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What Are the Best Tips for Executive Job Placement?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

The best tips job seekers should follow when looking for executive job placement are to use every available resource and to revamp their resume. This means working on highlighting the most relevant skills for the type of job being sought, and then using multiple self-marketing strategies to find work. The best options are typically placement agencies, tapping into previous networks and colleagues or professional organizations, and responding to job ads either online or via print classifieds.

One of the best methods for executive job placement is to use agencies who specialize in recruiting and placing qualified job candidates. These agencies typically look for particular types of people, and they may cater to a specific type of business. For instance, an advertising recruiting agency would probably only take applications from those in the advertising or marketing fields. Some also only accept candidates with a particular amount of experience, such as entry level workers or senior level workers.

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Another good method of executive job placement is to network with previous coworkers, friends, or acquaintances. Many times a well known executive will land his or her next job through speaking with other professionals in the same industry. If a referral can be given or a name dropped, this often greatly increases an applicant’s chances of being hired. Even if no current contacts are available, those looking for work are still encouraged to attend networking events, seminars, and other business functions whenever possible.

Although not technically job placement, using networking leads and responding to job ads both lead to the acquisition of new jobs. By sending out resumes and filling out applications, an applicant can essentially place himself or herself in a new role. Aside from getting work through an agency, these are some of the best ways for getting new work.

School job boards are typically reserved for new graduates, but there are some cases where using them may be a good idea even for executives. For instance, those who have been working for years but who obtained an advanced degree more recently may find executive job placement services through the schools where their graduate degrees were obtained. Some universities may also offer long-term access to their job banks, although these positions are more often entry-level than executive positions.

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