3 Key Elements to a Successful Executive Job Search

SC&C Always Look for WorkWhen it comes to your executive job search success, there are multiple areas of importance to focus on. By learning and employing these various strategies for success, you will maintain a much more organized, goal-attaining job search campaign.

In the following article, I go over all 3 methods for success in your executive job search. Through the proper utilization of these 3 techniques, which includes Resume Development, Interview Preparation, Networking & Communications, you will more likely conquer your goals and possibly land the job of your dreams!

3 Keys for a Job Search


First and foremost, you need a stellar resume! It is crucial to have a professionally powerful resume that is not only prevailing in its appearance, but also written well, focused on key skills, accomplishments and experience related to your career / job objective. You definitely want something that stands out within a large pool of resumes.

A stellar resume focuses on keyword optimization, which if done correctly, increases your rank in various Internet and human resource databases. Through the incorporation of powerful keywords related to your targeted job / occupation, you will more than likely stand out among your peers and be highly acknowledged among hundreds of other resumes. You will be positioned in the top pile of resumes for the hiring manager after successfully passing the resume screening process.

Keyword optimization consists of multiple, powerful words within your resume that databases and employers search for in order for you to be either selected or ignored. There are almost always a group of these keywords on the first page of your resume which reads, Key / Core Competencies: followed by about 8 to 12 words.

In addition, it is significant to incorporate multiple keywords throughout additional areas of your resume including your job descriptions, your list of achievements, education and so on.

Your resume format, writing and structure are also key elements to a stellar resume. The format needs to be attractive, yet professional. The document needs to be structured and laid out in an organized manner with emphasis on significant aspects of your career. The writing needs to be clean with correct vocabulary and spelling.

There are various resume writing companies that specialize in professional resume development. These professionals are usually certified as professional resume writers, and know their stuff. As a result of significant research, this service is well worth your time and money, and is becoming more and more popular in today’s job search market.


SC&C Interview PreparationYour interview preparation is significant for a successful job search. You need to develop and possess a brief verbal and written speech regarding your career history. This encompasses what you do, how well you do it, what you specialize in, your background experience, skills and significant career-related accomplishments. In addition you need to be prepared to communicate what you have to offer that will positively benefit a certain company / organization, and how you can do this.

You need to come across both verbally and written, in a very professional manner. It is important to be focused, enthusiastic and confident in your speech. However, it is significant that you listen well to the other end. Don’t interrupt, and be prepared to react appropriate to any question or comment.

Among a few of the crucial elements essential to adapt to conquer the interview process is the extensive research of the targeted company. This includes gaining knowledge of the company services and products, their clientele, recognizable achievements, the main company goal and the overall company / organizational culture.

Be sure to have done your homework in these areas, and come prepared to react to and answer any question or comments through practice, practice, practice.

In addition to professional resume services, there are professional interview preparation services through highly qualified and certified career consultants that would be well worth your time and money.


Networking is said to be the key strategy for success in finding that job you have always wanted. Through networking, you develop leads and contacts, in addition to relationships very beneficial to your career.

Both traditional and online networking are huge, and if done correctly, very beneficial to your job search. Join certain networking groups and organizations pertaining to your career both online and off.

Among some of the ever-growing popular online networking sites include LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. By creating and maintaining a membership profile on these sites, you will see a significant boost in leads and contacts, in addition to opportunities you would have never seen before.

You need to create a very professional and informative account for these networking sites in order to achieve success. And you have to provide relevant information while remaining professional and appropriate simultaneously.

In addition, there are usually various local organizations and networking groups for you to join. Once again, by taking advantage of these opportunities, you will see a huge boost in your job search success through relationship development, and the growth of opportunities through various leads and contacts.

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Economics of College Degrees

SC&C Economics of CollegeIt costs more than $12,500 a year for tuition, room & board, and study materials, at a community level college. Private colleges can push that number over $35,000 per year. That means a bachelor’s degree (four years) will cost at least $50,000 and possibly over an eighth-of-a-million dollars, not including any extraneous funds spent for socializing and entertainment (no movies, no dating, and no beer).

The average student’s debt currently sits around $29,000, but amounts totaling $100,000 or more aren’t unheard of for many graduates. Larger amounts are relatively common for those attending high-prestige schools and obtaining advanced degrees.

Seven in 10 seniors (69%) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2014 had student loan debt with an average of $28,950 per borrower. Over the last decade—from 2004 to 2014—the share of graduates with debt rose modestly (from 65% to 69%) while average debt at graduation rose at more than twice the rate of inflation— Institute for College Access & Success

Is it worth it?


Earnings with College

A bachelor’s degree gets your foot in the door for a beginning job at $50,000 per year, which sounds nice. After several years, you should be able to get into the mid $80,000–$90,000 range. In 2016 dollars, after 15–20 years, you should (on average) expect to top out at $140,000 per year.

Earnings without College

If you’re willing to do some advanced training, say by attending a technical school, you can do surprisingly well. If you’re reasonably quick witted, and apply yourself, it should be fairly straightforward to earn $30,000 a year when you start out. If you are productive and clever, you should be looking at $48,000 to $52,000 within a few years. In 2016 dollars, after 15 years, you can typically expect to top out at $80,000.

What does it mean?

SC&C College debtAt $30,000 per year you will have four years of work experience, and earnings totaling $120,000. In the same period of time, someone pursuing a graduate degree has accumulated zero experience and somewhere between $50,000 and $140,000 in debt.

College can be even more stressful for those that don’t want to be chest-deep in bills when they finish their scholastic career. Those people take part-time jobs while they’re going to college. Their studying suffers, they are probably sleep-deprived, and ultimately, their grades aren’t as high.

In total, when they finish college they’re $120,000 behind their non-college counterparts, and have a significant debt to deal with, which will take between one and three years to pay off if they dedicate 100% of their salary to the task. Since that never happens, this debt is likely to stretch out for many years.

Usually this is about the time that debtors begin to think about what it would be like to live in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, or many other countries that offer free college to everyone!

Given two programmers, one [self-taught] with 3-4 years’ experience and the other with a bachelor’s degree and no experience, it’s actually the case that experience will trump education just about every time, especially on general programming positions and [particularly] in the startup community, where all that matters is what you can do and have already done—J. Faucett

What Can I Do without College?

Online Advertising Mngr. $88K | Web Developer $77K | Dental Hygienist $69K | Electrical technician $57K | Surveyor $56K | Wholesale Sales Rep $53K | Tax Collector/Examiner $50K | Steno/Court reporter $49K | Paralegal Assistant $48K | Insurance agent $48K | Architectural draftsman   $47K | Industrial machine repair $46K | Help Desk Analyst $46K | Hotel Manager $46K | Executive assistant  $45K | Heating/Refrig Mechanic $44K | Sewage Plant Operator $43K | Construction Equip. Op. $42K | Truck Driver $41K | Help Desk Attendant $38K | Medical secretary $33K | Teacher’s Aide $26K | Hair stylist $25K | Cosmetologist $25K

Alternate Options for Education

SC&C Earn Degree OnlineIf you decide to start your working career without a college degree and then find that your ambition suddenly requires an associate or bachelor’s degree, you don’t have to drop everything and go back to school per se. There are always alternatives, and they can be cost-free.

University of the People (UoPeople) was the world’s first accredited, tuition-free, online university. Their academic leadership comes from Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Oxford, New York University, and many more.

edX, in cooperation with MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Univ. of Texas, Univ. of British Columbia, and Columbia University offers an amazing number of certificate courses as well.

Coursera has relationships with 152 universities and colleges offering 1,769 courses, with over 17,000,000 current students.

If you have the time available, and the money to spend, there is no valid argument against attempting to earn a degree. If, on the other hand, you want to gain a lead on your peers, and enter the working world without a crushing debt, there are 24 interesting choices listed above. And there are plenty more.

More importantly, you can change your mind and work on obtaining a degree, for free, at your own pace, online. This is a very useful option once you have started your career and have money in the bank.

The whole concept of education has changed. Many premium institutions are looking to broaden the base of people with high-quality educations. Smarter people benefit the whole world because they are often less inclined to make ill-considered decisions.

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