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Executive Job Outlook

BlueSteps speaks with Sanjiv Desai, a Senior Partner from TRANSEARCH India, who describes how he uses BlueSteps to find great candidates!

BlueSteps: What is the typical process when conducting a search in terms of how you source your candidates?

Sanjiv Desai:  We create target lists of organizations and then try and find people who are, or were, in those organizations. We also use or network of contacts in the sector to source additional candidates. Some of these sources have been developed by actively connecting with potential candidates through BlueSteps.

BlueSteps: What databases and resources do you use?

Most Healthcare Organizations Have No Succession Plan in Place,
According to Witt/Kieffer Survey

Most Healthcare Organizations Have No Succession Plan in Place,
According to Witt/Kieffer Survey

“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity."
- Sir Winston Churchill

Global survey of top executives shows 38% drop in positivity from this time last year

Releasing the results of their 2012 Mid-Year Executive Outlook Survey, BlueSteps, the executive career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), announced today that only 26% of global executives hold a positive attitude about the job market after the first six months of 2012, a 10% drop from January of this year, and a sobering 38% drop compared to July 2011.

Are you working in a foreign country and looking for a position that will enable you to return to your country of origin? Are you overwhelmed? Are you working long hours or struggling with language barriers? Paralyzed at the thought of starting a new network? Working and living in a foreign country can be challenging.

Most executive job seekers don’t find networking as easy as people think. Executives run multimillion-dollar businesses and schmooze investors, Boards of Directors, etc., as a normal course of doing business. Yet, when it comes to networking for themselves, it is an entirely different story. They feel uncomfortable tooting their own horn to others.

Andrew Chastain, vice board chair and senior vice president of Witt/Kieffer, a leading executive search firm specializing in healthcare, issued the following statement about the impact of the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision on the healthcare marketplace:

  1. Being perceived as less productive… (can’t keep up with the pace; less energy; less motivation – just coasting until they can retire, etc.) and less healthy (more absences) than younger workers.

    Example: A client who was an accountant for his entire career was laid off and spent a year looking for other positions. Even though he might get to the level of top 2-3 candidates in the interviewing process, he didn’t get the offer. He thought it might be because he is overweight and walked with a slow gait, a bit hunched over from many years sitting at a desk. He decided to change careers and pursued his passion of cooking with a friend who owned a high-end restaurant. There he works as a chef and on the accounting!
     

Yet, Work-Life Balance Remains a Struggle



Releasing the results of the 2012 Focus on Latin America study, BlueSteps.com, the executive career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), announced that, of those executives currently working in Latin America, who have also worked in other regions, 52% find advancement opportunities in Latin America to be better compared to advancement in other regions. Only 24% rated advancement in the region as less favorable.