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With the emergence of new technology enabling networking to take place online, many executives are rushing to join the every growing population of online networkers. Has this caused traditional face-to-face networking to lose its place in contemporary business relations? Or does it still have a unique value that social networking on LinkedIn and other social networks lacks?
 
With so much information arguing the case of both networking styles, it’s difficult to know where to begin. So, we have gathered a list of pros and cons to help you nurture and grow your personal network using both methods.
 

As an executive, you use every available tool to ensure success for the companies and teams you lead and direct. Certainly your own career advancement should embrace every possible resource and strategy to guarantee an efficient and effective executive job search campaign.
 
Here are five “Must-Have” documents for your career development arsenal:
 
1. Executive Resume. No surprise here, but beware! Resumes have changed radically in the past few years. Make sure your resume meets today’s modern standards.

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile TweetChat, featuring Jane Anderson, International BlueSteps Executive Career Coach.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

Executives, no matter what phase of your executive job search you are in, there will come a time when you will cross paths with an executive recruiter. They are major players in the executive search industry; and many service large companies as clients. Recruiters are an integral part of the hiring process.
 
Executive Recruiters Connect With Executives
 

Networking is the oxygen of the connected economy. It is the currency of consumer collaboration. Unless you are a monk, getting through life in the 21st century is a challenge at best if you have no network. Virtually every job today is gained through the network. Whether you are selling storage, soup, semiconductors, software, soap or yourself it requires relationships and relationship building skills. Blogs are created just to highlight its importance. Books are written to amplify its necessity. Porter Gale’s nearly five star tome “Your Network is Your Net Worth” is one such example.
 

Career professionals agree that the key to identifying new job possibilities is through networking. This is especially true for senior and C-level executives in the global market. The hidden market is vast – with companies preferring to develop their own talent and promote from within – and unless you are privy to internal affairs you could be missing out on any number of opportunities when conducting your executive job search.
 

By now everyone in the executive search marketplace, whether search firm or candidate, is aware of LinkedIn. With 238 million names it is almost a foregone conclusion that many or most candidates on a short list will have a LinkedIn profile.

Most of Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) members when commenting on LinkedIn acknowledge that it is a very useful name generation tool. Some of the AESC's largest members even have significant contracts with LinkedIn to provide multi-license facilities to their research staff.

“The added value of retained executive search is not just finding candidates; it’s finding the best candidates.” Rachel Roche, President of Smart Search

Earlier today, BlueSteps hosted the #ExecCareer TweetChat featuring our expert BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS) panelists. Our expert career panelists, Barbara Safani and Stephen Van Vreede, provided very informative and useful answers for all in attendance.
 
If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storyfy transcript below. Topics covered included:

Very few of us have the luxury of sitting back and letting the world come to us especially when it comes to maintaining an executive presence. Maintaining and raising your executive profile is an exercise in continuous improvement and one that pays dividends in a competitive executive job market. 
 
Here are a number of ways that you can stay relevant and active even when you’re not conducting an executive job search: