Lead or Follow Both Strategies Work

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I receive a call from a man who I helped find a Director’s job for in the late ’90s. He had been CIO for a firm for 5 years and when the company was packaged for sale by a private equity firm, the firm slashed costs which means that he and a number of executives were fired.

He has been in outplacement since the middle of the summer with some of his former colleagues, some of whom are fairly close to landing positions with portfolio companies of other private equity firms. As a result, some of them have started to speak with him about joining them in their new firm.

And, despite the fact that networking doesn’t come easily to him, it sounded like being dependent upon others to find a job to have one of his own was sitting uneasily with him.

I said to him, “It seems like your search methodology is to be the puppy that follows the owner. Have you considered working to aggressively create some options of your own?”

Is that your strategy? Waiting for someone else to find a job to bring you along?

You have to do your own networking and your own search work to find your next job. 

Are you aggressively using LinkedIn? Connect with me and get access to over a thousand of my contacts there.
How about Xing? 

Do you know former colleagues from your last job? How about people from your children’s school? Your church, temple, synagogue, ashram or mosque?

There are so many venues where you can aggressively pursue your search, too, and not just be a puppy.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2007, 2014, 2021 


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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