Helpful Resources for Your Job Search
Whether you’re currently employed, looking for a new position (“between successes”), or planning a transition from the corporate to nonprofit sector, crawfordconnect provides some tips below to help you get started.
Frequently Asked Questions About Executive Search Firms, Interviews and Job Opportunities
- How can an executive search firm like crawfordconnect help me further develop my career?
- How many search firms should I send my resume to?
- Who do search executive seach firms like crawfordconnect work for?
- Do colleagues at crawfordconnect share information about potential candidates?
- How does being unemployed affect my chances of working with an executive search professional?
- Can executive search professionals coach me during a career transition?
- Are interviews with executive search consultants relaxed and informal?
- To get an interview, how should I approach a crawfordconnect search consultant?
Executive search firm consultants such as crawfordconnect have specific insights into niche industries. For us, it is the non-profit sector. We are often aware of job openings unknown to the general public. Some positions assigned to search firms are never advertised in newspapers or online, giving us access to what many people refer to as “the hidden job market”. Over the past twenty years, search firms have gained more influence in today’s job market, making it increasingly important for jobseekers to understand and leverage this resource. top
Ideally, your resume should be registered with as many search firms as possible that are relevant to your field. Different search firms may be aware of different positions. Distributing your resume widely, you will be placed in many different confidential databases and be alerted to a broad cross-section of job opportunities. When you start a new job, it’s also wise to send follow-up letters to search consultants and keep them up to date on your latest career move. top
Clients pay search executive firms for their services. At many executive recruiting firms, client relationships are over once payment has been received. crawfordconnect develops and maintains strong relationships with all of our clients and candidates. top
Yes but only with your permission. A search consultant will contact you to discuss a particular position and then ask your permission to share your resume with that particular employer. top
It’s a myth that search professionals will be less likely to want to work with you if you’re unemployed. Employed or not, search firms are looking for candidates who are self-aware, goal oriented and exceptional performers. top
Although our executive search consultants are not career coaches, who provide a distinctly different service, we do assist with career transition issues specific to the search assignment. We are happy to recommend career coaches. top
We are an extension of our clients: our function is to evaluate potential candidates on their behalf. Be prepared to put your best foot forward and give 100% at each interview. (One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is to assume that an interview with a search professional is not formal.) A bit of research and pre-interview preparation can be very helpful; take the time to learn more about the executive search company and read the bio of the person you’ll be meeting with. If a specific client has been mentioned, find out what you can about that company in advance of the meeting. top
Your approach is critical. It’s a good idea to contact the executive search professional (by email or voice mail) and ask about how they prefer to be approached. Provide a brief synopsis of your experience, explain the value that you can bring to their clients and ask about how you can raise your profile at the firm. Be sure to provide detailed contact information—your name, telephone number and email address and your resume. top
If you’re not ready to apply for a specific job, send us your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep it in our database for one year and notify you should a position matching your skills, qualifications and experience become available.