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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A robust online presence is important now more than ever. Executive recruiters are searching the web for information about a potential executive candidate, and employers are checking online not only to gain information about potential hires, but to check on their current employees as well.
Let’s take a look at the statistics. Over one billion people have Google+ accounts. LinkedIn has over 300 million people with accounts. Think of the massive reach of professionals in those two social media networks alone. How can you leverage these networks for your executive job search?
Corporate management looks for universal qualities in their executive team. Mastering these qualities and talents raises your value within an organization, as well as sets you apart from other executives on the market.
Whether you have just joined the executive ranks or are a seasoned veteran, these five A-list qualities should be in your portfolio:
When we think of professional networkers, most of us think of executives because they regularly apply many of the principles of networking to their own teams and internal organization departments. They gather information that is actionable and timely: industry trends, opportunities, competitors’ activities, customer feedback, sales projections, etc.
The world is experiencing the biggest aging workforce population in many decades. Don’t be in denial that age discrimination doesn’t exist. Employers are looking carefully at executives that are approaching the “too old” status.
Gone are the days when a company hires you for life. Companies can’t make that type of guarantee. Since they are forced to reinvent their business model and processes every 3-5 years, they have to look at the big picture, including their executive talent. How does a 50+ executive survive this mentality?
One of the essentials to surviving ageism is to build skills for any economy. Repackage your current skills and develop new ones that are valuable in today’s business expectations.
Has anyone ever told you that you are a natural-born leader? Don’t worry if no one has—most people have to learn the skills needed to be an effective leader. As you know, learning leadership skills can propel you farther in your career, whether it is through internal promotions, increased salary or more opportunities for higher level positions when conducting a new executive job search.
Some say you have to start with a generous dose of self-confidence and charisma to be a leader. Whether you agree with that or not, one thing is true; leadership is a skill and can be developed if you don’t already possess those innate qualities.
Most executives didn’t start their careers after college at the executive level. Well, unless you are Mark Zuckerberg or one of the other software industry giants. So that means you worked your way to the top and achieved results, earning you promotional steps to become an executive.
Now you may be at a point in your executive career where you either want to make another leap forward or perhaps step outside your current company and pursue other career paths. Or you could be one of the many upper level managers who are trying to move into executive status.
Executives, no matter what phase of your executive job search you are in, there will come a time when you will cross paths with an executive recruiter. They are major players in the executive search industry; and many service large companies as clients. Recruiters are an integral part of the hiring process.
What do you want to accomplish professionally in 2014? Have you asked yourself this question recently? Many executives are just too wrapped up in the day-to-day of their jobs to take a pulse reading of where they are in their own career management strategy. As an executive, you know that being proactive is a must in this fast-paced world.
If you answer yes to the following statements, then you may need a career direction evaluation:
Investment in your executive career is not an option if you want results. As an executive, you know that it often times takes going the extra mile to get the job done and reach a goal. Your mindset should be engaged to apply some of those same management strategies and tactics with your executive job search.
1. Big picture thinking. Most executives have the ability to focus on the big picture and not get bogged down with little details (they delegate those pieces). In your career management plan, focus on what is going well, what isn’t working, and change your plan accordingly.