Finding a new job and moving into a new role requires a well thought out strategy. Learn about what you should do and how to go about your job search and career transition.

Planning your executive career from one stage to the next is essential, but how do you know when to make that move? The truth is, there are no certain answers, but read on to see my thoughts.
1. When should an executive make a career move?
Although there are many factors in making a decision to move executive jobs, I would recommend considering a career move when there is no longer sufficient opportunity to progress and to be challenged, or when you become aware of an opportunity that better fits your short and  long-term career goals.
For the first reason, ask yourself; are you still being challenged and learning everyday? If not perhaps it is time to move on.

Belief in oneself & be pragmatic!
It is universally known that failures and losses teach us deeper lessons that become ingrained in us more than successes do.   Relating the same to one’s executive career, there are many setbacks and negative experiences of others that we could learn from without having to experience the pain ourselves.  Here are a few candid examples that present useful lessons to every aspiring professional.  
Example 1 – Business Network

In setting up and organizing a cross border job search, aside from being very well organized, one needs to prepare and equip oneself more thoroughly than if the search was local. Here is an overview of the process and execution that we will cover in coming months:

Determining Long Range Goals

This simple, but sometimes grueling act, is even more imperative when working globally. One needs to prepare for the contingencies of relocation back to one’s home country or other regions at a much later date. Knowing where you want to end up is more time-sensitive and geography-sensitive than if one simply continued to gain local employment.

Job Search Advice from Executive Recruiters

AESC Member Executive Search Consultants offer their expert tips and advice on how to run a successful job search.

BlueSteps recently approached recruiters at AESC member search firms and asked them to recommend the best ways for an executive to proactively manage his or her career and find a new executive position in this challenging economic climate. Read on for their top job search tips!

There are many articles published about the 'cost of a bad hire'. Whether they discuss interviewing and recruitment costs or the subsequent loss of productivity, it is clear there is a lot at stake for the company when hiring for an executive position. In fact, a study by Right Management reveled the cost of a single bad hire could be up to 5 times the salary.

Preventing a bad hire

During the BlueSteps Connect event last year, a distinguished panel of leading search consultants provided an overview of how best to approach and build relationships with executive search firms, what these firms can offer you and how the search process works.

Panel members were:
  • Peter Felix, President of the AESC
  • Patrick Delhougne, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry

It would be impossible to have missed the apocalyptic headlines predicting the breakup of the Eurozone or the division of Europe between rising and falling economies. But what is often not discussed is how the imbalance of European economies is likely to lead to greater mobility amongst executives. So how will this affect Europe?

BlueSteps recently asked AESC member, Mario Ceretti, Regional Director of Southern Europe, TRANSEARCH International, to answer a few questions about the past, present and future of the executive job market in Italy.

The landscape for executive search in the Financial Services sector is markedly changed as we emerge from the global recession. Asset & Wealth Management, Consumer & Commercial Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Alternative Investments each face their own business challenges and opportunities, which in turn will impact executive search and job creation in the sector. Read on to learn about the key changes in the financial services sector and how this affects your executive career.

Executives, once at that exclusive and illustrious level, no longer have the luxury of applying for a job through the regular means which were available to them during the earlier part of their careers: an ad in the paper, or on an online job board, or just randomly approaching target employers by mailing a CV. At senior and executive levels, individuals seeking a change need to reconsider the usual push strategy and employ a more drawn out, pull strategy and this requires a switch in mindset that they have to get acquainted with.