Each week our office receives calls from professional, career-aspiring individuals seeking another career opportunity. In many cases they came recommended to us in one way or another. Usually it was a former client or placed talent making the referral. About half of these individuals are polished and well prepared for their first discussion with executive search consultants. They are the ones that are relaxed, confident and are able to discuss business while remaining cordial.
But nearly half are woefully unprepared even for the most casual and informal initial telephone discussion. Let alone being prepared for an actual formal interview.
These individuals come from all types of educational backgrounds. Some have their PhDs while others have Masters degrees while the remaining received some type of 4 year baccalaureate degree.
There are many reasons why recruiters are unable to help a large segment of people that reach out to us. Even those who came recommended by friends of the firm or past clients. Most boil down to 5 underlying factors.
5 Reasons You Might be Unprepared for Your Recruiter Audition
From the above items you will notice that some can be overcome with practice and candid discussions with friends, family or peers. Your expectations can be clarified. Your communication skills improved upon with practice … just like a musician. Other items are not as malleable such as your job track record which is something more or less welded in place.
But even there, there are ways experts can improve how you present your job record in a manner that is most flattering to yourself. This can be done without changing factual dates, titles or roles, but by simply writing your resume in a manner where it features your skills in the most flattering context and format.
Stay tuned for more helpful advise from your Insurance Executive Recruiters at IRES.