What it takes to find a new c-level position
For the last 2 years I have successfully placed lots of C-level candidates for many e-commerce & technology startups in the Middle East.
CEO, COO, CMO, CTO, CIO, CXO you name it, if it starts with a C & ends in an O we have requests for employers looking for them. Companies are always on the lookout for their next superstar to give them an edge ahead of the competition and we are well placed to provide you the heads up on new opportunities.
The important part of the early interview stage is to make sure you stand out. No matter how good somebody’s resume is it all comes down to the interview experience. How you as a candidate present yourself & communicate can win or lose an interview.
Based on my experience, to position yourself for an upcoming C-level opportunity, here are some helpful tips:
You have to be willing to take on new responsibilities, especially the ones, that nobody is prepared to do. If you want to get a c-level role within e-commerce be prepared to get your hands dirty.
Be contextually relevant
You need to have the right skills for the company. Just because you are technically the right fit doesn’t mean you have the right contextual experience. Be realistic about your potential opportunities and consider your options.
Be prepared to move laterallyYou may have to move sideways before you move up. Not everything will be exactly how you want it to be. Look at the bigger opportunity, not the immediate quick fix.
Demonstrate your impact
An employer needs to have confidence in you. The only way for the employer to have faith, trust and confidence in you is for you to demonstrate your impact with real life examples or case studies.
Understand the importance of cultural fit
If you are not in line with the company’s culture, the chance is high that you won’t be selected for upcoming c-level positions
Be prepared to make tough decisions
You will have to make difficult decisions under pressure parallel to gaining and maintaining the respect of the team. Top C-Suite executives are often characterized as being assertive, efficient & proactive.
In a nutshell, be prepared to compromise, be able to back yourself up, look for roles that are relevant for your experience and don’t be afraid of the dirty work. With this in mind and if you are willing to go that extra mile, then for sure there is an employer eager to meet you and so would I!