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Sharpen Your Career Management Tool Set with a BlueSteps Review

If you’re a savvy senior manager or executive–or any career-minded individual, for that matter–you know you need a strong set of tools to manage your career productively. Even more, if you’re contemplating a search for a new (potentially better) job, you realize it’s wise to tap into as many resources as possible.

Because I’m always on the lookout for resources my clients can use to enhance their career management, I wanted to share with you an excellent one that I’m well familiar with: It’s called BlueSteps.

In a minute or two, I’ll go into a few of the benefits BlueSteps offers and how you can take advantage of those. However, first, I want to take a moment to remind you of an important point.

Career Resources are Tools, Not Magic Bullets

No resource will speed up or catapult your job search to a successful conclusion if you select it and then just let it lie there, doing nothing to implement and maintain it. After all, this is your job search we’re talking about! If you’re not willing to put in the necessary effort, how can you expect positive results?

resources conceptual meterWhen you take a look at BlueSteps, which I hope you will, keep this advice in mind. Remember that you can’t reasonably expect to get more out of it than you put into it.

Having said that, I should add that BlueSteps offers multiple benefits, so it’s really a good deal.

Why Consider BlueSteps?

BlueSteps offers a lifetime membership (one-time investment), as well as premium services that are included in the first six months of the basic membership. I won’t go into exhaustive detail because you can find a lot of information on the BlueSteps website, but here’s a taste of what you can get by making BlueSteps part of your overall career management and job search tool set:

Lifetime Membership:

  • Confidential lifetime career profile that’s searchable by recruiters worldwide.
  • Personalized career consultation with a complimentary BlueSteps review of your resume/CV.
  • Access to monthly executive career management webinars and executive search insights.

Premium Services:

  • Use of the international executive search firm directory.
  • Access to information about active, executive-level search assignments being executed by firms affiliated with the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (BlueSteps’ parent organization).
  • First access to publications that include reports, white papers, and more.
  • Unlimited online access to an archive of webinars recorded from live panels of executive career experts.

How You Can Gain Value from BlueSteps’ Services

Remember that I said you need to put something into it in order to get something back out of it? There’s a reasonable investment for the lifetime membership, and you might start by checking that out to see how it goes for you. If the premium level makes sense to you after you’ve experienced the first six months of it, then you can jump in all the way.Competitive Advantage

And remember, too, that you’ll stand to gain more if you work your participation into an overall career management/job search plan. Expecting miracles from a standalone, hit-or-miss activity won’t deliver the competitive advantage you need and almost certainly won’t produce the career success you’re ultimately aiming for.

 

P.S. In the interests of full disclosure, I want to mention that the main reason I’m so familiar with BlueSteps is that I provide complimentary resume reviews and occasional writing services to their members.

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