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Executive Networking Online & In Person

The time where executives could expect to spend their entire career in one company has long since evaporated. In today’s fast-changing executive career landscape, moving to new companies and shifting careers multiple times has become a professional norm, and is one that we all must adjust to.

Regardless of your current job status or whether or not you’re considering new executive opportunities, it is vital to have a well thought-out career management strategy in place. Executive careers can be unpredictable and if you are forced to enter a period of transition, you can reduce the time period with some careful forward planning. 

Being referred to a hiring manager by a trusted person increases an applicant’s odds of being hired 50–100X, according to Lou Adler, author of Performance-Based Hiring.
 
With odds like that, any job seeker would be foolish to ignore the power of networking. In fact, for an effective and efficient search, networking should be your primary strategy.
 
Not all executives believe this, however. I’ve heard lines like these countless times in my many years as a resume writer/career advisor:

Many executives fail to see the importance of building relationships with executive search consultants at times when they don’t immediately need their help. However, when an executive requires executive search assistance later in their career, it can be difficult to make a connection that is mutually beneficial to both parties.


In order to make sure that you can rely on the support from the executive search community when you need it, there are several pitfalls you need to avoid…

For those wanting to maximise their career potential, networking with an executive search consultant is vital to their career strategy. However, many executives are often left unsure regarding how to begin forming relationships with executive search consultants. Whether you are in an active job search, or just assessing your career options, if you would like to start networking with executive search consultants, BlueSteps has put together a short guide to make things easier.

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BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Job Search Strategies for CIOs and CTOs, featuring Stephen Van Vreede, BlueSteps Executive Career Services.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps recently hosted two #ExecCareer Chats on the topic of Leveraging LinkedIn for Networking, featuring Jane Anderson and Barbara Safani, BlueSteps Executive Career Services Coaches.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

A robust online presence is important now more than ever.  Executive recruiters are searching the web for information about a potential executive candidate, and employers are checking online not only to gain information about potential hires, but to check on their current employees as well.
 

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Jumpstart Your Social Media Networking Strategy, featuring Barbara Safani, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

Keywords are the driving force behind HR and executive recruiter searches, and thus they are critical to developing an effective and highly productive LinkedIn Profile. The competitive nature of the employment environment makes it essential for you to set yourself apart from the competition. On LinkedIn, the number of keyword hits you receive will affect how your profile is ranked during recruiting searches.

 

In today’s dynamic, global marketplace where up to 90% of employers and recruiters (country dependent) report using online search as their primary talent-sourcing strategy, having a strong online brand is no longer optional for an executive job search.
 
Given that online search is not only a way to source candidates but also to evaluate them and their references, job seekers have no way of knowing how many opportunities they may have been passed over for because of a weak online presence.
 
Below are just a few ways that executive job seekers can build their brand online:
 
Branding and Optimizing your Online Profiles