Resource Library: Executive Career Center

The Executive Career Center contains information and resources relating specifically to executives and others at a senior level who are making a job or career change. What worked for you when you were younger and/or at a much lower level will not work for you now. Why do I say this? Because it didn’t work for me when I was in transition despite suggestions from recruiters and authors on job search at a senior level, many of whom gave conflicting advice or advice that was not practical.

A former colleague sensed my frustration and we decided to start an executive search firm that would focus on a location we were both experts at, the Middle East. We decided we wanted to concentrate on retained search (click here to read more about the different type of recruiters how to work with them) because we felt it was the most professional form of executive search.  We knew we now had to change our thinking from looking for a job to looking for candidates for executive positions that our employer clients wanted.

It was this shift from looking for another job to looking for qualified candidates as an executive recruiter that enabled me to realize how different job search was for younger and less experienced people and how it needed to be very different for more experienced people, particularly executives. As I developed more experience leading the executive search firm and seeing what worked and what didn’t for executives in transition, I began to prepare career change guides for executives in transition. Over the years, that morphed into 12 Steps to a New Career.

A Career Change Book for Executives

12 Steps to a New Career is the most comprehensive and authoritative career change book for executives and others at a senior level. It explains what you need to do, why it is important, when you need to do it, and it then illustrates how to do it. Whether you are making a job change or think you may need to consider changing your career direction, 12 Steps to a New Career will help you to develop your strategy and then coach you through the entire process.

Executive Resumes

Resumes for executives and others at senior-level positions who have several years of experience will require a much different resume than when you were in the early stages of your career. This example will help you to create a powerful resume that describes what you are best at doing and shows that you are in charge of your career.

Career Change Worksheets

The book explains the entire career change process for executives in detail. It also includes exercises and worksheets that will help you to prepare yourself and be able to communicate your value proposition more effectively to those whose help you will need and to those that have the power to employ you. I knew that completing those worksheets would be difficult if you had to use them bound in a 6- by 9-inch book. Consequently, this section lists the worksheets and exercises (in letter size) you can download and use at no additional cost.

Career Change Reference Documents

Three are three lengthy documents that I was not able to include in the book due to the subject matter or my desire to keep them current.  You can download and review them here:

Executive Career Change Tips

Executives contemplating a job or career change or who are already in transition often have questions about some aspect of the career change process that they think are unique to them. Many of those questions are common to others and, in the hope that your question might have been asked by others, check out these tips to see if your question is answered. The tips are grouped into the following four subjects:

  • Career Change and Job Search
  • Interviews
  • Resumes
  • Self-Employment
  • Workplace/Forecasts

Executive Career Change Stories

Here are stories of specific situations confronted by some of my clients and how they effectively dealt with those situations. All the stories relate to personal experiences and some have been published in other media. Take a look. You may find answers to some questions you hadn’t even thought about asking.

Job Search Q and A

Maybe someone else has already asked the question you have. Check them out. You may find the answer to your question here.

Executive Career Coach

Perhaps you need to talk to an expert who specializes in working with executives in transition. If you think you might, Carl Wellenstein has been in your situation. He’s been on both sides of the table: making a career transition at a senior level, owning an international executive search firm, and participating in many interviews with client employers when they selected leaders and managers. He knows what works, why it works, and what doesn’t.

If you would like to have a conversation or schedule a meeting with Carl Wellenstein, click on the link: Request a Career Consultation.