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BlueSteps 2011 Executive Mobility Report  

On the Ivy Exec Blog, career professional Brad Agry answers questions posed by executive job seekers. This week he discusses how to find a balance in your networking and challenges you to expand your network!

Q: Is it possible to over-expose oneself as part of networking? How does one avoid that and how do we find a balance between networking and always asking for favors if down the road we are again asking many of the same ex-coworkers, colleagues, friends and contacts for help finding work?

Executive search firms, BlueSteps.com and many other executive recruitment services, use database technology to store candidate information searchable by executive recruiters. To make sure you appear in more searches follow our top tips:
  • If one industry does not cover your expertise, select up to 3-5 functions and industries that are relevant to you. For example if an executive has experience and a desire to work in Marketing, PR or Business Development, selecting all three ensures he / she will appear in searches for all.
Take a look at our top five articles from the last week, all taken from top business and career management websites.
  1. Five Steps to Building Your Network
A wide and varied professional network can be an invaluable career tool - Douglas R. Conant looks at 5 ways you can build your own network and benefit your career.
 In a recent discussion about career success, someone described the company in which they work as a “Velvet Coffin” by reputation. 
  • On the one hand, it is a wonderful place to work, with excellent benefits, great brand recognition and truly nice people working on interesting projects (the “velvet” part).  Frankly, you would be lucky to get a job there.
  • On the other hand, opportunities for promotion are few and far between as people rarely leave, electing to stay on in the lovely environment (the “coffin” aspect).   Many move sideways for a long time.
Within the organization, it is widely believed that you have to leave to get promoted and advance in your career, with the possibility of reentering at a more senior level later on. 
In today’s Ivy Exec blog spotlight we look at an article about giving the gift of information in networking and your job search. Phil Rosenberg discusses a key technique in offering valuable information to contacts as a method to bring added value to the recipient and distinguish you from the crowd:

  • Information: In your emails and voice mails, give information that’s valuable to the recipient. Competitive information, leads, names of top recruiters or vendors, industry information.
  • The hint of more information: Gives the recipient even more reason to call you back, other than to just say thanks.
Before making any career changing decisions make sure you are in a healthy mindset – that is the message from Caroline Ceniza-Levine on the Ivy Exec blog.  Ceniza-Levina looks at common problems with rushed or poorly made decisions and offers solutions to these potential issues that might cloud judgment.

Whether you are employed but want to make a move or you have recently left your executive job, knowing how to start an executive job search on the right foot is essential to ensure success. Follow these five steps below and find links to further reading:

The Ivy Exec blog is an excellent resource for executives who wish to actively manage their executive career, featuring regularly updated information for active job seekers and employed professionals alike. Here are three excellent articles from the Ivy Exec blog that every executive must read.

1.       ‘Choose and Use References Proactively’