How To Stand Out For A Director's Role.
Four strategies on how to stand out for a director's role
Today I'm going to share with you four strategies on how to stand out for a director's role.
I have this information on pretty good authority because the majority of the clients I work with in my Career Success Program are senior managers: directors, heads of, executives and so on.
Very talented people who have over 15, 20 years experience and are at the point in their careers where they want a new challenge, they want to feel fulfilled, they want a job where they can make a difference.
The conundrum they face is that in the past they’ve been tapped on the shoulder by colleagues or superiors who knew their capabilities and suddenly that's not happening anymore and they have to put themselves out there.
They have to rely on selling themselves to communicate their true worth. To convince employers why they should be hired above all others.
So, the four-part strategy is this:
1. THE RESUME
Every senior manager, director, executive needs to really work on their resumes. I have seen thousands of resumes in my career and I can tell you this, there is a science behind creating a resume.
And, let's face it; technology has changed the way resumes are viewed.
We have to embrace, and get the true benefit of, the new way of creating our resumes. I know you've probably reviewed your resume a million times and made a million tweaks but, unless you’re making the right tweaks, it's not going on the “Yes” pile.
2. THE BRAND
The only thing standing between you and that next director's role is a mixed-message.
You’ve done so much in your career that when you're in an interview, or even writing your resume, you tend to include everything you’ve done and everything you can do. You have to be clear about what you stand for;
You need to choose what your first impression is going to be, your personal brand, and what you want to be known for. Be clear about what you want, where you can fit in and who you are.
3. THE PITCH
You need to create your pitch.
You may not be a sales person, but this is one instance where you have to put that aside and figure out how you’re going to pitch yourself.
It is so important that you can articulate what you have done in your career in a clear and concise way so people get it.
We want a pitch that clearly states what can be expected from you.
The problems you can solve, your seniority, what you can bring to the table, your unique value proposition. You need to figure out what the best way is for you to communicate why they should hire you.
4. THE PLAN
To really stand out for a director’s role you need to look at your career as a whole, which means planning every aspect of your job search strategically, long before you start reactively responding to job ads.
You need to use all the tools you have at your disposal like LinkedIn, networking. There is a relationship between your profile, application, resume and interview that can only truly communicate your worth if you look at it as an ecosystem.
It's not individual pieces, it's one system and to get the best, you need to be measured and strategic in your approach.
If you’d like to learn more, visit New Horizon Coaching and download the 6-Figure Career Plan. In it, I show you the exact system that has helped my clients get their next six-figure leadership roles, where they feel fulfilled, challenged and are paid their worth. It will give you all the pieces of that puzzle.
If you want to take it one step further, join my Career Success Program, where I work one-on-one with my clients to help them land their next six-figure leadership role. Together we create your perfect pitch, profile, resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter and job-search strategy. We even have a mock interview including negotiation techniques to make sure you get the best offer for the job.
Book in your free career strategy call today and let’s overcome your roadblocks and achieve your goals.