An Important Message from CEO and Founder Dave Opton


In these unique and challenging times, it would be an understatement to say we are all faced with new challenges. What I do know is we will get through this, exactly when remains to be determined, but while we work through this global crisis, ExecuNet can play a role in helping you be ready for your career challenges once we reach the other side of this crisis.

The idea of “social distancing” is pretty much the opposite of what we’re about at ExecuNet. We believe strongly in the ideas of gathering, networking, and most of all, connecting you with people, insights and opportunities, and getting down to what really matters most to you in your career.

As a company, we remain committed to continuing to provide you with a multitude of resources that combine to help members move to a new leadership role, including access to our strategists and coaches when you feel the need for individual help.

It should come as no surprise that the recruitment process already has been affected. Many companies are or will be moving many if not all interviews online. In addition, some organizations will temporarily pull back on hiring in light of the impact on their bottom line. None of this, however, means that anyone needs to or should suspend your efforts.

Think about it this way: While hiring may slow for a while, there are openings that will need filling no matter what is going on. Indeed, given the circumstances, there may well be other opportunities created.  In addition, once things begin to return to normal, organizations will want to move quickly.

Having focused solely on the executive marketplace for 30+ years, we have helped our members navigate the senior level search process during both boom and bust cycles, and our experience has been that those openings will be filled by those who continue to be prepared and ready to respond.

In short, those who know how to tell a powerful story about their accomplishments, the value they will create and the difference they will make are the ones who get interviewed and hired.

If you’re home and well, this is a great time to work on your story or to fully utilize LinkedIn to get noticed and build relationships and prepare for video interviews. We have an extensive library of recorded master classes and a variety of topics available to our VIPs.

To that end, if you haven’t discovered it already, in the weekly newsletters or by searching the site, you have access to expert insights and world-class resources who provide expert guidance to ensure you succeed in all aspects of your search. We also have resources for those of you who are in-role and would like to do your job better (all of us) or could use some help with the stress (all of us, especially now!).

This is a difficult and confusing time to say the least. Our hearts go out to those affected by the virus. To state the obvious, we’re in this together; we will get through this together.

Stay safe!

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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