Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Job Changes vs. Career Moves, What’s the Difference?

When employers look outside of their own internal recruiting function to receive the help of an executive recruiter to fill a strategically important position on their team, they set the expectations bar high.

High Expectations

Employers that are ready to pay a search fee have the right to build expectations in any manner they choose.  For strategic leadership positions such as a Chief Information Security Officer or a Chief Security Officer, employers that are prepared to pay a search fee frequently expect the security recruiter to deliver candidates who match up to multiple facets of criteria.  What are those criteria?

Career History, Education, Certification

Employers that are prepared to pay a search fee will frequently demand that the executive recruiter they retain to conduct their search deliver to a significant set of criteria.  What are those criteria?

  • A resume that demonstrates methodical career progression and shows increased responsibility over a period of time versus a resume that shows a significant number of job changes. 
  • A BA/BS degree from a brick and mortar college or university.  Frequently a Master's degree is desired.  Not all employers think this way but some that I’ve encountered do.  They don’t like what they consider to be “Internet Degrees” from schools that don’t have a brick and mortar foundation.
  • Some employers will expect candidates to come to them with experience in their industry.  Banking hiring decision makers frequently want to hire a CISO or CSO who is coming directly from a bank.  An Oil & Gas company frequently wants to see CISO and CSO talent from another oil and gas company, etc.  What does this mean?  Don't expect that a bank will be interested in you if you've been working in the highly unregulated environment of a hedge fund.  Flip the coin and the hedge fund might not see you fitting well into their largely unregulated environment if you're career comes from the highly regulated banking industry.
  • Employers generally expect to see one, two or maybe a few certifications in a CISO or CSO candidate’s resume.  The specific certification at this level isn’t always the issue.  It is the idea that someone who is serious about their career in security will have secured the proper credentials…education and certification…to match up with their career experiences.

A Career

A career is a series of professional experiences.  There are times when the rug is pulled out from under you and you have to become tactical about finding your next job in order to put food on the table.  Other times though, you’ll find yourself gainfully employed and in a position where you have choices.  The most forward-thinking security professionals I encounter are those who look outside of themselves to get help in creating their security career road map.

Sure, these people are just as human as you are but they work with a purpose and they have an idea of where they’re going so that when opportunity knocks, they know to explore the opportunity.

My now deceased father served this country for over 20 years in the US Air Force during wartime.  When he retired from the Air Force, his colleagues gave him a plaque that I have in my office.  It simply says:

“With my luck, when my ship comes in, I’ll be at the airport”

Career Planning

How much more likely might you be to get to where you want to go if you knew exactly what you were qualified to do and you had a plan to get to your desired destination rather than moving from job to job in order to figure out what doesn’t work.

It’s all about knowing what you were built to do, investing the proper time to reach a point of clarity around what you should do rather than what you can do.  Stop settling for what you can do and build a plan to reach what you should do.  Stuck?  Don’t know how to do this?

Great News For Your Career in 2013

 For the past 22.5 years, I've been recruiting in the technology profession and the security, risk, compliance and privacy professions.  I’ve helped hundreds of professional to improve their job position.  Over the past few years however, my desire has grown deeper and deeper to help business professionals to find the right career paths.

I haven’t  just sat around hoping for a solution, in January of 2012, I worked with the Marshall Goldsmith Group to learn a proven methodology around executive coaching. Marshall Goldsmith by the way charges $250,000 per CEO coaching engagement. 

I went a step further and learned another methodology and certification in 2012 through Executive Coaching University right here in my home state of Colorado. 

I've invested significant time through the balance of this year to build the framework for what will soon be SecurityJobCoach.com, SecurityCareerCoach.com and SecurityResumeWriting.com.  Why am I building out these new offerings from SecruityRecruiter.com?  Because I'm practicing what I preach.  My passion lies in helping others to reach their goals so I'm working to live out my passion in a bigger way than I currently do when I place one person at a time.

Join me in 2013 and let me help you to get your career on the right track through the combination of objective assessments, proven executive coaching methodologies and over two decades of my personal experience in helping professionals to advance their careers.

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