The Type of Talent Recruiters Should Be Fighting For

There are certain attributes exceptional candidates have in common, and it’s up to the recruiters to recognize them and fight for them. Not all candidates possess all of these talents, nor do they need them all, but if there are candidates that naturally encompass a few of them, they are bound to become a rising star at whichever company fights the hardest for them. In no particular order, here they are:

Data Cruncher
With big data being at the forefront of a company’s growth, candidates should be able to crunch numbers, analyze data and explain what those numbers mean. This skill proves intuition, analytical abilities and top-notch problem solving skills. You’re not looking for a robot, rather someone who knows what numbers mean, not just what their numerical value is worth.Michael Thomas Executive Search

Communication
All employees, from every company, represent their employer. The best employees communicate intelligently on a social, public and interpersonal level. Whether this candidate is giving a presentation to hundreds, or having a one on one meeting, they communicate sincerely, accurately and professionally. Businesses can’t function without great communication, and it all starts with their employees.

Influencer
This trait comes in many forms. The ability to influence the growth of a business, the ability to influence a group at a meeting, or even the ability to influence the business your company is in. If a candidate can influence, they have the ability to lead. And, if you’re candidate can’t lead, they can’t grow.

Decision Maker
Being able to make a decision, and follow through on that decision, is one of the most admirable traits a candidate can possess. So many others are coy when it comes to decisions because they don’t want to be held responsible if something went awry. Great leaders make decisions, and if they’re the wrong ones, they are the first to understand why and they’re the first to work towards a solution.

Original Article found HERE.

Making Sure The Shoe Fits

Finding The Right FitThe search for talent has become an increasingly complex challenge as companies scour the globe for the right executive to lead a firm or business unit.

Not only are their needs getting more specialized, but the field of candidates is widening as the economy goes global. Jean Guilbault, co-founder of the Montreal-based executive search firm GXB Leadership, says companies need to change how they view the search process.

The old way of doing things was to “find the right person from your network of contacts,” he said in a recent interview. “Now what we’re looking for is a business solution.” Instead of trying to find the right individual, it’s all about asking the right questions, he says. Companies need to identify what challenges they face — whether it’s growing the business through acquisitions, restructuring, downsizing or productivity — before looking for a person who can contribute to those goals.

Read the full article here.

Written By: Peter Hadekel, Special To Montreal Gazette
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