The Future of Executive Databases Has Arrived

LONDON, August 17, 2017 — Not Actively Looking (, the platform for executives to self-manage their profiles with executive search firms, has significantly enhanced its product suite and has launched its free Client and Assignment Manager modules for retained executive search firms. The module includes the option for search firms of adding Executive Private Profiles alongside the Self-Managed Profiles.

This launch represents a paradigm shift in the industry that has become accustomed to paying for assignment management software. As well as reducing the administrative burden on search firms, Not Actively Looking is doing what Gmail did for email messaging in 2004 – offering superior usability as a free service.

The platform is working towards full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), regulatory protection, due to come into effect in May 2018 that will govern the handling of candidate profiles in Europe.

Executives play a key role

Not Actively Looking enables executives to play a key role in managing their personal data held by search firms, which improves the quality and accuracy of the data and maintains confidentiality in an era of over-exposure through social media.

LAB, a leading executive search firm with offices in Germany and Austria, has been using Not Actively Looking from its initial launch in 2015. Tania Katzauer, Principal and Head of Project “new database technology” for LAB said, “We are happy to be part of Not Actively Looking’s rapid product development. The company has provided us with multiple services including self-managed executive profiles, and a greatly enhanced experience for the executives signing up to LAB via Not Actively Looking.

“Recent developments – both external ones such as GDPR and internal ones like the further development of Not Actively Looking’s Client and Assignment Manager – are turning Not Actively Looking into a unique platform for managing all our software needs.”

“The fact that these services are being offered on a very low cost basis is just the ‘cherry on the cake,'” Frank Beyer, President of LAB-Group, said. “We are very pleased by the high professionalism that Not Actively Looking’s senior management have showed in elaborating our needs and developing a state-of-the-art solution exceeding our expectations.”

Steve Lavelle, a veteran of the executive search industry and founder of Lavelle Executive Search said, “I was familiar with Not Actively Looking from previous companies that I managed, so when starting Lavelle Executive Search, choosing NAL was the obvious decision. It is great having a platform that is solely dedicated to retained executive search. The platform is functional and aesthetic but, probably most importantly, it helps us easily comply with data protection requirements (GDPR) while enabling executives to update their own profile,” Steve added, “As our firm is focused on the technology sector, it makes sense that we adopt the latest and best technology ourselves.”

About Not Actively Looking is a discreet platform servicing executive search firms and senior executives including NEDs and interim executives. The platform enables the executives to share confidential information about career aspirations and requirements with executive search firms of their choice. The sophisticated search tool enables search firms to access up-to-date relevant information about executives. Not Actively Looking offers the search firms to manage assignments and clients from within the platform. The platform is working with 170 search firms globally and tens of thousands of executives.

Anthony Harling
Co-Founder, Not Actively Looking


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