The Executive Job Seeker’s 7 1/2 Deadly Sins For Those Suffering From Executive Job Entitlement

Do you suffer from the 7 deadly sins? As an executive job seeker if you suffer from these seven deadly sins your penance could be prolonged unemployment. It’s time to explore your willingness to adapt and change in the ever competitive executive level job market. Are you ready to fix your character flaws?

1. Arrogance
You refuse to ask for help or use your existing network. You are too proud to ask for help with executive job search. Do not let your pride get in the way of your job search. Most friends, family and colleagues if they were aware of your circumstances would be happy to help. Approached in the correct manner your existing network could be your best method to finding a new executive position. Don’t be embarrassed, don’t let your ego get in the way, ask for referrals. Most executive level jobs are filled via referral, what better referral than a trusted colleague or friend. Employers like to find candidates via referral, you won’t be found unless you ask for help. If you refuse to go to your existing network, hire an executive marketing professional.

Your resume is boring, dated, and ineffective. Your resume is ideally your 1 page calling card. Don’t think it’s just a list of jobs and experience.

It needs to be cutting edge, vibrant, an effective selling tool until you have a live interview. If you are not getting the desired response from your resume, than your resume is simply not working. You most likely have no clue on how to write a quality resume, so either work with a seasoned executive marketing professional or be prepared for a lot of time consuming home study on how to write an awesome resume.

3. Laziness
You have become indifferent. You don’t know where you are going. You have not assessed the goals you want to achieve on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. To start an executive level job search without a sense of direction is useless. You are procrastinating doing what needs to get done to focus on your job search. Your bank account is dwindling, your severance is running out and you feel like you will never find another executive job. It’s time to determine you current career targets and get moving forward. An executive career coach can help you realize you can do it and there is a job out there for you.

4. Unawareness
In our technology driven world ignorance is not acceptable. Being technologically challenged due to your age is no longer an asset. You are aware of the skill sets you lack, be it computer skills, advanced certification, degrees or training. But you do nothing to gain the skills or start the advanced degrees. You refuse to step outside of your comfortable box. It’s time to break the box and develop new skills especially at the executive level. Each new skill makes your more marketable. Try embracing technology.

5. Self-Indulgence
You have years of experience, degrees, your qualified, and you expect to be paid more than your last C-level or executive level position. You neglect to acknowledge we are in the middle of a recession and the market data suggests a lower salary should be expected. You want a new position in an unrealistic time frame. You think you can find a new job in 2-3 months when in reality C-level, executive management and professional level positions can take significantly longer.

6. Fury
You had unrealistic expectations of how fast you would find a new job. You’re angry it’s not going faster, you expected more interviews, a prompter follow-up, a faster decision making process and more response to your emails requesting an update. That anger is subtly bleeding into your job search, and you aren’t even aware it’s happening. You need to embrace the process and break the rules. While it’s always important to follow instructions, when applying for a vacant position do something different, to stand out from the crowd. Think outside the box.

7. Insanity
You do the same thing every day and expect a different result. According to Albert Einstein that is the definition of insanity. Did you expect that a new job would just magically fall from the sky? Did you think because of your talent and skills a new executive level job placement would be easy? It’s time for a change of thinking. If you don’t have a plan, a marketing strategy, a daily road map for your job finding success it’s not going to happen. You most likely will need an executive marketing expert to help you create and implement your strategy unless you are a brilliant sales person and comfortable learning how to sell yourself. Stop the insanity, contact an executive marketing professional for the help you need and create your own personal road map to success.

7 1/2 Entitlement
You think you are entitled to a new job. It’s time to park the ego and expectations at the door. You are only as good as your last success, and right now you are unemployed. So until your employed again, take a step back, and don’t let your ego get in the way. Your nor entitled to a new executive job making $200,000 a year, you are going to need to market yourself and work for it. Do you have what it takes? Can you adapt and change in this competitive executive job market? Are you willing to let your sins wash away?

Visit [] – NOW was founded in 1996 to assist top-level Executives and Professionals in their career search. This demographic has special needs. Job search methods that work for entry level and middle level candidates do not work for Executives and relatively few positions at upper levels get advertised. Most people in this demographic ultimately get hired as a result of what is referred to as the “unpublished job market”.

The unpublished job market consists of jobs that are not openly advertised. Unpublished jobs get filled many ways. There may be a carefully defined opening within a company that is not advertised, or the company may only have a vague idea what they are looking for in a prospective employee. Sometimes a company may not even realize they have a need for somebody until the perfect resume comes across their desk.

Candidates have tremendous difficulty accessing the unpublished job market on their own. The traditional approach has been to network or to use recruiters. Both of these methods have severe limitations.

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