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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Many executives fail to see the importance of building relationships with executive search consultants at times when they don’t immediately need their help. However, when an executive requires executive search assistance later in their career, it can be difficult to make a connection that is mutually beneficial to both parties.
In order to make sure that you can rely on the support from the executive search community when you need it, there are several pitfalls you need to avoid…
For those wanting to maximise their career potential, networking with an executive search consultant is vital to their career strategy. However, many executives are often left unsure regarding how to begin forming relationships with executive search consultants. Whether you are in an active job search, or just assessing your career options, if you would like to start networking with executive search consultants, BlueSteps has put together a short guide to make things easier.
According to the BlueSteps Executive Compensation Survey (2013), many executives (over one-third) felt that they were not being adequately compensated for their work. If you have reached a crossroad in your career where you might be able to negotiate your salary, it is vital that you are equipped and prepared with the skills to ensure you end up with the compensation you deserve. BlueSteps has therefore compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for salary negotiation to help you on your way.
On Sept 17, 2014, BlueSteps hosted its annual diversity webinar, entitled Closing the Gap: New Opportunities in the Boardroom. During this event, an influential and expert panel gathered to discuss topical issues relating to diversity and the boards.
Moderated by AESC Managing Director of Global Marketing, Joe Chappell, the panel comprised of Jeanne Branthover, Managing Director at Boyden Global Executive Search; Krista Walochik, Managing Partner at Talengo; and Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Executive Director of Leadership and Board Practice at RGF India.
There has been much debate surrounding the place of women regarding corporate governance, but recently the question has turned from “why are there so few women in the boardroom?” to “How can we bring more women to the boardroom?”
There is a strong feeling that women are not being treated equally in the workplace, and that issues such as compensation and placement in the boardroom still have some way to go before equality is reached.
For those entering a period of transition, now is the time to build a strategic action plan to make sure that this time is used wisely, to carefully re-evaluate your career and prepare for the future, rather than to panic about what lies ahead.
By following the simple steps below, you can utilize your time in transition to achieve your new professional goals with timely success.
Here Are 5 Simple Steps to Use During Your Executive Transition:
A new breed of interim manager or “super temp” has arisen due to the preference of companies to hire experienced executives, rather than consultants. This year, 29% of super temps previously held chief executive positions, whereas only 16% had done so in 2012. These so called super temps can earn over $1,000 per day, and so it is unsurprising that 63% of super temps would choose this style of work over permanent employment. Super temping is increasing in popularity and could change the way businesses operate.
LinkedIn has now made vast improvements to its increasingly popular Who’s Viewed Your Profile feature, helping users analyze their results and work towards increasing their visibility in specific areas and industries. LinkedIn has reported that nearly 80% of job candidates are found through networking today, so there has never been a better time to start building your own network!
Main Changes and How to Utilize Them:
1. What industries is my profile being viewed from?