Actively manage your career even when you're not actively looking. Learn about things you can and should doo between job searches to prepare to reach new career targets and build the skills and achievements you need to succeed and move up the career ladder.
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.

Last year I landed over a dozen long and short-term projects that I never would have had a shot at if it weren’t for social media. By spending less than 15 minutes a day on an easy and fun strategy for building relationships, I was found by the people who needed someone with the type of expertise I possess. Through my profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, I became top of mind and relevant to people all over the world without ever leaving my desk.

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:

Following on from our post about whether an Ivy League degree is worth the investment, IvyExec’s Founder and CEO Elena Bajic was invited by CNBC to debate the pros and cons. See below for the top four reasons given by Elaine Bajic why Ivy League education is valuable to executives:

Blogging is a great way for senior executives to build their brand online, make connections with industry leaders and even attract attention from executive recruiters. But how do you go about it successfully and what should you write? Read this start up guide to find your niche and start building your online presence through blogging today.

Every executive thinks about further education at least once in their career, contemplating when they should study and if it is worth the investment.

In response to CNBC's question, Is an Ivy League Diploma worth the cost of admission? Elena Bajic, founder and CEO of Ivy Exec, responded, “An Ivy League education makes a candidate stand out, even before a recruiter talks to them.” In application to executive education the same standard applies across the world, executive recruiters take note of professionals who attended the best schools and corporations often have direct hiring connections with the same insitutions.

Serving as a guest writer for key publications helps build personal brand and get your name known to industry peers and executive recruiters. In addition, taking the time to write an article will refresh your written communication skills and the research will broaden your knowledge. So how do you make sure your work is published for others to see?

To ensure success, follow the action plan below!

1.       Know your audience

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’

Year round, business newspapers and trade organisations publish annual reports of top performers and rising stars, but who gets chosen for such awards? Some nominations come from top performing CEO’s who reach the newspaper headlines, however, many more high-performance executives are featured due to connections with top headhunters and executive recruiters.

Journalists use executive recruiters, the gatekeepers of the top executive positions, to gather recommendations for perhaps less publicly known but equally talented industry-driving executives.