Executive Career Change

Making a career change when you are at an executive or other senior-level position will require a very different strategy from what worked for you in the past. If you have found your current or last job through an executive recruiter or if you have worked with your last employer for more than ten years and you are now the one who is initiating a career change, you need to know what strategies will work for you and what will no longer be effective.

In the past, employers and recruiters may have approached you when they had a position they needed to fill. They evaluated you along with other candidates who were currently employed. When you are the one who is now initiating a career change and your current job has ended or will end soon, employers and recruiters will now look at you very differently. You will need to understand how that shift in thinking will require that you adapt to a different career change strategy. If you don’t, you will waste a lot of time and not achieve your goals.

The information on this website contains career change guidance specifically for executives and others in senior-level positions. Learn more >

Executive Resumes

If you have more than ten years of work experience and are at a senior or executive level your will need to prepare your resume differently from what you have used in the past. In the earlier stages of your career, when you didn’t have a lot of work experience, employers had to focus on your limited career progression, education, and other qualifications to assess whether you might be a good fit for them.

Now that you have several years of work experience and probably at a more senior level, employers will be most interested in what skills you developed, the extent of your functional experience, and what you have achieved as indicators of what you are best at doing and could do for them.

If that information is what they want to hear and is of interest to them, they will then want to review your career progression, education and other qualifications. That means you will need to use a different resume format that focuses the reader’s attention more on what you can do for them rather than on where you worked and when.

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Working with Executive 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, executive recruiters will not be as helpful. Learn more >

Employment Networking

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. Employment networking 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.

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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:

Executive Career Coaching Inquiry – Find out what career coaching is and whether it might be what you want. There is no cost to you for this conversation.

Executive Career Change Discussion – A 90-minute conversation with Carl Wellenstein, an executive career coach, addressing your specific questions.

Sponsored Career Coaching Session – A 50-minute career coaching conversation with Carl Wellenstein under a prior agreement with an organization.

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Resource Library: Executive Career Center

Go to the Resource Library: Executive Career Center for a rich source of information that is specific to executives and others at a senior level who are initiating a career change.