I've worked in my industry for 13+ years (field: IT/support), always progessing in my experience with responsibility and enterprise scopes. Having been at the director level for a number of years, I'm considering making a move to the private sector. I've gotten the impression that connecting with a recruiter might be my best opportunity for the next step up career-wise if I leave the public sector. Any suggestions or words of advice/wisdom in considering a change of this magnitude? Has anyone 'been there and done that' and want to share your lessons learned?

Many thanks