Hunt Scanlon’s 10 Most Important Recruiting Stories of 2016

December 28, 2016 – Hunt Scanlon Media covered a lot of terrain in 2016 – and so picking our 10 most important stories will likely go down as the most difficult task our editorial team handled this year! Great comebacks, globalization, new assessment tools to review, new service offerings, Brexit, polls & surveys to analyze, talent pipelining, the influential role women are carving out for themselves in the recruiting business – it’s all here, and then some!

Who made the list? Ward Howell’s comeback story was a personal favorite. Our look at game changing assessment tools was hugely popular. Coverage of Brexit took overseas readers by storm. And anything to do with leadership development, talent engagement, culture shaping, people pipelining and the expanding role of CHROs seemed to capture everyone’s imagination. So, in case you missed these wonderful stories in 2016, here they are once again. Enjoy them!

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Ward Howell, Iconic Search Brand, Returns to U.S. Market
Longtime observers of the recruiting industry may have done a double take half way through 2016 when they noticed that an executive search firm they thought was long gone had reappeared in the U.S. market. Ward Howell, now under the watchful eye of Asad Haider, has come back to life . . .


Game Changing Assessment Tools Coming to a Recruiter Near You
Executive search firms jumped on the talent assessment bandwagon in 2016, stepping up with an array of predictive analytics tools. Their focus: discovering tomorrow’s leaders before anyone else does. Here’s why . . .


As U.K. Vote Nears, Uncertainty Looms Over Recruiting Sector
With a referendum on British membership in the European Union now a big part of 2016 history, Hunt Scanlon took the early temperature of executive search leaders across London last June. This was an early, but prescient, look at how the recruiting market reacted . . .


Grace Blue Snags Chief Talent Officer As Asia Pacific CEO
This story is less about one particular person and more focused on the underlying trend of top ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. Let’s take another look and review similar personnel movements over the course of 2016 . . .


Companies Failing to Develop New Leaders
Developing new leaders is critical for organizations to prosper, yet companies appear to be failing to do so. HR executives polled throughout 2016 said they rank leadership development as fair to very poor. This is one of many workplace trends that our editorial team exposed for readers . . .


Why Talent Engagement Is More Important Than Ever
If any trending news item is likely to continue gaining traction in 2017, this is it: employee engagement. Everyone is talking about it, companies are scrambling to measure it, and recruiters are mostly in the dark about it. Here’s a good primer to help you catch up . . .


Partners in Leadership Launches Culture Search
New launches most likely led our news feeds in 2016. This is one of the latest ones Hunt Scanlon reported on and serves as a reminder that all you need to launch a new business in the recruiting sector is imagination, an iPhone and a premium LinkedIn account! . . .


4 Ways to Build Talent Pipelines of the Future
Companies have been struggling to fill positions with qualified candidates. Here’s how they can invest in their talent pipelines and build relationships with potential candidates. It is one of many we covered on the subject during 2016 and this one, in particular, is provides a superb overview of the problem . . .


Why the CEO / CHRO Relationship Is Essential
Aligning human capital strategies with corporate business planning is creating a tightening bond between CEOs and CHROs. In 2016, Hunt Scanlon revisited this relationship many times. This is one of our finest and is accompanied by a podcast with CHRO specialist recruiter Jason Hanold . . .


Women Gaining Top Jobs at Elite Recruiting Firms
Hiring activity at executive search firms, of all places (!) seems to be favoring women these days. In a year that continued to see women falling behind in C-suite jobs and directorships, this story resonated with our readership and it remains a definite personal favorite among the editors at Hunt Scanlon . . .

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media

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