Tips for Landing a 6-Figure Job in an Employer’s Market

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.

About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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