I am a Senior Director and after over decade in my company (and overall 20+YOE) I am looking for another role.

In the last 1-2years I have been in the interview process for some SVP level roles in listed companies and those came through headhunters who reached out to me. The roles did not come together for one or another reason (e.g. location restrictions) but I was fairly advanced in several interview processes.

Such roles are not posted anywhere. What are the best practices for job search?

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This is pretty much relevant situation. I have been in similar situation, I worked for decade plus in a large CPG org.
It was pretty hard to switch, as I did not have an external network, it was grow from within company with low attrition at senior levels.

The best bet in this situation is adopting 3 pronged approach, which worked for me -
1. Build a brand for yourself on Linked in, regular posts, engaging with others, increasing the network with relevant people or target audience.
You want to be found!

2. Reach out to ex colleagues or alumni of your school for referrals, might work in some cases, but is hard to find relevant and right levels.

3. Cold mail / msg via Linkedin to hiring manager or recruiters. This is like sowing the seeds, dont expect more than 5-10% reverts. But is an essential one.


Thank you so much for chiming in. I already started building the LinkedIn presence. Not sure I have hit the all the right topics sofar but working on it. Will definitely keep pushing this

You are so right about being more proactive and reaching out to the broader network. I have been hesitant to do it, as I have a great role right now and my company loves me being in this role, however the development perspectives seem to be limited, hence the idea to broaden my view again.

I am really struggling with the idea of cold reach out to hiring managers. Hiring managers for SVP roles are typically Board-1 , on some occasions I was interviewed by one or few Board members. I feel a tad awkward doing cold calls at this level. But it is an awesome idea, that I should comb through my network and try to identify some relevant connections


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