I talk to many executive MBA grads who are ready to speed things up to get their next job quickly. They’ve spend up to two years working on their degree and they want to put it to work NOW! There are some things you can do to speed up the job search process, but there’s also some shortcuts that can cost you time, money, and the job you want. Here’s some sage advice from a professional:
Don’t skip the preparation.
You know this from years of leadership; the team member who isn’t prepared can sink the plan, the deal, or the project…jumping right in without making sure you and your materials are ready is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you have done your homework!
- Resume. Make sure your resume is up-to-date and aimed at the jobs you want now, not the jobs you were looking for 5 years ago.
- Matching. The facts on your resume should match the facts on your social media, especially your LinkedIn profile. Having different dates, different job titles, and missing years (unless you took time off) makes you look sloppy at best, and dishonest at worst.
- Branding. Make sure your social media matches the professional message you want to send to potential employers. You need to be searchable and selectable!
- Elevator pitch. Take some time to practice how you’ll introduce yourself. Wrap your name, industry, experience, and goals into a smooth message that takes about 10 seconds to deliver. You only get a single first impression: Make it a great one!
- Value. Your executive MBA adds value to your resume, and to you as a leader, and to any organization lucky enough to hire you. Make sure you are ready to make the case for how your experience and your new degree will enhance any leadership team!
The jobs at the top of your field, the ones you want, are often filled before the public knows they’re available. Networking isn’t an option or a waste of valuable time, it can be crucial to growing your career. From attending industry networking events, to reaching out to your favorite Executive Recruiters, to quietly letting your extended network know that you’re looking, there’s no networking opportunity I’d urge you to skip. On the contrary, networking is one of the most valuable ways to speed up your job search!
Make a short list of the companies you most want to join. Research the company, the movers and shakers, and know where you would fit into their organization…including the value you could add to their team. Reach out through your network, find people who work at those companies or recruiters who have an insider’s access, and ask for help getting to the gatekeepers. These hiring influencers can be persuaded of your value, and they can then help you find or create your place in one of your dream jobs. One of the fastest ways to get your dream job is to go after it directly!