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Landing an Executive Level Job
With my years of experience running an IT college, I often get emails from students and graduates enquiring about executive level job positions and how to get them.
Most people work hard to be their best both in their professional and personal lives. When a company gives an employee a promotion, that employee works even harder to prove that they deserved the advancement.
But there are many people who do not get the professional recognition they deserve. As a result, they leave their jobs to set out for executive jobs that provide recognition, a sense of security and professional growth.
Professionals do not acquire these high-level positions by sheer luck; they get them through hard work and smart choices. Below are two useful tips to help you land that executive position you have your eye on.
Tip 1: Your Appearance Matters
Despite the popular saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” when you are searching for an executive job, your appearance does matter.
They say the first impression is the last impression, and this is the truth when you are looking for an executive level position. If you are not dressed properly and professionally for the job interview, there is a 99 per cent chance you will be eliminated before the interview even begins.
People who show up untidy or poorly dressed for an interview will come off as impolite; the interviewer is giving you his or her time, and you should be respectful of that.
After the interviews are done, the employer won’t think highly of someone who wore baggy pants and a loose t-shirt; even if the candidate is overqualified, they won’t get the job. Employers are more likely to remember a candidate who showed up wearing a nice suit, polished shoes and a smile on their face.
Even if you aren’t comfortable with it, you must dress the part — unless you want your résumé to land in the trash can.
Tip 2: You Don’t Need to Know Everything
Do you need to be an expert to get an executive level job? Employers do like when a candidate has most of the required skills that are needed for the job; they want a person who is knowledgeable about the position, has the necessary qualifications and knows what he or she is doing.
However, you do not want to be a know-it-all. Why? Because employers do not like it. Employers like people who show willingness to learn new things and grow within the company.
Go Get the Job!
You need to make employers feel that you are what they want and need in their company. You may have to step out of your comfort zone, but the end result will be rewarding. By following these tips and with a bit of hard work, it won’t be long before you have an executive level job of your own. If you need help preparing for your next interview, or if you are interested in upgrading your technical skills to better market yourself for employment in the IT field, please feel free to contact us. We provide intense Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Linux and Red Hat courses. We are located in Mississauga near Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton and offer courses to students looking to change their career or improve their professional skills.