If you are at a senior level and you want or need to make a career change, you will need to follow an executive career change strategy that will be very different from what worked for you in the past and may have been instrumental in how you got to where you are now.
You now need to understand that when you are the one initiating the change you must adapt to how others will assess your skills and experience. If you don’t adapt to the new realities, you will waste a lot of time and not achieve your goals. This website contains guidance to making an executive career change that is specific to you. Learn more >
Your resume at a senior level will need to look much different from when you were in the earlier stages of your career. Then, because you did not have a lot of work experience to assess, potential employers made decisions about you based more on your education, attitude, and personality. Now, potential employers will be focusing more on your functional and industry experience.
If you are the one initiating a job or career change, your resume will now need to focus on a position you want and your skills, experience and achievements will need to demonstrate you are qualified for the position. You will be relying on others to help you broaden your search so you will need to make sure they understand the position you want and your qualifications. Both your resume and your verbal business card (what you tell others when you are networking) must be clear, concise, and consistent between them. Learn more >
Working with Recruiters
You may have found your last job through a recruiter or you may have been headhunted for your current or last job by a recruiter. But now that you are experienced and older, and you are the one that is looking for a job, recruiters will not be as helpful. Learn more >
Employment Networking Objectives
Your success at finding a new job or career will rely very heavily on your success at building your network. The effectiveness of your network will depend on how well your contacts know what your are looking to find and what you are best at doing. You won’t be successful if you use an approach that is more suited to networking for business. Networking for employment is much different and you need to understand the differences. Learn more >
Self-Employment as a Career Option
If you are considering self-employment as a career option, you’ll need to understand what types of self-employment best meets your personal objectives and what skills and experience you need to be successful. You may not want to search for a job at the same time that you pursue self-employment. Learn more >
Executive Career Coach
Carl Wellenstein works with senior-level people in mid-career who want to facilitate a job change or explore new career opportunities. Some typical situations when you can benefit by working with an executive career coach are when you are:
- Contemplating making a job or career change and you are not clear as to what that might look like or how to go about it without compromising your current position.
- Anticipating you might need to make a change due to a potential reorganization, relocation, or other event that you think might not work for you.
- Already in transition and what you have been doing to find a new job hasn’t led to success yet. You are not sure why but you wnat to find out.
- Exploring both employment and self-employment simultaneously but haven’t been successful at either yet.
Request a Career Consultation
If you are at a senior level and you would like to request a Career Consultation session with Carl Wellenstein, here are three commonly requested areas that might relate to what you want:
Career Coaching Inquiry
This a an opportunity at no cost to you to find out what an executive career coach does, whether it is something you might want to consider, and whether Carl is the right person to work with you. A Career Coaching Inquiry is a telephone or Skype session lasting about 20 minutes where you can find answers to these questions. It is not, however, an opportunity to obtain career advice. If you are seeking career advice, see Career Overview Assessment below.
Career Change Assessment
If you are looking for advice on how you can enhance your job search or help you to clarify and pursue your career options, this 90-minute session with Carl Wellenstein might give you the information you need to get started on your own. The session is by telephone, Skype, or in-person (Southern California) and requires you to submit certain information before the session. There is a fee for this session.
Career Coaching Session
As previously agreed with selected associations and organizations, Carl offers a 50-minute Career Coaching Session at a reduced price for a limited time. This session is only available if the organization has instructed you to contact Carl.
Career Change Resource Library
Click here to go to the Resource Library: Career Center for additional career change information that is specific to those at a senior level who are initiating a career change.