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.
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When was the last time you edited and updated your executive resume? Carefully reworking your resume can be a daunting task that many are guilty of pushing to the bottom of their executive career to-do list. It’s difficult to know what to include, where to start, or how your writing will be perceived by executive recruiters and future employers alike.
As your most influential self-marketing document, here is a checklist of factors to consider when reworking your resume:
Showcasing your Unique Selling Point: What skills do you have that will make you stand out from the numerous other executives applying for the same roles?
Reports have confirmed that 86% of employees, including senior-level executives, are actively planning to search for new positions in 2014. With so many people forecasted for a career transition this year, it has never been more important to connect with an executive search consultant who can give you the edge you need in this competitive job environment.
Michael Phelps is built for swimming. With an extended torso, giving him increased upper body strength, shorter legs for more effective kicking, an arm-span disproportionately large for his height, giving him more arm muscle and bigger hands for pushing water, and greater ankle flexibility for propulsion, his body is naturally suited to being an athletic swimmer.
The small factors that differentiate us all, both physically and mentally, can have a profound effect on our career success. Identifying and utilizing our personal traits, for our career, is key to successfully being able to leverage ourselves for new opportunities.
When in the presence of someone who has achieved success in business, it is natural to question: What is he or she doing differently than the rest of us?
Many people conclude that highly successful people are those who are blessed with higher intellect, more charisma, or simply luck. However, this is usually not the case. Recent accounts by business leaders suggest that the strongest factor tying successful people together is simple: their ability to be self-aware.
When choosing your career path, it is often said that one must choose between job satisfaction and salary, as it is impossible to achieve both. In times of economic uncertainty, many people are choosing careers based on salary alone, however, Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, now warns that this decision can have adverse effects.
New opportunities for female executives to become board directors are on the rise, but how can female executives best position themselves for when they appear? In today’s highly competitive business environment, it has never been more vital that female executives receive the best possible advice and information to secure their positions as board directors, and prevent themselves from getting stuck beneath the infamous glass ceiling. According to Catalyst’s 2012 census, only 16.6% of board seats are being taken up by women; it is clear that if you want to join this percentage, you must gain as much first-hand knowledge as you can.