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The Executive Job Search

This page lists resources directed towards mid-to-senior level executives and reported to be very useful by these same persons. However, many resources listed throughout the guide include job listings at this level. The good news is yes, executives can search for new job opportunities online. The bad news is most of the best sources are fee-based, but they are usually worth the expense.

Executive Job Search and Support Services

Job Listings

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I have separated these sites from the Executive Job Lead Sources because they are more than just job listings and resume databases. All offer networking opportunities, either online or off, and career resources, but some also offer other support services including resume review and revision services.

Fee. A career management and job search membership organization for $100,000+ executives, offering listings of very good jobs along with a resume-review program and face-to-face networking meetings organized around the country. Several membership options are offered, depending how long you want to be active with the organization. This service has been around for several years (originally offline) and has always received very good comments from members.
Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago (ENG)
Fee. "A non-profit organization that provides executives in transition with valuable resources and networking opportunities for finding new employment. We invite participation by any individual whose focus is providing career networking connections for the membership. [...] All ENG members are experienced in middle and senior management positions. Typically, they have held titles such as, Manager, Director, Vice President, President, CFO, COO, CEO, and CIO with a minimum base salary level of $100,000." Membership is $100/year, but there are many benefits to joining.
Executives Network
Fee "Executives Network is a national peer-to-peer network for executives in the job search." This is a networking group designed to allow members to interact with one another and share information that may lead to a successful search. At this time they have meetings in Phoenix (AZ), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX), Denver (CO), Boston (MA), New York (NY), West Orange (NJ) and 4 locations in California, but persons outside of these areas are encouraged to join their national online network. Membership is limited to persons at the corporate director / vp / c-level. They get very high marks from their members. Molly Wendell, current President and CEO ( and a former member) has a marvelous blog with truly helpful articles that all are welcome to read.
Fee. This service offers $70,000+ executives the opportunity to review job leads and get assistance from a career management consultant in preparing your resume, presenting yourself and planning your next career move. The people behind this service have extensive backgrounds in recruiting and outplacement and offer quality service based on what they know. They offer several membership options based on how long you wish to be a member and what services you’d like during your tenure. Discounted memberships may be available to those who are currently enrolled in an outplacement program or recently ended a program without successfully making a transition to a new opportunity. Contact them for information.
HAPPEN: Halton And Peel Professional and Executive Network
Fee. Established in the early 1990's, this is a networking group helping senior level management and skilled professionals accelerate their job searches. They are currently focused in the Greater Toronto Area with a second location in Vancouver, British Columbia. Your membership fee includes the weekly networking meetings, access to online resources and services (including a nice job database), and much more designed to support you in your search. Details on the membership fee is on the website, but they also offer a one-time visitor fee should you want to just try one of their meetings before joining (a portion of this fee will be credited towards a full member fee should you decide to join).
Fee. A fee-based service offering listings of exclusive confidential job leads, a resume database, networking forums, and career-management tools for senior executives earning $100,000+.. If you haven’t heard of Netshare, don’t be concerned. Think of the company as “the quiet guys” who don’t do as much general advertising as the competition but have a terrific reputation through word of mouth. The database is updated daily, and Netshare offers varying membership options designed to meet your current search needs. Gets high reviews from sources like Forbes and Fortune.
Fee. RiteSite’s purpose is "to provide the strongest and most comprehensive possible help to job-hunting and career-building executives”. John Lucht, author of Rites of Passage, offers members a Custom Career Service designed to “help you with everything you can do to advance your job search and long-term career development.” This includes resume preparation and posting, the ability to confidentially forward your resume to others, and connectivity to his select group of retained executive search firms. (Yes, he does background checks on each firm that wants to register as a "select firm".) This site is devoted to helping you know, contact, and build relationships with these firms. He has job listings here which are open and free for anyone to view and charges a moderate annual membership for those who want the Custom Career Service. I had an opportunity to look around "behind the password," and this site and its services are quite impressive. Members speak quite highly of it, plus John has a reputation for being one of the best.
TLA: Technology Leaders Association
Free "An executive level networking forum enabling the career development needs of senior information technology professionals. [...] Membership is limited to senior IT execs (large Project Managers, Director to CIO large cap through small cap companies)or equivalent experience." Membership is free. Networking meetings are held in the Chicago area, but the online resources (this site plus LinkedIn) are open to members from anywhere.

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Executive Job Lead Sources

...UK-based source for international senior executive positions. You do not need to register in order to view listings and apply for consideration. For an interesting view of the database listings, select Job File from the menu at the bottom of the front page. You'll see a list of fast links to the jobs by industry sector, UK location, or International location.
Fee. A service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, the worldwide professional association for retained executive search firms. BlueSteps offers two services for executives seeking new career options, Executive Profile and SearchConnect. Executive Profile allows you to submit your resume for consideration by the members of AESC. SearchConnect is a searchable directory of all AESC members that you can use to make direct contact with firms that handle searches in your industry and functional field. These services can be purchased separately or as a package. If you are actively seeking new opportunities, we recommend you purchase the package for better exposure and better connections at a lower cost.
CEO Update
Fee. CEO Update publishes CEO Job Opportunities Update listing over 150 new vacancies every two weeks for executives in associations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and professional societies. It is really a print publication, with the website serving as an archive of positions announced in previous editions that are still open.
Free Free Free! "We advertise permanent, interim and contract jobs over £50,000 from top executive management recruiters and employers in all areas across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world." Their search page is quite detailed, but you only need to select ONE option (like "permanent") in order to start your search. Registration is not required to search for jobs or even get the contact info to submit your resume, but by registering and storing your resume here you can save your search, execute a job agent to notify you of new listings in the database, and set up a one-button application process. You can also access their National Register for Non-Executive Directors (see Board Recruitment) from this page.
Free Free Free! executive level recruitment portal for senior level candidates, recruiters and employers. While its primary market is the UK and Europe, there are some listings for the US & Canada as well as "Other Worldwide". You can search the jobs database and review listings, but you must register (free) in order to apply for positions that interest you. Your registration will also let you set up email alerts and keep track of all applications you've made. exec2exec is part of the The UK Apollo Group, parented by BNB Recruitment Solutions PLC.
Based in the UK, this is an executive job and career site offering free access to pre-screened senior management jobs across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Visitors can search and review job listings, but you will need to register in order to apply for any you find. Now, there are different levels of membership ranging from free to "premium platinum". You can compare and contrast the benefits of each before you register, but you can always register for free to try the site then upgrade if you feel that would be more beneficial. In any case, just creating the free account allows you to post a CV, establish job alerts to be sent to you, and much more. There were numerous very good jobs listed here at the time of review. Please note that all require you to state up front whether or not you have the necessary national work permissions as a part of your application.
...executive career service for leading professionals in the U.S. and around the world. Based on your qualifications and career goals, it matches you to specific senior management jobs starting at $100K and provides confidential access to a pre-approved headhunter network. It scouts out the job market on your behalf. Visitors can review basic information on a few current listings before registering, but full job details and contact information is only presented to registered users (free). You are assured of confidentiality in your search at this site. They review all registrations to verify who they are, and while companies can register and post jobs, they are not allowed to search candidate profiles. That service is reserved for recruiting firms. They also review all posted jobs to verify the information is correct and still current. There are 2 levels of membership, Basic (free) and Premium (fees are stated in the Terms of Use document on the US site). I would suggest you initially register for a Basic membership, and if it proves useful and helpful expand into the Premium. Experteer is international, with sites focused on the following locations: US || UK || Germany || France || Italy || Spain || Switzerland (Ger) or (Fre) || Austria || Netherlands || Belgium || Europe (covers areas and cities not otherwise represented)
Executive Registry
Fee. Kennedy Information, publisher of several directories of recruiters, now offers a confidential online service where executives seeking new opportunities can post resumes, review "pre-qualified" postings from executive search firms, and connect with the search firms. You can purchase 6-month or 1-year memberships, and they are not cheap. However, the fees are similar to other services, Kennedy's is a well-established and trusted name in this industry, and there is a 7-day money back guarantee.
Executives on the
Free Free Free! Based in the UK, this site lists executive positions worldwide. You can search the listings for free and without registering, but will need to register in order to apply for listings through the site. Neat feature: before you can click the "Apply" button, you must say that yes, you hold work authorization for this country.
Fee. A UK-based advertising portal for executives commanding salaries upward of £100,000 / €140,000. Candidates can review the listings for free and submit a resume for consideration to any listing. Those who use this site frequently may want to fill out a free registration and store a resume/cover letter on site as well as set up reminders and application tracking.
Free Free Free! This site "provides experienced professionals the opportunity to confidentially seek and be considered for some of the most prestigious jobs in the country." They offer a free resume database for all people who would like to be considered for the job listings they receive. Candidates with the skills and experiences to justify being considered for a senior level position will be given access to the site's job announcements and will be permitted to post a resume in their database. To be considered, you must submit your resume to them for evaluation. If you feel you are ready to break into the C-Suite, these folks could give you the opportunity.

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Interim Executives

Not a Consultant, an Interim Executive, Karen E. Klein (
"Unlike consultants, interim executives work within a company, filling a position that has gone vacant due to an employee leaving, dying, or being dismissed. They can fulfill as many as three functions: Stepping into a job that needs doing, helping to interview and choose a permanent replacement, and diagnosing and implementing important internal changes."
Boyden Interim Management
A service of Boyden Global Executive Search, Boyden Interim Management provides the highest quality interim executive solutions to companies across all industries and around the world. This service is available in select locations around the world, so if you are interested in being considered for these opportunities please check to see if there is an office in your location, then contact them directly.
Cerius Interim Executive Solutions
"We are looking for highly skilled interim executives who have been successful C- or V- level executives and have demonstrable experience in Business Transformation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategies, Finance / Accounting, Human Capital / Organizational Development, Information Technology, Marketing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operations, and Sales.
Impact Executives
...a leading interim management provider to organisations of every size in the UK and globally. They serve clients across numerous industry sectors and in a variety of job functions, and if you have experience at the senior / board level, they would very much like to hear from you. You can review a very short list of current opportunities or a much longer list of past assignments before submitting your CV. Impact Executives is part of the global recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash Group plc.
...provides global businesses and investment firms with highly skilled executives to meet short term challenges. Services include middle management up to experienced C-suite executives.
Interim Hub
This UK based site looks like a helpful resource for those in the UK that are considering or are already working as an interim manager -- or an interim service provider. This site notes that it is the official training provider for the Interim Management Association. It is well organized with what appears to be helpful information. They offer related services, including workshops, that charge fees.
Interim Partners
...supplying short-term managers with a proven record in numerous executive positions in the UK. They focus on four key sectors - Financial Services, Retail and Consumer, Industry and Services and the Public Sector. Potential candidates are welcome to review their information and a list of current assignments. You will need to register in order to be considered for any assignments you see (free), which will permit you to not only submit your credentials but also search all current assignments. You will also be considered for future searches. Some really interesting postings here. Middle managers may be interested in their Brightpool recruitment service, "matching talented, professionally qualified middle managers to contract, interim and permanent positions within organisations across the UK and Internationally".
Russam GMS
...a long-established interim management provider in the UK. With over 30 years experience, they have an excellent reputation and top-level clients. You can review a very short list of current assignments, but the majority of their available assignments are confidential. They would like you to register as an Interim Manager. Women managers -- they have an entire business devoted to you. Check out
Solomon Page Group
... a provider of highly-qualified contingent staffing and project based solutions, executive search, contingency full time placement and outsourcing. Based in New York City, they cover five functional areas (technology, accounting and finance, human resources, legal, and administrative and creative services) and four industry practices (financial services, healthcare, publishing/electronic media and fashion) practices. They operate regional offices throughout the United States and one in London. Interested candidates can review a current list of opportunities they are working to fill, including temporary, temp-to-hire, interim executive and consulting projects, and submit a resume for consideration in any search. You can also contact a specific division to discuss possiblities and submit a resume directly to those search consultants.
Tatum LLC
"As the fastest-growing provider of executive services, we are actively recruiting the most talented and seasoned financial and technology leaders across the country. We are currently seeking Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers, Financial Consultants, and Technology Consultants."
Third Sector Company
...provides several lines of management consultation service to nonprofit organizations throughout Southern California, the United States, and Canada. They are continually looking for the best-in-the-business professionals committed to a consulting career in the fields of interim management (as interim executive directors, resource development directors, or CFOs/controllers) or management consulting for the nonprofit sector.
Executives Online
Based in the UK, Executives Online provides executive search, interim managers and project managers for any major corporate role in any major discipline. They work in several countries across Europe. While they have some registered talent in the US, their primary market is Europe and Asia.
Interim Management Association
...represents the majority of established and leading Interim Management recruiters currently operating in the UK market. "IMA members enable clients to deliver results, whether it's helping the FTSE 100, private equity firms, SME's or the Public Sector, Interim Management has quickly progressed and stands today as a proven management tool." Use their Member List to connect with these firms and submit your credentials.
You may also want to review our list of Recruiters and Staffing Firms as many offer short-term assignments for mid- to senior-level managers.

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Board Recruitment

Board Options
Operated by Stybel Peabody & Associates in Boston, this consulting firm provides services to executive boards, not only assisting them in becoming more effective but also guiding the search for new members. Individuals who are interested in joining a potential board-level candidate pool are welcome to create their own free Board of Director resume following the guidelines provided and to submit it to Stybel Peabody for consideration. There are also numerous articles on board governance that you can review.
"Connecting nonprofit boards and new leaders." This service from the Volunteer Consulting Group was established "to allow nonprofit boards and those interested in serving as board members to reach out beyond their existing networks and find each other." Registration is required in order for you to access the site. There is no fee to register as a candidate, but candidates who are sponsored by a community partner will receive expanded access to the site. Organizations registering are required to be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charity and must use the EIN assigned to them by the IRS.
The Non-Executive Director (UK)
.. provides authoritative information, research, job opportunities and distilled knowledge about the Non-Executive and Trustee marketplace. This is national service for Non-Executive Directors brings together leading recruitment companies, major executive institutions and thought leaders to provide a comprehensive service for those interested in the Non-Executive and Trustee market. Launched in mid-2003, the service is now provided in association with Ernst & Young. Your membership fee also gets you access to the partner site and its services.
You may also be interested in Corporate Governance.

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Resume Mailing Services

myResumeAgent (was
...a service of Kennedy Information (publishers of The Directory of Executive Recruiters), myResumeAgent allows you to compile a list of executive search firms and other qualified recruiters you compile from their database and forward your resume with an optional cover letter to each you select. This is a one-time mailing service, but you can opt for additional services such as having your resume sent out a second time after 21 days, having your list of targeted recruiters emailed to you for phone or other follow-up, and more. Your resume is not retained in a database for later perusal.

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Executive Job Search & Career Management Advice

New Higher's Higher Call
New Higher is a consulting firm dedicated to "improving the way the world works by helping professionals find and grow their talent. We offer high performance training, technology services, and help organizations recruit high performers." Every at 9 PM EST, they host a free conference call offering tools, techniques, and instruction to help you perform better personally and professionally. The calls are about 1 hour, half of which is a question-and-answer period. The phone number is posted (no, it is not toll-free), but you should register in advance (free). All the information you need, including recordings of past calls and a schedule of upcoming seminars, can be found on the site.
Stepping up to CEO or President: What does it take?, Keith Kulper (Kulper and Company)
What does it take to step up into the driver's seat for a corporation or a university? This executive search consultant offers his advice to those of you who would like to be in this position as you advance your career.
Six Interview Styles of Top Executives: How to Prepare for the Final Interview, Barbara Safani (
"During the interview process, you may go through several rounds of interviews before you meet with the ultimate decision maker. [...] At this executive level, it's important to know what to expect in order to best prepare for it..." This article outlines different interview styles you may encounter so you are not put off or thrown off by the person interviewing you!
Association of Executive Search Consultants
...offers articles and information for clients (the employers), candidates (the executive job seeker) and search consultants (including some information on what it takes to be a successful search consultant -- just in case you think you'd like to try.) They operate BlueSteps, a job search source for executives.
Careers from
...nice collection of articles on executive job search and career management, including such topics as corporate whistle-blowers, talking to the press, and how to get back on track after a reputational mishap.
articles by Rita Ashley
...Rita Ashley is a job search coach working with executives and technology professionals. Scroll down the front page to read several very good articles she has written, and you will see links to even more down the right margin. While she says "executives and technology professionals," I think her advice is useful to all. If you like what you see and feel Rita can assist you, review more of her website to learn more about her, her services, and her book.
Articles for Executive Job Seekers by Wendy Enelow
Terrific collection of articles on resume preparation, interviewing, and much more from an experienced resume expert and executive coach
Peter Bregman On: Managing Yourself, Leadership Development, Communication (Harvard Business Review)
... meant for the mid-to-senior level manager, but I think many younger professionals working their way up the ladder will find good advice here as well. He frequently talks about multi-tasking and personnel management issues.
Articles on the Executive Job Search from The Job Whiz
...these articles were written by Debra Feldman, a career consultant who is also known as The Job Whiz. They are good articles filled with excellent advice on networking, cold-calling, and much more.
Messenger Associates
...based near Syracuse, NY, Messenger Associates is a career management consulting firm offering outplacement services to individuals and organizations. Their website includes several articles written by their consultants with advice on making a change in your career or your life, several good resources for job search, business development, and successful retirement, along with a recently implemented blog. Messenger Associates is also networking via Facebook (includes advice, links to good articles, and occasional job announcements) and LinkedIn.
The Job Hunter's Bluebook by George Saqqal
9728 Third Avenue, #556, Brooklyn, New York 11209. Email:
This book is a valuable tool for those who, through no fault of their own, are suddenly unemployed due to changing economic conditions, mergers, and corporate staff reductions. It has tips for those re-entering the work force or those just starting their careers. Retiring government employees and those making the transition from the military to civilian employment will find many useful hints in it, as well as pitfalls to avoid in making the transition. Now retired after 40 years as an Executive Recruiter who has staffed senior management positions with the world's largest corporations, law firms and not-for-profits, Mr. Saqqal has written this guide to show the job hunter how not to waste valuable time applying for positions for which s/he is not qualified, and how to go after the ones for which s/he is. It covers creating a viable search plan; the differences between an employment agency and a search firm and the services each performs; the different types of search firms and which is best for the job hunter. It also gives advice on interviewing techniques, negotiating employment contracts, what items to insist upon for domestic or overseas employment, and much, much more. The book is available directly from Mr. Saqqal for US$12.95 plus shipping and handling (Add 10% for shipment to US addresses and 20% for shipment to a non-US address). With the purchase of the Bluebook you get a free professional critique of your resume and will can create a new resume for you for US$75.00.

More advice can be found in the Executive Job Lead Sources. We also have information on Executive Compensation, How to Find a Good Career Management Firm and Scams in Job Search Services, including many warnings regarding executive career management firms.

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