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Despite Economic Recession, Executive Jobs In Several Sectors Expected To Grow In 2009

Global Senior Executive Positions in Healthcare, Government, Pharma/Biotech and Natural Resources to be on the Rise.

In a recent survey of senior executives, we sought to find out what experience is best for the CEO position, a CFO or a COO? Read the following 6 key elements a CEO must possess:

1. A Sales and Marketing background is essential for a CEO.

Harold Torninger, CEO at Sight Executive Group, stated, “In my experience the CEO position is best prepared from individuals who have a Product Marketing and Sales and Marketing track record. They have demonstrated a strong Customer focus and also an ability to handle the whole Supplychain.”


72% Hold Neutral to Positive Outlook for Job Market During Next Six Months

New York, August 13, 2009 – Results from a recent poll of global senior executive members of BlueSteps.com, conducted from 1 July – 12 August 2009, revealed that 48% expect the economy to rebound in the first half of 2010. Only 25% of those surveyed believe a recovery will occur in the second half of 2009, with 27% not expecting a recovery until the second half of 2010 or later.

The Rise of Outplacement Services
Images of executives filing out of corporate buildings with boxes of their possessions dominated the media in October and November 2008, with the collapse of Lehman Brothers being particularly poignant. These images, alongside interviews with recession victims, have installed job insecurity in executives throughout the world.
The concept of a "video resume" has been around for several years, and of late, the term has gained increasing momentum, with job board sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder beginning to integrate video more extensively into their product offerings.

A "video resume" is a bit of a misnomer really, because you can't summarize your career history in a video. But there's a good argument to be made that the use of video as part of your executive career portfolio has some merit.

How best to use video?

    Suddenly the world outlook looks a little more promising.

    Have we reached the proverbial tipping point? Malcolm Gladwell did us all a favour by coining that phrase.  Warren Buffet said only yesterday that the unprecedented fear and withdrawal of recent months needs to be replaced by confidence in the future. Franklin Roosevelt said  that 'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself'.

    But what does this all mean for those of us in the executive search industry or those senior executives who are out of work? I believe it means that we need to have confidence in our own value and faith in what we can bring to a client company or to a future employer.

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