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Executive Career Management

When in the presence of someone who has achieved success in business, it is natural to question: What is he or she doing differently than the rest of us?
 
Many people conclude that highly successful people are those who are blessed with higher intellect, more charisma, or simply luck. However, this is usually not the case. Recent accounts by business leaders suggest that the strongest factor tying successful people together is simple: their ability to be self-aware.
 

At times, HR executives can encounter a difficult path on their journey to the C-suite. The following strategies can be useful for HR executives who are interested in becoming a key part of their companies’ strategic organization.
 
1. Start with the Basics. Most executives know that the best way to move up in their career is to excel at their current position. By mastering the basics, such as contract negotiation strategies, an HR executive can quickly get noticed and move up the corporate ladder.

Earlier today, BlueSteps hosted the #ExecCareer TweetChat featuring our expert BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS) panelists. Our expert career panelists, Barbara Safani and Stephen Van Vreede, provided very informative and useful answers for all in attendance.
 
If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storyfy transcript below. Topics covered included:

Very few of us have the luxury of sitting back and letting the world come to us especially when it comes to maintaining an executive presence. Maintaining and raising your executive profile is an exercise in continuous improvement and one that pays dividends in a competitive executive job market. 
 
Here are a number of ways that you can stay relevant and active even when you’re not conducting an executive job search:
 

Exceptional findings from a recent BlueSteps survey reveal that senior-level marketing executives are concerned about the impact new technologies have on the role of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). The survey demonstrated that many executives (68%) believe that their marketing teams are not equipped to handle the fast-paced changes in digital marketing; and as a result, those executives who learn how to adapt will be best positioned for new executive opportunities.

In a recent AESC/BlueSteps Executive Search Network group discussion, a group member asked “What does it take to be a high performer, i.e. "the corporate athlete", without experiencing burnout, anxiety and depression?” Response comments came from a variety of group members including HR professionals and international executives.

According to Jennifer Colombo, a Performance Driven Senior HR Director, the overall summary of the Corporate Athlete is that “you have to be strong across dimensions: the body (physically), heart (emotionally focused), mind (mental focus), and spirit.”

Executives often ask us how BlueSteps could be helpful to their career management strategy. The short answer is that a BlueSteps membership should be seen as part of your long-term executive career management strategy, not a quick fix. You’ll still want to network in person, maintain public profiles on LinkedIn, and try to get published or invited to speaking engagements as much as possible to present yourself as an expert in your industry. However, BlueSteps will instantly give you the information and tools you need to confidentially network with executive recruiters and kick start your executive job search.

New survey reveals that while a vast majority of Australian executives have an active and up-to-date LinkedIn profile, only 6 percent had found a job as a result of membership. 

Recent survey by BlueSteps, the career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), looked into the role of social networking websites and the role that they play in career management.

Venture capitalists (VCs) are paying more attention to the structure of the marketing teams they invest in and when hiring for CMO jobs. Why? Because marketing plays an increasingly influential role in the success of their portfolio companies.  To ensure that the marketing department can generate the kind of leads that drive sales, they want to see a particular profile in a marketing executives.

Get Your Career Momentum Going
Thursday, September 13th 2012, 12:00PM - 1:00PM US ET


Join us for a complimentary seminar presented by the McQuaig Institute and BlueSteps Executive Careers Services. We will be discussing:
  • How self-awareness can lead to greater personal and professional effectiveness
  • How knowing your "natural temperament" will assist you in making better career decisions
  • And much more...