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Take Control Of Your Job Search

In the quest for a new job, you will face confusion and challenges. Here are actionable steps to make your job search more efficient.

Leverage Networks: Use your professional and personal networks. Sign up for job notifications on platforms like LinkedIn Jobs and Indeed.

Engage Executive Recruiters: Connect with at least three executive recruiters from different firms. Provide them with your resume and job preferences. Note that recruiters work for companies, not candidates, so they can only assist you when a suitable opportunity arises.

Misconception: Recruiters are not job finders for candidates; they are talent finders for companies.

DIY Approach: Many high-level job searches are confidential. Create a list of at least 100 target companies. Identify 2-3 key people per company, such as the hiring manager and Head of HR. Reach out to them via LinkedIn and email, expressing your interest in their organization. Follow up weekly.

Outplacement Services: If you prefer professional help, consider paid outplacement services. They offer comprehensive job search packages, including resume optimization, interview prep, and offer negotiation. Recommended firms include LHH and PFI Outplacement.

My hope is that you walk away from this article feeling better about your job search, as you now no longer are waiting to hear back from job applications and recruiters, but are equipped with action items of what you can do to land your next role.