BusinessWeek compiled an interactive report of the world’s top 150 headhunters, considering a number of factors, including:
- Their individual reputations
- Their years of headhunting experience
- The global scope of their recruiting practices
- Their accessibility and responsiveness
- Their high visibility within the client markets they serve
- The recognition they enjoy within their firms and/or global executive search communities.
Along with contact information, a full profile for each recruiter includes:
- Advice for today’s job search/career management
- Qualities sought in emerging leaders
- Sector specialization
- Geographical focus
- Companies they often recruit for
- Favorite historical figure
- Professional/membership affiliations
Finally, their answers to “The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future”, make for very interesting reading. Here is a sprinkling of their thoughts:
Identifying top talent will continue to evolve into a global endeavor. New technologies and communications tools will allow employers to seek their required talent anywhere rather than being limited to domestic markets.
If Western product companies are unable to come up with new business model innovations, they will continue to be boxed in by Asia-based competition. Given the emphasis Asian cultures place on schooling in science and math (and America’s shrinking numbers in these specialties), a generation from now we will see product innovation and reliability on par with Western companies. This can spell historic trouble for the U.S. economy.
A flat world where technology and outsourcing makes businesses seamless across geographies and cultures.
Interconnectivity/interdependence of financial markets and global currency management, including responding to the increased sophistication of emerging markets.