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07/06/2010

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60% of Senior Executives Ready to Make Career Moves

BlueSteps.com Executive Outlook Survey shows a majority of senior executives now more willing to consider new opportunities.

New York - The recent BlueSteps Mid-Year Executive Outlook Report shows the majority of senior executives optimistic about both the economy (57% positive) and the job market (85% neutral to positive) for the rest of 2010, with 31% anticipating increased salary levels of as much as 6-10%. This positivity reflects the optimism shown by AESC member search consultants, 95% of whom reported a neutral to positive outlook for the executive search industry for the rest of 2010.

Reflecting this increased confidence in the economy and job market, 88% of executives are either as willing (28%), or more willing (60%) to make a career move now as compared to last year.

Della Giles, Director of BlueSteps, commented “Senior executives hold a very optimistic outlook for the rest of the year. Their increase in willingness to consider new opportunities and make a career transition is extremely encouraging and indicates stabilization in the executive job market. This will be well-received after the instability of the recession, and we hope that this upward trend in executive level recruiting will continue throughout 2010 and beyond.”

Increased compensation and a better role are the top requirements for those interested in making a career move, whilst 25% would welcome a better work environment and 26% would now consider an overseas opportunity. As we emerge from the recession, employers will need to review and place importance on senior executive compensation and job satisfaction to ensure they are able to retain their top executives and remain competitive in the marketplace.

Access the 2010 BlueSteps Mid-Year Outlook Report here.

About BlueSteps.com

BlueSteps.com is an online career management service for global senior executives. As an exclusive service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), BlueSteps enables senior executives to be visible to over 6,000 AESC member retained executive search professionals. For more information, please visit www.BlueSteps.com.

About The Association of Executive Search Consultants

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is the worldwide professional association for the retained executive search and leadership consulting industry. The AESC promotes the highest professional standards in retained executive search and leadership consulting through its industry recognized Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines. The AESC also serves to broaden public understanding of the retained executive search and leadership consulting process and acts as an advocate for the interests of its member firms.

The AESC also offers www.bluesteps.com, a career management service for senior executives, and www.executivesearchconnect.com, a free service for the HR community offering industry information and tools to assist with senior executive recruiting, including access to the AESC’s International Executive Search Directory.