If you’re out looking for a new role, how long is it going to take to land one?
As we get more senior, there are fewer appropriate roles. We’re a bit fussier about the decision because the stakes are higher. And the organisation’s decision can take longer, again because it’s a high-stakes investment. So rather than go from one job to another overnight, the time between can be…. well, what exactly?
We’re in a tough market. There are plenty of candidates for senior roles, organisations are cautious and hires feel risky. So the time between roles stretches out. In ‘normal’ or boom times talent is snapped up; there’s no hanging around. in tougher times you could spend a year or more without work, if you’re a senior executive.
If you don’t know this, research suggests your decisions are influenced by the uncertainty about how long it will take. Those decisions are different from what you’d do when you are realistic about timing.
What’s your view?
Do you think it’s normal to get a new role in 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, if you’ve been in the C-suite? What if, as I’m hearing anecdotally, that timeframe is actually 18 months? How might that influence you? What is the right strategy, frame of mind and decision-making criterion to use? Do you want to explore a career strategy?