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The 5 Biggest Lessons I Learned During My First Year Of Executive Recruiting

By | Executive Search Strategy

You always learn a lot in your first year on the job. This is true of every job in every industry—and executive recruiting is no exception.

In fact, the learning curve in this high-end, high-pressure field is uniquely steep. I know from experience. I entered executive recruiting after a few years in law, some time at an eCommerce startup, and a short stint at Merrill Lynch. When I was recruited to join my first executive search firm, I didn’t even know what executive search was. But I was intrigued and impressed by the people I spoke with, so I proceeded to dive in head first.
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How To Write The Best Possible Job Spec

How To Write The Best Possible Job Spec

By | Executive Search Strategy

The job spec is a key component of every search process―but often, it’s overlooked.

The reason is, recruiters tend to think of the job spec as a simple, straightforward task―a box that needs to be checked and dismissed. In reality, though, the job spec has to accomplish two difficult things: it needs to accurately describe the role and adequately intrigue potential candidates.

But even if it’s not always overlooked, this is a step that’s still too often rushed through. The unintended result is that recruiters end up less equipped to go out and do what they’ve been hired to do: find and land the most qualified candidates.

Here’s why the job spec is so important―and how to go about writing an excellent one.
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The 4 Biggest Challenges To Starting Your Own Search Firm

By | Executive Search Strategy

Whether you’re leaving a larger firm with an existing team or opening up a one-man shop, starting your own search firm is a challenging and multifaceted experience.

It’s exciting, no doubt—but the decision to branch out on your own is not one you should take lightly. It necessitates forethought. The experience is something like skydiving: before you take the leap, you should take precautions to ensure you have a cushion to soften the landing and a parachute to help you on the way down.

Here are the main challenges you’ll face, and what steps you should take to tackle them along the way.

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How To Get Your Client Invested In The Search Process

By | Executive Search Strategy

Executive search is a collaborative service.

In fact, a search typically only ever proves successful if the client you’re conducting it with is invested in the process—meaning they’re engaged and committed to ensuring you have the information and insight you need to locate and land quality candidates. As a recruiter, you can’t make decisions unilaterally on your client’s behalf. You’re not familiar with your client’s company and their unique set of challenges. In order to do your job effectively, you and your client have to work together.

The trouble is, cultivating this sort of commitment on behalf of your client can be challenging. But there are steps you can take to ensure your clients participate actively in your process.

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What Makes a Successful Search: The 4 Core Roles Broken Down

By | Executive Search Strategy

Not all search firms are created equal, but firms that prove successful do tend to have certain features in common.

For one thing, search firms are generally powered by a few core functions, each serving a specific purpose. There are the roles of enforcing strategy, conducting research, leading administrative organization, and, of course, the actual recruiting. Read More