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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About  Executive Search Firms, Interviews and Job Opportunities

 

  1. How can an executive search firm like crawfordconnect help me further develop my career?
  2. How many search firms should I send my resume to?
  3. Who do search executive seach firms like crawfordconnect work for?
  4. Do colleagues at crawfordconnect share information about potential candidates?
  5. How does being unemployed affect my chances of working with an executive search professional?
  6. Can executive search professionals coach me during a career transition?
  7. Are interviews with executive search consultants relaxed and informal?
  8. To get an interview, how should I approach a crawfordconnect search consultant?

 

  

 

 

1. How can an executive search firm like crawfordconnect help me further develop my career?

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

2. How many search firms should I send my resume to?

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

3. Who do search executive search firms like crawfordconnect work for?

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

4. Do colleagues at crawfordconnect share information about potential candidates?

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

5. How does being unemployed affect my chances of working with an executive  search professional?

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

6. Can executive search professionals coach me during a career transition?

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

7. Are interviews with executive search consultants relaxed and informal?

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

8. To get an interview, how should I approach a crawfordconnect search consultant?

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 admin@crawfordconnect.com 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.