A simple piece of advice for the unemployed executive or C level professional.
I wanted to address what to do if you're out of work executive or C level professional to guide you in a way that makes sense in your career.
For a lot of you, you have had success show up for you very easily. I don't want to seem dismissive in any way, shape or form. You've had success and now you are out of work. You have an idea of what to do, but you are better off getting some advice or start working with someone who can work with you to help you accomplish your goals and help you get back to work more quickly.
I'm here to recommend job search coaching; I happen to do that but I'm not going to do a big commercial about myself here.
For you as an executive or C level professional, you need someone to talk with. I represent this in a facetious way. In the mob (you've watched "The Godfather" movies, right), there was always a consigliere. The Boss of Bosses, the Don always made the decisions but he had someone he trusted to bounce ideas off of. That's what you need to do.
Even though you may have higher thousands of people before, even though you may have run organizations, you are now on the other side. You may think you know the process and, even if you do, there is an emotional part of the process that you not well-equipped for.
I'm telling you, get some coaching. Get some support. Hire someone as an ally for you in your search.
I want to be clear that if you think I'm recommending that you contact executive search firms, I assume you have already done that. You know the ones in your field and have developed relationships over the course of time with a number of them. They probably already told you that workout you this last job isn't going to get you your next one.
Coaching is different. A coach is going to help guide you through your search, someone you can speak with other than your wife, husband, partner or dog… You need to talk to someone to sort this out because the emotional part of job search is going to be the hardest for you. You may try to bury its
You may try to bury it. You may try to push it down. It's going to leak out in a number of different ways unless you hire someone to work with you.
If you're interested, contact me at [email protected]
I just want to tell you get some help so that you're not trying to figure this out by yourself.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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