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.

Is your New Year’s resolution to find a new executive job? 76% of executives are looking to change careers, so it’s likely that you are too. New Year’s resolutions are often easier said than done. As a busy executive, you may not have a lot of time to put into an executive job search, so how can you find the time to achieve this potentially challenging goal in the New Year?

Earlier today, BlueSteps hosted the #ExecCareer International Job Search TweetChat featuring our expert BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS) panelists. Our expert career panelist, Stephen Van Vreede, provided very informative and useful answers for all in attendance.
If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storify transcript below.

With a growing number of executives seeking to diversify their skill set through expatriate assignments, headhunters and employers are becoming increasingly selective about whom they will consider for international roles.
One of the biggest challenges for executive search firms is finding candidates with the right values and cultural fit. In this environment, potential employers want upfront evidence of strong interpersonal skills. Proving that you can relate well to coworkers, customers, and your peers across diverse settings is a good harbinger, indicating that you will have the versatility to adapt in a new multicultural environment.
You're a successful executive, but find yourself needing to make a career transition to make it to your next role. Maybe it's been 20 years since you had to look for a job, or perhaps this is your first time. Whatever your scenario, you're probably feeling like you have no idea of what to do. With the advent of technology, ATM software, and social media, the rules of executive job search have changed dramatically and it's no surprise that finding a job has never been more difficult or competitive.

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.

With a fierce global war for talent on, executive recruiters are actively seeking out passive candidates worldwide for international executive posts. A common assumption being that the best performers are already being successful at work – not actively looking for jobs.

But once an executive is contacted by a recruiter about their interest in pursuing an interesting opportunity overseas, how do they know if the recruiter is really in a position to make things happen?

Here are six questions an executive can ask themselves when evaluating a recruiter proposing an international assignment:

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.

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.