Searching for your next career adventure …
If you have decided it’s time to look for your next career adventure, here are some helpful tips on how to partner with us. Hopefully this will help make our interaction efficient and effective.
Hitch Partners is a retained executive / leadership search firm, meaning we are hired by companies with a need to fill a SPECIFIC high profile / high impact role.
We are NOT hired by candidates to help them uncover their next career adventure. We would view that as a conflict of interest.
That being said, we want to know as much about you as possible so we can reach out to you when we’re working on filling a role that maps to your background and situation.
CONNECTING WITH OUR TEAM:
The ideal way to connect with us is through someone in our common network. Perhaps you can identify someone we both know and have them send us a warm e-introduction.
If there are no common connections and you decide to send us a message through email or LinkedIn, we suggest you personalize it a bit with info to help us help you as opposed to sending us a generic LinkedIn connection request.
ARTICULATING YOUR SITUATION & IDEAS ON NEXT STEPS FOR YOUR NEXT CAREER ADVENTURE:
Once we’re connected, we would suggest you have specific thoughts on your ideal scenario for your next career adventure. Please let us know your:
Top 10-20 targeted companies
Ideal roles within those companies
Locations you are open to considering
RESUMES & LINKEDIN PROFILES:
Here are a few insights on the information we focus on when we read resumes and LinkedIn profiles:
We try to understand WHAT you have accomplished as well as the context for those achievements. We suggest the following format for each of your tenures:
Company XYZ (Date Started - Date You Left)
> Consider including a brief description of company if it’s not public or well known
Responsibilities: Example: I was recruited by John Snow to build the security army to capture the seven kingdoms. I reported to the mother of dragons and led an army of 50 soldiers consisting of the following functions: Security Engineering, Security Operations, Compliance, Information Security, Night’s Watch, Wildlings
Rebuilt the Night’s Watch army from 0 to 50; Attrition rate was 10% lost in the Ambush at Dragonstone
Achieved the following Compliance certifications: ISO 27001, PCI, SOC2 TypeII, GDPR, Named Hand of the King etc.
Implemented security program resulting in Zero loss of data & no embarrasing mentions on CNN/CNBC Squawk Box & HBO
Recaptured Winterfell & avoided attending the Red Wedding
Claimed victory in the Siege of Casterly Rock
We feel in-person interviews are the forum to understand HOW you got those wonderful things accomplished along with determining a chemistry fit between you and our client’s culture. We think these “HOW” items should NOT be in your resume or LinkedIn profile.
We typically don’t read all the fluffy stuff at the beginning of resumes (special skills, personality profiles etc.), rather we skip to the meat (or “impossible burger” section for all you vegans) of the resume titled “Professional Experience”.
We don’t feel resumes should be limited to 1 or 2 pages HOWEVER we would suggest you ensure all the information in the resume is meaningful.
Perhaps we have a contact at one of your target companies where you do not. Goodwill introductions are something we take great pleasure in fulfilling, even if we are not specifically working on a search for that company.
These introductions help us stay top of mind the next time that company is considering a partnership with a search firm to help them fill a key role. In order to facilitate said introductions, help us help you by providing us the information we’ve highlighted above.
Hopefully you found this information useful to engage with us as well as other retained search firms.