The first discussion I have with potential clients centers around their target job and industry and what, if anything, they’ve been doing so far in their job search.
Many of these c-suite or senior executives tell me they’re working hard at keeping up with posting their resumes on job boards . . . but spending little or no time on efforts that will give them the best return on time invested:
- They haven’t reached out to their networks.
- They haven’t joined LinkedIn or don’t have a complete branded profile and/or haven’t gotten busy on LinkedIn.
- They have little or no online presence to be visible to recruiters and hiring decision makers searching online for viable candidates.
- They’re not spending time researching companies for market intelligence, due diligence, and to source top decision-makers.
Posting to job boards yields somewhere around a 5-10% success rate, at best. That figure is probably high for top-level executives. You can only imagine how many thousands of people are competing for those jobs!
I recommend that they do incorporate resume posting into their job search strategy, but to greatly limit those efforts, in favor of the tactics I listed above, and do it in a better way:
1. Post your resume directly on company websites.
Research companies of interest, check out their website career/job pages and respond to job listings, which may not be posted anywhere else.
2. Look to the niche job boards instead of the big boards.
His list includes the top 3 or 4 niche job sites for each top employment category, but excludes:
- job sites that lack top Google rankings.
- sites with high Google rankings but low credibility, authenticity or integrity.
- sites which require registration or paid membership to be useful.
Here are just some of the categories he lists:
- International & Overseas