Key Learnings from Members with Job Search Success

circle-of-business-peopleAs the winter draws to a close and the spring hiring season brightens, we are happy to say that we are continuing to hear about landings from our members. While job search is never easy,  it’s always interesting to hear the stories of success  – especially their biggest takeaways. Here are some excerpts from a few of the cards and emails we’ve received. I’m sure that you can learn from them and gain some inspiration, too!

1. Mike L.:  CEO

Situation: My company was being acquired. As CEO, I realized that as I turned 55, I might not be able to follow a normal transition to another CEO position at my age. I kept “irons in the fire” but I also realized I might have to consider alternatives. I wasn’t sure what those were.

Result:  I completed my profile on ExecuNet, which presented me well. When a recruiter outreached to me on a job that was in my industry but not at all right for me, I referred two people, who I thought might be good fits. Three months later, that recruiter referred me to one of his associates who was trying to fill an interim CEO position—a new type of role that meant turning around a company in short order. I started last week and am excited.   

Biggest takeaway: Opportunities you might never find can come from the least likely sources. Giving always gets you attention and gets you remembered.

2. Linda F.: CMO

Situation: “When my current employer began to be unstable, I started thinking about creating career options. It had been seven years since my last search, and though I thought I knew what to do, I quickly learned two things: Times had changed and there were several things that I thought I knew that I didn’t know.”

Result: Thank you, Marsha [ExecuNet career strategist assigned when Linda became a platinum member]. You inspired me and kept me focused. You enabled me to see things I couldn’t see myself and helped me understand my value and the values of companies who were interacting with me during the hiring process. When two offers came in at the same time, you helped me see the clear path in the forest to the right opportunity for me.

Biggest takeaway: Finding a role is so much more than simply creating a resume. It takes a fair amount of work to see yourself clearly and what you really should be doing, what companies will match up against your personal values and where you might be truly happy. Thank you, again, ExecuNet

3. Larry B.:  VP Global Talent Management

Situation: Dave [Dave Opton, ExecuNet Founder], as per our conversation, this year was tough one for me. I lost my job, for the first time in my life, and had a family crisis; you could only imagine how dark and scary this experience was.

Result: Nonetheless, ExecuNet not only showed me the light at the end of the tunnel with the great professionalism and support, but also armed [me] with a strong tool that completely re-branded me and got me my dream job as VP Global Talent Management at [leading consumer products company].

Biggest takeaway: Though I was in Talent Management, I learned a lot from ExecuNet’s content insights, webinars and support team in the office. It is a competitive world out there and, it is not enough that I think I am qualified on paper… I needed to tell a convincing and authentic “story” that sells me and my passion.

There were more but these sum it up rather well. I’d be interested in your biggest takeaways if you’d care to take a moment to send them to me…

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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