As an interim executive, it is important to remember that your focus when you are between assignments is to develop your next opportunity. Whether that be via an interim service provider like Boyden or through your own network.
Identifying Interim Service Providers
Identifying the right interim service provider and the individual within that company can be challenging and time-consuming. When you are trying to establish relationships with interim specialists always ensure you first send them your CV. A consultant can quickly establish whether they are the best partner for you or perhaps refer you to colleagues who may be better suited to your background. Different firms and different individuals will have different operating models.
Once you have identified the consultants most relevant to your offering then it is important that you both take the time to get to know each other. They will want to know all about your background and experience and how that translates to their areas of focus, and you need to know that you are being represented by credible individuals.
Keep Us Updated
Unlike in your permanent career, you are more likely to be placed by your interim consultant multiple times in the space of a few years, a good interim consultant will look to nurture the relationship over time. If you secure an interim opportunity through another means, let them know, and arrange to speak at least a month before you return to market. This ensures that you can be front of mind for any new opportunities or client activities that they may be working on at that time.
Strong Networking Skills
Strong networking skills are as necessary as your ability to fulfill an interim project. Your next interim assignment will likely be based on the strength of your last reference. Securing opportunities through interim service providers is one route to market, but it’s just as important to be able to leverage your own network to secure work.
Your First Interim Assignment
Your first assignment will likely come through your own network, people you have worked for or with over your career. It is critical you’re confident in your ability to deliver results during your first interim role. Your next interim assignment will likely be based on the strength of your last reference.