Technology advancements over the past decade have moved the recruiting world forward. But executive search has remained an exception - depending on extensive networks, specialised industry knowledge and building relationships face to face. Craig Pointon

In a recent article for the HR Director, Craig Pointon, Cielo’s EVP & Global Head of Executive Search, shared his thoughts on why a new era of executive search is underway – and overdue. He explores what it means for talent acquisition, and how leading organizations need to adapt to stay ahead of competition for leadership talent.

From the article:

One area where internal TA teams will need outside help is data. We see a trend towards organisations seeking research and insight services to gain visibility to the senior talent landscape. Unfortunately, traditional search firms do not provide this type of research support without bundling it together with more services like the shortlisting of candidates and hiring for an end-to-end service.

Meanwhile, the methodologies of pure play research companies lack sophistication and often use outdated data. Organisations want these types of services unbundled to focus on upfront research and insight to map talent, build pipelines and inform business decisions.

To reach the desired ROI, organisations and search firms need to make senior placements quicker. The process should offer the same benefits of recruitment process outsourcing, including ownership with flexibility, control and data provision. It means search firms will need to rethink their value proposition or become obsolete.

The outsourcing model is a more attractive proposition as we navigate the changes caused by the pandemic. An executive search partner with RPO experience can offer the type of services and capabilities to deliver the results businesses need.

Visit the HR Director to read the full article, “The New Era of Executive Search”