Are you one? Are you sure?
–Do you bring a record of contributions?
–Have you led initiatives that positively impacted the bottom line?
–Is your value proposition compelling enough that a company will pay to bring you on board?
–Has the company moved forward under your leadership?
–Do you hold a seat at the executive table?
Great! Now, do the people who need to know about you, actually know about you?
I recently wrote a post about how stiff job search competition is shaping up to be next year. In a recent Reuters article on Wall Street talent, James Dunne, the senior managing principal at investment bank Sandler O’Neil, said this …
Really, really good people are always hard to get. There will be a few more opportunities, but for the most part, I would say 7.5 or eight of those 10 people at those places we don’t want in the first place.”
Dunne may have been talking about specifically Wall Street talent, but that sentiment extends well beyond Wall Street well into Corporate America. Despite the great talent now actively looking for positions, great may not be good enough. The job search is tough and all indications point to it getting even tougher.
So here’s my next question …
–Are you a coveted “passive candidate?”
In previous posts, I’ve also talked about my recruiter contacts telling me they have been told by their company clients that they are not paid to present candidates found in job boards. Here’s an excerpt from a recent ERE blog post …
Is your resume plastered all over the job boards? If so, it could be hurting you much more than it is helping you!
Ask yourself this … “what do I need to do to be one of those 1 or 2 people a company DOES want? If you don’t know, maybe we should talk!