Why did you choose Kelleher Associates for your recent transition support?
I was recommended by an acquaintance. After I met with Mitch, I felt comfortable with Kelleher and Mitch.
What did you like best about working with Kelleher Associates?
Mitch's experience and guidance was very helpful for me as I had not actually ever really productively "looked" for a position. In addition, the Kelleher resources to help fine tune my resume, LinkedIn profile and professional profile was very helpful for me.
What were some of the key concepts learned during your search process, and what would you recommend to others seeking their next position or considering a change in their career path?
Some of the key concepts for me, especially at my level (C-level) were:
1. Making sure you are comfortable with what you are good at and especially what you are not good at.
2. Spending the time to really think about what you want in your next role.
3. Doing the work – there is a lot of work involved, much more than I thought, to be prepared to go after your next role.
What parts of your Kelleher program proved to be especially valuable during your search?
For me, Kelleher did not provide me with any direct job leads. I found my position through prior relationships of my own. However, the documents, questions and questionnaires Mitch had me complete proved invaluable during the interviewing process.
You were working during your job search. How did you balance both?
Yes, I was working. I had to carve out time at night and weekends to complete the materials needed to prep for my search, but I managed to do so. The interviewing process, I learned, is always a dicey balancing act.
How were you interacting with executive recruiters? Was Kelleher helpful in that regard?
This is one area that was most disappointing. Despite mailing directly to them, the network of recruiters was quite unresponsive, and even after repeated calls and emails, they never returned a call or email.
From my experience, a prospective client can expect to have to find his or her own leads and eventually a role. Kelleher will make sure you are 100% prepared for the process, but as far as "finding" a role, you are most likely going to have to do the work.
How did you identify your new position?
I was approached by a colleague. I was encouraged by Mitch and made strong use of my contacts.
What were some of the challenges you faced in the interview and negotiation process with Lloyds of London, your new employer, and how was Kelleher helpful with them?
The only real challenge was the contract negotiation. Mitch was able to review the contract and provide very thoughtful advice and guidance on the terms.
What advice would you give to others looking for their next position?
1. Make sure you really want to move from your current role.
2. Make sure you know your reasons and can articulate them.
3. Do the work (resume, LinkedIn, networking, etc.).
5. Cultivate your own network.
6. Expect little from executive recruiters and you won't be disappointed.
Would you recommend Kelleher to others?
I have recommended Kelleher to several colleagues. Kelleher is not going to actually find you a position; you'll have to do that on your own. But, Kelleher will prepare you for the search, recruiting process and ultimately interviews and negotiating an offer. They were very good at sorting out my strengths and weaknesses and helping me articulate them.