The Road Ahead: Recruiter Joel Koblentz on How the Role of Recruiting Firms Has Changed

Executive search firms have always needed to be sensitive to the changing needs of their clients and of industry in general, but now, because of the pandemic and the changes that we have made to how we live and work, search firms are finding they need to make more changes to their role than anticipated. These changes are coming from the clients, who are discovering as they look deeper into what is required to meet their needs that they seek different qualities in their candidates than initially expected. Helping clients to determine what they require in a candidate has become more challenging than ever before, as the clients often find what they need is a very fluid situation.

In a recent interview, ExecuNet’s Head of Learning, Tony Vlahos, asked Joel Koblentz, founder of executive search firm The Koblentz Group, to share his insights on executive job search. In this excerpt from the interview they discuss how the role of the recruiting firm has changed recently.

Mr. Koblentz advises corporate boards on succession and recruitment of new board members, the recruitment of CEOs and executive leadership. His typical clients are boards of directors, chief executives or controlling shareholders. His firm is a member of ExecuNet’s exclusive ExecuNetSelect recruiting partners group which routinely shares thought leadership and industry insights on the world of executive job search with the ExecuNet community.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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