If you’re like me, you’ve already figured out that every crime show compresses weeks of investigation into 60 minutes of broadcast time of which 23 minutes or commercials. The problem with that is that most job hunters, particularly executive job hunters have unrealistic expectations of what their search will be like. You will expect that everything will happen smoothly with very little effort. After all, our hero or heroine solves the case so easily and only has to worry for about.
I wish executive job hunting was as easy as that but the way to find the job as an executive is going to be more difficult, How to find a C-level position, How to find a senior vice president position, even how to find a manager’s job usually involves the self sabotage of believing you know how to find the job because you have hired people in the past. Nothing could be further than the truth.
One thing I have learned over my many years of doing executive search is that the people I interviewed believe that they are more prepared than they actually are. This delusion can be so costly. After all, all of you know that walking into a meeting with the board of your firm requires preparation, right? They are There evaluating you and your ideas and will pepper you with questions to see if there any holes in your thinking.
The one difference that I see is that you are competing with others for the same role versus being in the board presentation where it is you standing alone presenting your ideas. You would never arrive in for the board ill-prepared, would you? Isn’t that how you actually arrive at most interviews?
Our detective has usually spent years on the force learning how to solve crimes and arrives at the crime scene with a bag of tricks and techniques that will let she or he solve the crime. You have those, too, but forget to reach into your briefcase to review them.
Don’t be an amateur. Be the pro that you actually are.
© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2017
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.
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