire to travel as part of your job – that might help you get your foot in the door.
Finding the right recruiter is an important step in landing your dream job. If the agency doesn’t understand you or your industry, it’s a good bet that you won’t find the job you want. Find out who is on their client list; maybe you don’t want to work for the companies that they have on speed dial. Meeting with a representative is an important step in the process. If the first recruiting company isn’t a good fit, then find another.
Job seekers who want to utilize executive recruiters’ services should build a positive relationship and rapport in order to remain top-of-mind when desirable positions become available.
Word of mouth
Traditional wisdom would dictate that you do not mention to your boss or colleagues that you are looking for a new job. Today’s social media market encourages you to get the word out. Talk to your friends, family members, and trusted colleagues about your desire for a new role. Be specific. Outline your skills and what you are looking for in a new position. Each person you know has a network. Each one of their friends has a network. Increasing the number of people who know that you are looking, and who know what you’re capable of, can only enhance your chances of hearing about a desirable opportunity.
Once aware of an opportunity, job seekers who want to utilize executive recruiters can mention the opportunity to the recruiter they have a relationship with, and the more formal process can begin.
Executive recruiters are just people using more specialized networks in order to match desirable jobs with capable employees
Finding the right fit isn’t easy, and it can take years if you try to do it on your own. Even at the executive level, opportunities are not limitless. There are many job seekers – qualified candidates – trying to find and utilize executive recruiters.
Not everyone is successful. Sending in an application and establishing a good relationship is no guarantee of placement. Even the most successful people have struggled along the way. Some good examples are Steve Jobs—who was fired from his own company—and Thomas Edison—who struggled through a lot of his life and career before making it. Perseverance is the key. Pride sometimes has to ride in the back seat.
This article was written by Eugene F. Wallace, an executive recruiter who helps companies identify and hire exceptional talent for their agencies and creative departments.