Eleven is Your Lucky Number

Imagine eleven successes in your life all piling up at one time.  How does that feel?  One good thing, or two, maybe three… but ELEVEN!  Wow!

That is exactly how we feel about eleven of our clients landing executive roles in one week!  So far in April, our clients continue to land important positions, too. Positions such as CEO, Chief Growth Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, VP R&D, European Operations Leader, and many others.

Luck, however, had nothing to do with these eleven successes. 

Our clients worked hard to achieve these positions utilizing our tried and true methodology—31 years in the making—and they were supported by the best team in the business helping clients not only land executive roles, but increase initial offers by $20,000, £25,000, €35,000, $45,000, $60,000, and $140,000 (just to highlight a few specific increases).

Add this latest week to results so far in 2022 and the list of titles becomes even more impressive (see Seventy-Five Careers that Thrive).

But there is even more going on here than meets the eye. Many of these executives were “fleeing” declining industries or constraining roles and realized that they needed to make a change into another career path entirely.  That’s why they chose the Barrett Group—because we are masters of professional reinvention.  No, we are not magicians.  We choose to work with executive candidates who have strong credentials in the first place, of course. But then our methodology takes over and we rebuild their careers from the ground up.

Sometimes examples help. 

Here are three recently landed clients’ short stories.

  • One client moved from Ireland to New York. He changed companies and improved his title from Worldwide Supply Chain Director to Executive Vice President of Operations. And increased the initial offer by $60,000—all that in three months. In total, he fielded three serious offers in the process.
  • Another client negotiated an internal promotion. This person changed roles and industrial sectors while adding $45,000 in base pay—all without relocating.
  • A third client captured the CEO title at a public energy utility. She raised her base income more than $140,000 in the process.

One of the many reasons our clients are so successful is that we do not rely on only the published job market or the recruiter market.  These are important, but they represent only about 25% of the total executive market.  Like an iceberg, the largest executive market segment is largely invisible: the unpublished market.  This segment also offers great advantages because, although it is largely invisible if you do not know how to look for it, it is always in motion. 

Think about it. 

How often have you as an executive spent time reflecting on a business challenge, a threat, or an opportunity for which your organization was not prepared that required a specific skill set, personality, and/or professional experience—reflecting without actually creating a job specification and publishing it or hiring an executive recruiter? 

Dozens of times, perhaps?

Multiply that times the roughly 8 million senior executives we count among our core constituency in the US, UK, Europe, and Middle East, and we are talking about a pool of 350,000 executive roles that changed hands in the past year (according to LinkedIn).

Yes, that includes all industries, but then, so does our service.  We help clients transition because they want to—not at the whim of the market.

For instance, another reason clients come to us is that they often feel they are “doing the work but not receiving the compensation and recognition they deserve.”  Here’s a live example, Kayvon Bahramzadeh, who changed continents, countries, and industries by following the Barrett Group process:

“I knew I needed help early. I started by looking at job posts on LinkedIn and Indeed, but I had no idea what I was doing. It was like starting a huge jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the picture looked like…”

“I was behind, playing catch-up, so it was really important to me to learn how to market my strengths and skills in a corporate setting. I also wanted to find an employer that valued the mindset of an athlete.”

“[I] loved the Clarity Program. It helped me understand who Kayvon is – as a person, a critical thinker, and an employee. I realized that I should be making a life choice, not just finding a new job…”

“When I started job searching, I felt like an ant in an overwhelming world. I had no idea where I was or where to go. Getting me aligned with what I want, helping me understand what I’m qualified to do, and teaching me how to get my foot in the door and be taken seriously – that, in a nutshell, is what The Barrett Group provided to me.” [Kayvon Bahramzadeh, 2022, Read More]

So if you feel lost in your career and do not know how to regain control over your professional future, perhaps it’s time to stop relying on luck.  Give us a call.

Peter Irish, CEO
The Barrett Group

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