The recent hire of a high profile internet company CEO brings to mind, how do you hire a Chief? Do you promote from within or look outside the company to recruit qualified candidates? When Chiefs are hired from within there tends to be a chain reaction with employees internally advancing in positions. The Washington Post notes how this can result in an available entry level role. We examined hiring demand for Chiefs to gain some insight into recent hiring trends.
There are more than 3,000 job ads online for leadership or Chief positions. On average these ads are posted online for 34 days, about 5 weeks. Washington, DC has the most hiring demand followed by New York City. Below are the most commonly advertised Chief Executive positions:
- Executive Director
- President Chief Executive Officer or President CEO
- Chief Executive Officer or CEO
- Vice President
- Vice President Operations
- Vice President Development
- Public Works Director
- City Manager
The volume of online job ads for Chief Executives saw a 4 year high in August 2008 with just over 4,400 ads. Since then, hiring demand hasn't yet made it back to pre-recession levels. July 2012 ad volume was 11% higher than the same time last year.
Hiring Demand for Chief Executive Jobs – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta are the best locations to source qualified candidates. According to our heat map below, Recruiters will experience moderate difficulty hiring talent in Washington, DC. In this area ads are posted online for 43 days, which is about one week longer than the national average. Nationwide, it is less difficult to fill Chief Executive positions.
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