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UKheadhunters say that one of the best places to network is online

UKheadhunters say that one of the best places to network is online

97% of headhunters think senior executives should be on LinkedIn

A new report compiled by InterExec has revealed that UK headhunters think that online is the 2nd best place to network after a marketing or industry event.

Whilst a 22% share of the respondents indicated that headhunters believe that an industry event will still provide the best opportunity to meet new people in business, a significant 18% share believed that online activity was the best place to network.  Members clubs ranked 3rd, followed closely by Golf Courses.

In addition, the report revealed that, whilst 97% of UK headhunters think senior executives should have a publicly-accesible profile on LinkedIn, 86% think that senior executives should not have a Facebook profile.

The report, which was conducted by InterExec, the Confidential Agent that represents senior executives seeking positions paying &pound150,000 to &pound1m, surveyed a cross-section of the top senior executive headhunters across the UK.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, commented: “The rapid rise in technology and social media has meant that more and more senior executives are turning to the Internet to network.  Meeting people online for business has become more popular than the annual business Golf outing.  However, there is an interesting social division emerging between the different types of social media available.  Whilst to be a member of LinkedIn is considered acceptable in professional and business circles, some social media, such as Facebook and MySpace – which are predominantly used by those under the age of 40 – are deemed inappropriate for business networking.”  

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