The reasons for coming home for Australian expats are many and varied. It can be to give children the opportunity of "being Australian‟ and enjoying a simpler, freer and cleaner environment to grow up in. For others it is to take care of aging parents and for others still, it is simply to reconnect with the beaches, the outdoors and the space. Many expats do move for a job but this is rarely a step up career-wise and comes about as part of a bigger plan to relocate for other reasons.

A senior executive’s network is an essential part of his or her career management plan, and is a very powerful, yet still underestimated, tool for job search
Whether in an active executive job search or developing an ongoing career management plan, senior executives should develop a solid network and build good relationships so they can best communicate their aims and goals to these useful contacts when in transition.

Many executives need a little help when deciding who to approach in networking for executive opportunities and how best to explain their situation, so read on for BlueSteps’ top tips:
Planning your executive career from one stage to the next is essential, but how do you know when to make that move? The truth is, there are no certain answers, but read on to see my thoughts.
1. When should an executive make a career move?
Although there are many factors in making a decision to move executive jobs, I would recommend considering a career move when there is no longer sufficient opportunity to progress and to be challenged, or when you become aware of an opportunity that better fits your short and  long-term career goals.
For the first reason, ask yourself; are you still being challenged and learning everyday? If not perhaps it is time to move on.

A senior executive in the AESC / BlueSteps LinkedIn group asked us whether or not BlueSteps is worth the value of the one-time membership fee. Working for the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) who owns and operates BlueSteps makes me biased, but nonetheless I believe joining BlueSteps is essential for all senior executives.

Here's my response to explain why:

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.