Summer Time and the Landing is Easy

With apologies to George Gershwin, it is summer time in the northern hemisphere and while many executives think finding their next executive opportunity must wait until the fall, our clients know better—and they make it look easy. In fact, some three dozen of them landed employment contracts or attractive offers during the past month!

They earned exciting titles such as:

  • COO (Apparel).
  • Vice President Renewables (Energy).
  • Global Client Executive (Information Technology).
  • VP Business Development (Construction).
  • Head of Broadcasting (Media & Entertainment).

Or intriguing titles such as:

  • Agile Scrum Master (Health Care).
  • Manager Body Automation (Automotive).
  • Data Center Campus Director (Software).
  • Group Head (Financial Services).
  • Senior Advisor (Government).

And of course mundane but lucrative titles such as:

  • Vice President Human Resources (Health Care).
  • General Manager (Financial Services).
  • General Counsel (Advertising & Marketing) and
  • Head of Product (Information Technology).

Note that in many cases a Director or “Head” level position actually pays more than a Vice President or even C-level role—depending on the size of the company, the industry, and the complexity of the task. So we encourage clients to remain open-minded.

Of course, our clients did the actual work required to achieve these successes (supported by their Barrett Group account teams) by following our tried and true methodology that has been vetted now over more than 30 years—an approach that has earned us repeated recognition by none other than Forbes as one of the best in the business. Still, in many cases, that work was not “easy.” One client actually went through 17 interviews before landing her dream job. But the work was rewarding.

Most of these clients landed through unpublished opportunities that we helped them uncover (Read More) and this does not surprise us as we follow a cohort of some 9.2 million executives across 12 time zones that typically turns over 450,000 executive positions each year. (Please refer to our Industry Updates for more information.) Of course, sectors go up and down based on market and other influences, but we find that there are essentially always opportunities if you know how to look for them. As you see from the list above, we cover most sectors and roles because our method simply works—regardless of industry.

Virtually all of the clients under discussion improved their initial offers, too, at least in part due to the offer negotiation step in our program. Here are a few examples of their compensation packages—after applying the Barrett Group leverage:

  • $1,000K +perks
  • $363K +benefits
  • $350K +50% stock and cash bonus
  • $335K +$125K sign-on bonus +$46K Performances Shares +$77K of restricted stock +$31K of non-qualified stock options
  • $300K + $50 sign on + $180K bonus + $600K award incentives
  • $275K +40% bonus + $187K equity
  • $240K +15% +benefits
  • $220K + $70K bonus
  • $210K + $42K bonus + $125K equity + $100K signing bonus + $500K in stock options
  • $210K + $42K bonus + $620K equity stock award + $140K signing bonus + annual stock options + full relo package

We are so sure of our methods and so proud of our clients’ successes that we publish them (anonymously) every week on our Hiring Line. See for yourself.

Our clients often hit the ground running and swiftly transition into their new roles. During that time, it can be challenging for them to find the time or focus to provide references to potential new clients. This is why we feature a variety of Success Studies and Testimonials on our website, providing these valuable resources for readers seeking insightful perspectives from our satisfied clients.

So please consider while you are waiting for something to happen in your career, you could actually make progress proactively instead—regardless of the season.

Get in touch if you’re ready for a change.

Peter Irish, CEO
The Barrett Group

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