The Profession

Candidate Care

Candidate care is a pillar of AESC’s core values. Candidate care ensures that every candidate who works with an executive search firm is supported throughout their experience. Simple acts like being responsive, offering feedback and keeping candidate data secure make a lasting impression. Not only does candidate care help the candidate, but it also differentiates a good firm from a great one. As an executive search firm serves as an extension of their client, strong Candidate Care impacts a candidate’s view of the client and ultimately their decision to accept a role. To ensure all candidates receive a positive experience, we developed the Candidate Bill of Rights.

Trust and Confidentiality

Candidates, especially at the executive-level, must be diligent when entrusting their confidential information to third parties.  

AESC Members have been carefully vetted and represent the top of the profession. Our members adhere to the AESC Code of Professional Practice and candidates can be confident that AESC Members will respect their rights as candidates and treat their potential interest in an open search with a high degree of confidentiality. 


As part of AESC’s commitment to Candidate Care, we created BlueSteps, a trusted career service for global executives. Our BlueSteps platform helps busy executives manage their careers, track their goals and stay visible to the right recruiters for life-long success.

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