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2017 State of the Industry Report:
Connecting the New Talent Spectrum

"This report is a 'must buy' for any serious search or
corporate hiring professional who is looking for the
most up to date intelligence on talent acquisition."

– Milton Hall
CEO, Human Capital Consultants, LLC


Hunt Scanlon’s latest 2017 recruiting industry sector report, ‘State of the Industry: Connecting the New Talent Spectrum,’ marks another milestone for us – it is the 27th consecutive year that our editors and analysts have compiled the very best data on trends in executive search and talent acquisition. This year’s report is one of our most in-depth and thought-provoking. We explore the phenomenal growth taking place inside the leadership solutions space – and offer insight, guidance and recommendations from key industry specialists.


Our annual reports are chock full of data, statistics and analysis – and this 2017 edition is no exception. Our Executive Summary and Year In Review sections, which typically flow across some 75 or more pages, have become the industry’s most highly anticipated must-reads. We chart the course of the 50 leading search firms as well as the sector’s largest global players. They supply the data and we analyze it, but it is our insight and perspective that is so eagerly awaited each spring. Our Viewpoint chapter has also become a must-read among talent acquisition leaders and CHROs who come to our report each year to learn about industry trends and discover who the important players are.

“I see an industry in transition, still evolving,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding chairman and CEO of Hunt Scanlon Media and editor-in-chief of this year’s rankings report. “But, more importantly, what we’re all seeing is an industry that’s at an inflection point. We’re at a point on the curve where the bend has now taken shape.”

Scott A. Scanlon
‘Connecting the New Talent Spectrum’ Editor-in-Chief, Hunt-Scanlon Media

This year, we cover an array of topics, ideas and recruitment leadership specialists who offer everything from executive search, assessment, leadership development, culture shaping and onboarding to training, executive coaching, interim services and off-boarding. As we report, the entire talent continuum is shifting from a singular focus on identifying and recruiting leaders to one providing broader and more sophisticated talent solutions to clients in need. Hunt Scanlon covers it all in this one concise industry report, where we review the new talent spectrum and focus on what it means for the next few years ahead. We take a short and long view of the changes being wrought and recommend how talent leaders can best tailor their people strategies to meet these expanding market shifts. This report is your best guide to navigate the year ahead.


A large group of leadership advisory specialists provide a unique window into their expert thinking in this Industry Viewpoint section that has always been a favorite of past subscribers. How big data is shaping the future of retained search; is honesty the best policy in the hiring process; how our cross-cultural world demands leadership; the fine line between engaging in a transaction and creating a partnership; dealing with a crisis; and the nuances in recruiting for leadership in life sciences, cybersecurity and more. These world-renowned search leaders guide us always with an eye to the future and with recruiting best-in-class talent in mind. So, if you’re interested in hearing from the industry’s most trusted and respected leadership advisory professionals, we encourage you to take the time to read this outstanding section of this year’s report.

For further questions, please email: chris@huntscanlon.com.