What is executive recruitment?

POSTED Jul 10, 2020 BY Ingrid Verhagen

They say, ‘practice makes perfect’, so why should your career be the exception? There are new and innovative ways to focus on your professional development, help you stand out in an ocean of qualified candidates, and promote your career growth. People do business with people they know. So, you must get out there to build your reputation online and off. The different types of recruitment / talent recruitment / executive placement agencies that can help you, could be overwhelming. They all use technology and social media to build their brand and explain what they do. Do some research first. Whether your first choice is polished or more informal, talkative, or academic, or humorous, it is a way for recruiters to show their personality.


Recruitment is a linear process that involves seeking for a specific candidate to fill a specific position. Recruitment is reactive: a position is vacated or formed, and a new person must be found to fill it. The main function of recruiting is to find candidates for existing jobs that are currently available.

Talent Acquisition

Instead of a linear process, talent acquisition is a recurring approach that is geared towards building relationships, anticipating future hiring needs, and creating a workable pool of applicants. It is a more strategic approach that develops and fosters a talent pipeline with a long-term view.

Executive recruitment

This is used to find candidates for senior-level jobs. Recruiters may operate within a sector and are responsible for sourcing market leading or hard-to-find talent. Also identified as search and selection or head hunting, this form of recruitment is typically known for its proactive method and does not solely rely on conventional methods of sourcing candidates. Although the overall goal for an executive search consultant and a recruiter is the same (i.e. make a placement), there is one key difference: Recruiters will typically identify several active job seekers who would be right for the job. 

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