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Executive Career Management

A recent survey by insurance company MetLife found that 45% of Americans surveyed believed they could not pay their bills for more than one month if they faced redundancy, while 65% said they could not last three months. These results come as no surprise as many of us have become comfortable with living in debt and planning to save tomorrow. Complete job security has always been a myth - only now job insecurity seems to be dominating public mentality.

Executive job search – Prepare for the long-term

Labor Minister Carlos Lupi recently reported that Brazil’s economy had created an additional 1.5 million jobs in the first half of 2010 – on target for a total of 2.5 million new formal jobs in 2010. This is a very positive statistic for the rising Latin American nation and a sign that executives should consider recalibrating their job search to include emerging markets.


 

Rediscovering Your Career Passionby Ford R. Myers, Career Potential, LLC

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost touch with the enthusiasm and passion you once felt about your career?

Remember when you were just starting-out at your first job, or you were a recent graduate? You probably thought that any job would be available to you; that every employer would want to hire you. You were excited about your prospects and believed that you had something wonderful to share.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

The following article was taken from the AESC's Candidates Bill of Rights - a document created to inform senior executives of how they should work with executive search consultants (also known as executive recruiters or headhunters). Read below to learn how to put your best foot forward and achieve the most out of each engagement with search consultants.

Executive Search Consultants

After asking many executives what characteristics made a successful leader, I created a list of the 20 top answers. Are you following all 20? And with the right experiences can all executives learn to be leaders?

1. Ethical and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - leadership sets the standards and culture for ethical behavior.

2. A Leader is there to serve - A truly successful leader understands that you are there to serve your team, not to be served.

3. A vision of commitment to the organization - Leadership is about creating a vision that inspires those who work for and around you to participate actively in key goals, objectives and the overall mission.

The ownership of developing one’s career rests more with the individual than with the employer. Although there are occasions when the employer initiates a move and provides exciting opportunities to high performing executives or those with unique expertise and skills, it is wise for the individual to initiate these opportunities. Senior Executives should evolve their career management strategy by assessing the surrounding environment and match potential opportunities or directions with career aspirations and needs. Assuming a passive role and expecting natural events to direct the best paths can only be construed as leaving control of one’s destiny entirely to others!


LOSING THE GRIP ON A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE
New Survey from BlueSteps.com Shows 55% of Senior Executives Unsatisfied with their Work-Life Balance
 
In April 2010 BlueSteps surveyed over 800 global senior executive members to discover the latest attitudes to work-life balance (The Economist Intelligence Unit assisted with the development of survey questions). Of those surveyed, over half reported that they currently do not have a satisfactory work-life balance – the highest dissatisfaction figure recorded since the survey began in 2006.

Executives, once at that exclusive and illustrious level, no longer have the luxury of applying for a job through the regular means which were available to them during the earlier part of their careers: an ad in the paper, or on an online job board, or just randomly approaching target employers by mailing a CV. At senior and executive levels, individuals seeking a change need to reconsider the usual push strategy and employ a more drawn out, pull strategy and this requires a switch in mindset that they have to get acquainted with.

Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of key executives – CEOs, Partners, COOs, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, and so on. Top business professionals like these present unique challenges to the Career Consultant, because they face unique challenges in their own transitions! Specializing in working with this clientele, I have identified 10 distinct issues that senior executives usually confront with when conducting a job search – and I have developed practical solutions for each one of them:

#1 – EGO
  • Loss of self-esteem, identity, self-worth, and self-concept
  • Embarrassment, shame, and “tarnished” image