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Guide to Executive Job Search

By Susan P. Joyce

Executives, also known as "senior managers," are at the top of the organizational chart, usually reporting to a board of directors in US corporations.

Fewer of these positions exist, obviously, and landing one of these positions is often substantially different than landing a lower-level position.  So we have this section of Job-Hunt specifically to help job seekers looking for jobs at that level (and other levels, too). 


Not Just for "Executive" Job Seekers

These tips apply regardless of your current job title or your career plans.

Don't ignore this section of Job-Hunt just because you aren't an executive and don't expect to ever look for that kind of job.

These techniques are very useful for job seekers of all levels.

Particularly if your long-term goal (and hopefully you have a long-term goal!) is to become an executive, learning the methods executives use to find employment can help you jump on that "fast track" to one of those big jobs a bit sooner than some of your competitors.

And, even if you are not - yet - officially an "executive," learning the job search methods appropriate for executives can be very helpful because many of the goals and strategies used are very effective for job seekers at every level.


They are the officers responsible for managing organizations: setting the direction, ensuring optimal performance, looking into the future for opportunities and threats, then taking advantage of the opportunities and avoiding the threats.  Or, at least, that's the theory.  Both for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as governmental organizations have executives.

The term "executive" typically applies to people holding a "c-class" or "c-suite" title, like:

  • CEO - Chief Executive Officer
  • CFO - Chief Financial Officer
  • CMO - Chief Marketing Officer
  • CIO - Chief Information Officer (also "Chief Imagination Officer")

Most of the various levels of vice president are considered to be executives, too.  Those titles range from Executive Vice President, through Vice President, to Associate and Assistant Vice presidents in very large vice-president-prone organizations.