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In case you hadn’t heard, retained executive search is on its last legs. We know this because we have read articles about it, picked up Jo Nesbo’s novel Headhunters and watched the silver-screen adaptation which shows that lowly search consultants must supplement their income with a life of high-end crime. It really has got that bad.

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

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search and Non-Profits, featuring Albert Hiribarrondo, from Sirca Search.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

BlueSteps chats with Samuel Dergel, Executive Search Consultant at Stanton Chase International, who recently published Guide to CFO Success.

Samuel Dergel, Stanton Chase InternationalFirst of all, thank you for taking the time to speak with the AESC and BlueSteps about the CFO role and your new book, Guide to CFO Success. Can you tell us about the work you do at Stanton Chase International?
 

LinkedIn is growing in APAC
 
LinkedIn now has more than 50 million users in the Asia Pacific region, and counting. Last year alone, LinkedIn gained over 7 million new users in India, and over 2 million in Australia and New Zealand. This growth is apparent across the whole region, with nine Asia Pacific countries now boasting more than a million members each: India (24+ million), Australia (5+ million), China (4+ million), Indonesia and the Philippines (2+ million each), Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand (1+ million each).
 

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The AESC and BlueSteps recently had the opportunity to speak with a group of AESC member executive search consultants who specialize in placing executives in the financial services sector. During the interviews, each consultant provided enlightening information about numerous issues in the sector including the impact of digital transformation.