The Yin and Yang of Executive Job Search.
In Chinese philosophy Yin / Yang describes how seemingly opposing or contrary forces may in fact be connected and related to one another – or another way to put it – they are two halves that together complete the whole.
While Yin / Yang may be unfamiliar to you we experience this philosophy in every day life. For example, day / night, male / female and hot / cold. Essentially different sides of the same coin that rely on each other and exist in equilibrium. In the executive job market it's exactly the same, but the Yin / Yang of executive job search is something in my experience most people miss. They miss it in the race to produce their CV / resume and get this out to as many people as possible, usually in application to positions on executive job boards or those positioned by executive search firms.
In my 10+ years as a professional recruiter I saw this each and every day – candidates with valuable skills and experience relying on this one document to champion their cause and help them stand out in the executive job market. As I've said before and will no doubt do many times again, blending in can never be standing out – if the majority are relying on their CV / resume and then third parties to find the success they desire is it any wonder that this approach on its own is set up to fail from the start?
The Yin / Yang of executive job search exists in what I call the 'foundations'. The methodology I've developed over the last 15 years takes three steps back from the process of finding a new executive position to consider environment, psychology and planning.
The foundations of successful executive job search:
It's environment and psychology that combine to form the Yin / Yang of successful executive job search. Together they form the foundations of a successful executive job search strategy and the challenge of turning the knowledge of a new approach (one that stands out) into diligent and consistent action over time.
Time is a critical factor when it comes to executive job search and its importance is something many people miss. The person you are on day one of your search for a new executive position is often very different to the person you will be three months down the track. Things will have happened (or not happened, as the case may be) to you and this will have had an impact on your ability to take consistent action. The executive job market is fraught with rejection – this will test and challenge you during the time it takes to find a new position. Without strong foundations it can seriously impact your ability to capitalise on an opportunity when it does arrive.
Environment – the Yin of executive job search:
Environment is an understanding of how