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Executive Career Management

BlueSteps chats with Samuel Dergel, Executive Search Consultant at Stanton Chase International, who recently published Guide to CFO Success.

Samuel Dergel, Stanton Chase InternationalFirst of all, thank you for taking the time to speak with the AESC and BlueSteps about the CFO role and your new book, Guide to CFO Success. Can you tell us about the work you do at Stanton Chase International?
 

With 20 million people unemployed globally in 2013 and joblessness expected to reach 215 million around the world by 2018, it may be time think outside the borders of your own country for your next executive job search. According to the International Labour Organization, 40 million new jobs will be created through 2018, yet 42.6 million workers are expected to enter the market during that same period. With competition for jobs rising, how do you maximize your career potential?
 

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.

What do you want to accomplish professionally in 2014? Have you asked yourself this question recently? Many executives are just too wrapped up in the day-to-day of their jobs to take a pulse reading of where they are in their own career management strategy.  As an executive, you know that being proactive is a must in this fast-paced world.
 
If you answer yes to the following statements, then you may need a career direction evaluation:
  • Your job lacks challenge and excitement for you.
  • You are feeling unappreciated.

What does it take to become a successful Human Resources Executive? Did most of the top HR executives attain higher education beyond a Bachelor's Degree? How long did it take most of these executives to reach the senior level? How many companies did most senior-level executives work for before reaching the senior level?

Michael Phelps is built for swimming. With an extended torso, giving him increased upper body strength, shorter legs for more effective kicking, an arm-span disproportionately large for his height, giving him more arm muscle and bigger hands for pushing water, and greater ankle flexibility for propulsion, his body is naturally suited to being an athletic swimmer.

The small factors that differentiate us all, both physically and mentally, can have a profound effect on our career success. Identifying and utilizing our personal traits, for our career, is key to successfully being able to leverage ourselves for new opportunities.
 

Investment in your executive career is not an option if you want results. As an executive, you know that it often times takes going the extra mile to get the job done and reach a goal. Your mindset should be engaged to apply some of those same management strategies and tactics with your executive job search.
 
1. Big picture thinking. Most executives have the ability to focus on the big picture and not get bogged down with little details (they delegate those pieces). In your career management plan, focus on what is going well, what isn’t working, and change your plan accordingly.