top of page

One thing to start doing if you’re looking to get to the VP / C-level one day

If a recruiter reaches out to you about a job you’re not interested in, schedule time to talk to them anyway. Many C-level folks get this. They say “Hey Somer, thanks for reaching out. I’m not looking right now but would love to connect so we can get to know each other, and you can keep me in mind in the future.” They realize that when I kick off a search, I first call the people I already know.

The people a few notches down, not so much. They tend to decline InMails, or simply say they’re not interested.

I get it. There are tons of recruiters out there. Many are simply transactional. Many don’t give feedback. Many approach candidates with a role that makes absolutely no sense. Plus, you don’t have all the time in the world to talk to everyone. But when that recruiter emails you who sounds competent, who stands out from the crowd, spend some time with them.

I can’t begin to tell you how many VP+ folks reach out to me saying, “Hey Somer, I’m looking. Can you be my recruiter?” Unfortunately that’s not how it works.

There are things to do to jumpstart your search, but if you have the luxury of time, start to build your recruiter network now. This way, when that role opens 3, 5, even 10 years from now, you’re the first person who comes to that recruiter’s mind. I’ve seen it happen firsthand.

There are candidates out there whose careers I’ve followed as much as they’ve followed mine, and there’s something special about that.

As always, sign up for the newsletter and more exec job search / hiring tips on the blog:


bottom of page