The direct approach for the optimal sales manager

The active search and direct contacting of management and specialist professionals for sales is practically its own discipline within the field of headhunting. Special positions in this area can scarcely be filled using classical methods, which is why the only alternative is often to hire away top executives from other companies. This delicate process can only be carried out in a satisfactory way through direct contact at the highest level.

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The best headhunters find the best employees

Due to the constantly rising demand, the supply of headhunters has increased significantly in recent years. For companies, this does not necessarily make the issue any easier. It is also even more difficult to find the best headhunter for your company. The quality of the services performed and the level of seriousness vary widely. This makes two questions all the more urgent: What makes for the best headhunter? And how do you find them?

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HR Department or outsourced headhunting?

When making a targeted search for qualified managers in sales there are basically two options. Either one relies on one’s own human resources department, or one outsources this difficult task to professional headhunters who are, ideally, specialised in the recruitment of top executives in sales. The latter may be the better decision for a variety of reasons.

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What makes a good sales headhunter?

Nowadays, headhunters face numerous challenges in searching for top sales candidates. Applicant pools are shrinking, and the demand for executives is growing. Increasingly high-profile corporate cultures and changing applicant needs don't make things any easier. So what is essential for recruiting in sales? Here's a quick assessment.

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Recruiting in sales: why your own HR department is not always the best solution

Nearly 50 percent of new salespeople fail within the first one to two years. Among many other factors, this can often be due to a suboptimal selection process on the part of HR departments as well as the hiring manager with the final say. On the one hand, wrong decisions are understandable due to the demanding recruiting process in the sales area. On the other hand, they still should not happen.

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How to find top sellers even in times of crisis

The consequences of covid and other crises do not necessarily make it easier for companies to succeed in the employee market. So it's all the better to have a headhunter at your side who can nevertheless fill important sales positions with highly qualified people, taking into account current and, in some cases, crisis-related trends in the recruiting process. Two key words here are: virtual search and corporate social responsibility.

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