If you are at a senior executive level but you are ready to move on, what are the options? It is less easy to search the jobs market the more senior you become. Confidentiality and time can both be an issue. You may be posted overseas, far from contacts you can approach. It is all very well to be told to network, to get the word out that you are available. For many senior executives, this is impractical.
A number of firms and consultants offer help with a job search, to access the unadvertised or so-called hidden jobs market. But it is wise to check out first how much of the work they will actually do for you and how much is simply advice and guidance. Sure, it is helpful to have hired help encourage and advise you, massage the ego and build your confidence. But the chances are that, at your level, these things are not required as much as some practical help to handle what is a burdensome and difficult task – finding your next role.
How often have you been urged to get in touch with your contacts, friends, anyone who might have friends who might work with someone who knows someone who might have a role where you might be a fit? Get on the radar of headhunters, executive search professionals. Go to networking events. Set up exploratory meetings.
Realistically, do you have the time or opportunity? For reasons of confidentiality, most senior executives are unable to leverage their professional network when it comes to looking for a career change. It makes no sense to jeopardize the current job by looking for the next one.
Time is the other issue. There are probably more calls on your time now than at any other stage in your life. Keeping pace with work, staff, stakeholders, professional development, health and fitness, home and family. Young children. Aging parents.
So there is a powerful argument for engaging someone who will:
a) do the work for you and
b) keep your search confidential.
The team at EA Select has been doing precisely this for over 12 years, representing and working on behalf of senior executives looking for the next step in their career, taking on the task of networking on their behalf, confidentially, at the highest echelons of the corporate world.
We are a small and dedicated team, with offices on both sides of the Atlantic, entirely committed to helping senior executives earning $200k or more look for new opportunities. And with EA Select, a web based version of this service delivers incredible value for the modest membership fee.
(We charge nothing to the recruiter or employer – we want them to find you).