Busting Executive Job Search Myths: Part 2

Feb 21, 2014 12:27:03 PM

Today, we continue debunking several myths about finding an executive job. The executive job market isn’t as scary as some people make it out to be. Here are some things you may hear about finding an executive career, followed by the truth that should make your job search less intimidating.Executive Job Search

Job Search Myth #5

“I have to accept a lesser position because of the job market.”

Even though the job market is not excellent, you don’t have to settle for a job. You don’t need to apply for mid-level or entry-level jobs when your experience and skill set qualifies you for more.

Job Search Myth #6

“I can’t negotiate in this economy.”

When you’re applying for executive positions, it is expected that you negotiate. If you negotiate the right way, you can get more than the initial salary offer. When they have offered you the position, it is time to start talking about money and begin negotiation. Give a solid reason with an honest explanation for why you should be given an increase in salary.

Job Search Myth #7

“I’ll forever be stuck in the same industry.”

Most of my clients switch industries successfully. To do this, they showcase their expertise in a way that is industry-neutral. Creating an industry-neutral expertise involves removing the industry jargon from your resume, interviews, and networking habits. Show potential employers why your skills in one industry can be applied in another industry. Make sure that they can visualize you in their organization.

Job Search Myth #8

“Big companies are the best places to look for a position.”

The big name brands are often the first places people look for jobs. Those might be the first places we think of, but they aren’t the only options. Everyone else is going after the same jobs. If you search for other positions through free databases. There are so many growing companies that have opportunities for you.

Job Search Myth #9

“Networking is HARD and it is a waste of time.”

This is one of the most common, but most untrue myths about finding an executive position. Networking can be extremely effective if you go about it the right way. One of the best questions you can ask is, “Who do you know that I should be talking to?” This question allows people to connect you to others, and is one of the simplest ways to find a job.

Stay tuned as we continue to break through these commonly held beliefs. For more information about your job search, no matter what stage you’re in, explore The Job Search Manual for Six Figure Professionals.

Tammy Kabell

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