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The Latest Chief Digital Officer Jobs from CDO Club

CDO shares new CDO appointments, articles, and CDO’s in the news – plus new open global CDO positions – in their latest Chief Digital Officer JOBS Update for March 2019.

The 10 Hottest Sectors for 2018 Startups

The 10 Hottest Industries for Startups in 2018Financial services, healthcare, construction, logistics and consumer goods – major sectors growing across the US. Here is a great list from Inc. on the 10 hottest…startup industries. I find this really exciting!

The 10 Hottest Industries for Startups in 2018

Real Estate Unicorns + More Hot Startups

Check out these burgeoning RE tech companies and 30 HOT new startups that are growing too.

30 HOT Startups that are Hiring

For a list of 30 HOT startups that are hiring, check out AngelList’s Hot Startups Hiring this Week.

What Growth Opportunities Are & How to Use Them to Tap Into the Wealth of Jobs in the Hidden Job Market

One of the wisest things you can do when searching for a job is learn the best non-traditional job search methods that fit your particular goals. One of my favorite methods is finding, and following up on, what I like to call “corporate growth opportunities.”

The reason this is one of my favorite methods is because it is deeply flattering to the key contact receiving your correspondence and it puts you in a great light. The initiative you show in using this method sets you apart from your competition and positions you as someone your targeted company should definitely talk to.

You can think of growth opportunities as “windows” that occur when a company is experiencing some form of movement or growth. Here are a few examples:

  • Corporate moves (headquarters or other office locations)
  • Corporate expansions
  • The launching or premier of new products or services
  • A corporate merger or acquisition
  • Awards and recognitions of either the company or an individual in the company
  • New rounds of venture capital funding

When a company is experiencing these “windows,” hiring key talent most often follows. So when you find news of companies that are experiencing some kind of movement or growth, it’s an ideal time to make an introduction!

When you introduce yourself (usually via letter – and yes I strongly recommend hard mail), you should begin by stating that the reason you are contacting them is because of the growth they are experiencing. Attach the press release or article you are referencing. This sends a powerful message that you are a positive, smart and assertive person.

You can also include your resume if you wish. I have seen this method work both with and without a resume, as long as your correspondence is followed by a phone call from you. If you don’t send a resume, be sure to include a little about your skills and achievements in your cover letter. Imagine the difference: would they rather receive a letter like the one above, or a “cold” cover letter and resume? Making your first introduction about the company sets a vital tone and pace in a positive direction.

So, if you have been looking for a way to take the sting out of that first followup phone call, you will be glad to find that by using this simple strategy, your first conversations will be easier, more comfortable, and generally flow better.

A few additional benefits you will enjoy when you capitalize on growth opportunities are:

  • You set the pace for leadership and control by making the first move, as opposed to answering an ad, which positions you as the less desirable, passive/receiver.
  • You maximize your leverage, options and opportunities in your industry of choice.
  • You are introducing yourself at a time when that company may be investing considerable sums of money to find great talent (like YOU!).
  • You have little or no competition.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? And did you know that you can set up an ultra easy turnkey system to find these growth opportunities that’s just as easy as answering ads on job boards? That’s right. You just have to know a few things about your end goals first. These include:

  • Your specific target market
  • Your geographical preference
  • Any other important points about your dream job (ie: a growing medical device manufacturer on the east coast, or a high tech company that allows telecommuting.

Once you have this basic information, you can use internet resources to find growth opportunities, such as The Business Journals, Google Alerts, article finders, and even associations related to your industry. Another option is to hire a company to gather this initial research for you. Either way, you’ll have the inside line on new “windows” of opportunity.

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Most executives are excellent at what they do, but struggle to market their skills when it comes to finding and capitalizing on better career opportunities.


You CAN be quickly respected as a powerful source of wisdom and authority in your areas of expertise to (people in) companies that don’t yet know who you are. You can do this by communicating to them in a way that positions you as an expert in areas that match the challenges of that company. 


So where do you start?


Step One: Know where to find fr*ee sources

Fr*ee sources of information on companies that are moving and growing that is! Industries that are growing and companies that are moving and growing, being acquired, going public or launching a new product or service offering are most often primed for new company hires.


Sources of this information include your local weekly business journals (fr*ee online), local chamber of commerce’s and economic development associations and trade journals. Find two sources that work for you and commit to reviewing them. In committing just an hour each week to doing this, you should be able to easily find two to five interesting articles that intrigue you.



Step Two: Write a letter

Write a cover letter to each company stating why their particular situation impresses or interests you. Tell them authentically why. If they are positioning themselves to “go global” and your background includes helping companies successfully do this, then tell them so and remember to give them an example of how much revenue this generated.


Share that you will follow up with them to see if they would be interested in an initial conversation. Use gracious, diplomatic language to get your point across. Include in your letter a copy of the article you are referencing. You can also include your resume if you discern it’s appropriate or not. What important is that you take action to make that initial contact. If you enthusiasm is authentic they will catch that immediately and you will have maximized your potential to generate interest!


Are you wondering who to send your letter to? The person or persons quoted in the article are best. Don’t worry if they are top executives in the industry. Many professions believe it’s not possible to connect with the top executives of a company but in most cases this is simply not true. In fact, you can use this erroneous belief to your advantage as your approach stands to be unique to your competition! If a decision maker isn’t quoted in the article simply imagine what position you would hold in the comply and go two levels higher. Company executives are often sited on corporate websites or sites such as Yahoo finance or zoom info.  


Tip Three: be consistent


When you commit to take action using this powerful strategy to easily find growth opportunities, you are making a wise investment in yourself and your career. Make it a bold goal of yours to find and send out a certain number of letters each week. If you only sent out and followed up on two letters each week (which should take you only a few hours) you stand to generate MORE interest than if you answered 40 online job ads! That’s right! So make a commitment to yourself to be consistent each week – to quickly and easily move forward towards your goals.




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