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

AESC retained executive search firms all have unique methods, tools and approaches to managing client relations, completing deep market analysis and screening candidates. However, in the same way each member firm of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) adheres to a high level of ethical standards, a common outline for the executive search process is often followed.
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Working with executive search consultants can advance your career and unlock new executive opportunities. With over 90,000 senior management positions being recruited for by AESC search firms alone, if you want to improve your career trajectory, knowing how to connect with executive search professionals is vital.  

For those wanting to maximise their career potential, networking with an executive search consultant is vital to their career strategy. However, many executives are often left unsure regarding how to begin forming relationships with executive search consultants. Whether you are in an active job search, or just assessing your career options, if you would like to start networking with executive search consultants, BlueSteps has put together a short guide to make things easier.

Become More Visible

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search and the CFO Position, featuring Stephen P. Konstans, Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Rick Cannellos, Senior Client Partner, Epsen Fuller Group, and Catherine Bell, BluEra Founder.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

You may have heard that Executive Search can advance your career, allowing you to access thousands of positions in the hidden job market, but what is the best way to connect with Executive Search Consultants, and how does it work? If you are looking to take your next step as a senior level executive, knowing how to navigate executive search is vital to your career management strategy.   

Executives, no matter what phase of your executive job search you are in, there will come a time when you will cross paths with an executive recruiter. They are major players in the executive search industry; and many service large companies as clients. Recruiters are an integral part of the hiring process.
 
Executive Recruiters Connect With Executives
 

You receive a call from an executive search consultant asking for a few minutes of your time. What do you do? Welcome the conversation? Ask if he or she can call you back on your mobile/after work/tomorrow? Or say flat out that you are not interested in speaking? Your response will probably depend greatly on how prepared you are for that call.
 
Below are a few tips to help you make the most of the opportunity when it does come your way.
 
Make yourself accessible.

You're a successful executive, but find yourself needing to make a career transition to make it to your next role. Maybe it's been 20 years since you had to look for a job, or perhaps this is your first time. Whatever your scenario, you're probably feeling like you have no idea of what to do. With the advent of technology, ATM software, and social media, the rules of executive job search have changed dramatically and it's no surprise that finding a job has never been more difficult or competitive.
 
With a fierce global war for talent on, executive recruiters are actively seeking out passive candidates worldwide for international executive posts. A common assumption being that the best performers are already being successful at work – not actively looking for jobs.

But once an executive is contacted by a recruiter about their interest in pursuing an interesting opportunity overseas, how do they know if the recruiter is really in a position to make things happen?

Here are six questions an executive can ask themselves when evaluating a recruiter proposing an international assignment: