Creating your 2019 job search strategy

Posted on December 10, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Is your New Year’s resolution to land your next great executive-level job? Do you have a comprehensive written plan and strategy to ensure your successful results—one that does not rely exclusively on job postings? An effective job search in 2019 requires a nontraditional combination, multi-pronged strategy—proactive outreach both in-person and online.

First, remember connections continue to be the key in how the most sought-after executive positions are filled. The growth of social networking, online dissemination of personal information and increased workforce mobility have made the importance of building and maintaining professional connections critical…

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Is landing an Executive role really about “who you know”?

Posted on November 5, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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I’m sure you hear about people securing jobs through their networks all the time. In fact, if you look back at your own work history, you’ll probably recall that some of the vacancies you filled in the past were brought to your attention by people you knew. As an executive leader, you may also know that when you are trying to fill positions you first look internally and then as close to internally as possible, drawing on referrals of current employees or maybe people you’ve done business with…

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Questions hiring organizations should consider before selecting an Executive recruiter

Posted on October 25, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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CEOs and C-suite executives often identify failure to attract and retain top talent as their No. 1 business issue. The key to success is having the right leaders leading in the right way. Aiding in this are executive talent search and assessment providers, who can profoundly impact businesses. As President and CEO of AESC, I am often asked what hiring organizations look for before signing an agreement with an executive search firm from those looking to hire and candidates alike.

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Do job boards work for Executives? Three things to know.

Posted on October 18, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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You have probably heard most executive jobs are either found through networking or by being “headhunted” by executive-level recruitment firms, also called search firms. Both leveraging your network and building relationships with a few executive recruiters in your industry are methods that can be highly effective for winning new opportunities. Both are without a doubt critical for executive-level professionals to include in their overall career management strategy. Both, however, do take considerable time — the results don’t happen overnight.

So what about job boards? I am often asked if job boards still work, and if they work at the executive level. Having founded one of the earliest online job boards for executives in 1995, I have a long-term perspective on the effectiveness of job boards. While I will always recommend prioritizing building your network and establishing relationships with targeted recruiters over submitting your resume into what is today often an online black hole, there are some things you should consider about job boards…

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What Executive job seekers must do to stand out in today’s saturated market

Posted on October 11, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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The upside of a booming economy means hiring is stronger than ever. The downside? More folks are out there emboldened to test the job search waters. The bottom line? The job market is growing increasingly saturated, and as an executive (whether seeking an executive writer service or not), you must do a lot more in addition to speaking with a handful of recruiters to land interviews that are a good match for your skillset.

To get a foot in the door and boost the number of interviews that come along, executive job seekers must be ready to invest in some upfront sweat equity that, in reality, is not all that different from the strategies they employ to be successful in their roles.

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Executive leadership in the gig economy

Posted on October 4, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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With a name appropriated from performance culture where musicians play a limited engagement, or a “gig,” the gig economy describes the expanding labor market comprised of contract workers, freelancers, crowdsourced workers, and others who are hired for limited engagements, as well as platform-based systems—think ride sharing, delivery, and property rentals. Independent work is growing with the internet, and expanding from developed to developing economies as more of the world becomes digitally connected.

Many workers who engage in the gig economy choose independent work, and others do so out of necessity. Organizations that employ independent workers are finding the gig economy a valuable resource for addressing short-term needs and filling temporary skills gaps in their organizations.

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Best kept secrets of building an unbeatable executive brand

Posted on September 13, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services

Whether you know it or not, you already have a personal brand. Everything you do, write or say, changes the perspectives of those around you, and in the age of the Internet and Social Media, you are already on a public stage.

Take control of how you are perceived and use your brand to boost your career and attract new opportunities. By proactively and intentionally managing your personal brand you can shape your own reputation, showcase your knowledge and increase your visibility in the job market. Ready to start crafting your executive image?

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Tips for tackling tomorrow’s biggest C-suite challenges

Posted on August 30, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services

As CEO of AESC, I come face-to-face with business leaders around the world on a regular basis. C-suite leaders regularly share with me common challenges in their industries and organizations, from a lack of diversity to the struggle to innovate in an increasingly complex and ever-shifting business environment. As a result, I recently discussed those top challenges of today.

But what about tomorrow’s challenges? What will the top concerns of C-suite leaders look like in five years and how can executives begin to prepare now?

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Bolster and diversify your leadership skills by serving on a non-profit board

Posted on August 2, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Serving on a non-profit board is a full body exercise in governance. Board members contribute far more than just their votes. They fill a vital leadership role that engages both their subject matter expertise and their leadership skills.

A board member’s role is to advance their organization’s mission and vision. They do so by understanding and championing the needs and values of all stakeholders who interplay with the organization. To serve their institution well, board members must be good listeners, versatile professionals and big picture thinkers…

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Five tactics executive candidates can use to assess company culture

Posted on July 26, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Most of us have heard the famous quip attributed to Peter Drucker, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It’s become so commonly repeated that it’s almost a cliché at this point. But what does the statement really mean? It essentially means that strategy is nil without a culture that can support it.

The values and behaviors that contribute to an organization’s social and psychological environment also fundamentally impact the performance of that organization. An organizational strategy without the right culture to drive it will not be successful. Organizations have gotten the message and have thus placed much more emphasis on culture over the past decade…

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