Are YOU Committing Career Suicide? Many Professionals Are.
Halt! Please stop surfing and read this article because you could unknowingly be on your way to committing career suicide!
Cautionary tale: I’ve witnessed many job seekers, including high-ranking executives, arrive at the shocking realization that they’ve progressively carved an unfavorable, seemingly intractable career path. Why? Because they NEVER anticipated needing to launch a job-search campaign again, especially after a long tenure in which they were convinced was a ‘stable’ and ‘reliable’ career track. Fortunately, CareerSteering.com is here to warn and advise you!
How to Recognize a Career Suicide Trail and Derail it Midway
As wine ages, it becomes more sophisticated and desirable. As an executive, yes, experience is on your side. However, that does not mean that aging your resume makes you more attractive to hiring managers.
Despite how mature and ‘seasoned’ you are, the truth is, leading-edge and industry-dominant companies seek fresh, strategic thinkers at the helm of their corporations and face-to-face with their top clients. Yes, perhaps you are exactly that type of hybrid executive who offers extensive experience and a creative, youthful perspective. Does your executive resume reflect this duality? Or as years have passed, you’ve packed on the skills and accolades, yet you have neglected to take care of your own personal marketing needs, resulting in a resume that looks more like it belongs in circa 1999?
Steps To Pull Your Executive Resume Out of the Cellar and Dusted Off
The job search competition is fierce. There is no way to deny that. All the career gurus are advising you to build your brand, tap into the hidden job market by launching a strategic job search campaign…but, have we failed to divulge you must be a superstar!?
With so many qualified professionals seeking employment, it is not enough that you are competent, smart, and experienced. Nope, it is not. Your self-marketing must pack power, make a memorable impression, and ‘wow’ your prospective employers.
What makes a superstar in the realm of job hunting and career management? A superstar is…
1. A subject Matter Expert (SME) = Know your industry’s ins and outs. Stay abreast of the latest (keep your finger on the pulse), so you offer trending knowledge and competitive skills, which cannot be easily found in someone else, and, certainly, cannot be resisted.
Many professionals become comfy in their zone and don’t seek to acquire new skills or predict what may be needed in the future in order to remain center stage.
2. Confident = No matter how strong your brand or your job search tactics, your inadequacy and insecurity will be perceived. How do you build confidence? Work on being an SME and, yes, believe in your value. Plus, be courageous and brag, promote and flaunt your talent. Moxie anyone?
So many job seekers make the mistake of not tooting their own horn (and those that easily do, often shouldn’t). Know HOW you are brilliant. Ensure you can ’emanate’ your prowess, and, ooh baby, let the world see your glow!