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Location, Location, Location...

Where a recruiter is based has an impact on the candidates they attract.

I never knew it until recently. I’ve been recruiting for nearly 20 years based in NYC, Dallas, DC/VA, and now Austin. In my experience most executive recruiters are geographically agnostic, and focus on companies, functions, or industries versus location. Most of the searches I’ve conducted weren’t in my city. Sometimes they weren’t even in my country. And most search strategies include national or global candidate outreach.

Sure I’ve learned how to approach people with the right message to prompt a response, but something interesting also happened. People call me back not only because of what I said, but also because of where I am. People want me to keep them on the radar for positions here in Austin.

Just an interesting observation.

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