A friend of mine once gave me some career advice.
‘You should get in touch with a recruiter,’ he said.
I was hesitant. Why would a recruiter be interested in talking to me?
‘Just try it,’ he continued. ‘Let a recruiter get to know you.’
Getting to know people is an essential part of executive search and recruitment. And it takes skill to do this work well. To listen carefully and intently to how people and organisations got to where they are and explore where they’d like to go and to provide options and advice if they’re unsure. To ask both candidates and clients the right questions to help them with their thinking. To constructively challenge them when and where needed. We do this work every day, and we care about doing it well. And we enjoy it!
But I know from experience that there are people out there (just like past me!) who wonder why we’d want to get to know them or their organisations. The answer is because we want to help. If we’re going to transform leadership and inspire change, then we need to find society’s future leaders and change-makers – both the organisations that seek to make a difference and the people needed to steer them in the right direction.
In case you were wondering, I didn’t take my friend’s advice. I wasn’t sure that I was what recruiters were looking for – surely, they wanted people with more experience than I had at that point! I’ll never know what would’ve happened if I’d been brave enough to make that call or send that email back then.
So, if you’re looking for a sign that you should get in touch with us, this is it. Learn from what I didn’t do! If you’d like to discuss your career with us; if you’ve been debating about whether to apply for a specific role; or if you’re leading an organisation and are looking to grow your board or your team…
Get in touch. Let us get to know you.