Executive recruiters have long been considered the lifeline to major companies seeking the best in top-level talent. Today there’s an increasingly valued role of networking, both online and off, with a Gallop poll revealing that 80 percent of workers find their jobs through their networks.
Recruiters also are facing stiff competition and criticism over how they track top talent and whether they truly understand the needs of the hiring company.
We talk with coaches who work with both recruiters and executives using recruiters, as well as the recruiters themselves to understand the key issues surrounding recruitment and retention today.
* Arlene Hirsch, Career Coach, Counselor and Psychotherapist
* Mareza Larizadeh, Founder and CEO, Doostang, Inc.
* Carrie Pryor, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry International
* Katherine Simmons, CEO, NETSHARE, Inc.
According to the March 30th, 2007 issue of business industry magazine Management Issues, four of out 10 employers face recruitment problems.
Additionally, a survey by Manpower of almost 37,000 employers across 27 countries found that 41% of employers are having difficulty filling specific roles due to a lack of available talent.
Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. agrees, quoted as saying that “companies are about to be engaged in a war for senior executive talent that will remain a defining characteristic of their competitive landscape for decades to come.” McKinsey’s conclusion? Most companies are ill-prepared for the executive recruiting challenges ahead.
How have the economy, talent shortage, and move to online job search and networking changed how recruiters are doing their jobs?
What competencies and skills are needed for recruiters to do their jobs today – and what challenges are they experiencing?
Our panel of guests address these questions and more, also discussing how professional coaches can help recruiters face the challenges that loom ahead.