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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.
 
Executive Recruiters Connect With Executives
 

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:
  • Your job lacks challenge and excitement for you.
  • You are feeling unappreciated.

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.
 

Lack of interest or enthusiasm during the executive interview process is on the top 10 list of reasons for candidate rejection. Executives don’t always realize it or understand just how important it is to follow up after an interview, beginning with a thank you letter to each interviewer.
 
Following up can help you turn an executive interview into an offer by knocking out your competition, reassuring the hiring manager of your capabilities, or turning a losing situation into a winning one. Consider the following pointers.
 

One of the comments I hear most often from executives is the struggle to negotiate their salary when the offer is presented. This is especially true for executives who have been conducting an executive job search for some time and wish to return to the workforce as soon as possible. Some think being too demanding when negotiating executive compensation might jeopardize their job offer.
 
Let’s take a look at three mistakes you can avoid when negotiating your salary.
 

Most people have never been taught how to conduct an executive job search, unless they have had the insight to work with an executive career coach. Research shows that the average executive spends 4 years in a job — and has as many as 12-15 jobs over the course of a career.
 
You may thrive on variety and change in your career. But no one likes to linger in the “unknown’ too long when making a transition to a new job or career direction. Here are some tips to help you work towards finding a new executive job faster.

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