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While the jury is still out on whether marriages are really made in heaven, as far as corporate marriages go, the moot question is whether has one has really tied the knot or tied oneself up in knots! In this context, the quest to find the right company is the one which comes closest to the eternal quest for many folks in the corporate world today, given the sheer number of companies one works for over one’s career span, answering that most innocuous of questions, “Why did you leave your last company and why do you want to work for us?” several times over. Here’s a selection of variables that invariably go into this decision-making process, based on my own experience and those of many others.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive job search, featuring Megan Pluister, from Allen Austin, Lucie Shaw, from Amrop UK, and Sally Stetson, from Salveson Stetson Group.

Some of the questions asked included:

According to Wikipedia, “Opportunity cost is the value of the next-best choice available to someone who has picked between several mutually exclusive choices...opportunity costs are not restricted to monetary or financial costs: the real cost of output foregone, lost time, swag, pleasure or any other benefit that provides utility should also be considered opportunity costs.”

In the 1980s, business publications took note that employers were making a fundamental mindset change as to how their employees are viewed due the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pension plans. Employers who offered defined benefit pension plans encouraged and rewarded long-term career employment. In essence, the longer you remained with an organization, the greater your personal long-term benefits. In contrast, when employers shifted to defined contribution pension plans, this represented one of the greatest mindset shifts of employers in recent decades. Born was the age of employees as objectified commodities and employee free agency.

Each year, many executives across the world are drawn to the elusive world of the boardroom and begin their search for a board seat. Board work can be incredibly rewarding to those who pursue it, both in terms of the stimulating and fulfilling work itself and, of course, the financial reward.

In this interview, we talked to Donna Padilla, from Witt/Kieffer about the results of the 2016 BlueSteps Executive Job Outlook report and her advice for candidates. Download the full report here.
 

Many executives expect the number of executive jobs to increase in 2016. Is now the time to make a move?

You've resolved to make a career transition and find a new position this year. Congratulations on taking the risk involved in finding more fulfillment in your career. Given the complexities of the job market, it is important to do your due diligence and fully explore your options to ensure a positive transition in the least amount of time to maintain your confidence, which is key to your success. Here are some key points to consider:

Know yourself and your personal brand:
 

In my nearly 20 years of executive search consulting, I have seen the frustrations of the job search process from both the job seeker’s and the hiring company’s perspectives – and seen what successful candidates do to get the job. Here are my top 16 tips for getting that job offer this year.

executive_job_search_advice_from_search_consultant1. Be great at your job. Companies hire specialists who are great at their function. It’s not enough to know what’s entailed in the job. Where do you excel?

2016 is around the corner. If you are making personal resolutions, why not extend that activity to your career as well? Welcome the New Year by reflecting on your job search plan.

Are you doing the same things in your job search today that you did five or 10 years ago and expecting the same results? What may have worked even a year ago may not today, so you need to reassess and retool your action plan to identify your successful strategies and change those that have not been effective.

new-year-executive-job-searchThe points below will help you to audit your job search activities: