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How to Manage Your CEO Job Search

Most of my CEO and other CxO clients who initially come to me for executive resumes tell me that this is the first time they have ever had to look or plan for a new position and that most of their CEO job opportunities have come to them through inside channels. Others state that their relationships with recruiters have helped them to vet new executive CEO job opportunities.

If you have also had a run of opportunities come to you—that’s great! But there seems to come a point in every executive’s career when they are called to ‘make rain’ and find opportunities that are a good fit for them. Another consideration regarding market leverage is that if you know how to do it, you don’t have to rely on opportunities that are coming to you at any given time, and you can actually set up and easily manage your own transition.

Here are a few resources and strategies my CEO clients use to get full market leverage in their executive job searches:

Job Boards 

Yes, you can use ExecuNet or Bluesteps as paid executive job board options to find Chief Executive Officer job opportunities. You can also just set up email alerts for CEO jobs using an aggregator like indeed.com. LinkedIn also has a feature for setting up job alerts. The benefit here is that you set it up once—and the positions come to you daily or weekly. You can quickly scan them for relevancy in just a few minutes per week. Be sure not to spend too much time on this one; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions paying more than 300K are only represented online at 10% of the actual jobs available, so you don’t want to spend too much time here. You can also use these CEO jobs that are delivered to you as a market indicator. Look for running patterns and themes, and note who is growing and hiring in your niche, and what recruiters are posting multiple positions that match your interest.

Executive Recruiters 

Identify recruiters who say they place CEOs and have Chief Executive Officer Job Postings. You can also research those executive recruiters who work with CEOs that work in your industry too.  They often have contracts to fill positions, the majority of which will never be advertised.

If you are making a radical change of industries, a recruiter who places CEOs may not be the best source for you as they will be looking for “a match.” Having said that, there are generalist recruiters who have CEO job searches across multiple industries.

You can do an internet search for CEO recruiters+your industry. You can also look up CEO recruiters on LinkedIn. I offer a recruiter distribution here, and an in-depth course on how to work with executive recruiters here.

Direct Company Contact 

The secret to finding CEO jobs by going directly to companies of interest to you is in the numbers. Contacting a company directly (knowing full well they probably have multiple open positions that are not advertised) is a great way to demonstrate leadership and take control of your job search. Are you interested in looking at the higher-education market in your state or the top organic food manufacturers in the U.S.? Or maybe the fastest-growing healthcare-oriented businesses in your city? All of these “lists” are accessible to you and allow you to easily tap right into your market of focus!

Here are a few ways you can connect with them to get interviews:

Send a letter to the CEO or Chairman at larger companies

They might need you as a GM, COO, or Division President. If you’re the CEO of a small company, perhaps you would fit in as the EVP, COO, or Division President of a larger company.

Send a letter to the CEO at smaller companies

The incumbent CEO might be looking for a successor because of retirement, business expansion, or just because he or she wants to move on and open a new company. Or, the existing CEO may want to step back, step down, or step up as the Chairman. The reasons don’t matter—what matters is that they need help more often than you’d expect.

Send a letter to the Money Brokers

Reach out to the VCs, Investment Bankers, Holding Companies, and others who invest in companies. There are more than 20,000 in the database, and they might need you for a portfolio company. If you have money to invest and/or mention that you’re looking for a stake in the outcome, this can significantly increase your odds.

An accident of timing

Sending a value proposition letter to those decision makers who are most likely to hire you is an accident of timing with predictable and statistical odds (85% in 90 days). And, it’s the only way to reach thousands of decision makers at the same time … when you’re available.

You can learn much more about the lucrative hidden job market and how to tap into it, here.

Use LinkedIn

Think of LinkedIn as a CEO job database. If you connect with companies in industries and geographical areas that are of potential interest to you, you will grow your network on LinkedIn—and not only can you then tap into it as a talent source, but you will be in the first, second, or third degree network of MANY more companies that will now be able to see you in their network. So … when they are searching for candidates (like you) using LinkedIn (and most of them do), you will now rank in their search results!

Don’t be dispirited if you’ve never realized this before; this is not information that LinkedIn actively promotes. You can learn the mechanics of how to easily use LinkedIn to passively pull opportunities to you by growing your network here.

I have been coaching CEOs on their job-transition strategies for nearly two decades. If you take away anything from these tips … I hope it is that you DO have ample power, control and market leverage over your CEO job search! A clear focus of direction—supported by a CEO executive resume and two or three good CEO job search strategies layered in—should deliver in short time the interest, interviews, and offers you are looking for.

 

U.S. Job Openings at a 16-Year High

The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, released by the Labor Department on Tuesday shows job openings at a record high.

Read more here!

Looking for a C-Level Position? Companies Who are Hiring Right Now

Sydney from Glassdoor found us some current online C-level job postings across the globe. Read on for details…

Companies Hiring C-Suite Talent Now

By Sydney Frazer

The job search isn’t an easy feat for anyone. The search for a C-suite level position, however, is a whole other beast. Finding the right C-suite level position takes quite a bit of time and an intensive search. Not only do you need to actually find an open position — you need to find one that fits your qualifications with a company that seems like a good match for you. I have saved some time for you by rounding up companies looking for C-suite talent right now across the globe.

2 Companies Hiring CEOs Now

Central California Alliance for Health, located in Scotts Valley, California, is looking to hire a CEO. The Alliance is a regional non-profit health plan that serves over 350,000 members across 3 countries. The Alliance has a 4.4-star rating on Glassdoor, which is significantly above the average 3.3-star rating. In addition, the previous CEO, Alan Mckay, had an outstanding 97 percent approval rating. If you feel passionate about helping patients gain access to quality health care, this could be a great fit. The CEO will report to the Alliance’s board, which has 21 members. Strong candidates will have a combination of experience in strategic health program planning and knowledge of the technical aspects associated with managed care.

The Victorian Government of Australia is trying to hire a CEO to head up their Centre for Workforce Excellence. If government is your calling, you would be in good company here. Employees have given the Victorian Government a 3.8-star rating. As the leader of the Centre for Workforce Excellence, you would be building an entity that implements workforce reforms that would help support victims of family violence who are in the workforce. Candidates who have extensive experience with improving workforce performance and social service delivery will be considered.

ForgeRock Is Hiring A CPO Now

ForgeRock, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is an identity relationship management vendor that helps companies build customer-facing relationships across apps and devices. With a 4.2 star rating, employees seem to be pretty satisfied working there. As the CPO at ForgeRock, you would be expected to guide the Engineering, Product Management, and Business Development teams, while also owning the product release process from start to finish. Candidates are expected to have at least 10 years of experience in senior management and to previously have led both engineering and product teams.

2 Companies Hiring CFOs Now

Herjavec Group, based in Toronto, Ontario is looking to hire a CFO. The company, which has a 3.6-star rating, delivers managed security services globally to ensure customers’ infrastructure protection. The CFO will oversee all financial responsibilities of the company, work on financial management tasks like financial analysis, budgetary planning, financial record keeping, and more, and develop and enforce finance policies and procedures for the company. Candidates should have CA or CGA certification, at least 10 years of experience with financial management, and the ability to execute a strategic vision into an operational plan.

In Aurora, Colorado, UCHealth is trying to hire a CFO. UCHealth is comprised of award-winning hospitals and facilities across several communities. A 3.8-star rating indicates that employees are pretty satisfied working there. Interested in joining the happy bunch as their new CFO? Prepare to safeguard UCHealth’s assets with a strong financial reporting system, as well as be responsible for UCHealth’s financial plans, policies, and accounting practices. Ideal candidates will have 8 years of management experience and 8 years of increasing healthcare financial management responsibility and experience.

Secret Escapes Is Hiring A CTO Now

Secret Escapes, headquartered in London, England, has an impressive 4.3-star rating and a 100 percent approval rating of CEO Alex Saint. Secret Escapes, which operates on a free-to-join membership model, is a travel company that runs exclusive flash sales of four and five-star hotels and holidays worldwide. The company is hoping to hire a CTO that is ready to take responsibility for developing and delivering tech solutions that help drive desired business outcomes while managing a team of developers and designers at four different locations. Are you up for the challenge? Secret Escapes is looking for candidates that have experience at a senior level developing tech solutions to solve problems and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Rogers & Gray Insurance Is Hiring A COO Now

Rogers & Gray Insurance, located in South Dennis, Massachusetts, is a Top 100 Independent Insurance Agency in the United States that uses a consultative approach to their work in personal insurance, business insurance, and employee benefits. Rogers & Gray, which has a 4.9-star rating, a 100 percent approval rating of CEO David T. Robinson, and was selected as the #1 Independent Insurance Agency to Work For in the Nation, has an open COO position. The COO at Rogers & Gray will oversee operations, develop policies, and design and implement business strategies, while also providing day-to-day management that aligns with the company mission. Strong candidates will have previous experience in a COO role and working in the insurance industry in a management role.

These companies might not be the exact fit you are looking for and that is okay! Set a job alert for companies or positions you are interested in so the search stays top-of-mind. Whatever approach you choose to take, stay persistent with the job search and it will pay off!

Bio:  As a Partnerships Manager at Glassdoor, Sydney works with hundreds of accounts across universities, libraries, and blogs, helping to provide them with content and tools to aid job seekers. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys running, hiking, and searching for the perfect burrito.

How Venture Capital Firms Treat Male & Female Entrepreneurs Differently

WOW this is so interesting! Harvard Business Review article on how Venture Capital firms treat female entrepreneurs VERY differently than men. The chart of the attribute description between women and men at the end of the article blew my mind.

Read more here!

 

Growing Markets and Industry Segments

Global Waste Management Market Predicted to Grow:

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Europe and North America are expected to witness high demand for global waste treatment disposal services mainly owing to strict environmental and government norms relevant to the proper management and disposal of waste. Furthermore, developing economies in Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World are anticipated to experience high growth due to the continual growth of countries such as India, Russia, Brazil, and China, and the rapid pace of industrialization in these countries.

Major players dominating the global waste treatment disposal market include EnviroSolutions Incorporated, Waste Connections Incorporated, Allied Waste Industries, Clean Harbors Incorporated, and Environmental Quality Company. Other key players influencing the global market are Casella Waste Systems Incorporated, Tyco International Limited, Waste Management Incorporated, and Waste Industries USA Incorporated.

 

Executive Level Flex and Telecommute Jobs AND Resources!

Very Cool:

https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/executive-level-telecommuting-jobs-news/

 

 

Chief Executive Officers: The Trend of Boards Recruiting CEO’s from the Outside Continues To Grow (from Strategy+Business)

This is a fascinating article. Here are a few takeaways:

  • Needing a wider set of diverse competencies and backgrounds, coupled by more independent boards bringing in their own set of diverse networks and experiences, CEO’s being brought in from the outside has surged in the last several years.
  • CEO Turnovers at the top 2,500 largest companies are up 16%. Industries with the highest turnover are Telecom, Energy and Materials. Most are planned (78%), some are forced and some due to M&A’s.
  • Utility companies are the #1 industry most likely to hire outside CEO’s from another industry.
  • Bringing in outside CEO’s is a succession planning trend that is predicated to continue – though the majority of CEO spots will still continue to be filled internally.

LOTS of gems in this in-depth article – which you can read in full  here.

Titles predicted by Executive Search Firms to see the most growth in 2016

According to the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), top polled recruiting firms believe the following functions will be the most heavily recruited in 2016. At the top of the list are  titles including Board of Directors and  Chief Executive Officer, followed by Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Information Officer.

Here is the full list:

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HOT Growing / Hiring Companies

HOT Growing/hiring companies right now include:

World profits

  • Jet.com, hiring 200 in NJ
  • CNN hiring 200 in GA
  • Tanger Factory Outlet hiring 400 in TX
  • SaviLinx hiring 200 in ME

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Jobs Report Shows Brisk Hiring

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This by the NYT : Jobs report shows brisk hiring, 4.9% unemployment rate and 72 months of uninterrupted job gains.

 

Read about it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/05/business/economy/jobs-report-unemployment-wages.html?_r=0

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