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Manufacturing Executive Career Forecast

BlueSteps recently spoke to three noted experts who specialize in retained searches for manufacturing executives, to gain their insights into developments within this sector, and their outlook for 2010. Find out how executive job opportunities in manufacturing are on the rise, and how to remain visible to executive recruiters and search consultants.
 

Experiencing only a -0.2% change from 2008 to 2009 GDP, Brazil has become a bright star amongst troubled markets around the world. So how is this reflected in the executive search market and hiring for senior executive positions in Brazil? To find out, we asked Adriana Prates from Dasein Executive Search to comment on the effects of the recession upon hiring, the present recovery, and what we can expect for the future. Read on to see how executive job opportunities have been affected:
 

When the job market gets gloomy we ponder about other options to keep ourselves gainfully engaged. To those who have been out-placed (with or without due compensations) one of the thoughts that quickly occur is ‘Why not consult until I find the next right job?’ It is an exciting option provided we are absolutely prepared and clear about what we are getting into. There are always the not-so-obvious points to consider before plunging in. This article will discuss the concept of assignment-based partnering – that is, offering to collaborate and form teams with other consultants or consulting organizations on short and mid term assignments.

Recently the AESC published their Q1 State of the Industry Report that revealed the Asia Pacific region to be experiencing the fastest recovery in the executive job market - receiving an extra +48.3% of business as compared to Q1 last year. These results were followed by North America (+29%) and then Europe (+26%). In order to gain a closer insight into the state of the Asia-Pacific executive job market, we asked an AESC executive search professional (often referred to as executive recruiters or headhunters), to comment on Australia’s unique position in the region.

Finding a new executive job at the senior level can be a challenge. Making yourself visible to executive search firms and executive recruiters is a positive way to advance your career to the next level.

GETTING NOTICED

Learning the tricks of searching for an executive job is not difficult; it just takes some common sense, discipline and a positive upbeat attitude. Most people learn the basic techniques as they begin a search but here are some additional tips that will help make a search successful.

Set Daily Goals – One approach that has served me well was to set goals for myself. I try and make at least 10 connections a day. A connection does not mean that someone has to respond but it is a note, phone call or a face to face meeting with someone. There are days when I exceed it and there are days when I don’t hit my goal, but the goal pushes me to find ways to connect with as many people as I can.

Recently a BlueSteps senior executive asked how he could conduct an executive job search in the same way he would execute a successful business plan? The answer is to equip yourself with career management tools such as BlueSteps and Linkedin, and make sure you are documenting and tracking your executive job search like you would a business project.

Most executives like a good challenge, and I am no exception, but the executive job search process has certainly tested my resolve. At the end of last year, I became part of the unemployed population because I successfully helped sell a company to a public strategic buyer that did not need any corporate personnel. I knew at the outset of this transaction that I was putting myself out of a job, but I saw the sale through to closing in hopes that this experience would make me a more well-rounded and attractive senior executive.
We all face some level of anxiety over the difficult US economy; whether it be over the health and vitality of the enterprise we work for, or simply for our own job security. Senior executives probably feel an equal amount of both, trying hard to drive bottom-line profitability without driving themselves out the door in the process.




Knowing how to Evaulate Executive Job Opportunities is an Essential Component to any Successful Career Management Strategy
Contrary to what many would like to believe, size can matter…and for those senior level executives with “big fish” status within a small company, it may be tough to downsize that standing if moving to a larger organization. But in order to honestly evaluate offers, you need to decide what’s more important to you – maintaining C-level status or joining a company that has less to offer in way of title, but more in other areas.