One of our areas of expertise is filling executive roles. If you ask some people, finding an executive role is all about “who you know.” You need to have a direct connection to somebody at the company you would like to work for. If you have that, then it’s as simple as contacting them and setting up an interview.

The reality of executive staffing is a bit more complex than that. Who you know certainly matters, but that’s not all there is to it. Let’s take a closer look at how people actually find their next executive job.


It’s About the People You Know…and Who They Know

Hunting for a new job is about who you know, but it’s deeper than that. It’s also about the networks that individuals in your orbit have cultivated over time. You could end up being more likely to get a new position through a friend of a friend than a close friend. It’s just how these things work sometimes. Expanding your network and meeting more people doesn’t have a downside, so if there’s some way for you to talk to other people in your field who are acquainted with friends and connections of yours, take it.


Your Skills and Expertise Need to Be Known

So you’ve expanded your network and know more people in your field. That’s great, but if these connections don’t know everything about your skills and level of expertise an expanded network isn’t too helpful. You need to make sure that the people around you know what you’ve been up to. If they know that you’ve been working on a certain type of project or in a certain region of the world, they are going to be more likely to tell you about a potential opportunity that opened up somewhere else. If people don’t really know what you’re capable of, they can’t provide much help.


You Need to Be Clear About Future Goals

At the same time, you need to also be clear about your future goals. Your connections need to know that you’re looking for an executive position. They need to know more about what you want to do, what kinds of roles you’re looking to transition into, and what fields you would like to break into. If you don’t let people know what your goals are, don’t be surprised that they’re not actively helping you meet them.


Recruiters Can Work Too

Of course, we have to mention that an executive staffing agency might be your best way forward. If you don’t know anyone that can help you find that next executive role, a recruiter might have a job that perfectly suits your skills. If you have recruiters in your network, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. And if you don’t, see if you could meet with one anyway and potentially find your next position. That next phase of your career could be right around the corner.


Your Executive Staffing Solutions Provider in Charlotte, NC

If you’re in need of executive staffing solutions, it’s time to contact CRG. Talk to one of our local branches or just call us toll-free at 844-CRG-WORK. We’ll make finding your next executive position our top priority.