The AESC’s BlueSteps career survey of 160 Chief Executive Officers worldwide finds most CEOs focused on continued career growth through career transition.

BlueSteps chats with Samuel Dergel, Executive Search Consultant at Stanton Chase International, who recently published Guide to CFO Success.

Samuel Dergel, Stanton Chase InternationalFirst of all, thank you for taking the time to speak with the AESC and BlueSteps about the CFO role and your new book, Guide to CFO Success. Can you tell us about the work you do at Stanton Chase International?

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.

Lately, we’ve noticed a trend: hiring professionals of all different levels, from executive recruiters to hiring managers, have been attending Meetup groups to source top talent. This is especially true in functions and locations where top talent is more difficult to find, such as the technology and web development fields.

Have you heard of Meetup? Are you already a member of some Meetup groups? If you’re not utilizing Meetup to your full advantage, then you’re missing out on some excellent opportunities to boost your executive job search strategy through networking and public speaking engagements.
Keep Networking with a Busy Schedule

Many senior financial executives spend so many hours on the job that actively managing their own careers takes low priority. This can be a costly mistake if there is a chance you might be at a crossroads within the next year or two. In the current business environment, this is frankly a possibility for just about everyone.

Are you ready to become a CEO? What do executive recruiters look for in CEO candidate searches?

As an executive, you use every available tool to ensure success for the companies and teams you lead and direct. Certainly your own career advancement should embrace every possible resource and strategy to guarantee an efficient and effective executive job search campaign.
Here are five “Must-Have” documents for your career development arsenal:
1. Executive Resume. No surprise here, but beware! Resumes have changed radically in the past few years. Make sure your resume meets today’s modern standards.

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.

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Executive Search and the CEO Role TweetChat, featuring Keith Pearson, CEO of Pearson Partners International Executive Search.
Some of the questions asked included: