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Take Your Executive Career Strategy to the Next Level: BlueSteps' The Ultimate Executive Career Guide

BlueSteps, the executive career service of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), has created The Ultimate Executive Career Guide to provide senior-level executives with everything they need to know about how to manage their career.

As an executive, your career success will depend on an ongoing strategy, active engagement in your career direction, and routine updates of your resume and online presence.

Most executives know that applying to job listings and networking when they feel like it isn’t really a strategy, but they’re not sure how to go about compiling an efficient and effective strategy.

 

 

In this free, downloadable, six-part series, you’ll learn how to create a career management strategy at any stage of your career. Each section of this guide will take you through the primary components of a senior-level executive’s career management strategy, which include:

Connecting with and understanding executive search

  • Relationships with executive search consultants should be established before you need them. If you think that it is probable that you will benefit from relationships with search consultants, as part of your executive career strategy, it is important not to delay making contact with them.

Executive job searching

  • You will need to build your network while you’re currently employed, prepare your personal branding, improve your resume/CV and career documents, and develop your job search strategy, so making a career change won’t happen overnight.

Resumes/CVs, LinkedIn profiles, and other vital career marketing documents

  • Submitting a resume/CV by itself is rarely appropriate, so it should not be viewed as your exclusive career document. Your resume/CV should be a part of your branded marketing toolkit and have consistent messaging with the rest of your career documents.

In-Person and social media networking

  • The primary purpose of networking is to help people achieve their goals. After establishing yourself within your network by helping them reach their goals, you’ll find that those in your network you’ve helped want to reciprocate and will help you reach your goals as well.

Executive interviews. Compensation negotiation and asking for a raise

  • As a senior-level executive, you are used to negotiating in your day-to-day work life. You negotiate contracts, products, and services for your company and department every year. Yet, like many other executives, you get uncomfortable when it comes to negotiating your compensation. In the case of negotiating your compensation, you’ll need to ignore your gut and put in the effort to negotiate the most optimal package possible.