Finding Opportunities Elsewhere: When and How Should You Change Companies?

“If a promotion at my current company won’t take me to the C-suite, what will?”

If you’ve reached the conclusion that promotions won’t be taking you to the C-suite at your current company – and that’s an important professional milestone for you – then it’s time to consider opportunities at other organizations. Start with the following:

Identify what’s missing from your current experience set.
execunetselect-man-under-lightbulgsDo you need more direct exposure to business development to prove your value to a company? Do you need the opportunity to manage a department budget or run a team with 20+ people? Whatever skills or experience you feel is holding you back, seek out jobs that will give you this exposure and fill in the missing pieces.

Make the market work for you.
Market dynamics may be outside of your control, but they can have a major impact on your transition potential and upward mobility. Failure to fully understand the market could lead to unrealistic expectations or even cause you to overlook new opportunities. As you evaluate potential companies, consider how these companies fit within the current marketplace. Are these companies in growth mode or reacting to market pressures? Are they highly specialized or do they offer a broad range of general services? Take time to understand your personal preferences and current market direction, and adjust your search accordingly.

Choose companies that value what you bring.
Again, it all comes back to choosing the right place for you. An employer’s reputation can give you a general idea of what to expect. Use the interview process to drill down into the company culture and ensure your talents and work style will be the right fit for the company’s culture and your supervisor’s needs.

Written by Audra Gaswirth

Lucas Group

Lucas Group

As North America’s premier executive recruiting firm, Lucas Group works hand-in-hand with thousands of companies and talented professionals across a variety of industries and functional specialties. Since 1970, Lucas Group recruiters serve our clients and candidates with an unrelenting commitment to achieve clear executive search and hiring goals.

Lucas Group has been ranked 5th on the Forbes “Best Professional Search Firm” list for 2020, an independent ranking of 250 professional recruiting firms. The Forbes “Best Professional Recruiting Firms” ranked companies that place employees in roles with less than $100,000 in annual income. Lucas Group also ranked 8th on the Forbes’ “Best Executive Recruiting Firm 2020” list, defined as companies that place executives in positions with at least $100,000 in annual pay.

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