It’s no secret that finding that a job in today’s economy is tough, even for seasoned executives. While there are still great opportunities available, the competition can be brutal.
These strategies can go a long way toward helping you stand out.
1. Establish relationships with recruiters
Companies are more likely to use recruiters for senior -level positions since they’re among the hardest to fill. Make an effort to stay in touch with recruiters who have contacted you in the past (even when you’re NOT looking), reach out to those in your industry through LinkedIn, or consider using a recruiter distribution service.
2. Leverage your contacts
Combined with a quality resume, a connection at your target company can work wonders. Name drop in your cover letter, ask them to walk your resume over to the decision maker – anything that shows you’ve got an “in” with someone already at the company.
3. Don’t rely on just one method
Like investing, it helps to diversify! If one method isn’t working for you (such as applying online), supplement by reaching out to recruiters, growing your network, or even sending your resume by snail mail.
4. Make sure your resume is top notch
Even if you have a connection, decision makers at every company will want to see how you stack up against the competition. The interview is one way they’ll assess this, but to even get to that point, a quality resume is a must.