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"I am a foreign-born professional working in the US. What steps can I take to fit into the American business environment?"



 

1. Dress the part

 
 
 
Executive Question - Cover Letters

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.
 


Executive Job Search Advice
 
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.

Social Networking for Senior Executives

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 And Your Career

 
 The following are some ideas to get noticed by an Executive Search Firm:

 
The View From The Inside: 2009 – A Year To Forget?

executives looking into the future

Peter Felix, President of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), reviews executive search in 2009 and the industry’s hopes for the future.

Future Forecast: Growth Amid the Storms
executive search beginning recovery

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:

Ask The Expert

"As a Senior Executive, how should I structure my job search during the current financial crisis?"

Peter FelixResponse from Peter Felix, former President of the AESC.

"As the financial crisis has developed during the past few months I have often been asked what effect it is having upon senior executive recruiting and senior executive careers.

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