December 14, 2017
This guide aims to answer all of your questions about headhunting services. We’ll start with answering the question ‘What is a headhunter?’ but move onto specifics about how you can be sure you need one; why headhunters differ from standard recruitment practices; what they actually do to fill your vacancy or find your dream job; and how you can select the best headhunter for your needs. What is a Headhunter? Headhunters are experienced professionals who find the right individuals for your role. They are a recruitment strategist with a difference. In short, every other recruitment modality is about finding candidates. Headhunting is about finding talent. This is a key distinction between a headhunter and other recruitment consultants. In other recruitment techniques, you aim to create a deep and wide pool of candidates by casting your net wide. The hope is that, in so doing, you find that one individual you need. In headhunting, we’re not interested in how big or deep the candidate pool is. We’re far more role and organisation focused. A headhunter will get to know exactly what you need – that unique blend of attributes, skills and talent – and then go and find the small handful […]
December 11, 2017
The short answer to the above question is ‘Yes’. Brexit absolutely does have the ability to impact international headhunting and international recruitment. Let’s look at why that is.
November 22, 2017
Your social media presence is your online identity. It can make or break your executive job search. Do future employers have the ability to search or read your social media accounts? If they do, what helps and what hinders? A recent study has revealed that an overwhelming 70% of employers now use social media in order to screen job candidates before they offer them a position. That’s up 10% from just one year ago. The trend is rising notably. However, don’t think that you’ll be safe if you just have all of your settings set to private, or actively don’t use social media at all. 57% are less likely to bring a candidate in for interview if they haven’t been able to find them online.
November 10, 2017
Preparing for an executive level interview can’t be approached in the same general way you approached your first graduate interview. You need to be more prepared, less generic, and ready for a different set of challenges and questions. Your skills should be evident already, and evidenced, especially if you’ve been headhunted for the role. As such, what’s really under scrutiny is your leadership style and your ability to bring something new and of value to the company. Furthermore, at the executive level you need to be able to demonstrate actively that you’ll fit the mould in terms of the company culture. We’ve been the fly on the wall to countless executive level interviews: let’s look at some of the most crucial things to know. Before You Leave Home Those who are most successful in interviews have done their homework. This is important at every level. However, when preparing for an executive level interview you need to get a deeper and broader understanding of the company. You need to have looked at any published accounts, you need to understand the company’s industry reputation, have memorised their statistics, and read any recent press releases. If you’ve been headhunted for the role then […]
September 25, 2017
We all get stuck in ruts. We all have our preferred, favoured, or usual way of doing things. And recruitment is no different. If you’ve always advertised jobs on your company website – why change? If you keep that freebie mug on your desk simply because it has your favoured recruitment agency number on it, why call someone else? How do you know when it is time to change the game? How do you know when you should be working with headhunters? The Recruitment Game There tend to be some fairly common scenarios when it comes to a recruitment vacancy. The steps you take tend to be determined based on past experience, the role you’re recruiting for (notably the type and level), and the resources available to you. Recruitment almost certainly isn’t your full time job. In fact, it’s the add-on. It’s the bit that gives you a headache, keeps you worrying about the future, and doesn’t pay. The result is that we tend to turn to the same old techniques. We have a mediocre success rate. The vacancy gets filled. Phew, move on, next task. But herein lies the problem. We’re using the same strategies, whatever the role. We’re […]
September 20, 2017
The most successful long-term career moves don’t just happen. You may hear tales that your friend was just headhunted, but there’s a lot more action behind the word ‘just’ than they realise. Yes, the most exceptional headhunters have their ear firmly to the ground in your industry. But, they will likely hear about the very best talent through multiple avenues, not least their extraordinary networking skills. One such avenue that can help to raise your profile in to the reach of the networking abilities of a headhunter is your LinkedIn profile. If you want to be headhunted on LinkedIn then read on and take action on the following steps. Give Your Profile Due Attention The vast majority of us quickly whipped up our LinkedIn profile late one evening when the number of badgering requests to join got too much. Chances are it has grown and adapted in a rather piecemeal fashion since then. If you want to be headhunted on LinkedIn then you need to get your profile into concise, clear, and presentable order. You need to take in to considerations some key points: Is it factually correct without any errors, time gaps, or ambiguities? Does your LinkedIn profile accurately […]
August 8, 2017
Picking carefully, and getting an exceptional headhunter on board when there are so many different organisations billing themselves as headhunter agencies, can leave you feeling bewildered. How do you identify the truly great from the range of headhunter agencies? How do you make contact with the best? Know Who You’re Dealing With When considering contacting headhunter agencies to fill your executive vacancy, you need to be aware that not all agencies advertising ‘headhunting’ truly are headhunters. So your first task is to identify whether you have shortlisted a recruitment agency, or one of a select number of true headhunter agencies.
August 8, 2017
Recruiting top executives is both costly and time-consuming. It is also a highly specialist task. It requires a distinctly different approach from recruitment for different tiers of positions. This is because you cannot simply search for a CFO in the same way that you can for a data entry specialist, or even mid-level manager. What each top executive role needs will be distinct, unique, and require a highly defined skillset and experience base. This is combined with personal and business acumen that fits the objectives of the organisation. The current unemployment rate in the UK is 4.5%. Yet, there are significant problems recruiting top-level executives, and finding the right skills at the right time. Finding this top level of talent, which also matches your organisational goals and culture, is very hard indeed.