How to be seen by recruiters and what to do when they reach out initially 

In addition to looking at the challenges facing both executive search and leadership consulting firms and their clients, we surveyed 2,500 executive-level candidates to understand their experience with executive search advisors and learn about opportunities for improvement.

Whether you are actively searching for a new position or simply want to keep your finger on the pulse of the job market, forging relationships with executive search consultants is an essential part of a successful career strategy.

Networking is a two-way street.

networking_executive_search_consultantsRemember, you need to create reciprocal relationships with recruiters. Approach a search consultant with the same attitude of building a mutually beneficial connection as you would when introducing yourself to any other executive for the first time.

In this interview, we talked to Stafford Bagot, from Heidrick & Struggles, about the results of the 2016 BlueSteps Executive Job Outlook report and his advice for candidates. Download the full report here.

Many executives expect the number of executive jobs to increase in 2016. Is now the time to make a move?

If you are considering your next strategic executive career options, working with executive search consultants could advance your career and unlock new executive opportunities.
Each year, over 90,000 executive positions are recruited for by search firms who are members of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, so understanding the search process and knowing how to connect is vital.

As a senior-level executive, it is likely that during the course of your career you will have encountered an executive search professional, either as an employer or a candidate. It is widely known that search firms have the ability to transform executive careers and improve trajectories, so understanding what executive search firms do and how they operate is vital to your own career progression and job search.

Networking with executive search consultants can help excel your career, and should be a vital part of every executive's career strategy. It is important to start building your network as soon as possible, regardless of whether you currently need their services, as successful, mutually beneficial networks take time to create. Learn how with the recording of this 2015 webinar with AESC executive recruiters

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Increasing Your Visibility to Executive Search Consultants, featuring Catherine Bell, from BluEra, Frank Therber, from Daubenspeck & Associates, LTD., and John Touey, from Salveson Stetson Group Inc.

Some of the questions asked included:

This paper presents one-on-one interviews and commentary from leading executive search consultants, all members of the AESC, who specialize in placing executives in chief information officer, chief technology officer and chief information security officer roles.

AESC search consultants interviewed include: Matt Comyns (Russell Reynolds Associates), Paul Chau (Korn Ferry), Vasiliy Kryuchkov (Ward Howell), Matt Aiello (Heidrick & Struggles), Gerard Ketelaar (Quaestus), Graham Willis (Watermark Search).  

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive search and your career, featuring Per-André Marum, from Panamera Search, and Kimberly Sernel, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services.

Some of the questions asked included:

When you get a call from an executive recruiter about a great job opportunity how can you move the process along to get a job offer? Here are 10 tips to make the most of the candidate-recruiter relationship.