5 Tips on How to Conduct a Confidential Executive Job Search

5 Tips on How to Conduct a Confidential Executive Job Search
From Recruiter - September 26, 2016

Career advancement, a shift in passion, better benefits, burnout, or career transition are some of the triggers that might possibly motivate you to rewrite your executive resumeand launcha confidential executive job search. We often consult with clients who are currently employedand in need of helpwith their job searches.

Clearly, this is a very sensitive aspect of your career and should be approached with extreme caution in order to preserve your professional reputation and livelihood. In some cases, if your current employer discovers that you are considering leaving, you may find yourself unemployed sooner than you had planned. Below, we have provided some of the best resume tips for strategically and discreetly targeting prospective employers during a confidential job search.

1. Tap Into the Hidden Job Market

You have probably figured out by now that many employers wish to fill crucial positions within their companies without posting or advertising them. With that in mind, you should consider tapping into this hidden job market as a way to reach out to prospective employers without posting your resume on career sites/job boards or uploading it into someones ATS.

Write a good executive resume with the goal of getting it into the hands of the hiring manager. By networking with trusted individuals within your professional community, volunteering, or following target employers on LinkedIn, you can maximize your chances of connecting directly with the intended recruiter or hiring professional.

2. Edit Your Resume for Privacy

In the event you feel the need to postyour resume for anexecutive role on an online job board, keep in mind that your present employer may also be on thatjob board to source active and passive candidates. If you want to avoid an awkward one-on-one meeting with your boss, try replacing your name with confidential candidate. Add your city, state, zip code, mobile number, and a professional email address that does not include your first and last name.

You can also replace the specific name of yourcurrent employer with a less descriptive title that reflects your industryfor example, Major Healthcare Distributor. Some word processors, like Microsoft Word, store your name as the author of a document. This can be changed by going to the Properties menu in Microsoft Word. Make the title of your position the name of the file. Dont use any identifying details.

This is an area in which you should exercise great caution, as we live in a digital age and nothing is 100 percent secure.


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