BlueSteps Career Management and Executive Search Blog
The BlueSteps Career Management Blog is written with a C-level audience in mind on career management topics ranging from executive compensation, executive resumes, and interview tips to networking, executive job search, and gaining visibility as a professional in one’s industry.
The BlueSteps Executive Search Blog links senior executive candidates to actual retained search recruitment insights from AESC member executive recruiters, BlueSteps career advisors and other guest writers.
BlueSteps is an exclusive service of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, the voice of excellence for executive search and leadership consultants worldwide. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of AESC's mission, and only AESC member firms and consultants have access to BlueSteps members resume info. Click here to learn more about the additional benefits of becoming a BlueSteps member.
“With so many Executive Search firms and so many recruitment and job sites offering advice on "how to write the perfect cover letter", it is difficult to really gauge just what the core fundamental rules of writing a cover letter are, particularly when there is so much conflicting evidence. What is the advice of the AESC, and those experts who consult Bluesteps members?”
Today’s economy has hit many people hard, especially those who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own. Of course, those employees who have retained their jobs are understandably worried about losing their jobs given the continued Great Recession.
Yet, life goes on and the ‘family responsibilities’ of those fortunate enough to still be employed cannot be put on hold just because of economic hard times. Families with newborn children or children who stay home from school because of medical ailments need parental attention. Also, employees may have infirm and/or elderly parents who also need care, supervision and attention that requires employees to take time off from work.
Whether you are voluntarily looking for a new job or find yourself an unfortunate victim of today's economic decline, you will be unsuccessful, frustrated and discouraged unless you have a clear, concise job target.
In Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters, the authors suggest from the beginning that "starting a job search before you know the job you want and what you have to offer will end in frustration". Simply saying that "I am looking for a new job" says nothing to potential employers and confuses anyone who is trying to support you in the job search process.
Have you joined several social networks and wondered what to do next?
Maybe you have been nudged or even coerced into joining Linkedin.com,
then joined Facebook to view family photos and finally Twitter for no
good reason. You filled out your Linkedin profile, creating a
reasonably respectable historical career document, and may have even
done a passable job at positioning and branding as well. Eventually,
several business colleagues have had you recommend them, or have
recommended you on Linkedin.
Executive search consultants interviewed and surveyed for this article see a bright, long-term future for the industry. The challenging business environment, high executive turnover, changing demographics, and increasing complexity and greater due diligence requirements of executive and board recruitment should translate into steady demand. Yet despite—or perhaps because of—a robust market, search consultants see challenges ahead, chiefly in three areas: