What it Takes to Find and Land an Executive-level job

September is in some ways the start of a next year…or maybe beginning of a new “seasonal cycle” is a more accurate way to describe it. Summer is over and we are racing into fall and soon enough the holidays. Businesses have their full attention on finishing the year on a positive note and are making budgets for the next calendar year.

It’s a great time to search for a new job.

Companies have personnel budgets that they need to use or lose, and they are looking for talent to address specific areas of need in the coming year. Talent they would prefer to have in place and contributing before the ball drops in December.

So, in general, September is a good time to ramp up a search, but this year is a particularly good one, as the economy has not tanked as was widely predicted and companies are looking for executive-level talent.

In our mission to bring executives the very best career advice and job search strategies, ExecuNet Master Class host Tony Vlahos was recently joined for a Q&A session by ExecuNet career strategist Saundra Botts and recruiter trainer Barb Bruno.

Barb shared that she has found companies have many openings at the top and are actively working to find the right people. “I think it’s a very healthy market. This is a great time to gear up your job search. They want to fill the jobs before the calendar year is over,” said Barb.

Barb went on to say that she’s seeing a greater interest from companies in the transferrable skills of candidates and that executives seem to be more willing to make a move than they had been in recent years.

Find out more. Listen to what she has to say.



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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