Account executive jobs call for great networkers, so demonstrate your skills to secure your first role.
If you’re looking to secure one of the best account executive jobs, then you need to be strategic and savvy. The most essential skills in the job include the ability to be able to nurture relationships, and you also need to have excellent communication skills and great networking abilities.
The good news is that you can demonstrate all of these credentials directly to a potential hiring manager as part of your work-seeking strategies.
Attending the Right Events
Firstly, seek out events which would likely bring together account executives, hiring agencies and in-house employers, recruiters and other people in the field. Industry networking events, product presentations, agency launches, training presentations and keynote speaker events are all good places to try, along with specific careers events and shows.
Make sure you attend as though you are applying for a role. Have a business card to pass over, and be smartly dressed, perfectly presented and ready to give your elevator pitch and explain concisely how you can help others and add value to a hiring business. Remember that the key to great networking is listening and knowing exactly how you can help another person – whether that’s directly or by linking them up with someone else useful.
Setting Up Appointments
Be active too on LinkedIn and see if you can organise a coffee with a potential hiring manager or with a recruiter that regularly fills account executive jobs. Be strategic and structured, keeping records of the people you meet and sending follow-up thank-you notes for their time and any other information or things of use that you can share. Show that you’re on the ball, ready to demonstrate value and prepared to help hiring managers.
Seeking Out Work Experience
If there aren’t any immediate account executive jobs available, then work hard on securing an internship, work experience or even a temporary role, just to get into a company and show how useful you can be. Again, be resilient and proactive in order to secure a position like this, because there will be a lot of competition. Work your networks, seek out new contacts and put yourself out there. Don’t be too proud to turn down a temporary opportunity that could lead to other things. To get the right role, it can pay to be long-term in your outlook and flexible, working your way into the position you really want over time.
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