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How to land the perfect senior role

 

Senior roles can be a challenge to both find and acquire. From a proactive approach to your search, to preparing for interview, read on to find out more about how to land the perfect senior role.

Think Culture

The importance of company culture to attracting and retaining the right people has never been so apparent. If you’re interested in working for a company, you need to consider not only if you are right for them, but if they are right for you.

Don’t overlook culture if you are considering your options for progression with your existing employer; if the tone of the organisation is not a good fit for you, it’s unlikely you will be considered for senior positions or, indeed, wish to stay long term. Take a look at our earlier blog: How to attract the best with a killer employee brand

Build relationships and grow your network

If you’re interested in a company, make connections. You can get an insight into working at the company, the vision and the culture. The more research you can do, the more prepared you will be when the time comes for interview.

It is vital to connect and build good relationships with recruiters; finding senior level positions isn’t usually as straight forward as finding a job advert and responding, and you’ll need to take a proactive approach. Working with a particular recruiter may not be a stand-alone occurrence; as you continue to develop and progress, a great relationship with a recruiter could be the key to finding the roles that are your perfect fit, and building your team within your senior role.

You are not the obvious choice

It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you are unique, or rather, thinking it is obvious why you are unique. Be aware of how to sell yourself, and don’t think it’s unnecessary; it’s a competitive world out there, so be prepared to compete. Companies don’t always hire the “obvious” any more; they have a better understanding of what they are looking for, and the need for diversity within their team.

Your fifteen years of experience doesn’t necessarily make you a preferable choice to someone with less, so be clear about what you can bring to the role. You should be able to demonstrate the impact you have by providing facts and figures, and evidencing your ability to make difficult decisions.

Preparation is key

It may seem obvious that you need to be well prepared for interviews, but performing well at an interview is a skill, and skills require practice. If you are out of practice because you haven’t proactively searched for roles very frequently in the past, you must ensure that your preparation is thorough. Do your research on the company, and understand what they are looking for. Sharpen your interview skills, prepare for competency-based questions (you can use techniques such as STAR to map out your answers), and prepare some of your own questions for the interviewers.

Take a look around

Don’t just think about moving upwards; sometimes, to put yourself in a better position in the long run, you need to be willing to make a sideways move. Senior level positions often require experience in a wide range of business skills that may not necessarily have been utilised or developed in your career history so far. When looking for your next move, consider the bigger picture; a lateral career move could be a great opportunity for your long-term advancement.

If you would like to speak to us about your next career move, we would love to hear from you.

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