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Do you have any tips that can assist executives who are laid off and seeking employment?

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A: Executives who are laid off and seeking employment need to realize that in todays economy, finding the right job will likely be a challenge, and that they need to prepare for a long term process that may mean taking temporary assignments or an interim position. The following ideas may be helpful to keep in mind:

- Looking for a new career is a full-time job. You must spend at least 30 to 40 hours each week with an organized job search plan involving research, networking, resume posting, lead generation and interviewing.
- Try to have between 3 and 5 active job opportunities with interviews at any one time to make sure that you will receive sufficient offers from which to make a good career selection.
- Do not stop looking for opportunities until you have the right offer in hand. Too many people stop their job search when they feel an offer is pending- it may never come.
- Notify everyone you know about your job search and not just strategic people. You never know who will know someone that has the right job opportunity.
- Follow up with everyone you send a resume to, and be proactive with all networking leads.
- Have your resume reviewed by a professional to make sure its not eliminating you from consideration.
- Brush up on your interviewing skills. Buy some books, get some coaching, visit the internet for information.
- Consider consulting work (part-time or interim jobs) while you wait for the right permanent job.
- Consider job opportunities outside your industry. You will be surprised at how qualified most people are for jobs outside their industry of specialty. Employers often look for skill sets more than industry expertise.
- Personalize each resume to the specific position applied for
- Use action words, short sentences, listings of accomplishments and stress the most significant and relevant information in the beginning of the resume.
- Carry your business card everywhere and always be networking.
- Broadcast your resume and selectively market yourself to get the most relevant exposure.
- Utilize the benefits of the internet for job hunting leads, positions and tips.
- Contact the right executive recruiters who specialize in your industry and level of position.
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