Mar 14 2010
- Get published - Write an article demonstrating knowledge of national laws and business practices. Publish it on your own blog or gain more exposure by offering yourself as a guest writer to industry publications, websites or executive-level blogs. Then provide the link to the article in emails you send to executive recruiters, on Twitter and in your LinkedIn status update. Also, join industry and country-focused groups on LinkedIn and post your article in the news section and start discussions surrounding the topic.
- Online profile and CV/resume - Emphasise your experience in the country you wish to relocate too, as well as highlighting your international experience - market yourself as a global executive with local knowledge. Ensure you put your target country within your BlueSteps career profile and in other online executive career management services.
- Interview - Demonstrate local knowledge with examples of your previous work in your home country, or make reference to domestic laws or specific working methods. Of course international experience is an excellent feature, but you must also show your ability to operate in the desired working environment.
- Relationships and Networking - Finally, if you think you would like to return to your home country at a later stage, make sure you keep relationships with executive recruiters, hiring managers and business contacts there alive. You will find your executive job search a lot more manageable if you already have a network to draw leads from.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Another concern for executives is that while you are stationed abroad, colleagues back home who are closer to Headquarters have the opportunity to climb the ladder faster while you are left behind in a stagnant position. As Donna Cusano, Editor for Telecare Aware suggested “Even the best get forgotten if they've spent too much time 'over there'. They are no longer part of the 'US team' especially if there are conflicts between countries and HQ (often true.)”
To ensure you do not become a ‘forgotten executive’ you must be proactive in your communication to your managers regarding your career goals:
- Make your goals of the international assignment clear - Set a plan for your relocation and while being flexible, make sure you are consistent with your long-term goals with your organization. If you want to go to a new country with the intention of exploring your career and are happy to go with the flow - fine. However, if you want to be there on a contractual basis, ensure your company knows that and make sure they stick to the deadlines set.
- Keep communication lines open - If many of your projects increasingly do not require you to deal with the offices in your native country, make the effort to build up communication in other ways. Send reports to your superiors about your progress abroad, and request monthly meetings to discuss the progress of the market you are working on. Actively involve them in your progress and ask for their advice/opinion on projects you are working on.
In conclusion, to avoid either being forgotten or seen as irrelevant in your home country, you must be proactive in demonstrating your interest in and knowledge of the domestic market, at the same time as keeping your network connections active.
This article was written by Christian Pielow from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
BlueSteps is the exclusive service of the AESC that puts senior executives on the radar screen of over 6,000 executive search professionals in over 70 countries. Be visible, and be considered for up to 50,000 opportunities handled by AESC search firms every year. Find out more at www.BlueSteps.com.
The Ultimate Executive Career Guide: Connecting with Executive Search
As a senior-level executive, you can use this guide to:
- Learn about executive search and how it differs from other forms of recruiting
- Discover the best ways to connect with executive search professionals
- Understand how the search process works
- Implement strategies that will help you become visible to the search community
- And more!