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LANDED! Blog – Rodney Sanders

Name: Rodney Sanders

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Executive Network Member Since:  2019

Newly-Landed Position + Company: Executive Director, Global Talent Management Lead, Charles Rivers Laboratories

Prior to landing your new position, were you currently working or in transition? In transition moving from the Midwest to California.

How did you get connected to the company where you landed your new role? Initially through LinkedIn and posting. I also met one person in the process through someone in my network.

What allowed you to stand out during the interview process? I had the background and experience they were looking for and was told that my culture fit was a significant factor.

Did you encounter any challenges while being vetted for this new position? If so, how did you overcome them? It’s always challenging to pursue a new position! In this case, I was really “just myself” and “having a conversation” with each person I met. The whole process felt really good for me. While I’ve had a lot of practice, it’s worth noting that the entire process for this role was virtual — the first time I was finalist without a face-to-face interview.

If you could give an in-transition executive any piece of advice, what would it be? Listen to all of the advice. Next, stay centered on who you are and what you want. Tailor what you learn so that you can show up as the best version of yourself. Also, know your value, know your peak stories, and find a way to stay accountable to ensure rhythm in your search.

What events and/or resources offered by the Executive Network have helped enhance your career? Every event I attended. I learned so much from listening to others, and I built a new network that I look forward to serving and connecting with going forward. McDermott + Bull is providing a great platform for people. I really appreciate the support and encourage anyone who’s similarly positioned to work with the group.


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