The challenge: 80% of C-Suite level executive opportunities are never published. If you’re an executive looking to make a career move, that statistic can seem daunting.
In the past, due to the secretive and cumbersome process of finding executive search opportunities, executives have been trained to be passive in their career journey. This includes waiting on a call from a retained recruiter, sending in a CV for a published executive role (where it sits on a desk with the other 1,000 CV’s), or networking and hoping that the stars align.
But there’s good news. There is a better way. Here are 5 effective steps to help you transition from being a passive executive job seeker to a proactive participant in your career. Now you have the power to land your next senior role.
1. Subscribe to Lead5.com. Lead5 has helped leading executives tap the hidden executive job world for the last 5 years. It was founded by Josh Wimberley a former Senior Partner at Korn-Ferry who recognized that executives need transparent access to unpublished senior roles the moment they become available.
2. It’s a timing game. The highest earning positions are the most sought-after. As such, you must throw your hat in the ring at the earliest possible point in the job search. Lead 5’s edge is timeliness driven by its proprietary AI. Lead 5 lists jobs on average 45 days before other comparable services giving you a competitive edge.
3. Be prepared. Related to timeliness listed above, you must have a keen sense of what your next role will look like, and how to tailor your CV and outreach accordingly. Remember, companies have a vested interest in landing the right candidate sooner rather than later. Make sure you’re prepared to strike.
4. Information is key. At the executive level, your understanding of the role, company, and industry is table stakes. To stand out from your competition, you should leverage insider information. For example: services like Lead5.com inform you on the dynamics of departures so that you can understand who you are attempting to replace (and in certain cases, who you should actively differentiate yourself from).
5. Continuous networking. Too often we see executives tapping into their network after they sense their current opportunity is no longer viable. As executive job transitions often take 180 days on average, this means that they’re already behind the eight ball. The lesson? As busy as you are, don’t neglect the people that have played a role in your success. Likewise, be the person that other executives seek out when they need a helping hand. This is an exclusive world and what goes around, comes around.
Most executive jobs are unlisted. Use Lead5 to uncover hidden executive opportunities and gain the intel required to land your next prominent role. Lead5 has been the executives trusted partner for 5 years.