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10 Challenges Senior Executives Face in the Job Search – Part 1 of 2

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Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of key executives – CEOs, Partners, COOs, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, and so on. Top business professionals like these present unique challenges to the Career Consultant, because they face unique challenges in their own transitions! Specializing in working with this clientele, I have identified 10 distinct issues that senior executives usually confront with when conducting a job search – and I have developed practical solutions for each one of them:

#1 – EGO

  • Loss of self-esteem, identity, self-worth, and self-concept
  • Embarrassment, shame, and “tarnished” image
  • Loss of control; feeling “out of control”
  • Used to making BIG decisions and having MAJOR impact


  • Keep your “usual life” going (family activities, volunteer, sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Develop/recognize your worth OUTSIDE of the job
  • Be open to learning new things and taking small risks
  • Recognize the value and power of “baby steps” (doing the right things over and over)
  • Ask for support!


  • Not accustomed to doing all the day-to-day administrative tasks yourself
  • Lack some basic habits for details and logistics; organization of tasks, etc.
  • Technology impaired
  • Must think of everything/burdened with time-consuming planning and activities that used to be handled by support personnel


  • Get over it and get busy
  • Learn new behaviors and technical skills
  • Leverage technology and basic organizational tools
  • Respect and value the small tasks that support the whole process
  • Possibly hire someone to assist part-time, or get a volunteer to help with some tasks (friend, family member, etc.)


  • Search takes longer, and frustration can be greater
  • Simply less opportunities at this level; sometimes only one or two appropriate positions open in the entire country


  • Expand your scope, consider being more flexible, and possibly relocate
  • Consider taking a short-term step back in order to eventually move ahead
  • Explore consulting or starting/buying a business
  • Be more creative in developing your Target Company List and personal marketing plan

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About Ford Myers

Career Success and Job Search Expert, Ford R. Myers

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles have appeared in thousands of publications and web sites, and he has been interviewed on every major television and radio network. Ford has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at

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