How is it like to work in an Executive Search firm? - An insight by employee
Executive Search is an art that only proficient consultants
possess. “Hiring Executive Leaders is not as straight-forward as it once was”
(stated by Charles-Henri Dumon- CEO, Morgan Philips Group)- a belief that I'm
firmly convinced of.
The choice of associating with this industry has offered me
a profusion of knowledge, exposure & professionalism. Being aligned to this
space for almost a year, I have uncovered the astute facts about how it stands
out in terms of finding & vetting the best talent across the industries,
markets & designations with the help of core competencies & latest
technologies. 35% of Executive Recruiters believe that AI is the most
significant change affecting the way they hire, ensuring automated candidate
searches and finding prospects through advanced search algorithms.
Hiring leadership talent & addressing the business
needs, is how it is defined in simplest terms, but very few are aware of the
Criticality which the nature of these services hold. As an employee, I perceive
this industry as highly driven by innovation, deep analytical & technical
expertise, new-age & customized business solutions along with agility. All
these are the by-products of a fast moving & ever evolving business
environment that is highly centered on change & disruption.
Working in an Executive Search & Business Consulting
firm has proved to be an exciting profession for me. The job demands a lot of
tenacity & involvement, which is largely rewarded with an immense
professional as well as personal growth and development. Moreover, there is a
great sense of enlightenment when it comes to networking & interacting with
some of the top business leaders; CXOs. When you are representing your brand to
such highly experienced business experts, you gradually achieve a desired level
of confidence. Above all, being around a team of seasoned professionals is the
most prominent factor to successfully sustain in this profession.
Being a part of this industry, I have been able to develop
extensive research skills followed by an enhanced interpersonal & business
communication skill. It has helped me to grasp the ability to combine
traditional, tried & tested methodology with the latest technology and
Furthermore, Athena's (firm where I work) association with
IIC Partners, a global network & world's 7th largest Executive Search Group
with reach across major economic centers like Europe, Americas &
Asia-Pacific region, is a significant value-add in terms of international
exposure & cross-border search experience.
In a nutshell, there are enormous opportunities on the plate
for individuals looking to widen their horizons as professionals. So for me,
there is still a lot to look forward to!
- Akriti Gupta, Research Associate at Athena Executive
Search & Consulting