Belief in oneself & be pragmatic!
It is universally known that failures and losses teach us deeper lessons that become ingrained in us more than successes do.   Relating the same to one’s executive career, there are many setbacks and negative experiences of others that we could learn from without having to experience the pain ourselves.  Here are a few candid examples that present useful lessons to every aspiring professional.  
Example 1 – Business Network

We all know New Year’s resolutions are often just promises to ourselves that will be forgotten after a few weeks, but what about setting career goals? Knowing where you want to go over the next year is essential, and although this can be decided anytime, there is no better time than now to work that out.

To help you along, we have created a list of 15 suggestive goals for the year ahead. Ask yourself which ones appeal to you and begin to work out when and how you will achieve these goals.

1. Improve on last year
The most measurable target in this list, follow your figures month to month from 2010 and take steps to improve your results.

2. Diversify
Over the last weekend I returned fresh from a small re-union – after 24 long years - with classmates from University days! During the 3 day sojourn in a hill resort, we were mulling over our individual evolutions and experiences especially on the professional front; some of us are entrepreneurs, a few teach at Universities and the rest are with corporates.
In setting up and organizing a cross border job search, aside from being very well organized, one needs to prepare and equip oneself more thoroughly than if the search was local. Here is an overview of the process and execution that we will cover in coming months:

Determining Long Range Goals

This simple, but sometimes grueling act, is even more imperative when working globally. One needs to prepare for the contingencies of relocation back to one’s home country or other regions at a much later date. Knowing where you want to end up is more time-sensitive and geography-sensitive than if one simply continued to gain local employment.

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Executive search consultants, often referred to as “recruiters” or “headhunters”, can play an important role in your career management and advancement. Developing and nurturing a relationship with these professionals is an important part of your career management strategy.

It is ironic how one can write a dynamite resume, prepare for interview questions, practice salary negotiation, and do thorough research to uncover companies hiring your type of talent, but not be prepared to clearly evaluate the offers when they come in.

Job Search Advice from Executive Recruiters

AESC Member Executive Search Consultants offer their expert tips and advice on how to run a successful job search.

BlueSteps recently approached recruiters at AESC member search firms and asked them to recommend the best ways for an executive to proactively manage his or her career and find a new executive position in this challenging economic climate. Read on for their top job search tips!

There are many articles published about the 'cost of a bad hire'. Whether they discuss interviewing and recruitment costs or the subsequent loss of productivity, it is clear there is a lot at stake for the company when hiring for an executive position. In fact, a study by Right Management reveled the cost of a single bad hire could be up to 5 times the salary.

Preventing a bad hire

During the BlueSteps Connect event last year, a distinguished panel of leading search consultants provided an overview of how best to approach and build relationships with executive search firms, what these firms can offer you and how the search process works.

Panel members were:
  • Peter Felix, President of the AESC
  • Patrick Delhougne, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry

During an executive job search, succeeding during executive interviews is the final step in landing that ideal executive position. Not only is it a requisite for demonstrating your skills to others, the process of refining your interview technique will help provide focus to your executive job search and remind you of your key strengths.

1. Importance of Research