Please join me as I interview Kathy Simmons, President and CEO of Netshare, Inc. on top strategies to eliminate “job search” from your vocabulary on April 17, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. If you are a member of the CFO–Career–Forum, log in and register. If you are not a member but want to join us for the call, sign up here.
The real objective for you, as an executive with a career path, is to develop a sustainable strategy that makes you an invaluable asset. If you do it right, you will never have to look for a job again.
A bold statement? Not really. If you think about how the job placement game is played you really have three options: lead, follow, or get out of the way.
––If you are going to follow, then you pursue all the job postings that come your way, you call the recruiters, you talk to HR managers at companies that lead in your market, and you inevitably compete with everyone else who is looking for the same job with the same qualifications. It becomes a horse race, and you can’t even bet the odds.
––If you choose to get out of the way and wait for good things to come your way you will be waiting a long time. Some senior executives decide to sit back, do a little consulting, and wait for the phone to ring with the right offer. After all, their friends and former coworkers know they are looking, and they know they are good at what they do, so all they have to do is wait, and wait, and wait, and wait….
––If you take the lead, then you become the hunted, not the hunter. Be proactive and promote your skills and your accomplishments to an ever-broadening network of professional contacts. You sing your own accomplishments loud enough, and long enough, you will be heard, and create a feedback loop that will result in job offers again and again. The secret is to be proactive, be positive, and be open to new possibilities.
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Kathy Simmons is the President and CEO of Netshare, Inc., a membership–based organization providing executives and professionals across all disciplines and industries, with quality $100K plus job listings, networking opportunities, and a community of peers for the exchange of strategic information related to job search, professional development, and best practices.