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Career Advice

From Marc Cenedella
Marc Cenedella

The world's leading venture capitalist of today shared the career advice below almost a decade ago. While the advice is targeted at the young, I think the experienced ought to pay heed.

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Job Search

Woo Recruiters to Make an Industry Switch

It takes patience and planning, but it is possible.

By Matthew Rothenberg
FILED UNDER: Working With Recruiters.
Job Search

At any advanced stage in your career, a job search involves two basic questions: What is it you hope to achieve next, and what are you willing to change to get there?

Perhaps you want to earn more money, enjoy better job security or spend more time with your family.

In exchange, you may be willing to consider greater or smaller changes to your current situation — and more or less effort to get there. A simple move from one company to another may require very little disruption to your established routine. On the other hand, a bigger jump will demand more effort to sell yourself as a good bet for the hiring company — not to mention the recruiter whose own job success depends on providing candidates suited to the role.

In this package, Kevin Fogarty talks to executive recruiters about the challenges to job seekers who want to make a very big leap, to a new industry. In their own words, they explain why backing industry switchers puts their own reputations on the line and offer tips on how you can make yourself a safer bet for them and for the company at which you’d like to work.

As someone who made a very happy move from the uncertainties of today’s magazine-publishing industry, I’m an object lesson that such a switch is possible. But it takes patience, planning and an understanding of the part you play in achieving the goals of the folks across the desk.

Matthew Rothenberg is the Editorial Director of TheLadders.

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