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According to the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ (AESC) Q3 State of the Industry report, the technology sector  held a year-on –year increase of +12.3% in executive searches.
BlueSteps spoke to Technology expert Connie Adair, CEO from Taylor Winfield, Inc. to find some industry insights into why technology is booming.
BlueSteps: Many thanks for taking the time to speak with the AESC/BlueSteps about technology industry-related trends in executive search. Could you tell us about the search firm you come from and the work you do there?

Connie Adair: Retained; main vertical is technology; C-Suite
"One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality." Allen West, American Politician
The Australian Economy is currently thriving in comparison to the rest of the world. Unsurprisingly then, there has been a surge in immigration in past months, regardless of a dip in Australia’s job market.
Retained executive search firms, represented by the worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), discussed the importance of gender diversity at board level, the value which diversity can bring in corporate management and the role played by executive search firms to promote diversity at the AESC’s 16th Annual European Conference “Leading from the Top – Diversity and its Impact on Corporate Management” on November 13th in Berlin.

A research of Fesa, retained executive search consultant company, mapped the profile of the CEOs recently placed in pharmaceutical companies.
A recent survey made by Fesa, a retained executive search firm, mapped the profile of recently placed CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry. Approximately 22% of these executives have bachelors degrees in Pharmacy, coming in shortly after those with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (25%). Combining the executives with Pharmacy, Medicine and Biomedicine, bachelor’s degrees that number reaches 50% of CEOs positioned by consulting.
'India should walk on her own shadow - we must have our own development model' Abdul Kalam, Ex-President of India

Venture capitalists (VCs) are paying more attention to the structure of the marketing teams they invest in and when hiring for CMO jobs. Why? Because marketing plays an increasingly influential role in the success of their portfolio companies.  To ensure that the marketing department can generate the kind of leads that drive sales, they want to see a particular profile in a marketing executives.

In today’s modern society, career matters. In fact, even before globalization, career has been at the forefront of most people’s minds. Today, most employees and executives suggest that some of the main pressures in their lives are work-related. Concerns over long hours and striking a work-life balance are issues which have long burdened individuals with growing responsibilities at work.

Recruiters and hiring decision makers routinely scour the Internet when they’re vetting executive candidates. Make sure you're monitoring your online footprint.

Here are a couple of tips to help you get started:
  • Set up a Google Alert for your name and Google will send you an email when your name is published online. It’s also a good idea to set up alerts for various relevant key word phrases, so you’ll be notified when others are writing about topics of interest to you.
Celebrating Executive Women in Business and Women in the Board Room

In honor of the official American Business Women's Day on September 22nd, BlueSteps has launched an Executive Women in Business Initiative throughout the month of September. We will be featuring podcasts, interviews and more with female executives and executive search consultants throughout the month. In addition, we are offering 25% off BlueSteps Membership to all female executives throughout the month.
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