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We all know that the Executive Career is under fire. As our companies (or former companies) struggle, they look to us as “potential savings” or people to blame in the midst of falling profits. Many of us are already out of work due to restructuring or the simple elimination of positions. Others have been fired as part of a finger-pointing game. And many more of us have avoided those two fates but know that we may not escape for long.
That brings me to the point of this posting: the Executive Recruiter. By happenstance, I have spoken to three prominent headhunters in the past couple of weeks. They all confirm what most of us have known for a long time: the odds against securing a new position via an executive recruiter are long. This reality pre-dates the current economic meltdown. All three headhunters told me it means more candidates in the pool are currently unemployed – and maybe a bit more desperate than earlier in this decade. But due to the nature of the process, there really aren’t significantly more candidates. The pool is the pool – and executive recruiters search for the best candidates regardless of employment status. And yes – often the very best candidate is someone currently employed.
So tip #1 is: Forget about the Economy. It doesn’t do you any good emotionally to focus on it, and obsessing about it downright damages your chances to score a new position. And, from the recruiter’s point of view, it’s really not on the radar anyway. Here are a few more tips on how to deal with executive recruiters
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