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 >
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 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 >
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.
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.
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.