{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "I’ve heard you only find the best exit opportunities to startups once you start letting your network know you’re looking. How do you do that while not compromising your trajectory at your job if you’re not looking to leave immediately but want to know what’s out there?", "post_id": "5f734c3b3d047200229082e4", "reply_count": 19, "vote_count": 4, "bowl_id": "552d1d24dc1c586b09d2d051", "bowl_name": "Consulting", "feed_type": "crowd" }
null

I’ve heard you only find the best exit opportunities to startups once you start letting your network know you’re looking. How do you do that while not compromising your trajectory at your job if you’re not looking to leave immediately but want to know what’s out there?

like
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at

You can set your LinkedIn profile to be “open to opportunities” and set it so that only recruiters can see that.

Also, many times if there is a venture capital firm investing in numerous startups, they usually pool all of those open positions on their website and often you can submit your resume to the VC firm and they consider matching you with one of those startup positions in their portfolio instead of having to individually seek out each startup and apply.

likehelpful

F

likefunny

This is amazing! Team work makes the dream work! 😂😂😂

likefunny

don’t talk to anyone at your job about it. when someone you know gets a job you think would be cool, reach out to them about it. there may be another position available in the coming months.

case in point, a friend of mine exited IB (post-MBA associate) for a startup as a director. like many startups, they bit off more than they could chew and they asked him to take over another part of the business. he negotiated a promo to senior director and approval to hire a couple directors under him. i’m sure someone in his network has a good shot at one of those newly-opened director roles.

also, he found out about the exit opp because his analyst interviewed for a different role. yes it’s IB, where everyone is always looking to exit, but he actually leveraged a relationship with a junior colleague in order to make a huge jump upward. moral of this part of the story: make friends with people who won’t care if you are looking for new opportunities.

like

... It sounds like y’all don’t trust the people you work around. Maybe it’s not the best idea to tell your career advisor (or partner etc.), you’re thinking about leaving but you have many peers and ex-managers.

Also shockingly ... most people have thought about leaving at some point. Being open to opportunities is a healthy part of being an employee, not an immediate grounds for dismissal.

like

Very few companies have search time benefits and are truly “up or out” like MBB is. Maybe it’s just Deloitte, but no one dares tell anyone that they’re thinking of leaving here before they have a signed offer, and if it’s leaked that someone is job searching, they’re usually treated significantly worse.

like

This is why McK and BCG have Search/Transition benefits.

like

You don’t lol. Why would someone at your job invest in your trajectory if you’ve stated that you don’t plan on staying?

like

🤗

At least at Bain, it’s a totally accepted (even encouraged by many) thing to explore other options. It would be professionally irresponsible to go an entire career without at least exploring what other options are out there for your tenure (or future tenure) or to wait until the firm decides it time for you to leave to start a search. You can be discrete, but I’d hope that at McKinsey at least, you don’t have to be aggressively secretive. Just explain to the people close to you (mentors, etc, whoever you want to bring into your circle) that you enjoy your role and can certainly see a future at the firm, but at the same time would like to get a sense for what options might be out there for you down the road so you can assess whether McK’s the right place for you with a realistic understanding of what you’re comparing it against. These firms (all the good ones) want you to be successful and satisfied - they’re not trying to handcuff you to your desk. But then again, maybe I’m naive 🤷🏻‍♂️

smart

Reach out to industry contacts that are outside of your firm. Enable the 'open to opportunities' option on LinkedIn. Start looking for jobs that may interest you. If an opportunity opens up in your network, apply.

Related Posts

What should be the compensation for a Principle Consultant role (YOE - 9.5) in Informatica Corp. in India?

Please help with what should be the minimum Base Pay and Performance Bonus?

like

Additional Posts

Personal Q - has anyone ever moved cities after a break up to clear your head. Any advice on doing this?

Guys please tell, suppose you had got an offer and doj, initially u accepted it and later u could not join, after how many days can we reappear for interview? People generally say 6 months, but is it possible to appear for the same company again before 6 months?

like

Dixie, help me out. Does “...well , bless your heart! “ really mean , “...you’re a simpleton!” ??

funnylikehelpful

Does anyone here practice white collar defense and do you enjoy it? Despise my practice area and considering leaving the law altogether but thinking of trying to switch practice areas before I do that.

like

Potential company wants professional references yet I'm currently employed (recent grad) and don't want to let anyone know I'm looking. Thoughts?

like

Anyone read “2052: A global forecast for next 40 years”? Views?

like

Manager: did you bring the deliverable printouts?

Me: Oh, man, no..I forgot. Oh wait, whats this.. KABLAM...*pulls out printouts*

Manager: 3. More. Weeks

likefunnyuplifting

What is the most difficult case interview you’ve had? How do you properly prepare? Are cases reviewed/practiced in MBA programs?

like

What is the salary bump from analyst to consultant for federal practice?

like

What are your recs for the best chews? My dog gets a little bored so want something easy on the stomach and long lasting

like

Anyone looking for help with projects on a part-time/contract basis in any of the following or related areas? Leadership & Executive Coaching, Culture & Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Account Management & Customer Success.

uplifting

For folks who have been in this gig longer, how bad are Consulting layoffs during times like these? Anyone with experience from 2008? Can anythin be done to help the firm reduce this risk?

like

How many people have battled at a gym yet?

like

When looking for a new job, do you exclude agencies based on former colleagues that now work there? Like people who were terrible at their jobs? Thinking that if this other agency hired them that the agency must be terrible because those people suck? Or is it just me?

like

What should be the compensation for a Principle Consultant role (YOE - 9.5) in Informatica Corp. in India?

Please help with what should be the minimum Base Pay and Performance Bonus?

like

Not to put salt on wounds, for PwC laid offs, was there severance of any kind?

like

Lawcus v. Clio? Which do you prefer?

like

For junior litigator, would it be better to go to top biglaw litigation firms like Irell/Quinn/W&C or elite litigation boutique (Kaplan/Selendy/BraunHagey/Holwell Shuster)? Looking to get early, substantive experience. Thanks!

like

HC, Sr. Con
Strong, Strong
20% hike, 200% bonus
Now fixed 25.4
I am greatful I'll say.✌

likeuplifting

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal