June 2, 2015 – Not Actively Looking, a U.K.-based global matchmaking platform designed to enable senior executives and executive search firms to make the perfect match, has officially launched. The company was founded by Joseph Blass, who previously founded Toucan Telecom, and Anthony Harling, a search consultant and former senior partner at Heidrick & Struggles.
Since its launch, Not Actively Looking has secured the collaboration of 28 senior level executive search firms with a presence in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Those firms include: The Miles Partnership, Norman Broadbent, Calibre One, SIMA International, Coleman Lew, Warren Partners, Marlin Hawk, Spengler Fox, Osprey Clarke, Barracuda Group, Directorbank, Polachi and Renovata Partners.
“Not Actively Looking is unlike any other existing or previous job site,” said Mr. Blass. “It is not a job board, it is not a public social network and it is not a useless database of raw CVs.”
“It allows executives to discreetly manage and update their CV for the benefit of executive search firms handpicked by themselves, away from the prying eyes of their colleagues, employees or employers,” he added. “For search firms, the service means they can access and retrieve relevant and up-to-date information about executives. Search firms will no longer need to enter and store CVs which become outdated very quickly and from which they were never able to easily retrieve information such as aspirations or key achievements.”
Mr. Harling added: “Our approach is very different to anything that has been done before. Executive search is driven 100 percent by client assignments, meaning that executives will be approached by search firms — not when the executive is looking for a role, but when the client is looking to fill one. In turn, this means that executives need to be exposed to the relevant search firms even when not actively looking.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media