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The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is excited to announce that the Annual Researchers and Associates Summit will take place in Houston, Texas, on October 19. The summit will be held at the beautiful Hotel Icon in downtown Houston.


The financial services industry is currently undergoing tremendous change. Based on AESC statistics, the financial services sector, which used to be ranked as the number one industry for executive search, is now the third largest industry, occupying 17% of the search market, behind the industrial and consumer products sectors.

With the challenges faced by financial services, what opportunities are there for search consultants and senior executives?

Oxana BrookesWe recently spoke to one of our AESC member executive Search Professionals, Oxana Brookes, who specializes in cross-border executive searches for London-based CTPartners, about how she uses BlueSteps.

What databases and resources do you use to find candidates for the searches you are working on?

Oxana Brookes: I rely on Encore, our in-house database, BlueSteps, Linked In and other similar sites.
In their mid-year business forecast for the remainder of 2012, members of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) - the worldwide professional association for retained executive search consultants - confirmed the uncertainty which prevails in most areas of the world economy with 51% of respondents casting a neutral vote, 31% positive and 18% negative. This compares with an overwhelmingly favourable forecast 12 months ago when 66% held a positive outlook and 27% were neutral.

We recently asked three search consultants and researchers who work for the firm 3P Consultants in India to tell us a little about how they use BlueSteps when seeking great candidates both in India and internationally.

What makes BlueSteps a great resource for you and your colleagues?

Anshika: BlueSteps is an excellent resource to advertise for leadership opportunities, as well as search for qualified executives on a global platform. The search process is user friendly and provides accurate results.

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and BlueSteps is pleased to announce the acceptance of five retained executive search firms into AESC membership following extensive reference checks, a site visit, and vote by the AESC regional council.

The AESC welcomes:

We recently spoke with a search professional at an AESC member search firm about how search professionals use BlueSteps to locate candidates.
 
What is the typical process when conducting a search in terms of how you source your candidates?
 
We use BlueSteps when looking for both candidates from the USA and international markets. I often use it when I need to find great candidates quickly as it’s so easy to find senior executives there. 
 
What databases and resources do you use?
 

Boyden reveals industrial/energy, e-commerce and technology, and emerging markets opportunities are fueling biggest demands for senior management



Financial Services
“We’re seeing a pickup of selective hiring in financial services in the second quarter after a slow start at the beginning of the year,” said Jeanne Branthover, Leader of Boyden’s Global Financial Services Practice and Managing Director at Boyden New York. “As firms complete their restructuring, companies are assessing everyone’s skill sets with the new structure and placing the right executives in the right jobs. This is going to create big opportunities for people with the skill sets needed to succeed in the new structure.”

We recently asked an executive recruiter from an AESC member search firm to explain the value of BlueSteps to our member firms and to describe how candidates like you are found through the database.
 
Clara Widdison: What is the typical process when conducting a search in terms of how you source your candidates?

Betsy Bruening: Once we identify all criteria for the search, we use our proprietary database, our sources and contacts, and network with people in similar roles or industries. We also conduct raw research using internet search and social media.

How does BlueSteps fit into your candidate search process?

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is pleased to announce the acceptance of four retained executive search firms into membership following extensive reference checks, a site visit, and vote by the AESC regional council.

The AESC welcomes:
  • Cejka Executive Search, Missouri
  • L3S Partnership, Paris
  • MillicanSolutions, Texas
  • MPB Executive Search, Basel