A new tool for conducting a confidential executive job search: GatedTalent
As a seasoned executive, you have come across various executive search portals. Usually, you have to sign-up for a fee-based “membership,” and in return, you are “allowed” to upload your resume to their database where your resume could get found by executive recruiters.
Now, I personally always found that idea, where you as the searching executive have to pay to make the life of recruiters easier to find you, a little bit cheeky, but whom am I to judge, right?
Nevertheless, I was quite happy to learn about a new and free alternative out there for top-level executives trying to conduct a confidential search with leading recruiting firms. Enter GatedTalent (www.gatedtalent.com/.)
GatedTalent was formed in 2017 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dillistone Group, the largest publicly-traded software and technology supplier to the recruitment sector in the world.
With the GatedTalent business approach, it is the executive search firms that have to pay for accessing top talent on their database. That seems to me the way it should be, but I wanted to learn more about the company and service.
So, I recently had the opportunity to speak with Louise Duffield, an Executive Researcher with GatedTalent. I asked Louise to tell me a little bit more about the platform and how it works from the executive point of view.
Here is the takeaway from our Q&A session:
Tim: Louise, why should an executive register with GatedTalent?
Louise: The Answer will vary based on those ‘actively’ looking and those who are not looking ‘right now’.
Most executives will know a couple of senior recruiters. Most also know that senior positions aren’t advertised. Most will realize that high level Searches are handled by a single recruiting firm. However, most don’t think through the ramifications of these three facts – if you know 5 of the top 6 recruiters in a sector, but the perfect position for you is being filled by the 6th and is not being advertised, they you are not going to hear from that recruiter unless you can be found.
GatedTalent helps highlight your achievements and aspirations and puts you under the nose of leading recruiters – it is used by over 200 of the leading Search firms in the World to identify and engage with talent and is accessed via the CRM they use day in, day out. It’s also private, so executives can share more information that they would on LinkedIn ensuring that they are more easily found.
Fundamentally, what I do state to those who are not actively looking ‘right now’ is GatedTalent is a way to stay on the ‘radar’, something we touched on in our last article was the rate at which things can change day to day. It’d better to be on the ‘radar’ and be informed in my opinion, then to dismiss a chance of being found for your perfect next role.
Tim: Could you tell us a bit the type of opportunities executives can expect to find through GatedTalent? Can you find C-level opportunities through the platform?
Louise: Absolutely. We have over 200 clients across 30 countries. Many undertake Board work; others cover the C-Suite. We also have clients which deal with Consulting or Interim roles. An executive can express their interest in their preferred role/s in a GatedTalent profile – under ‘Aspirations’, they can add as many roles which are of interest to them currently, along with aspirational information on location and compensation expectations.
Tim: Could you tell us a bit about the confidentiality aspect of the platform for executives who are currently employed and might want to be on the platform in stealth mode?
Louise: This is crucial for our members. A clear majority of profiles in the platform belong to successful executives who are currently employed. They can’t be seen to be looking! A point made to me time and time again and of course always happy to reassure our executives on!
Unlike LinkedIn, our platform is only available to our recruiter clients who pay a fee to access it. Should they find your profile, your name and contact details will be hidden initially. You also have the option to mask your company name and title if you wish – so the CEO of American Airlines (as a random example) could label himself “C-Suite Executive, Global Airline” if he wished.
At GatedTalent, we are so focused on privacy that even I won’t ever know if the executives I speak to create a profile as I have no access to the profiles made by our members.
Tim: Are there any regional restrictions or is your platform a good resource for executives conducting a global search?
Louise: Great question, something I am asked a lot as we are a UK company, I am pleased to say there are no restrictions! Our platform is truly global. We have executives in more than 100 countries. We have recruiters based in 30 countries, but many of them operate globally. Our recruiter clients between them have offices in more than 60 different countries.
Tim: How would a recruiter find an executives profile and how would they establish contact?
Louise: We offer very detailed Search functionality, and this is available directly within the CRM platform that many of the recruiter firms use (FileFinder Anywhere from Dillistone Systems – our sister company).The recruiter can search on various criteria (industry, location, required compensation, key words, company / title (if you decide to share it), resume text etc.). They will then see an anonymous version of your profile if you are a match. If a recruiter is interested by your anonymous profile, they’ll send you a message with details of the search. If you are interested, you can share your details. Alternatively, you can block the recruiter or simply say “not right now” meaning the they can contact you again in future.
Tim: Last but not least, is there any scenario you can see where it would not be a good idea for an executive to sign-up with your platform?
Louise: I can safely say I can’t think of one. An executive in her perfect role may be interested in a Board seat. An executive not in her perfect role may be interested in a new executive role. It’s a free service with no fees at any time and it maintains your privacy…. I cannot see any disadvantages in creating a profile and believe it can only be beneficial for executives to join us at GatedTalent!
There you have it right from the source. In my opinion, a great new tool for advancing your executive career, even in times when you are not actively looking.
So far I cannot see any reason why you wouldn’t leverage it as part of your strategic career planning.
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