The path to becoming an executive isn’t an easy one. You need to have a proven track record and the drive to succeed. But even if you have those things, finding a place to start your executive career search can be intimidating. Especially, if you are new to the Okanagan area.
If you’re ready for the next step in your career and want to zero in on an executive role, use the following strategies to kick off your job search:
Do the groundwork on the industry you’re trying to break into. Investigate any companies you might apply to. If you’re aiming for an executive role, you only want to focus on companies whose mission and values align with your own.
Know your selling points
You need to identify what your advantage is over other the candidates who are applying for executive roles. Not only that, you need to be able to succinctly communicate your strengths and be able to give examples of your professional accomplishments.
Give yourself an edge over the competition by being well-versed in the latest industry news in Kelowna. Subscribe to a few newsletters, follow the top industry leaders on social media to find a pulse on what’s trending. Making an effort to stay current can help you gain experience and identify new opportunities more easily.
Overhaul your social media profiles
It’s imperative that your professionalism extends to your social media profiles. You could do everything else right, but if a prospective employer looks you up on Facebook and finds old college pictures of you partying with your friends, you’re not likely to get the job.
Keep in mind that LinkedIn is the preferred tool for recruiters to find candidates and referrals, so get an account if you don't’ have one already. Be thorough when completing your profile so that recruiters and employers can get a clear idea of your experience and strengths.
Networking is an especially important skill for the aspiring executive. Building and maintaining your network will help you integrate yourself within the industry and open up the potential for new opportunities. If you’re new to the Kelowna area, go to local industry events or use a service like meetup.com. Keep in mind that networking should be mutually beneficial, so make a point of helping those you network with in any way you can. They will be eager to return the favour when the opportunity arises!
Work with a Recruiter
Among those in your network should be a recruiter. At Platinum Personnel, we know the Kelowna job market, and our comprehensive skill-evaluation system can help match you with the perfect executive job.