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Learn about what the executive search process looks like. Keep up with trends and best practices to reach out to recruiters as well as learn more on how to advance your career or finding a new role.

Working with executive search consultants can advance your career and unlock new executive opportunities. With over 90,000 senior management positions being recruited for by AESC search firms alone, if you want to improve your career trajectory, knowing how to connect with executive search professionals is vital.  

Executive search consultants are not always the first point of contact executive candidates have in the search process. The first point of contact is often the executive search firm's researcher. At the 2014 AESC Americas Summit, we asked four researchers for their advice for candidates on various topics. In the below videos, Sarah Bowie, from Pearson Partners International, Troy Whittington, from CTPartners, Josh Tanebaum, from Korn Ferry, and Jamie Wenet, from Hayman Associates, Inc., answer questions about the latest trends in executive search.

What Are the Greatest Hiring Demands for Executives?

2014 Annual executive search and leadership consulting industry trend data, just released by the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, revealed a 10.7% annual rise in global revenues and estimated industry revenues of $11.7 billion worldwide in 2014.  

We live in an increasingly globalized world and one where good talent is of huge value to business success. Long gone are the days when talented individuals were exclusively gobbled up by universities and businesses in London and New York. Now Shanghai, Seoul, Dubai and Sao Paulo, among many others, are well known business locations and truly on the map for candidates seeking relocation. But what about those cities that are less well-known, yet still need to attract talent to grow and prosper? How do they attract executive talent ‘off the map?’

Cybercrime has become a major issue for many consumer products and services organizations around the world. In the United States, security breaches are now a common occurrence for several top retailers, including Target, Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Nike, Walgreens and others. How these organizations will successfully navigate these issues is yet to be seen, but one solution has been to hire new executive talent to lead their cybersecurity and press strategies.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Preparing for a Call from an Executive Search Consultant, featuring Lisa Thompson, from Pearson Partners International, an AESC member firm.

Some of the questions asked included:

While Spain has grabbed headlines for economic troubles and high unemployment rates, there are signs that there is now greater possibility for executive talent


Back in 2008 and 2009, Spain was hit particularly hard by the Global Financial Crisis. It had invested significant amounts in property redevelopment, and when the recession hit the consequences were great. The country, along with many other Southern European countries, struggled with high unemployment rates and public unrest, before being caught up in the Eurozone Crisis.

Many executives fail to see the importance of building relationships with executive search consultants at times when they don’t immediately need their help. However, when an executive requires executive search assistance later in their career, it can be difficult to make a connection that is mutually beneficial to both parties.


In order to make sure that you can rely on the support from the executive search community when you need it, there are several pitfalls you need to avoid…

If you are considering contacting an executive search consultant via email, there’s good news. More than 80% of recruiters prefer to receive an emailed resume before having an actual phone conversation with a candidate. However, to ensure that your message gets read and elicits a response, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

1. Pay attention to your subject line.

For those wanting to maximise their career potential, networking with an executive search consultant is vital to their career strategy. However, many executives are often left unsure regarding how to begin forming relationships with executive search consultants. Whether you are in an active job search, or just assessing your career options, if you would like to start networking with executive search consultants, BlueSteps has put together a short guide to make things easier.

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