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The 2015 BlueSteps Job Outlook Report just released by Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, shows that 72.4 percent of management-level professionals worldwide feel more optimistic about their career opportunities for 2015, an increase of 21.4 percentage points compared to the previous year. 88.2 percent of management-level professionals responded that they are open to new opportunities in 2015.

When you get a call from an executive recruiter about a great job opportunity how can you move the process along to get a job offer? Here are 10 tips to make the most of the candidate-recruiter relationship.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive search and your CEO career, featuring Tom Fuller, from Epsen Fuller Group, Keith Pearson, from Pearson Partners International, and Luis Truchado, from Eurogalenus and AIMS International.

Some of the questions asked included:

Successfully entering the consumer market in China is the dream of every company in the consumer sector. Whether you are in vehicles, food and drink, electronics, fast food or any other business selling to individuals, the thought of 1.6 billion consumers all readily approachable within one country is mouth-watering. But of course, nothing in business (or in life itself!) is straightforward; China is unlike any other market in the world.

Julian, thank you for taking the time to speak with the AESC and BlueSteps about board director career and hiring trends. Can you tell us about the work you do at Heidrick & Struggles?

I lead our firm’s Government Affairs and Trade Association Practices from our Washington, D.C. office. I am also a member of our CEO and Board of Directors Practice. I have personally served on boards of public and private companies.

AESC retained executive search firms all have unique methods, tools and approaches to managing client relations, completing deep market analysis and screening candidates. However, in the same way each member firm of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) adheres to a high level of ethical standards, a common outline for the executive search process is often followed.
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Asians are poorly represented in senior roles across the West. Research by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) shows that a measly 1.9% of senior executives in ASX200 companies were of Asian descent even though they represent 9.6% of the general population. This situation is mirrored in other countries, including the USA and Canada. Asian Americans account for just 1.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 1.9% of corporate officers overall. So what are the causes and what can be done?

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive search and your human resources career, featuring Rick Cannellos, Epsen Fuller Group, and Sally Stetson, Salveson Stetson Group.

Some of the questions asked included:

Executive search consultants are not always the first point of contact executive candidates have in the search process. The first point of contact is often the executive search firm's researcher. At the 2014 AESC Americas Summit, we asked four researchers for their advice for candidates on various topics. In the below videos, Sarah Bowie, from Pearson Partners International, Troy Whittington, from CTPartners, Josh Tanebaum, from Korn Ferry, and Jamie Wenet, from Hayman Associates, Inc., answer questions about the latest trends in executive search.

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