Big Opportunity, Small Window

Can you guess the number one reason executives do not get that ideal opportunity? It may shock you.

men-looking-out-windowThe executive level is unique in that the supply and demand is not in your favor. There are fewer opportunities above 250K than below and these opportunities are not “a dime a dozen.”

As an executive, your competition is not the unemployed. Your competition is the well-qualified. Executives do not get recruited based on availability but rather qualification. Just because you decide to go on a job search does not mean opportunities appear. The odds are more likely that an opportunity will show up when you are not even looking.

I have recruited through three recessions, and I have noticed that the senior level people who are always in demand, despite the economic climate, are the ones who are always ready. When an opportunity knocks, the window for that opportunity can be very small to get in.

Sometimes it is chance encounter with a big PE executive or an executive recruiter reaches out to you – those windows can be as short as 24 hrs.

The odds are more likely that an opportunity will show up when you are not even looking.

Day in and day out, there is always a lot on our plates. There are lots of priorities screaming for our attention. Only about 1% of the people I talked to have truly prioritized always being ready even when things are going great and there is no sign of a storm ahead.

ANSWER: The number one reason executives do not get that next ideal opportunity is because they were not ready when it knocked.

ABR: Always Be Ready


Saundra Botts

Saundra Botts

Saundra is an ExecuNet Career Strategist and Career Coach. Working 1:1 with high-level senior executives, Saundra provides strategic guidance and coaching to help ExecuNet members land their next great opportunity. This includes uncovering their unique personal value proposition and defining competitive differentiators to advance their careers. Additionally, she provides detailed feedback for improving a personal marketing collateral—well beyond their résumé. Leveraging her expertise, Saundra guides executives through the entire process from entering the job market, which for most is their first time, identifying the path to success, to onboarding with their new company and beyond to create job security.

Saundra is known for “opening doors” and has also facilitated Job Search and Transition Workshops for universities, FENG (Financial Executive Networking Group), and various executive leadership groups. Her depth of experience includes has over 15 years in Retained Search and contingency placement within corporate accounting and finance sector with First Call Search, Dubin & Lee and WinterWyman Search. Saundra has consulted with clients, ranging from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar conglomerates. She has worked with $12 billion companies building accounting and finance teams, succession planning, and hiring, as well as filling key positions at many medium-sized, publicly-traded companies; non-profits; and universities in Boston, Miami and Los Angeles.

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