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The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) recently sat down with CDS, an AESC member retained executive search firm from Japan, to discuss executive search industry changes and the outlook for executive job search.

AESC: Firstly, we’d like to offer congratulations to CDS from everyone at the AESC as you celebrate your 15th birthday this year. Can you tell us what the company did to mark this milestone?

AESC: Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about the United Arab Emirates search market. I’m interested to know what your outlook for the region and especially the United Arab Emirates now we’ve finished the first quarter of the New Year. But, first of all, can you share with us a bit about Vision Executive Search and the work you will do there in your new role?

Scenario: you are thrilled that you have a job offer and are excited to start your new position. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing really, except that sometimes executives are so ready to jump into their new job, they may ignore the red flags that exist. Of course no company is perfect, but before you accept that job offer, look at these issues that could spell disaster.

An article published yesterday in Bloomberg Businessweek about the growth of in-house recruiting and its impact on the executive search profession, as with a similar article published on October 9, 2012 in the Wall Street Journal, fails to put the situation in complete perspective and is highly selective in its use of statistics published by our association, the AESC.

The 2013 Executive Search Industry Global Outlook Report just released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) shows that half of global executive search consultants hold a neutral outlook for the executive search busi­ness in 2013 - an ongoing trend since the end of 2011. The remaining 29% of search consultants feel optimistic, sharing a positive outlook, while the minority (22%), harbor a negative view for 2013.

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George Madden, Partner – Pinton Forrest & Madden

Mashabey Enosh, established in 1981, are widely recognized as the first search firm in Israel operating in the retained Executive Search market. They are a highly respected firm and are considered by many as leading the way in Executive Search in Israel. Ruty Livnat has kindly agreed to share his views on the mid-year outlook, and the Executive Search Market in Israel.

We 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.

How does BlueSteps fit into your candidate search process?

Oxana Brookes: I normally start by trying to get a couple of quick wins on BlueSteps alongside scanning our in-house database.
“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity."
- Sir Winston Churchill

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.