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Christian Spletzer

Christian Spletzer
After years of working as an executive recruiter, Christian Spletzer founded Clockwork to improve how search firms and clients work together on retained search projects. He designed Clockwork to help recruiters demonstrate their consultative value to their clients at every stage of each project.

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How a Collaboration-First Approach Improves Your Executive Search Projects

Christian Spletzer - March 15, 2021

Here at Clockwork we often extol the virtues of client collaboration. In our Executive Search Performance Benchmark Report, we can clearly see that projects with online client collaboration have a 21% greater chance of ending with a successful placement. We’ve come to consider it as self-evident that collaboration is better.

Yet, when you peel back a layer there’s even more value to collaborating. It's not just better because the client is kept in the loop, expectations are set, and possible missteps are avoided. The search team actually does better work too!

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Clockwork's 2020 Year End Review

Christian Spletzer - December 18, 2020

2020 has been challenging in many respects, and we've all had to adjust to changes throughout the year. One thing that hasn't changed is Clockwork's commitment to continually upgrading our users' experience. Throughout the year, our team has been busy developing new and improved solutions that give our users more power with less effort.

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The Eight Stages of Successful Retained Search

Christian Spletzer - September 9, 2020

If you’ve been in the executive search industry for a while then you know the importance of having a process in place for managing your projects and business leads. What many new executive search professionals just entering this industry may not realize is what a good executive search process should look like. Furthermore, many don’t realize the importance that a good process can have on the success of their growing business. 

Topics: The Eight Stages of Successful Retained Search

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Executive Recruiting Best Practices: Closing Out Your Search Project

Christian Spletzer - May 21, 2020

So you’ve successfully placed the top candidate and have (hopefully) exceeded your client’s expectations. It is cause for celebration, but rather than sitting back and wiping your hands clean of the search project, it is key to stay engaged. In this moment of success, when the client is most impressed, there is a big opportunity to find future search work. In fact, this stage is so full of business development opportunities that, when done right, you’ll have the work coming to you rather than you having to seek it out. Let's take a look at the top 4 most important action items after the search is complete. And be sure to follow along with our Search Closeout Checklist.

Topics: The Eight Stages of Successful Retained Search

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Executive Recruiting Best Practices: Making the Final Candidate Selection

Christian Spletzer - May 20, 2020

After completing the assessment stage of the executive recruiting process, your client should have all the information they need to make a decision. Nonetheless, executive searches can get stalled just before a decision is made. Although your client is doing most of the heavy lifting at this point, your work here is far from over and your role remains a crucial part of the process still.

Topics: The Eight Stages of Successful Retained Search

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Executive Recruiting Best Practices: Formulating an Executive Search Strategy

Christian Spletzer - May 4, 2020

Every successful search project starts with a great search strategy. This strategy is what kick starts your project and keeps it moving in the right direction. Not to mention it's the foundation upon which the rest of the search project relies on.

Topics: The Eight Stages of Successful Retained Search

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