I get paid by companies to find them job candidates. Here are my 9 best tips for increasing your odds of landing a job in a tough market.


Finding an executive-level job can be a daunting task, especially in the current competitive job market. It can take a year or more to secure a suitable job, and most desirable opportunities are not advertised. However, 80% of jobs are found through networking, so identifying a referral from a trusted colleague or search professional known to the hiring manager is your best chance of success. Retained and contingency executive search firms are two main types of recruiters that specialize in specific practice areas. 

You can target search consultants by researching firms and individuals who specialize in your area of expertise. Ensure your LinkedIn, biography, and resume are up to date to create a good first impression. In your initial outreach, focus on your past accomplishments, using the STAR method to showcase results. Note your soft skills and interpersonal skills as these are highly valued by hiring managers. 

Be specific about your willingness to travel or work a hybrid model if necessary. Increasing your visibility by sharing your recent speaking engagements, podcast appearances, published articles or major awards and recognitions can help you stand out. Networking with intention and purpose by connecting with colleagues, classmates, and friends can help you get referred.

 Keep emails short and precise, focusing on your strengths and value proposition. Lastly, be professional, courteous, and authentic, and use relationships to your advantage by mentioning mutual contacts. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of securing a job.

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