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Landing an Executive Position
31 Jul 2014

“Today’s executive job market is fiercely competitive, and executives must market their value to organizations using a diverse range of channels and tactics”, begins Beverly Harvey in her latest book, which looks at the specialist job hunting needs of senior management candidates.

There is no doubt that the recruitment market has changed dramatically for everyone in the past ten years. Senior management recruitment used to be about personal relationships, going to the right school and knowing the right people. Today it is as much about assessment centres, qualifications and social media presence (one wrong status update or Tweet can bring an executive career to an abrupt end).

The issue for senior managers is often one of profile – they are in a more visible position in a business and higher expectations are often placed on them. Securing the right role is more like looking for a business partner than a job, as the role has to be right for the candidate as much as they have to be the best person for the job.

Perhaps the most significant change in the recruitment market was the recession, which caused two problems for job-hunters. Firstly, a lot of very good people lost their jobs and the recruitment market was flooded with outstanding candidates.

Secondly, fear and doubt led many people to put off their career plans and stay put in roles which perhaps are not best suited to them. The overall result is a lot of strong competition for fewer positions.

In 21 chapters covering nearly 200 pages, the author covers everything that today’s executive needs to know, from planning a career change and understanding your own value, through to tapping into the hidden job market using social media and high level interview techniques. The book covers how to cope with rejection and how to get off to a great start when you do secure the position that you want.

The book is unusual in that it combines factual job search information with the ongoing story of a fictitious executive who loses his job due to corporate restructuring and then turns to an expert for help, who guides him through the minefield of the search process.

This format means that the book works very well for anyone finding themselves in a similar position, leading the reader through a natural chain of events. The clearly structured chapters also mean that you can just dip in for a refresher on a particular stage of the search process.

Beverly Harvey is a recognised leader in executive career marketing and management. She has contributed to 23 executive career books, has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, and regularly presents corporate workshops to executives.

“Today’s executive job market is fiercely competitive, and executives must market their value to organizations using a diverse range of channels and tactics”, begins Beverly Harvey in her latest book, which looks at the specialist job hunting needs of senior management candidates.

There is no doubt that the recruitment market has changed dramatically for everyone in the past ten years. Senior management recruitment used to be about personal relationships, going to the right school and knowing the right people. Today it is as much about assessment centres, qualifications and social media presence (one wrong status update or Tweet can bring an executive career to an abrupt end).

The issue for senior managers is often one of profile – they are in a more visible position in a business and higher expectations are often placed on them. Securing the right role is more like looking for a business partner than a job, as the role has to be right for the candidate as much as they have to be the best person for the job.

Perhaps the most significant change in the recruitment market was the recession, which caused two problems for job-hunters. Firstly, a lot of very good people lost their jobs and the recruitment market was flooded with outstanding candidates.

Secondly, fear and doubt led many people to put off their career plans and stay put in roles which perhaps are not best suited to them. The overall result is a lot of strong competition for fewer positions.

In 21 chapters covering nearly 200 pages, the author covers everything that today’s executive needs to know, from planning a career change and understanding your own value, through to tapping into the hidden job market using social media and high level interview techniques. The book covers how to cope with rejection and how to get off to a great start when you do secure the position that you want.

The book is unusual in that it combines factual job search information with the ongoing story of a fictitious executive who loses his job due to corporate restructuring and then turns to an expert for help, who guides him through the minefield of the search process.

This format means that the book works very well for anyone finding themselves in a similar position, leading the reader through a natural chain of events. The clearly structured chapters also mean that you can just dip in for a refresher on a particular stage of the search process.

Beverly Harvey is a recognised leader in executive career marketing and management. She has contributed to 23 executive career books, has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, and regularly presents corporate workshops to executives.