Please note that the event will start at 9.15am, and will finish at 4.45pm with an opportunity to network with the other delegates. The venue will be open from 8:30am for registration and coffee/pastries.

The Research Practitioner Skills Day differs from other big training events in that, for the three breakout sessions, we will work in groups. This will give you the opportunity for role play, to ask lots of questions, and the trainers will be able to address your individual needs. Therefore, rather than give you a programme for the day, here is a synopsis of the three group sessions you will rotate around as well as a joint session further below.

Identifying and Sourcing The Very Best Candidates For Your Clients (Carol O'Driscoll)
Carol O’Driscoll is the Director of Archer Search and the former Research Director, Europe, for Russell Reynolds Associates.

This session will cover tips and techniques on identifying the best talent for your search.  How to get on spec referrals and build relationships with sector experts. How to make the most of a sourcing call and how to use this information to take the search forward.

Approaching Candidates (Francesca Lahiguera)
Francesca Lahiguera has spent 16 years in the executive search industry, including a number of years at Heidrick and Struggles and several years as a trainer for search-consult.

This session will cover:
• Understanding your brief
• Getting past the gatekeeper
• Pitching the role with confidence
• Screening against your brief
• Useful tools

Getting The Most Out Of The Internet And LinkedIn (Lois Grimshaw)
Lois has trained hundreds of executive search professionals across Europe. She is now acknowledged as one of Europe’s leading trainers on Internet Research Techniques.

This 90-min session will cover the following:

Part 1: Internet Search Techniques

• Basic Skills
• Google vs. Bing
• Finding High Profile Candidates
• Finding Details
• 'Outside the Box' Searches
• LinkedIn
• Social Media

Part 2: Getting the Most out of LinkedIn and Other Social Media

• Why LinkedIn?
• Presentation is Everything
• Grow Your Network
• Other Social Media

Ask the Experts!
The day will end with a joint session whereby the three facilitators will utilise their knowledge and experience to answer questions from the audience.  This will be a great opportunity for attendees to find solutions to the challenges they face day in, day out.


8:30am - Registration and NETWORKING COFFEE

9.20am - Welcome Remarks

9.30am - 11.00am  - Session 1

11.00am-11.25am – NETWORKING BREAK

11.25am – 12.55pm – Session 2

12.55pm – 1.45pm – LUNCH and NETWORKING BREAK

1.45pm - 2:00pm - FileFinder Anywhere Demonstration (Optional)

2.00pm – 3.30pm – Session 3

3.30pm – 4.00pm – NETWORKING BREAK

4.00pm – 4.45pm – Ask the Experts - PANEL DISCUSSION / Closing Remarks