Article by Michael Richwine
Job hunting for high level managers, executives, and professionals is sometimes different than traditional job search.
Traditional search, using job boards, newspapers, and executive recruiters can take a long time. The old standard of one month of search time for every ten thousand dollars of income is not so true for the highly compensated; especially when you factor in age, and the economy. It can take much longer than that.
According to the Executive Career Firm of AMC in Tampa FL executive search time can be greatly reduced by improving and expanding your network. AMC says that a different resume is required for executive search. A resume that demonstrates transferrable skills, shows quantifiable results, and does not tend to pigeon-hole the job-seeker into a particular industry. Traditional recruiters don’t like this type of resume, needing more industry specific, and job function specific data to fit the applicant into a specific open position. Since the current economy has a job market with fewer open positions, this makes executive job search all the more difficult.
The Tampa based AMC executive career firm also said having the tools to build a network outside of your own is a key element of the executive search. If you rely solely on your own network, it might take a while. Unless you are extremely well connected, you might consider finding some help in that area.
In speaking with several other executive career search firms like AMC in Tampa, they feel that the search cycle for executives in search mode is reduced, saving each one tens of thousands of dollars in lost income for those that are unemployed. Employed executives might take longer, but tend to land higher paying jobs, and make transitions to new careers they could not have made on their own.
I would like to thank AMC of Tampa executive career team for their assistance with this article.