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.
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Whether you are an aspiring executive candidate looking to gain the attention of a recruiter, or an executive currently in the midst of working with a search consultant, the executive search process can be a difficult one to navigate.
As executive search consultants are ultimately employed by and working in the best interests of the hiring party, it can be common for executives to develop feelings of frustration and helplessness as they wait to hear news of their candidacy.
However, this need not be the case as there are many steps that executives can take to proactively manage their career, increase the likelihood of becoming an executive candidate, and bolster their chances of being successfully hired.
When creating, building and maintaining a network consisting of both fellow executives and search consultants alike, LinkedIn can be vital tool as it allows you to strengthen existing connections and make new ones with ease. However, it is important to make sure that your approach to LinkedIn networking is focused and strategic to boost its effectiveness.
To make sure your LinkedIn networking efforts are fully optimized for success, here are three key fundamentals of LinkedIn networking for executives.
Executives can more effectively position themselves for new opportunities, and dramatically decrease time spent in-transition by ensuring that their three vital career documents are fully optimized and up-to-date. Executive resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters form the cornerstone of any job search or career progression, so time should be invested in them to ensure your results are maximized.
Each year, as LinkedIn’s thriving global network continues to expand, having a searchable profile and online presence on the site is no longer optional; it is expected. Research shows that 80 percent of CEOs are now engaged online and are users of social media platforms; a figure which has doubled since 2010.
So, what is drawing global executives to LinkedIn, and why is it now a necessity?
Building and maintaining relationships with executive search consultants should be a vital component of your career strategy, regardless of whether you are in an active job search or just proactively managing your career next steps.
For executives who are new to the executive search industry, it can be difficult to know where to start, but there are several essential do’s and don’ts that can help you on your way.
Executive bios can be a great way to reinforce your executive brand, provide executive search consultants and potential employers with further information about yourself, and reflect on what you have accomplished in your career to date.
They are also a useful opportunity to go beyond the facts that are quoted in your resume/CV and inject some personality into your career story, enabling recruiters and future employers to connect with you on a human level and envision you within a potential new role.
Making a next career move can be an enormous step for any executive; with the added challenges of a new country, a new language and the possible relocation of your family, the stakes are much higher for would-be executive expats.
Like with any life-changing decision, the first step is to do your research and gather as much information as you can, yet it can be difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we have provided a list of our top three considerations for potential executive expats.
With over 396 million members, LinkedIn is one of the largest online professional networking services in the world. According to recent statistics, it lists approximately three million jobs and is used by 87 percent of recruiters to source and research candidates.
If you are not on LinkedIn, you not only missing out on a great opportunity to further your own personal brand, but you are also missing out on the opportunity to network with fellow professionals and increase your visibility among the executive search community.
Each year, many executives across the world are drawn to the elusive world of the boardroom and begin their search for a board seat. Board work can be incredibly rewarding to those who pursue it, both in terms of the stimulating and fulfilling work itself and, of course, the financial reward.
No matter how much time or money you have invested into crafting that killer executive resume, if your cover letter does not make the grade, it is unlikely that recruiters or potential employers will be motived to open your attached career document.
The importance of having a well-written, persuasive and professional cover letter cannot be overstated, but it is something that many senior-level executives struggle with. Since there's such a short amount of space to make a positive first impression and explain why you are suited to the role, BlueSteps has provided three simple steps to help you on your way.