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BlueSteps.com, the executive career management service by the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) is excited to share their latest guide, The Global Guide to Personal Branding for Executives. This guide is a comprehensive resource for executive-level professionals on how to craft a compelling personal brand that they can use to optimize their career documents, become a thought leader in their industry and increase their visibility to recruiters. 

The 2014 BlueSteps Work-Life Balance Report, just released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), discovered that while modern senior-level executives are working more hours and in more locations now than in the past, over half (52%) are satisfied or very satisfied with their work-life balance. Global executives work an average of 58.5 hours per week, with 39% working over 60 hours per week. In comparison, four years ago, 55% of senior-level executives did not believe their current work-life balance was satisfactory.
 

The BlueSteps database of more than 75,000 senior executives is exclusively available to over 350 top executive search firms worldwide to use when they are searching candidates for top executive positions. Executives can rest assured knowing their career information will be made visible to only quality retained search firms, not their bosses, not their colleagues, and most certainly not contingency recruiters who will blast their executive resume or CV all over the internet.

Executives often ask us how BlueSteps could be helpful to their career management strategy. The short answer is that a BlueSteps membership should be seen as part of your long-term executive career management strategy, not a quick fix. You’ll still want to network in person, maintain public profiles on LinkedIn, and try to get published or invited to speaking engagements as much as possible to present yourself as an expert in your industry. However, BlueSteps will instantly give you the information and tools you need to confidentially network with executive recruiters and kick start your executive job search.

Whether you are already a Chief Technology Officer, or aspiring to become one, it is important to understand how an executive job search works for a tech position and the forecasts for the future of these positions. What opportunities, threats and risks face the technology industry?
 
All businesses, no matter the size, industry or corporate model, have been affected by the constant, rapid changes of the digital world and its impact on business. As an aspiring CTO/CIO, or as an already established CTO/CIO, this constant change is particularly relevant. It is paramount that you are up-to date with the latest innovations and certainly looking beyond these to embrace your own innovative ideas to share.
 

The global Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and their BlueSteps.com service join forces with the European Commission, leading business schools, corporate women and professional organizations from around the world in support of gender diversity on corporate boards. The announcement has been made at dual press conferences in New York at the Forté Foundation and in Brussels at the European Commission with the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative.
 

The AESC and BlueSteps attended the Regional Breakfast & America's Council meeting in Chicago yesterday to discuss the current retained executive search environment. Below is an introduction to what was covered during the meeting.

Many casual observers of the retained executive search industry have been quick to sound its death knell, often citing two key factors: LinkedIn and in-house recruiting. LinkedIn, they say, makes recruiting—even at the executive level—a “do it yourself” activity and significantly devalues search firms.

The AESC State of the Executive Search Industry Report is quarterly research carried out by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) since 2004 on trends in the global retained executive search and leadership consulting industry. Data for the report is collected from a consistent sample of AESC member search firms representing the activity of 1,430 executive search con­sultants in 46 countries worldwide. The AESC estimates that annual net revenues for the worldwide retained executive search industry totaled $9.74 billion in 2012.
 
BlueSteps is pleased to announce a partnership with IE, one of the world’s top-ranked providers of executive education, offering BlueSteps members an exclusive scholarship opportunity towards the IE Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Strategy.