The Technology Executives Networking Group strives to help senior-level IT executives help each other by making it easier for us to meet one another and develop lasting, professional relationships, and eventually, friendships.
We are naturally inclined to help our friends by sharing our experiences, expertise, contacts and support, whether they need help building a business case for a project, selecting a vendor, learning a new technology, or landing a great job. Even at our darkest moments, there is something about reaching out to help a friend that makes both us and them feel better, and ultimately causes them to reach out to help us in return.
This willingness to help one another forms the basis of our networking philosophy. By helping one another in these ways, we build a bond of friendship and trust that will allow us to rely on each other in even the most difficult situations.
For members who are in transition, the willingness to help one another takes on an added dimension: the sharing of job leads. This includes leads for which we are active candidates, as well as those which we have chosen not to pursue.
Why invite other highly-qualified executives to compete with us for the same job? Why help them by sharing the valuable information that we gather in our pursuit of the opportunity?
Keep in mind that in today's job market, there will be hundreds of qualified candidates for almost every available position. Landing that job is not just a matter of matching the job requirements 100%, it's a matter of personal fit and chemistry. All qualifications being equal, adding several more candidates to the mix will not significantly impact the probability of another candidate landing the job. The qualified candidate with the best personal fit will still be chosen, and we are all better served if the person who lands the job is a friend of ours.
Active TENG members are expected to share job leads as soon as we learn of them. To quote Matt Bud, Chairman of the Financial Executives Networking Group, "Time is the enemy. The value of any lead is in its freshness. By the time one is no longer a candidate for a position, the selection process is most likely closed and the position filled."
The sharing of stale leads is a disservice to all involved. We do not in any way police or monitor your performance on this issue. You will need to make up your own mind regarding the value of your FULL participation.
Our bond of friendship and trust makes the sharing of active job leads possible.