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The economy is slowly improving. There may be more jobs available but that also means that your competition is stepping up their job search. Make sure your activities are bringing the results you want.

After a long couple of years of continuous job losses, the economy is finally beginning to recover. Of course, employers still have a long way to go before all are hiring again – or even bringing back their benefits packages – but at least there is now room for more people to find new jobs without competing against the world for the same positions.

As a top-level executive, now is the time to dive in and begin reviving your job search as the economy revives. With employers creating new positions, you want to take the steps necessary to make sure you stand out.

Clean Up Your Resume

One of the first steps to take when jumping into your executive job search is cleaning up your resume. Hopefully, you’ve made attempts to regularly make updates to it as your career has evolved, but this doesn’t mean that your resume isn’t still a work in progress. There are things you can do to continue to clean it up and make it stronger.

For instance, you could make sure that your job summaries quantify your best results (money made, workers managed, project time frames). In addition, if you’ve done anything in your interim period that could be listed on your resume (created a blog, added a new social networking profile, spoke at an event) these are things that you could mention that could give it more strength.

Strengthen Your Executive Brand

Now’s also the time to make sure that your executive brand is strong and visible. With many years of experience under your belt, you should have a great enough career focus to brand yourself specifically within your industry. Who are you? What are your specialties? What type of leader are you? How many people/businesses have you affected? Who is interested in hearing what you have to say?

All of these questions could be easily answered by getting out in front of people at speaking engagements, become a board member of one or more organizations, developing an online presence through social networking profiles (LinkedIn and Twitter) and blogging, as well as creating a website under your name. You could even try to get yourself interviewed with local newspapers or other publications, while giving yourself a title that will tell the world who you are.

Take Unconfident Language Out of Your Executive Bio / Cover Letter

One major mistake that some job seekers make – even at the executive level – is to showcasing low self-esteem in their paragraph-based documents like executive bios and cover letters. The intention is to not look unconfident, but it occurs anyway through the use of words and phrases like “Hopefully,” “I’m just,” “I’m only” and “I should.” These words not only make you look unconfident, but make you look unprofitable. If you’re not sure of your capabilities, how could an employer feel good about them?

It’s a great time to get back in the swing of things as more employers look for competent and driven executives to lead their companies back to a profitable stage. So take advantage of this period of recovery by making the most of your executive job search.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!

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