Tammy Kabell with Career Resume Consulting explains how to replace the standard cover letter with a 5 minute handwritten note. She tells you exactly what to write beside your executive resume (of which she recommends a functional resume format) to get the best response.
Urban myths exist in all topics. There are even myths about the executive job search. Go to any networking event or speak with a fellow job-seeker, and you’re sure to hear a few myths about how to find an executive position. If you believe everything you hear about searching for an executive job, you might make the job search process more difficult than necessary.
If you ask an HR manager or recruiter what they’ve found to be the most effective way to find qualified candidates, I bet they’ll tell you through referrals. In fact, that's what they tell me.
A lot of times when job seekers are getting ready for their initial interview with HR, they try to read their mind. Of course, this ability would be nice in this situation, but I think you’ll find guessing to be a waste of time.