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.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive job search in the tech sector, featuring Stephen Van Vreede, BlueSteps executive career advisor.

Some of the questions asked included:

In today’s problematic job market and economy, you might think it’s safer and a no-brainer to stay where you are, if you’re currently employed and not facing a layoff—as far as you know. Or you might be one of those risk-takers with an entrepreneurial spirit for whom staying in one place more than a few years, at most, is unthinkable.

On the other hand, you might be part of the great middle group that could go either way, depending on a number of factors. The question in any case is, what do you need and want to consider before pursuing a new opportunity or deciding to stay where you are?

Why might you want to move on?

You might be strongly attracted by the idea of holding an executive position overseas and wonder how to go about achieving that, or you might be asked by your current employer to take on such a position. It’s important to move beyond the perceived attractiveness of such an opportunity and take a dispassionate look at the key factors involved.
Two Ways to Obtain an International Position

Are you looking for a practically foolproof executive job search strategy? What would you say if I told you there was a job search method that yields success in the form of desirable employment more than 80% of the time? If you’re like most executives, you’d overlook this strategy in spite of its success rate. Why? Because it’s a bit more work than blindly applying to open positions on executive job boards or sending your resume to executive recruiters.

It’s fairly easy to craft a professional brand for career advancement when you’ve been building on the same career track the whole time. Your brand is essentially a summary of what you’ve been doing all this while and how you’re ready to take it to a whole new level. But what do you do if you’re looking for a career change?
The good news is that the biggest obstacle career changers face is more often one of perception rather than ability—in other words, it’s not so much a matter of having the requisite skills to take on a new role but convincing others that you can make the switch. (Of course, this assumes you do, in fact, have the technical skillset and necessary qualifications.)

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive expat job trends, featuring Deborah Sawyer, from Pearson Partners International, and Frank Therber, from Daubenspeck & Associates.

Some of the questions asked included:

The 2015 BlueSteps Job Outlook Report just released by the AESC, shows that 72.4 percent of management-level professionals worldwide feel more optimistic about their career opportunities for 2015, an increase of 21.4 percentage points compared to the previous year. 88.2 percent of management-level professionals responded that they are open to new opportunities in 2015.  

This paper presents one-on-one interviews and commentary from leading executive search consultants, all members of the AESC, who specialize in placing executives in chief information officer, chief technology officer and chief information security officer roles.

AESC search consultants interviewed include: Matt Comyns (Russell Reynolds Associates), Paul Chau (Korn Ferry), Vasiliy Kryuchkov (Ward Howell), Matt Aiello (Heidrick & Struggles), Gerard Ketelaar (Quaestus), Graham Willis (Watermark Search).  

In career transition, it’s easy to fall into the habit of doing the same things, day after day, even if you’re not getting the results you want. But don’t let your executive job search drive you insane! If you find that your momentum has stalled and you’re not getting the leads, contacts, and interviews you need, follow these suggestions for getting out of your rut and moving forward toward your goals.

Referrals! Recruiters and hiring managers tell us that they will go through their referrals before looking at other candidates. And some companies are highly recommending that executive recruiters look at referred executives first. Industry leaders predict that in three to five years if you are referred to an executive recruiter for an open position, you are 14 times more likely to get the job.