ExecuNet’s Top 10 Trends in the Executive Employment Market

1. Despite continuing slow growth for the overall economy, 25 percent of companies are expected to add new executive positions in 2012. The management-level jobs picture is brightening.

2. Executive recruiters are more positive than they have been in five years and are expecting an average 21 percent gain in executive search assignments in 2012 compared to last year.

3. Top 10 industry growth sectors for executive hiring show continued strength in healthcare, technology and life sciences, but major gains are also expected for the manufacturing, business services and consumer products sectors in 2012.

4. The top regional growth areas are now the Northeast and the Southwest.

5. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of executives are going online to achieve more digital visibility and shape their online identities so they can be found for business and career purposes. Sixty-six percent (66%) of executives recognize networking is best way to open up and connect with new career opportunities and don’t feel their current networks are broad enough to help them achieve business and career success.

6. Fifty-five percent (55%) of executive recruiters say companies are increasing executive salaries and bonuses to retain top management talent.
7. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of executives say their companies are focusing more on executive retention now than they did last year.

8. Meanwhile, 58 percent of executives updated their résumé in the prior three months and were primed to consider their career options.

9. Executives and companies are investing in peer networks to achieve their goals.

10.Expected compensation is increasing and the balance of perks and salary is changing, too.

From a purely corporate perspective, companies are indeed looking to grow in 2012. ExecuNet’s market research finds that more than one-quarter of employers are adding new management positions and more than half of employers are selectively “trading up” with new hires for existing executive roles to fill gaps or improve teams.

While the pace of executive hiring is not equally spread across industries, further evidence of a continuing recovery in the executive employment market is revealed in the finding that only 2 percent of companies are continuing the management cutbacks that many began to institute in 2008.

“Consistent and effective business networking remains the catalyst for executive career advancement, yet we’re also witnessing the continued emergence of professional networking as a tool for business intelligence, brand-building, resource planning and global expansion,” said Dave Opton, who founded ExecuNet in 1988.

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    Good post

    Short answer: The future of executive search is filled with possibilities . . .for those of us who are motivated to fix what is broken about executive recruiting.

    Long answer: If you are asking, “What is the next-generation of executive search?”, the next iterations will address the strategic, structural, informational, and relational shortcomings of headhunting.



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