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Maintaining existing relationships is as important as building new ones. It is easy to prioritize exciting new contacts made within your target industries or organizations over long-term relationships that have always been there. However, the contacts that will help you the most, especially during an executive job search, are those that you nurture and maintain.

It is widely acknowledged that networking plays a key role in executive career progression. However, networking is not only for making connections among executive peers. In order to improve your career trajectory, it is vital to learn how to successfully network with executive search consultants. 

LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an even more invaluable resource for executive candidates. Aside from increasing their visibility to executive search consultants who regularly use the site as one of their source tools to find new candidates, LinkedIn is also a powerful executive networking tool. With over 300 million professionals currently registered on the site, now is the time to master LinkedIn networking and advance your executive career.  

Building and maintaining a network of executive search consultants is a vital component of any executive career strategy, particularly for those currently considering their next professional opportunities. With over 90,000 executive positions being recruited for each year by AESC member search firms alone, understanding and mastering the search process can have a lasting impact on your career.  

LinkedIn now has over 300 million users in over 200 countries around the world. More than two new professionals sign up to the site per second. However, LinkedIn is not the only place that senior executives should make themselves known. Every year executives are turning to new social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, to advance their careers - and achieve great results!  

With so much emphasis being placed on online networking, many executives are neglecting to practice in-person networking in their professional lives. In-person events can be a great opportunity to connect with those in your industry, and advance your career. While it is true that social media channels can help you accelerate the process of making new contacts, in-personal events are equally or even important to successfully building your network.  

Executive search consultants and employment leaders consider referrals and social networks to be some of the top sources of quality hires. Get referred to the right people at companies you want to work for with expert networking tips in this complimentary guide.

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It is never too late to pursue a new career. As an Executive Resume Writer, I can attest that returning to school after years in the workforce with the intent of using your new graduate or undergraduate degree to make a change is quite common! With the last semester looming and graduation on the horizon or in the rear view mirror, many have a dream role in mind but struggle with how to position themselves, and their new degree, on LinkedIn.

With 2019 right around the corner, it’s time to think about what the new year holds for your executive career. If it’s time to make a change, or at least prepare for one, it’s not about just brushing up your resume and having it ready for executive recruiters.

It’s also about polishing and optimizing your LinkedIn profile to make sure it attracts opportunities and supports your candidacy for right-fit leadership roles and serves as a tool to build and track your network—an important part of any executive job search strategy.

As a LinkedIn profile strategist, I see a lot of profiles in their un-optimized format and have compiled a list of what to avoid doing on LinkedIn, that in fact, most of my clients were doing before coming to me.

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.