When you decide to begin your search process and choose to work with an executive search firm, you may feel a little lost about where to start. At Coley Company, we want everyone we work with to be successful. Here is a list of things we recommend doing when you decide to begin your journey with an executive search firm:
- Make sure to resolve any issues with your current employer – Before you decide to leave your current company, make sure that you have given them a fair chance at solving your frustrations. You should schedule a time to speak with your supervisor and share the things that are causing you to consider leaving. If you have already had this conversation and have decided to exit the company, refer to one of our previous blogs, Leaving on a Good Note, for tips on navigating the resignation process.
- Update your resume – Make sure that your resume is up-to-date and accurate. Your resume should have your most up-to-date contact information, including a personal email address and phone number. Use this time to comb through your resume and double-check employment dates and job titles. If you received promotions or grew within the company, make sure and showcase this. An accurate resume is crucial when you start your search for your next career move.
- Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date – When you start looking for a new opportunity, it is best to have your LinkedIn profile updated and accurate. Potential employers will most likely look you up on LinkedIn. Once you take a new role, your new employer will appreciate you updating your profile to reflect your joining the company.
- Have a list of references ready – When you decide to start your search process, you need to have at least two professional references prepared. It is best to reach out to these references and let them know that you are on the job hunt and ask them if they would feel comfortable serving as a reference for you. For more information on selecting references, refer to one of our previous blogs, What No One Is Telling You About Your Reference List.
- Noncompete Agreements – Be sure you are aware of any non-compete agreements you signed when joining your current company or previous companies. This information is crucial when looking for a new job and can affect the companies that you can work for in your future.
As we wrap up 2020 and approach the holiday season, it is paramount to remain consistent and positive. We encourage candidates not to lose their motivation in searching for a new role. You can use this time wisely to ensure you are ready to make a change and have completed the steps above to make the process as smooth as possible.