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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.

Whether we are talking about going back to school or a looking for a new executive job, the question is, “should you always go for the highest ranking university or the most prestigious corporation?” Back in my parents’ day in China, all high school students took countrywide exams, the results of which determined university admissions. The higher one’s score, the more prestigious the school one attended. The ranking of each university as well as the scores of every student were known and matched so that the best performers went to the best schools.

Although the economy is still in the early stage of recovery, the return to improved levels of employment is at a snail's pace. Unemployment is more than 10% in the US and rising in nations around the world. Many of these executives in transition could use a helping hand from those luckily enough to not have been effected by the recession. This phenomena or moral obligation is what I call "Pay it Back" and "Pay it Forward."


Is Twitter Really Useful for Executives?
 
In 2008 social networks really took off. It was the year that Facebook exploded, reaching over 200 million unique visitors. Fast forward to 2010, and it is clear that although Facebook continues to grow, Twitter has stolen the limelight. In 2009 Twitter grew to a network of over 20 million users, and contrary to popular belief, the majority were in fact not teenagers.


Professional Accent Reduction for Senior Executives - How and Why?

"I have a very strong accent and often feel that this hinders me when communicating with colleagues and when making professional presentations. Are there any steps that I can take to reduce my accent?"

Senior Executive presentation


"I am a foreign-born professional working in the US. What steps can I take to fit into the American business environment?"



 

1. Dress the part

 
The recession caught many senior executives off-guard, use this time to safe-guard against the future!



The concept of a "video resume" has been around for several years, and of late, the term has gained increasing momentum, with job board sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder beginning to integrate video more extensively into their product offerings.

Using LinkedIn as an Executive Career Progression Tool - Part Two

LinkedIn is commonly used to “get to someone” in order to make a sale, form a partnership, or get a job. It works well for this kind of communication because it is an online network of more than 8.5 million experienced professionals from around the world representing 130 industries. Still, as a tool for executive job hunting and career management, LinkedIn is often underutilized. Read on for the second installment of the top ten ways to increase the value of LinkedIn as part of your executive job and career development strategy.