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Executive Search & Recruiting

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of networking with executive search consultants, featuring John Touey, from Salveson Stetson Group, and Luis Truchado, from Odgers Berndtson.

Some of the questions asked included:

Whether you are actively searching for a new position or simply want to keep your finger on the pulse of the job market, forging relationships with executive search consultants is an essential part of a successful career strategy.

Networking is a two-way street.

networking_executive_search_consultantsRemember, you need to create reciprocal relationships with recruiters. Approach a search consultant with the same attitude of building a mutually beneficial connection as you would when introducing yourself to any other executive for the first time.

It’s remarkable to think that in a few short years we have come so far, technically speaking. In the early days, recruiting was done using tools the youth of today might scoff at. Hard copies of management files and candidates that were filed alphabetically in folders were the norm. If you wanted information on a candidate, you just accessed the file in the cabinet in the corner of the office. Now, modern technology has allowed us to access a global workforce at the click of a button.

You’ve been approached. Now what?

My last post described what to know for the first time you are being recruited by an executive search firm. This time, let’s talk about what will be expected from you if you would like to go through the interviewing process.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive search and your career, featuring Cathy Logue, from Stanton Chase, Rainer Morita, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services, and Kimberly Sernel, BlueSteps Executive Career Services.

Some of the questions asked included:

As a senior-level executive, it is likely that during the course of your career you will have encountered an executive search professional, either as an employer or a candidate. It is widely known that search firms have the ability to transform executive careers and improve trajectories, so understanding what executive search firms do and how they operate is vital to your own career progression and job search.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Executive Search and Your Consumer Products and Services (CPG) career, featuring Tom Fuller, from Epsen Fuller Group, and Lucie Shaw, from Amrop UK.

Some of the questions asked included:

The vast benefits of establishing diversity among leaders in organizations is well documented and acknowledged across the globe. Organizations are more able to achieve success when their leadership teams match the diversity in their workplace, communities, customers, markets and stakeholders.

There are many high profile examples of companies who are publicly committing to increasing their levels of diversity. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently led the way at a special orientation session for the recipients of its WWDC Scholarship Program, stating that “I think the most diverse group will produce the best product, I firmly believe that.”

Sometime, during an otherwise ordinary work day, you receive a call or an email from someone who wants to have a conversation with you. They want to speak with you about a potential position at a different company; conceivably, they come dangling a title that is more senior than yours currently. You haven’t had a lot of experience with being recruited. Perhaps you connect recruiting with campus recruiters who have visited your college and that’s the extent of your knowledge. You’ve found your current position (and maybe others) through your own resources, friends or family. So, this is new. You feel flattered and special, but wonder what you will be getting yourself into if you continue the conversation? It sounds like a nice position, but how will this interviewing process be handled?

Although written from a French perspective, the themes covered have increasingly enhanced global relevance and value.

Professional achievements and emotional intelligence should be key elements in the executive search decision process.

Recently, I had a lunch with one of my friends who works at a top French IT company. He told me the following story which made me think about the way in which we still approach search assignments.

executive_search_diversityThe story goes as follows: