Believe in yourself and your abilities; have faith that this too shall pass
If you were previously well employed, you will be again. It just takes time to find another great job. You need to trust in your abilities and remain focused on your life goals. A grueling job search takes a toll on an executive’s self-confidence, particularly for those who have never had to seek work. Dig deep inside yourself to find the strength to control the terror and wait the process out.
Be flexible and bold
Don’t be afraid to knock on every door, call every friend you have in the business world, and send your resumé everywhere. Send out “a million” copies of your CV, make as many contacts as you can, and keep on smiling. Although the million resumes may not get you the perfect job, but they will put your name out in the market so when the right job comes along, your name is already on everyone’s minds.
Don’t be afraid to consider other industries or locations. You never know what might be perfect for you until you try. Inflexible people get hurt. Flexible people are ready for challenge and growth.
Creative a personal brand
Throughout your career, you became an extension of your former employer. That became your personal brand. Your clients knew your company because they knew you. Now it’s time to capture that brand and make it about you. Your name, reputation and knowledge are the foundation for your brand.
Create a logo. It doesn’t need to be difficult and fancy, a simple design or monogram will suffice. Use this logo everywhere. Print business cards, with your logo, of course. Create a website to boast of your accomplishments, show that you are human and promote your brand. Write a blog. Throughout your career you obviously had many good things to say, write about these experiences, write about current events or write about particulars in your industry. If you not the writing type comment on other blogs, the important thing is to get your name out.
Stick with the winners- Ignore the others
Ignore those executive recruiters who tell you there is no longer a place for you in the market. Resist these statements that are too often uttered by executive recruiters:
“You probably flew too high in your last job. Your chances of getting a job like that again are slim to none.”
“Your skills are not in demand.”
“You are too old.” UGH!!
Don’t forget executive recruiters only get paid for placement, so they often focus their time on the quicker/easier placements. But don’t dismiss the importance of executive recruiters; meet with as many of them as you can as they do have their fingertips on the pulse of the job hiring front.
Be financially ready for a long job search
Be ready to live without a paycheck for up to a year. You don’t want to accept an inappropriate job to pay your bills if your dream position doesn’t materialize quickly. Be prepared to finance your job search appropriately, so that you have the time to do it right.
Treat your job search as a full-time job
Wake up in the morning, have a cup, dress for work, and get to work finding a job. Whether it is surfing the internet, sending out resumes, researching interesting companies or new directions, following up on leads, scheduling lunches and informational interviews, or calling on friends and acquaintances, be ready to put in the time looking for work every day of the work week. Oh by the way, take the weekends off, you deserve the rest.