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Executive Job Outlook

Sector trends highlighted particular growth in the number of new searches started within the Industrial sector, up 15% between quarter one and quarter two, and 6% year-on-year. Industrial is currently the largest sector for retained search activity, commanding 26% of the global industry.


Kevin Logterman, Executive Vice President, Slayton Search Partners, says:
The Industrial sector has experienced a resurgence in the past few years, we believe due to increased financial performance coupled with pent-up demand for executive talent.  The increased demand for talent is particularly evident in two main functional areas: commercial (sales/marketing) and finance.

Social media is moving like a train with no brakes, providing a real time feedback mechanism for a multitude of companies. Consumers, both individual and corporate, now have multiple feedback forums. These forums can be used to tell others that, in an attempt to get to a live customer service representative, it takes seven automated screening prompts. After these prompts, you reach a live person who is likely from a developing country and is taught to respond to customer issues with only pre-prepared scripts.

The Legacy of Combined CIO/COO Roles

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search and the CFO Position, featuring Stephen P. Konstans, Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Rick Cannellos, Senior Client Partner, Epsen Fuller Group, and Catherine Bell, BluEra Founder.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Careers: Business Development and Sales, featuring Susan Goldberg, Founder and Partner of Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting, SGES.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search in the Technology Sector, featuring Thomas Fuller, Epsen Fuller Group.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search in the Energy Sector, featuring Frank Therber, Daubenspeck & Associates, and Chris Reinsvold, Pearson Partners International.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

According to Peter Felix, AESC & BlueSteps President, "While CEOs are focused on the key issues of attracting and retaining talent to their organizations, they are themselves concerned about their own career progression and the next opportunity. This is an inevitable reflection of the modern business world and a fast changing, competitive landscape.

The AESC’s BlueSteps career survey of 160 Chief Executive Officers worldwide finds most CEOs focused on continued career growth through career transition.

First quarter results from the 2014 executive search and leadership consulting industry trend data, recently published by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), revealed a rise (+3.5%) in the number of new executive searches started within the financial services sector on both a yearly and quarterly basis, as well as market share growth. These trends prove that now is the optimum time for financial services executives to dive into the job market to find their next opportunity.

Searches Started Quarterly by Industry

Money makes the world go round. As such, the continuing interest in financial services comes as no surprise to avid industry watchers. Based on my experience of nearly 18 years in this industry, here’s the low-down on the latest trends and the accompanying career opportunities in this area: