“Senior Executive for Sale?” In these unusual times, if one can get a luxury automobile at a deep discount, it’s a bargain! When a prime property is purchased at a “short sale,” the buyer is considered a shrewd buyer. But when a Fortune 20 top executive is willing to work for a smaller company and at as much as a third off his typical income, headhunter and recruiter “gatekeepers” act as though he’s peddling rotting fruit. One gatekeeper has even said, “We are going to hire someone for whom this is a step-up because they will work harder.” When networks don’t yield results – what works?
My best take on WHY it happens is that gatekeepers understand that a luxury auto won't drive itself out of their garage but a top executive would likely be looking for a "better/bigger" opportunity in a year.
I realize that was not your question, but we were just talking about this in-office and thought I'd respond.
Staying in the metaphor - if the position is rewarding and has potential "legs" - it is less likely to happen - -on the other hand - imagine what can be accomplished in that one year with someone who can do more than someone coming up to speed in less time - or - driving a Mercedes for the price of a Chevy - even if for a year? Or am I missing a point?