Believe it or not, there are some things "C players" are better at than "A players." Take, for example, job hunting. "A players" are remarkably inept at it. They go through an average of 1 or 2 interviews per hire, giving them little practice. "C players," however, can go through 20-30 interviews per hire, giving them plenty of opportunities to perfect their skills.
What’s worse, the majority of the job market is saturated with "C players." A small percentage of job seekers are true "A players." Most are successfully employed and retained through thick and thin. Companies would much rather pinch pennies elsewhere than lose their top performers.
The few "A players" who are in the market almost exclusively conduct job searches through a trusted network of advisors. Their next job is often months in the works before it’s ever announced, which is exactly what makes Marshall Career Service so valuable to our clients. We are constantly conducting interviews and know many happily employed "A players" who will make a move if it’s the right one and advances their career. It’s not unusual for us to form a relationship 2-3 years before the right career move comes along.