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Executive Search with Depth — Part III -
Expertise and Precision from the Start

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At Valdivia, Exec­u­tive Search means trans­paren­cy and reli­a­bil­i­ty. In part two of Valdivia Inter­nal  (Exec­u­tive Search with Depth Part II), we intro­duced one of our impor­tant tools: week­ly report­ing. In this issue, we are look­ing at further good prac­tice: care­ful word­ing in qual­i­fied job descrip­tions and the in-depth entry into the second mile­stone of the Valdivia Exec­u­tive Search process.

Place­ment is Understanding

Expe­ri­ence, not only but also in tech­ni­cal ques­tions, is one of the most impor­tant foun­da­tions of a success­ful Exec­u­tive Search process. This is where Valdivia’s high­ly specif­ic approach shows: We focus on one single area — construc­tion, real estate, and finance. Not only does this facil­i­tate assess­ing our customers’ tech­ni­cal wish­es or our candi­dates’ qual­i­fi­ca­tions. It also enables us to keep up with the latest devel­op­ments in the indus­try. Sustain­able construc­tion and smart build­ings, for instance, are complex topics that today’s exec­u­tives defi­nite­ly need to be famil­iar with – and so do place­ment consultants.

Excel­lent indus­try intel­li­gence, exten­sive expe­ri­ence and a glob­al network of read­i­ly avail­able contacts, howev­er, are not the only skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions of consul­tants at Valdivia. We are among the first compa­nies to rely on a novel data­base system, designed specif­i­cal­ly for Exec­u­tive Search. It fully repre­sents our search and match­ing process and thus supports it substan­tial­ly. Anoth­er impor­tant digi­tal tool is our customer portal, where each of our customers can view the very latest status of their search projects at any time.

Depth at First Sight

How do pre-work and exper­tise show for our customers? Earli­er in this arti­cle, we have already named one: report­ing. The job descrip­tions which we publish exclu­sive­ly right here on LinkedIn, are anoth­er one.

Even if there is a gener­al tenden­cy towards brevi­ty in the job market – just a few lines and the candi­date can reply online with the click of a mouse – this does not go for Exec­u­tive Search, which our candi­dates’ posi­tive feed­back confirms again and again. When we publish an open­ing – after first contact and clar­i­fi­ca­tion fo the formal­i­ties – we want inter­est­ed indi­vid­u­als to under­stand in all depth what kind of an envi­ron­ment and which tasks they will be confront­ed with. A few keywords will not suffice. We are striv­ing for uncom­pro­mis­ing preci­sion and clar­i­ty of text with­out any unnec­es­sary bureau­crat­ic jargon.

It goes with­out saying that we will always first present the job descrip­tion to our customers, discuss the draft, and opti­mise it until it fully meets all our clienr’s expec­ta­tions and accu­rate­ly match­es the vacan­cy. In this way, we do not only veri­fy under­stand­ing of the job at hand and the person­al­i­ty we are look­ing for. Our customers will also see in our words if their ideas match the options, or if the job profile requires more accu­ra­cy or a shift of focus. Elab­o­rate in content, simple in language – apart from improved infor­ma­tion, there is anoth­er advan­tage to this: Such job descrip­tions boost both trust in our work and the recruit­ment success, plus they are truly mean­ing­ful and compre­hen­si­ble for our candidates.