(Part 1 of 2) How does Global Experience Factor into the Search to Fill a US Corporate Communications VP Position with Overseas Responsibilities?

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 A VP of Corporate Communications who is job hunting asked, “I have been looking at several corporate roles and was told I needed more global experience. My long term career goal is to be a Senior VP of Corporate Communications. A prestigious consulting firm would like to interview me for a job heading their London office. Should I interview for the role?” Answer:  The short answer to this specific question is: Don’t waste your time and theirs. There are several reasons why this wrong. The most critical issue is that taking a leadership role overseas at an agency does not naturally fit the career path for a senior corporate position, …

(Part 3 of 3) How do You Quantify and Calculate the Risk Factors in Considering an Offer?

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 Answer: While we talk about cultural fit as being essential for success (whatever that means), there are structural reasons why a fully qualified executive may not be able to meet the challenges of the job s/he was asked to assume. Here are descriptions about the level of risk involved in these organizations. This is part 3 of a 3 part series that describes low to extremely high levels of risk. As you consider a new opportunity, there are different risk levels based on the type of organization. Here are descriptions of organizations and the risk levels I see in the communications positions they are filling. Low Risk Public Company In …

(Part 2 of 3) How do You Quantify and Calculate the Risk Factors in Considering an Offer?

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Answer: While we talk about cultural fit as being essential for success (whatever that means), there are structural reasons why a fully qualified executive may not be able to meet the challenges of the job s/he was asked to assume. Here are descriptions about the level of risk involved in these organizations. This is part 2 of a 3 part series that describes low to extremely high levels of risk. Here are the components to consider in evaluating the lowest risk situation and your potential interest in a role. What would you add? Mature, stable management with a history of supporting the communications function at the CCO level and with …

(Part 1 of 3) How do You Quantify and Calculate the Risk Factors in Considering an Offer?

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Answer:  While we talk about cultural fit as being essential for success (whatever that means), there are structural reasons why a fully qualified executive may not be able to meet the challenges of the job s/he was asked to assume. Here are descriptions about the level of risk involved in these organizations. This is part 1 of a 3 part series that describes low to extremely high levels of risk. For as long as I have been recruiting communications executives for senior positions, there is always a discussion about cultural fit. At the most senior levels, when the keys to success have to do with leadership and ability to work …

Subscriber’s Question about Ageism in Hiring

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“I’m about to turn 65 but still love working in corporate communications…How hard is it to find new positions at my age? I’ve been working for one company for ten-years but it is a tough time for our industry and there’s downsizing on the way.” Answer:  The issue of ageism is real. There are many ways an organization can hire within a narrow range without being accused of discrimination. Realistically, companies are more inclined to contract with free-lance workers for the specific skill-sets they offer as they reach their late 50ties and 60ties. There are exceptions and one is hiring very senior consultants in Public Affairs work where relationships and …

Reader’s Question about Making a Career Change from the For-Profit to the Non-Profit World

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“Not everyone—even comms pros who’ve risen to fairly high rungs on the corporate ladder—wants to keep progressing to increasingly higher level jobs with greater levels of responsibility. Sometimes they want to switch to a position that’s more meaningful like a nonprofit and has less stress and lower compensation, especially if they envision retiring in five to ten years or suddenly have an empty nest. But how do you pursue these jobs without being labeled overqualified or “throwing in the career towel?” Answer:  There are several assumptions that need to be challenged before this question can be addressed and I do that in the 8 points below. Adjusting career goals and …