12 years on….
Since launching in 2004, court & spark has seen some game changing moments within the commercial landscape that have not only changed the way we conduct our executive searches, but also the roles we are recruiting for. Imagine a life without social media and electronic devices and drift back to a time when retailers were using carbon copy credit card machines and Oxford Street was dead by 6pm – a far cry from the fast-moving digital landscape we have now.
And then there’s Facebook. Also launched in 2004, it quickly established itself as the number one social site now used by more than 1.3 billion users globally. With the addition of LinkedIn, Google+ and the like, candidates took advantage of the online CV and vast networking opportunities. Not only did retailers have to respond to these changes, they quickly had to recruit the best digital talent for their businesses in a frenzy of ‘keeping up’. These roles have expanded rapidly and continue to do so at a high rate. CIO’s, Multichannel Directors and E-Commerce Directors are now an integral part of the boardroom. Candidates have also responded by growing their knowledge and skill sets to ensure their offering to retailers is relevant and competitive.
Looking ahead to the next twelve years, we will relish seeing how the digital world continues to influence – and though higher usage of the internet in talent search has become routine, at court & spark we’ll continue to spend valuable face to face time networking, screening contacts and developing relationships with the movers and shakers in the real world.