The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
Did you know that nearly 73 percent of Fortune 500 companies now have at least one female executive officer? This percentage, provided by Catalyst, a New York research group, proves what many have said for years: the pool of highly qualified executive women is growing—and companies are taking notice.
As a C-level executive on the rise, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to secure your next amazing position. But with so much competition out there, it’s important that you make the most of your job search.
Demonstrate Value in Your Resume
The only true way that an employer can believe you’re good enough to take on a chief executive position is that you show you have been and will be valuable to any company you work for.
Of course, value looks very different at the C-level from any other position on the corporate ladder because of the level of responsibility you must assume. So it’s important to focus on the right skills and accomplishments to prove you are an amazing asset.
When writing your resume, be sure to highlight your up-to-date industry experience. Also, focus on skills that make C-level candidates stand out—such as management leadership skills, experience with mergers and acquisitions, and initiatives you were behind that promoted consistent business growth.
Make Friends in High Places
Networking is a critical component of C-level executive job seeking. Without friends in high places, it will be difficult to find and secure positions at the top of the corporate ladder.
So if you haven’t already, you should be calling former associates and mentors who have a lot of influence in your field and are willing to provide you with inside connections that can help you score interviews.
Also, if your connections are already hired in positions, study them closely to see how they function. Don’t shy away from learning in your quest for a C-level position. Every piece of information you acquire can be highly valuable in propelling you to the top of the ranks in a new company.
Spread Your Wings
While you’re in the process of searching for new opportunities at the C-level, don’t just settle for the position you’re seeking. Consider digging deeper within your field to find holes that you may be able to fill. You may be able to start a website addressing issues that aren’t regularly discussed. Or consult for companies in need of your services.
By spreading your wings in the midst of your job search, you can not only educate yourself and others in your field—increasing your value as an employee—but you may earn money in the meantime, or even create a business of your own.
The opportunities for women seeking C-level employment are greater than they have ever been. Take advantage of your expanding options by making the most of your job search.
Author: Jessica Hernandez, expert resume writer, is a nationally-recognized resume authority and former HR Manager who has achieved over a 99% success rate securing interviews with prestigious organizations through exclusive, personal branding strategies.
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
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