Maintaining existing relationships is as important as building new ones. It is easy to prioritize exciting new contacts made within your target industries or organizations, while neglecting those important long-term relationships. However, the contacts that will help you the most, especially during an executive job search, are those that you nurture and maintain.

BlueSteps recently released a guide on retained executive search to all our members, featuring advice on how to best work with search consultants and how to develop your network to include relevant executive recruiters. Read on for our expert advice, and a selection of our top tips:

Finding a new executive job at the senior level can be a challenge. Making yourself visible to executive search firms and executive recruiters is a positive way to advance your career to the next level.


Recently a BlueSteps senior executive asked how he could conduct an executive job search in the same way he would execute a successful business plan? The answer is to equip yourself with career management tools such as BlueSteps and Linkedin, and make sure you are documenting and tracking your executive job search like you would a business project.

Conducting an Executive Job Search Online using LinkedIn and Social Networking

Communication online should be personal and two-way

Christian Pielow, from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), discusses how senior executives can use social networks most effectively when in an active job search:

Using the LinkedIn Status Update

Is Twitter An Executive Pursuit? 4 Good Reasons Why!

Recently we published an article entitled 'Leveraging Twitter for Executive Career Management' and the following piece by Patti Wilson provides an excellent addition.

Twitter’s early publicity has left the impression of it being a trivialized, narcissistic pursuit by techno-glitterati and cultural creatives. Unfortunately, like any new Internet technology, the early adopters tend not to be mainstream business professionals.

Is Twitter Really Useful for Executives?

In 2008 social networks really took off. It was the year that Facebook exploded, reaching over 200 million unique visitors. Fast forward to 2010, and it is clear that although Facebook continues to grow, Twitter has stolen the limelight. In 2009 Twitter grew to a network of over 20 million users, and contrary to popular belief, the majority were in fact not teenagers.

At Chirp, the official Twitter developer conference in May 2010, Twitter shared some
Social Networking Set to Dominate 2010 Business to Consumer Marketing - What about Business to Business?

Recently Margolis & Company and YPO released a Senior Executive Social Networking Survey. They interviewed 100 CEOs and senior executives in an important demographic and the results were validated by TNS Gallup.

Social Networking for Senior Executives

Have you joined several social networks and wondered what to do next? Maybe you have been nudged or even coerced into joining Linkedin.com, then joined Facebook to view family photos and finally Twitter for no good reason. You filled out your Linkedin profile, creating a reasonably respectable historical career document, and may have even done a passable job at positioning and branding as well. Eventually, several business colleagues have had you recommend them, or have recommended you on Linkedin.