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Just because you're a senior executive doesn't mean your career search is over. You may be looking for a new professional challenge or searching for a career that will better facilitate your retirement. Perhaps you're looking for something entirely new that is more in line with your true passions. Whatever the reason for the search, rest assured the right job is out there for you! These senior executive career search tips can help you find a job.

  1. Decide where your passions truly lie.
    As a senior executive, you've proven you're exceptional in your current field, but your new career search needs to go beyond what you're good at and consider what you really want to do with the rest of your life. Where are your passions? What excites you? What career is going to fulfill your professional soul? Deciding this should be the first step in any career search process.
  2. Never underestimate the power of networking.
    While building your current career and even within your day-to-day business, you've likely used networking to garner the results you desired. Networking is also invaluable when it comes to starting a new career, once you've decided in which direction you're headed. Your professional contacts, both inside and outside your industry, should be the first people you go to when looking for a new career. Even if they cannot directly lead you to a new career, they can direct you to others they know who may be able to help you in your job search.
  3. Be active in service and other non-professional organizations.
    Involvement in professional organizations will help build your contact database, which can be used for networking. However, service and other non-professional organizations help you reach an entirely new set of people, with access to numerous industries and careers you won't find in the more homogenous professional organizations.
  4. Consider volunteer opportunities.
    Volunteering for an organization that is related to your new, desired career offers several benefits. First, you gain some real world, working knowledge of your new career. Second, you can better determine if this is really the career you want. Finally, you'll be offering valuable services to an organization that really needs your assistance.
  5. Think inside the box.
    Just because you want a new career, it doesn't mean that career isn't within your current industry. Think about applications of your desired career within your industry. Your industry knowledge and experience as a senior executive will be directly transferable to another job in the same industry.

If you've climbed all the way to the top of the ladder only to find that you haven't found your dream job, don't despair! It is never too late to change course and pursue the career you really want. The career search tips above will help you transition from senior executive to whatever job it is that will provide the fulfillment you yearn for.

Joel Garfinkle provides a proven nine-step outplacement program. His services help executives and employees find jobs. Contact him today.