Navigating Surging Talent Needs in an Uncharted Digital World

As the social media explosion fuels the rapid growth of online recruiting capabilities, Stephen-Bradford Search is finding it’s relationships with its blue chip clients growing even stronger. In this environment, top tier companies see our work as critical to their success. Counterintuitive? Not really.

The surge in demand for our services, the growth of our search firm and the recent organizational strides we have made, all go hand-in-hand with the evolution of new digital tools that are changing our business, and our clients’ businesses, at breathtaking speed.

In fact, we’re finding that as companies grow more facile with the use of vast web spiders like Monster and Indeed, or establish more sophisticated profiles on LinkedIn and other social recruitment tools, the need for value-added by a search firm such as Stephen-Bradford is far greater. We’re meeting our clients rapidly changing needs as they seek more knowledgeable, detailed identification of the right candidates from within large candidate pools. We provide hands-on, in-depth vetting of top talent and successfully move true business leaders from what may be a comfortable role to a new and greater career opportunity. Our practices are led by senior individuals who come out of industry; they are the people who work on our clients’ searches, personally. This is one of the many things that sets Stephen-Bradford Search apart from its competitors.

Internally, we’ve also made changes to address our growth and the evolution of our clients’ businesses.

In my newly expanded role as President of Stephen-Bradford my first initiative was to ensure that we expand our capabilities in our core practice areas of Advertising, Media, Market Research, Emerging Technology, Nonprofit and Retail, to keep pace with our clients’ growth. With that, we have also made the following additions to our firm:

Jackie Orris, who was Vice President, Human Resources at Global Experian Marketing Services, has joined Stephen-Bradford’s already robust Luxury Goods and Retail practice. Jackie previously held leadership roles in human resources and talent acquisition at major retail companies including Ralph Lauren, Cole Hahn, Jones Apparel Group, and Kenneth Cole. We feel very fortunate to have her as part of our team.

Joan Lebow, who most recently was Vice President, Corporate Communications for an ed-tech company, has come onboard to join our rapidly growing Nonprofit practice. Joan has had an extensive career in media and communications, focusing on issues such as healthcare, housing, education, community development and government affairs. She will be working closely with Elyse Barbell the Managing Director of Stephen-Bradford’s Nonprofit group. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and other business publications, Joan spent a decade as a spokesperson for major medical centers handling media crises, working with national press and developing online marketing tools for hospitals to serve digitally savvy consumers. She brings an understanding of diverse industries, their stories, goals and accomplishments.

The digital revolution is creating an evolution of growth and change in our clients’ businesses and our own. We’re seeing new roles emerging almost daily in database marketing and analytics, as well as in new business development, across virtually every industry -- from advertising and marketing, to retail sales, to philanthropy. What’s more, we’re seeing the increasing need for hiring senior professionals with hands-on experience in these critical areas. We’re working with unprecedented access to data, making sense of complex skills and seeing new potential solutions for identifying and securing top executive talent. We’re partnering with our clients who are looking to us for the kind of smart, informed consultation and access to the very best talent that’s essential, to stay competitive in this quickly evolving business landscape.

Wishing you a strong finish to 2013 and a jump on acquiring the talent that will make 2014 a banner year!