Eric van Gils, Partner
In our business we regularly meet with executives who have made the decision to start engaging outside their current organisation for new opportunities.
They have decided their current organisation is not meeting their needs in terms of :
- career progression,
- opportunities to learn and continue developing,or
Making the decision to move is a big step to take, but it is also a step that can take several months and should not be considered a quick jump to escape the concerns at your current employer.
Although you may have skills and experience which are unique or scarce in the market, it is important to understand that the roles that require your skills and experience could also be scarce and may take a while to come along.
We urge senior professionals to put in the time and effort, and have patience, to ensure the next step they take is actually a step forward rather than a step backwards.
Some of the actions you can immediately take if you have decided to make a move would be :
1) Engage with suitably placed executive recruitment firms to understand the current market
2) Update your on-line presence (LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog) to accurately reflect your current experience and responsibilities
3) Research the market as to which companies that would usually make use of your skills might be aligned to your career expectations
Once again, making a move will take time. You need to be prepared for a 6 to 12 month process for the right role to come along.
Please give us a shout should you wish to discuss your career ambitions and let us help you take the next step.