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Executive Networking Online & In Person

The first BlueSteps seminar of the year was a great success. With a panel of senior-level executive recruiters, career coaches and expert LinkedIn users, the seminar helped attendees thoroughly understand the importance of LinkedIn, the benefits of keeping it up-to-date and exactly what executive recruiters look for and expect on a candidate’s profile. Cheryl Simpson (LinkedIn Job Search Strategist and Executive Career Coach) began the seminar with an overview of one’s personal brand on their profile, online privacy and profile extras. It was emphasized in the following discussion, by every panelist, how imperative it is to keep your profile up-to-date.
The concept of 24x7 networking might seem a little farfetched. After all, you’re only one person, right? And you’re probably also a busy executive with a lot of responsibilities demanding your attention. So how does 24x7 networking fit into that picture?
 
First, let’s step back a bit. As you probably realize, networking has a lot of sides to it. Many people tend to think first of in-person (face-to-face) networking, such as you might do when you attend a variety of business-related events. That’s where the idea of 24x7 networking seems incredible. Obviously, you can’t be in more than one place at a time—at least, no one I’ve heard of has figured out a way to do that yet.
 
This month (January, 2013) LinkedIn announced they now have 200 million members worldwide. With LinkedIn’s influence on the business industry becoming more and more evident, it is increasingly apparent how important having the ‘perfect profile’ is, especially as a senior level executive.
 
The increase in LinkedIn members means an increase in competition for those actively or passively looking for jobs. More than 22 million Americans used social networks to find their most recent job opportunity. What are recruiters for senior level executive jobs looking for? How do they prioritize candidates based on their LinkedIn profile? How can senior level executives stand out and be selected as a candidate?
 
Recruiters and hiring decision makers routinely scour the Internet when they’re vetting executive candidates. Make sure you're monitoring your online footprint.

Here are a couple of tips to help you get started:
  • Set up a Google Alert for your name and Google will send you an email when your name is published online. It’s also a good idea to set up alerts for various relevant key word phrases, so you’ll be notified when others are writing about topics of interest to you.
     
Reputation.com CEO Michael Fertik recently appeared on CNBC to discuss the importance of managing your online reputation. BlueSteps members receive Reputation.com’s MyReputation Discovery for free. With BlueSteps and Reputation.com, you have the right tools to manage your executive career and your online reputation.
Executives, we all know (and if you don’t, it’s time to learn!) the importance these days of a visible online profile. It’s been said enough times that it may just be the sound bite cliché of our era—if you don’t exist online, you don’t exist. The reality is there is more than enough strong evidence to support this statement. Cliché or not, when it comes to a job search, raising your visibility, and maintaining a professional image—you have to be online or new opportunities can’t find you because they won’t know where to look.

Singapore is widely regarded as one of the most fast-paced and exciting cities in the world. The city has become a metropolitan hub for international business development. In a recent survey that the AESC conducted of senior executives working in Singapore, a question was asked as to why Singapore was so economically successful.  Respondents to the survey were allowed to enter in their own thoughts on this question, and some of the reasons given for Singapore’s success included:
  • Business friendly policies of the government
  • Political stability which has created economic growth
  • Singapore’s geographic location, and reputation as a safe place to do business
  • English speaking provides an advantage

It's not a secret that your network is one of your most important tools in your job search - be it at home or abroad. Those looking to build their career or find a job locally have the ability to attend local meetings and engage with people in person to build their network to support their goals.

However most people looking to build an international career or find work abroad don't have that luxury. Hence building your network online is a critical part of any international career acceleration or job search plan. This is why I am writing to share information with you about a top international online professional network you may not be aware of - Viadeo.

“It's all about people. It's about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges. Your book is going to impress, but in the end it is people that are going to hire you.” - Mike Davidson, CEO of Newsvine