Surprising to some, Private Equity is in all areas of business, big and small, public and private. The public market is doing what Sony and the big kingpins of music did – dying. More companies are partnered with Private Equity and the hiring practices are different.
Peter Ploughs from Phoenix Executive Network asked me to present to a group of top C-Suite people about how to get hired to work with Private Equity. Here is a list of the top ten ways to get hired by Private Equity, specifically when they are partnered with a family business:
I recommend calling companies, not Private Equity, as the owner-operator tends to originate the jobs. Private Equity people are busy and are less likely to see you. The chart shows the wide range of companies working with Private Equity and they have degrees of bureaucracy and risk depending on the type of business.
Match yourself to your preferred style. If you are a corporate “intrapreneur”, you will hate working for a family business with fewer systems, even if it is $500M in revenues. Know yourself and be honest.