Learn about what the executive search process looks like. Keep up with trends and best practices to reach out to recruiters as well as learn more on how to advance your career or finding a new role.

Earlier this week, the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) hosted the annual Global Executive Search Conference in New York City. The Conference provided two days of interactive sessions and presentations to over 200 retained executive search consultants and influential talent management leaders from across the world. During the conference, valuable advice was given in the areas of leadership, talent management and executive search.

Keep an eye out for more photos and videos from the AESC Conference - coming soon!

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search in the Asia Pacific Region, featuring William Farrell, from Boyden Executive Search, and Patrick Rooney, from The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
Some of the questions asked included:

Are you ready to become a CEO? What do executive recruiters look for in CEO candidate searches?

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Executive Search and the CEO Role TweetChat, featuring Keith Pearson, CEO of Pearson Partners International Executive Search.
Some of the questions asked included:

Executives, no matter what phase of your executive job search you are in, there will come a time when you will cross paths with an executive recruiter. They are major players in the executive search industry; and many service large companies as clients. Recruiters are an integral part of the hiring process.
Executive Recruiters Connect With Executives

There is little doubt in my mind that one of the most frustrating moments in life is when we realize that we need to find another job, or when we suddenly find ourselves without one. The sense of urgency is high, and the world just seems to move a bit slower when we need it to move a bit quicker. It's at that moment in time when people reach out to everyone they trust to ask for leads and the names of known executive recruiters to help them get a new job. That's when most people realize that executive recruiters are not exactly aligned with the immediate needs of job seekers as they are with the potential candidates their clients seek.  If you think job seekers, candidates, and clients are the same, keep reading.

As you work to achieve your career management goals this year, it may also be an excellent time to brush up on the things you must do to get the most out of your interactions with executive recruiters. The following commandments should be strictly followed lest you be struck down by the evil job search demons.

1. Thou shalt keep career profiles up-to-date.
This is one of the major mistakes several executives make when joining sites like BlueSteps. Forgetting to update your profile could cause executive recruiters to decide not to contact you due to missing qualifications or they could miss your profile completely.

You receive a call from an executive search consultant asking for a few minutes of your time. What do you do? Welcome the conversation? Ask if he or she can call you back on your mobile/after work/tomorrow? Or say flat out that you are not interested in speaking? Your response will probably depend greatly on how prepared you are for that call.
Below are a few tips to help you make the most of the opportunity when it does come your way.
Make yourself accessible.

Reports have confirmed that 86% of employees, including senior-level executives, are actively planning to search for new positions in 2014. With so many people forecasted for a career transition this year, it has never been more important to connect with an executive search consultant who can give you the edge you need in this competitive job environment.