Need to Find a Job Fast? Try These 7 Executive Job Search Tips

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A nationally recognized HR expert gives this controversial advice to executives trying to find a job – avoid HR departments. Instead he teaches executives to identify and contact hiring managers directly and offers 7 tips on how to do it.

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May 5, 2006

Broken Arrow, OK -- Are you an executive hoping to find a job fast? Nationally recognized HR expert Phillip B. Wilson gives this controversial advice – avoid HR departments. Instead Wilson advises executives serious about their job search to identify and contact hiring managers directly.

“HR departments are focused on compliance – not on hiring great talent,” said Wilson – an HR “insider” and nationally respected labor and employment law expert. “That is why if you are an executive wanting to find a job you need to avoid gatekeepers and contact hiring managers directly.” Wilson offers 7 tips to help executives avoid HR “gatekeepers” and get in front of decision makers:

1.  Network. Start your job search with your own network. Next, grow your network to include hiring managers in your target company.

2.  Mine the target company’s website. The best places to look are under the “about us” section and “news” sections. Also look for manager biographies.

3.  Google the target company. Do is a search in Google on your target company. If you get too many pages, narrow your search by adding a department name or “joined the company” after the company name.

4.  Other search sites to research. You also should search the news sites of some of the other major Internet news outlets – Yahoo!, MSN, CNN and the like. In addition you should search for blogs on Technocrati and Amazon book reviews by users – start networking with these contacts.

5.  Internet “Networking” Sites and Groups. There are numerous Internet “networking” sites like LinkedIn and MySpace. There are also many industry groups on the Internet (look for Yahoo! Groups or Google Groups). Sometimes these boards will even post job opportunities.

6.  Your Alma Mater’s Website: Alums from your school will usually talk to you. Ask them to help you identify the right contact person in their company. If you make a good connection, you might even be able to get them to forward your resume.

7.  Cold call. This sounds hard. That is why it can be the most effective method – very few people will do it. Pick up the phone and call the company.

As an HR “insider” and nationally respected labor and employment law expert, Wilson brings a unique perspective to executive job search. "What I teach is counter to virtually all the conventional wisdom about how to find a job. My advice is controversial, but it is based on how I’ve seen companies work on the inside. My system works." Wilson says.

Wilson offers executives free 5-lesson class on executive job search delivered in a unique eClass format. It teaches Wilson's dramatic new method executives use to find a job, including:
  • Why you should never send an executive resume to HR, and who to send it to instead;
  • Why traditional job search methods like Internet job boards and newspaper ads don't work for executives;
  • Dramatic executive resume writing tips; and
  • Controversial tips on the "inside game" of executive job search, including how to put a candidate in the driver's seat during the job interview.


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