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For those wanting to maximise their career potential, networking with an executive search consultant is vital to their career strategy. However, many executives are often left unsure regarding how to begin forming relationships with executive search consultants. Whether you are in an active job search, or just assessing your career options, if you would like to start networking with executive search consultants, BlueSteps has put together a short guide to make things easier.

Become More Visible

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Job Search Strategies for CIOs and CTOs, featuring Stephen Van Vreede, BlueSteps Executive Career Services.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps recently hosted two #ExecCareer Chats on the topic of Leveraging LinkedIn for Networking, featuring Jane Anderson and Barbara Safani, BlueSteps Executive Career Services Coaches.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

A robust online presence is important now more than ever.  Executive recruiters are searching the web for information about a potential executive candidate, and employers are checking online not only to gain information about potential hires, but to check on their current employees as well.
 

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Jumpstart Your Social Media Networking Strategy, featuring Barbara Safani, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

Keywords are the driving force behind HR and executive recruiter searches, and thus they are critical to developing an effective and highly productive LinkedIn Profile. The competitive nature of the employment environment makes it essential for you to set yourself apart from the competition. On LinkedIn, the number of keyword hits you receive will affect how your profile is ranked during recruiting searches.

 

In today’s dynamic, global marketplace where up to 90% of employers and recruiters (country dependent) report using online search as their primary talent-sourcing strategy, having a strong online brand is no longer optional for an executive job search.
 
Given that online search is not only a way to source candidates but also to evaluate them and their references, job seekers have no way of knowing how many opportunities they may have been passed over for because of a weak online presence.
 
Below are just a few ways that executive job seekers can build their brand online:
 
Branding and Optimizing your Online Profiles

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Your Executive LinkedIn and Social Media Profiles, featuring BlueSteps Executive Career Services expert Stephen Van Vreede.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

LinkedIn has now made vast improvements to its increasingly popular Who’s Viewed Your Profile feature, helping users analyze their results and work towards increasing their visibility in specific areas and industries. LinkedIn has reported that nearly 80% of job candidates are found through networking today, so there has never been a better time to start building your own network!
 
Main Changes and How to Utilize Them:
 
1. What industries is my profile being viewed from?

Let’s take a look at the statistics. Over one billion people have Google+ accounts. LinkedIn has over 300 million people with accounts. Think of the massive reach of professionals in those two social media networks alone. How can you leverage these networks for your executive job search?