Career transition – an executive perspective

by Directioneering

For Peter Lamell, the realisation that everyone eventually gets a job made him focus on strategy…

For Peter Lamell, the realisation that everyone eventually gets a job made him focus on strategies with his Directioneering coach that helped him to enjoy the search for his next role.

With decades of experience at the helm of very large businesses, both as a Board Member and CEO, Peter’s strength is his ability to turn companies around. It’s what he loves doing, but an inherent part of that is that once you turn one company around you need to look for the next company to turn around.

Foremost, Peter stresses that you should treat searching for a new position as a full time job in itself.

First though, Peter has learnt in his time working with Directioneering that you have to start with your homework, and you need to make sure you spend time reflecting on each of these key areas:

  • Be ready to move on – It is important to take some time to get over the grieving part of the process that comes with finishing any role. Even if it was always a fixed term position, it is important to get this behind you so that you can move on.
  • Work out what you want to do next – It is amazing how useful it is working out what you actually want to do. It’s worth spending some time reflecting on this with your career coach so that you can approach the market with clarity, and professional assistance can really help you assess your options.
  • Get your marketing in order – It’s important to look at your LinkedIn and CV – I’ve seen a lot of bad ones! This is all about selling yourself, and now it is as important to spend just as much time on your LinkedIn profile as you do on your CV.
  • Make a list of the industries and businesses you’d like to be involved in – be brave about it and think of industries that can use the skills you have developed.

With your homework complete, now comes the real work of networking and executive search.

Networking should be a two way activity and it is important to make sure you add value to your network. Peter lives by the principle of “pay it forward” – do things to help other people as you never know who will help you in return. In Peter’s experience he has found that you get the most from the people you expect the least from, and often least from those you might have expected the most from.

It can be easy to get discouraged when networking and searching for a job, but Peter recommends not giving up and trying to connect with someone at least five times. “Remember what it was like when you were working, everyone has a lot on. You come in on Monday morning and before you know it, it is already Friday! The fact that somebody didn’t respond may be totally unintentional.” Peter suggests trying to call at different times, they might be better at taking calls in the mornings, or responding to emails in the evenings.

It is important to balance both networking and executive search firms, and as part of his Directioneering service, Peter worked through the relevant approaches to both that have successfully landed him roles.

Career transition is a very individual experience, and everyone’s journey will be different.

We prioritise tailoring your service, so you can work with your career coach to develop the best strategy for you, based on the process of reflection and strategic execution. Peter found that working with Directioneering reinforced personal discipline, afforded him sage advice and gave him the opportunity to meet with peers going through a similar process supported by the resources he needed to be prepared for all opportunities.