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Spring into Action: Job Search Checklist for Executives
This article is Part One of a two-part blog series, in which we compiled a checklist for candidates (Part One) and employers (Part Two).
As an executive, searching for a new job can feel daunting. Not only do you have to carve out time from your busy schedule to apply, but the hiring process is more meticulous due to how significant it is for companies to find the right leader for their team. We compiled a checklist to guide executives in their next job search, from start to finish.
Applying for Jobs
☑ Spruce up your resume. Always personalize your resume to the job opening to increase your chances of landing an interview. Add relevant keywords that hiring authorities will search for in their applicant tracking systems. Include measurable accomplishments that will prove you can make a positive impact in the workplace.
☑ Update your LinkedIn profile. Hiring authorities use LinkedIn to verify if position titles and dates on your resume align with your profile. Seeing any sign of discrepancy can make them question the credibility of your work history. Be sure that your profile information is accurate and consistent.
☑ Screen and boost your online presence in a positive light. Perform a quick Google search on yourself. Are you satisfied with how you are portrayed online? There are many stories of social media hindering a candidate’s chances of getting hired, but that is not always the case. If you play your cards right, a positive online presence can actually benefit your job search in the long run.
☑ Build a job search support system. The job search process is unpredictable, but you do not have to go through it alone. There are plenty of accessible resources that can provide support during your job search, including career coaches, resume writers, and executive recruiters.
☑ Speak with your loved ones about your job search. If you have any members in your household who will be affected by your career change, make sure that everyone is on the same page before seriously considering an opportunity. If you are applying for positions that require you and your family to relocate to a different state, for instance, have a conversation with them as soon as possible.
Getting the Interview
☑ Ask employers questions during the interview. After researching the company and reviewing the job description, brainstorm questions that you want answered during the interview. As the saying goes, an interview is a two-way street. Use it as an opportunity to evaluate if this role and organization is right for you.
☑ Write a thank-you note/email to your interviewer. While this should be standard etiquette, not every candidate sends a thank-you note after their interview. Doing so is a great opportunity to remind the interviewer of who you are as well as adding any information you would like them to know post-interview.
☑ Follow up with the employer. If the employer already relayed a general timeline of reaching out to you, refrain from following up until after that date. If no details were given on the next step, follow up with them after one week.
Negotiating the Job Offer
☑ Negotiate if necessary. If the employer has been working with a recruiter, rely on their insights on the matter. They are the bridge between client and candidate during the negotiation stage and can help both parties see the big picture when negotiating an offer.
☑ Prepare for a counteroffer from your current company. If you are currently employed, consider the possibility of receiving a counteroffer from your current workplace. Would you take the offer, or do you think it is time to move on? Be sure to weigh your options carefully.
While there is a lot of time and effort that goes into impressing employers, staying proactive and having a realistic plan can help you stay on the right track in your job search. As Dennis Waitley says, “The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.” By being on top of the work that goes into the application, interview, and negotiation process, you will eventually find an opportunity that makes the journey worthwhile.
Stay tuned for Part Two, where we provide employers with a checklist to hire executives.
Bristol Associates, Inc. is an executive search firm with over 50 years of excellence in recruiting nationwide. Bristol specializes in recruiting for the Casino Gaming; CBD; Facilities and Concessions; Food and Beverage Manufacturing; Hospital and Healthcare; Hotels and Resorts; Nonprofit; Restaurant; and Travel, Tourism, and Attractions industries.
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