Friday, 18 November 2011

Companies: The Challenges Of Executive Head Hunters

Once the headhunters, no more than common cannibals. Some people still think that way, but executive recruiters are a vital link in a chain that keeps major enterprises functioning well.

The top positions at any organization dictate the fortunes of the company, shareholders and employees ... and often the communities where they are located. An executive headhunter may well ensure that the new management has the skills required for the position and the challenges ahead. It can also ensure that the executive law is chosen, you will thrive if the style in the specific environment of the company.

However, modern executive recruiters challenges to be effective. I caught up with Esther Barzel, co-owner of Online Recruiter Directory (

Q: What are the main challenges of executive head hunters in today's economic climate?

: Initially, the network has become much wider geographical area. Headhunter for example, in New York or Toronto, can no longer rely on finding the right candidate right in town. In fact, the ideal candidate may have a few minutes from the Internet, but may be in another country or even in another continent. We are looking for a new breed of executive recruiter.

Q: The Internet should make his job easier, right?

: Yes ... and no. It 'a message in several places and needs to go through more potential candidates to find the jewel he seeks. So his workload has actually increased.

Q: Also, I suspect he still faces the challenges of yesteryear?

: Exactly. And 'even contact with potential candidates, make a preliminary interviews, hold meetings with the company, taking care of minute details, brief the interviewer, etc.

Q: What about monitoring?

A: Yes, there are, of course, the necessary follow-up after each interview, both with customers and prospects. It's a busy work.

Q: So how does the Internet make life easier for an executive recruiter?

: Now that you have online communities and message boards such as, where you can place ads for positions. So it is easier to throw your net. Directories like ours help head hunters attract clients, so you can spend more recruiting and less time on business development.

Q: Do not online bulletin boards and directories just mean the head hunter has to spend more time in multiple locations?

: Yes and no. Online resources can be easily searched than, for example the paper. Our recruiter directory gives employers the opportunity to seek a vocation, or geography or type of position. This means they can find a recruiter who specializes in the pharmaceutical sector, or who has specialized in accounting, or any other field. Headhunter to spend less time on the issues to people who are never any customers.

Q: And I guess it works both ways?

: Yes, the recruiter can not continue to only those people who are likely candidates for different positions, is working. Pharmaceutical recruiter, for example, continue to be from someone with a background in aeronautical engineering.

Q: Wow, that's a mouthful. I do not know if I could even repeat.

A: Many executive recruiters could not repeat it, either. Therefore, the Internet makes it easier for them to receive resumes targeted to their area of ​​expertise, time saving ... not to mention overexertion of the tongue.

On that humorous note, we thank Esther for your time to explain how the Internet is making life both more complex and easier for executive recruiters and headhunters.