Landing a Position in Private Equity: An Expert Q&A

Private Equity represents a viable career path for many executives who have built successful careers in public companies. With $2 trillion in available capital, and industry insiders saying deal activity is primed for a market resurgence in 2024, it’s a great time to consider this attractive, invigorating, and potentially lucrative career choice.

In this expert panel discussion, we will pull back the curtain on executive recruitment in the dynamic private equity landscape.

Panelists Rich Herman and Chelsea Garrett of global talent advisory firm ZRG Partners, and ExecuNet career strategist and former executive recruiter Saundra Botts, will field your questions and share their insights and perspectives on current PE market conditions, how to approach PE firms and executive search firms, what PE firms are looking for in executive talent, and how to market to them.

If you’re wondering what your Next Great Next will be, listen to this Q&A for insight into the private equity world. You can discover if PE is a path you want to explore for landing your next great opportunity.

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Saundra Botts

Saundra Botts

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.

Saundra provides strategic guidance and coaching to help ExecuNet members land their next opportunity. This includes uncovering their unique personal value proposition and defining competitive differentiators to advance their careers. This also includes providing detailed feedback for improving a member’s personal marketing collateral—well beyond their résumé.

Saundra Botts is an ex-Headhunter turned executive candidate advocate who shares the behind-the-scenes truths on how executives really get their next job. Mrs. Botts has recruited through three recessions and has researched and documented why some people remain in demand, despite the economic climate, and others are not. In 2008, during an economic downturn, she noticed that executives get hired for different reasons than the other 97% of the org chart and began to educate her executive clientele to get them working again quickly.

After working for the top search firm in Boston, WinterWyman Search, and running her own Retained Search Agency, Saundra decided to take the inside information she’d acquired and use it to help executive professionals, most of whom are embarking of their first-ever job search, understand the differences in job search strategy when you make over $200K annually to avoid wasting time, avoid exploiting valuable network connections, and land their ideal role.

Saundra’s passion is to open doors and educate, to help everyone make the career of their dreams a reality.

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