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As a senior-level executive, it is likely that during the course of your career you will have encountered an executive search professional, either as an employer or a candidate. It is widely known that search firms have the ability to transform executive careers and improve trajectories, so understanding what executive search firms do and how they operate is vital to your own career progression and job search.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Search and Your Consumer Products and Services (CPG) career, featuring Tom Fuller, from Epsen Fuller Group, and Lucie Shaw, from Amrop UK.

Some of the questions asked included:

The vast benefits of establishing diversity among leaders in organizations is well documented and acknowledged across the globe. Organizations are more able to achieve success when their leadership teams match the diversity in their workplace, communities, customers, markets and stakeholders.

There are many high profile examples of companies who are publicly committing to increasing their levels of diversity. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently led the way at a special orientation session for the recipients of its WWDC Scholarship Program, stating that “I think the most diverse group will produce the best product, I firmly believe that.”

Sometime, during an otherwise ordinary work day, you receive a call or an email from someone who wants to have a conversation with you. They want to speak with you about a potential position at a different company; conceivably, they come dangling a title that is more senior than yours currently. You haven’t had a lot of experience with being recruited. Perhaps you connect recruiting with campus recruiters who have visited your college and that’s the extent of your knowledge. You’ve found your current position (and maybe others) through your own resources, friends or family. So, this is new. You feel flattered and special, but wonder what you will be getting yourself into if you continue the conversation? It sounds like a nice position, but how will this interviewing process be handled?

Although written from a French perspective, the themes covered have increasingly enhanced global relevance and value.
 

Professional achievements and emotional intelligence should be key elements in the executive search decision process.

Recently, I had a lunch with one of my friends who works at a top French IT company. He told me the following story which made me think about the way in which we still approach search assignments.

executive_search_diversityThe story goes as follows:

BlueSteps chats with AESC executive search consultants about the latest trends for CFOs and finance executives. In this article, we focus on the current outlook for the CFO role accross the globe. Download the full white paper, "Executive Search & Career Forecast: Inside the Chief Financial Officer Role" for more.

James Langston and Julie Kanak, Diversified Search/AltoPartners, USA

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Search and Your Life Sciences Career, featuring Adam Gates, from eg.1, and Luis Truchado, from Eurogalenus.

Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive search and your financial services career, featuring Stephen Konstans, from Pearson Partners International, John Ryan, from TRANSEARCH USA, and Kimberly Sernel, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services.

Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps chats with AESC executive search consultants about the latest trends for CFOs and finance executives. In this article, we focus on whether or not it's possible for CFOs to make the transition to CEO. Download the full white paper, "Executive Search & Career Forecast: Inside the Chief Financial Officer Role" for more.

cfo_career_white_paper-coverJames Langston and Julie Kanak, Diversified Search/AltoPartners, USA

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Search and Your CFO Position, featuring Catherine Bell, from BluEra, and Rick Cannellos, from Epsen Fuller Group.

Some of the questions asked included: