You need a great new senior executive position. Through some sort of a referral–someone told you about what I have done for other senior executives like you, you found me on the Internet, you read something about job hunting strategy I have written, or you heard me speak to your group somewhere–you made it to my website. Welcome–This is going to be like finding ice water at the oasis while you’ve been stumbling around lost in the desert, dying of thirst.
Please drink deep. You’re going to need the water, because you are embarking on a long, hot march. You are in the competitive struggle of your life. Senior executive job hunting has never been more difficult than it is today. I speak with some authority on this –– I have been studying it and coaching senior executives over 30 years. How you go about finding a new job this time may very well affect your earning power for the rest of your business life and career. The position you want is out there, but if you do not go about this quest properly, someone else will find it and take it away from you. I can’t save or help everyone, but I might be able to help you. The strategy I teach is very different from the toxic, polluted water others have been forcing on you – literally ice water versus pond scum.
Here’s the quick-start intro. Listen to the audio version of our basic strategy seminar (about 90 minutes of audio and Power Point): Ken Cole’s Job Hunting Strategy.
In my opinion, you’ve been scammed by an army of “rear echelon” advisors (Here they are: risk averse bureaucrats, HR executives and outplacement consultants –– most of whom were HR executives –– and naive, young business writers fixated on networking and “social media” who continuously recycle what they hear from the bureaucrats, HR executives, and outplacement consultants), when what you needed was a better plan, weapons, ammunition, food, water, and someone to fight at your side. This risk averse “army” of incompetent advisors is big and noisy, but that doesn’t make their advice correct, or add to their credibility. Instead, I suggest that you should become the VP Sales & Marketing –– The CMO–– of your job campaign, add the sort of marketing planning and action you would use to introduce a new product or service to the marketplace, and take charge of your future. Most of the executives I know and have met are “warriors” in the business sense. Why let a desk jockey advise you on how to fight?
Before listening too hard to any “advisor” or job hunting coach (or acting on their advice), I suggest that you learn something about their background. Head in the other direction from anyone who is not candid with you about this. Ditto for fluffy foolishness. Click on this link for Cole’s Full Bio; I’ll be happy to discuss my background with any senior executive interested.
Special point. I make certain to cover this at every opportunity: I am not anti-networking. Networking delivers many senior executive positions. I coach my individual clients on their networking strategy and all clients work this channel intensely. However: Among my clients –– all of whom networked intensely (I know that –– I coached them) –– 73% found their positions through other means. That means you are neglecting nearly three-quarters of the market if you rely on networking and Internet postings.
The highlight/takeaway of this website –– I’m going to open up that 73% of the market to you that has been closed to you. It’s not an easy transition, but I’ve taught thousands of your contemporaries how to do it. I’ll teach you, too, if you’ll let me.
Next Stops. Want some food, water, ammo, weapons, and a better plan? Click on Products & Resources. Then, take your time with the rest of the site. Please call me (850-235-3733) to discuss your situation and job campaign to date (no charge for this initial consultation. If I think I can help you, I’ll tell you).
Best regards and good luck with your job campaign.
Important final thought: As great an executive as you are, you will not make enough job changes across your career to get good at it. There is simply too much to know, there are too many specialized skills to learn, and the time it would take to get up-to-speed is both too expensive and better used somewhere else. Opportunity cost is the largest expense you face. If you have processed and understand that, I’ll help you minimize it.