How To Become An Executive Search Agent
To become an executive search agent requires great knowledge and experience. It is important to note that becoming an executive search agent is not the same as becoming a job recruiter. An executive search agent needs to have niche specific knowledge, years of experience, and above all passion. A passion for creating connections, cultivating relationships, and placing qualified candidates with jobs where they will make a positive impact.
The first step in becoming an executive search agent is taking a look into your past, and seeing if you have the right level of experience that being an executive search agent mandates.
At an executive search firm they rely heavily on recruiters who are a big piece of their identity. Expert search agents are at the forefront of the business, and are the most pivotal part of an executive search firm’s success. An executive search firm looks for executive search agent’s who have at least ten years of niche specific job experience.
This level of experience is necessary to being able to evaluate candidates and properly place them in the correct work environment. By having ten years experience in a specific job field you will be considered an expert in every subject matter that is required in that niche.
For example, if you worked in the oil or gas industry for ten or more years, you would have a solid foundation of information that would qualify you as a subject matter expert in regards to the oil and gas industry. This is important because only then can you properly assess candidates with similar backgrounds as you own. Not only will your background allow you to place candidates, but also it will give companies the confidence they need to trust you to find them the perfect candidate.
Let Your Skill For Building Business Relationships Build A Career
Many people have years of experience, but they may not have the skill of recognizing talent, and building business relationships. This skill is a requirement to becoming an executive search agent. Taking your subject matter expertise and adding your ability to both recognize talent and recognize what businesses need in an employee will make you a qualified expert executive search agent.
Evaluating talent and building relationships will not only give you a chance to become an executive search agent, but to build a fulfilling, lucrative, and long career. Cultivating relationships is like investing in your future.
It will give you the trust of companies, who in turn use your executive firms services for all of their hiring needs. Also, by creating long lasting relationships with candidates by placing them in jobs that make them money, and give them happiness you will build an excellent reputation as an executive search agent.
Do You Have The Passion For Placement?
Passion is an overarching theme in not only how to become an executive search agent, but it is a necessary requirement to excel and make a long lasting career as an executive search agent.
Passion for finding talent, creating connections, and placing talented people exactly where they are supposed to be is a true mark of an expert executive search agent. If you want to become an executive search agent, then you will need to have passion. This passion will be the basis for your success in your career as an executive search agent.
Candidates place a lot of faith in an executive search agent at a time where they may be unemployed and in need of assistance. These candidates may want a career change, or some career coaching in order to find out exactly where they should be placed. As an executive search agent you will be their point person and responsible for not only finding them a job, but for finding them the right job.
Not only will you be the point person for candidates but also for employers. Employers will entrust you in finding them their next executive, or upper management employee. This is a huge responsibility, and should only be handled by someone who is passionate about the executive search process.
If you are interested in just finding a candidate a job quickly, and moving on to the next, in hopes of a payday, then you will not be a successful executive search agent.
However, if you are passionate about making the right connection that will benefit both the candidate and the employer, you will have a great career as an executive search agent.
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Dhimant Desai is a Co-Founder of The FerVID Group, a technology-driven, expert-led recruiting firm based in Houston, TX that has invested significantly in an experiential screening process that delivers multiple highly qualified candidates to oil and gas hiring managers competing for the best available talent.
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