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:

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.