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Job Search: Know what you want and understand what you'll accept

By Leigh Webb. Published on 12 December 2016

Job search is simple isn’t it?… you have a good profile and roles find you… you see a few headhunters and they get you in front of clients…  In many cases that’s quite a long way from the reality and even if it has been true to date, how do you ensure a smooth transition to a new role, should you need to? How do you make sure that role is right for you?

Having recently worked closely with Eton Bridge Partners and subsequently being placed as Managing Director of high growth data and market intelligence business, ISC Research, by Louise Chaplin, Head of Board Practice, I cannot underline enough how important it is to get the fundamentals of your job search right – even more so for top level candidates in senior positions where perhaps you don’t have a vast network of headhunters, NEDs and businesses or where the relationships are not strong and maintained. To me it was a market entry strategy, except this time it was focused on me (as the product) and my aspirations (as the vision).

It requires thought, it may also require a lot of shoe leather and significant rounds of caffeine but it all starts with understanding exactly what you want to do – not what you are able to do, or what you would accept doing – there is a big difference.  This was where two articles from Eton Bridge really helped me put my ideas and plans in context and gave me a framework to structure my job search.

The first gives a real insight into the world of headhunting from someone who has been in business and has been both candidate and client.  It makes interesting reading and to me, the key takeaways are being true to yourself in terms of what you want and actively maintaining a healthy, balanced network of contacts throughout business, headhunting and advisory communities.  “Why can’t you just get me a job?”… The truth about headhunters and 5 key ways to take control of your job search It’ll take time to build those networks but they will stay with you for life if you allow them to do so.

The second article is a more detailed approach to getting your LinkedIn shop window right.  In the absence of being a global leader, well known to a specific sector with a highly visible track record, LinkedIn, like it or not, is a tool that can play a crucial part in your market entry strategy – both through generating inbound leads, credentialising your offering and allowing you to expand your contact base. LinkedIn – Get the basics right.  As the title says, get the basics right and the rest will follow.

These are only part of the overall picture and ultimately, serendipity will play a part but these articles will help you to position yourself to consistently be in the right place at the right time. It worked for me.


Leigh Webb
Managing Director, The International School Consultancy Group (ISC)