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LEADERSHIP By Eric Mercado Why You Were Not Selected for the C-Suite Develop these skills to take your career to the next level. Have you ever been through a recruitment process where you put your "all" into the research, application and interviews and just didn't get the job? We all have at some point in our careers, myself included. Prior to founding Aviation Career Services (ACS) in 2010, I had a career in airport management. Over the years I applied for countless positions. Some of my applications were for practice and to see how far I would get; others were because I thought I had everything the organization asked for in the role. Those were the applications I put my "all" into. They were also the applications that deeply impacted me most when I wasn't the selected candidate. In my current career at ACS, I work with organizations to revitalize their organizational strategy, structures and compensation programs. I help find solutions to develop teams at various levels in organizations and recruit high-quality and diverse leaders in our rapidly evolving aviation and transportation space. On an individual basis, I coach emerging and executive leaders through a variety of personal career development exercises either to guide them to their suited path or prepare them for the next level in their careers. In a broader perspective, I've been a part of many professional development committees under different organizations; most recently with the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). I have professionals ask me all the time, should I apply for that role? Why didn't I make the cut? What do I need to do to make the C-Suite? The answer isn't simple, but through surveying those I've interacted with along with observing and interviewing hundreds of candidates for C-Suite (CEOs, COOs, CFOs, etc.) positions, I've identified several key drivers for success. Successful candidates share several core competencies. If you want to be successful in your current roles and prepare for the next promotional opportunity, you must develop these skills. In the following paragraphs, I offer you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make the C-Suite. The aviation and transportation sector has been in transition for nearly a decade. The The industry has changed its focus from operating and maintaining an organization to leading an entrepreneurial business enterprise. Getting the right skills in line before you look for a promotion can enhance your chances of getting your dream job. ACS Career Services 16 airportbusiness April 2018

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