AP Executive announces new Manager for Singapore Office
AP Executive, a multi-award winning global executive search firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chand Kamalakaran as the new Manager for the Singapore office. The appointment is a reflection of AP Executive’s ambition to develop business operations in Asia, whilst improving the level of professional service provided to clients and candidates in Singapore, Asia and internationally.
Chand specialises in mid-management to executive board level recruitment in the financial service sectors, particularly in the wealth management industries in Singapore and Asia in general. As an integral part of AP Executive’s operations in Singapore, he is responsible for strengthening and developing a blue-chip client portfolio in Asia, as well as establishing the firm’s footprint as a leading executive search firm within the Asian market place. Chand reports directly to Gina Le Prevost, CEO of AP Executive.
Gina commented: “I am delighted to welcome Chand to AP Executive so we can enhance our global reputation and presence in the APAC region. I look forward to working closely with Chand to ensure AP Executive provides superior executive search and recruitment services to our valued clients and their global operations in Singapore and Asia region.”
Chand joins AP Executive with more than nine years of recruitment and business development experience in Singapore. He demonstrates excellent customer relations, strategic management, negotiation and marketing skills, as well as expert knowledge and understanding of the regional job market. He worked previously as a sales manager, leading a team of business development managers to drive sales, achieve business targets and develop marketing strategies for a well known online jobs board. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Hertfordshire, UK.
Chand Kamalakaran commented: “I am delighted to be joining a reputable global recruitment company and to be developing the brand further in the Asian wealth management market.”
Chand draws on his previous experience within the Singapore market place to support AP Executive’s plans to expand operations into other Asian countries, as well as address the needs of Singapore’s financial services sector.
Are you a senior level executive looking for your next career step? Then you need to be aware of the potential challenges ahead of you and how we can help you overcome these hurdles.
There is a general perception that higher the career ladder, easier it is to land a job. However, these days this conception no longer holds water. Whilst graduates are struggling in the job market due to lack of experience, senior executives also face challenges in their job search, however for different reasons.
Here we have highlighted some commonly experienced difficulties in executive level job search. This is to help you understand the challenges that you may encounter when looking for the next career opportunity.
1. Difficult to find C-level jobs
Senior executive jobs are becoming increasingly difficult to find - be it for internal recruitment or lack of advertisement. In such a scenario, job search can be time-consuming, complicated and frustrating. Although this may not always mean a dearth of senior level openings, finding a perfect job match for C-level skills set can be long and tedious.
2. Failure to get an entry
There are several gatekeepers to senior executive positions. This complicates the hiring process and hinders entry. The company’s Human resource team, too, may not be of any help; they mostly cater for the recruitment of junior to mid-level candidates. A strong network of contacts can prove helpful here, along with superior references and referrals. Whilst right contacts can fetch the dream job, considering the high position and work-load, networking for job remains a difficult task for most senior level executives.
3. Filling up vacancies through internal hiring
Most companies find it safer to consider internal candidates for senior level positions. Hiring someone from outside can be expensive and time-consuming; they rather opt for internal recruitment instead of investing resources in training a new employee. However, an internal candidate may not always perfectly match the job criteria, and then the company needs to look for a better qualified candidate from outside.
4. Compromise with remuneration
Senior level executives enjoy numerous benefits, including a hefty salary. However, you may have to compromise with the remuneration when looking for a new position. Accepting a pay cut may be a prudent decision, if you get matched with the right position and achieve career progression.
5. Tougher competition
Executive searches are far more complicated and intensely competitive than other job searches. Navigating through the fiercely competitive executive job market requires innovative strategies, thorough research and of course, patience. You need to set your professional goals right and market yourself accordingly to the relevant potential employers.
6. Lost touch with interview skills
Executive level candidates, after having spent years in an organization, come to a point when they seek a new opportunity or career change. But they may not have faced a job interview for years, and often they are not well-prepared for an executive level interview. Interview stage is the first point of face-to-face contact between the executive candidate and the company. As the job vacancy is of high-profile level, company would want the best to fill in that role. Such powerful job positions usually attract multiple C-level candidates, so knowing the strategies to stand out from the crowd is crucial.
7. Not up-to-date with CV
– Often senior level jobseekers underestimate the importance of a professional CV. They let the CV gather dust, instead of keeping it updated and flawless at all times. In fact, they are fallible to similar mistakes which entry-level job seekers usually make. An executive CV should showcase the unique ‘selling-points’ of the individual and be carefully tailored to the specific job position.
AP Executive with years of experience in executive job search is uniquely placed to assist you in taking the next big career step. Our extensive network of contacts and clients, unrivalled by other recruiters, puts us at the forefront of executive search in wealth management and legal services.
Understanding the executive recruitment market on this scale gives our consultants unrivalled knowledge to ensure your skills are matched with the perfect job, where you not only get job satisfaction but also career progression.
Our consultants adopt a candidate-friendly approach, and are always on hand to provide private confidential advice. We offer expert advice on preparing for executive level interview and polishing your resume, so that you can smoothly sail through the recruitment process.
We aim to maintain long-term relations with our candidates, and keep in touch even after recruitment. We make sure that you are happy with our service at all times.
AP Executive, the global recruitment specialists in wealth management, trust, fiduciary and family office, have opened an office in Singapore to service its blue chip clients in Asia.
The new regional base enables AP Executive to enhance the level of services provided to clients in Singapore, Asia and internationally. Already well established in London, Guernsey, Jersey, Switzerland and Cyprus, AP Executive is the recruitment partner of choice for firms looking to hire talent and to professionals seeking a new career. AP Executive services clients and mid management to executive board level candidates in more than 55 jurisdictions globally.
Heading up the new Asia office is Clarence Lai who is a Singaporean national. He brings with him a proven history in successful management experience within the Singapore market place. AP Executive CEO, Gina Le Prevost says:
“Clarence has the drive, loyalty and commitment to succeed. I am delighted to be closely working with Clarence so we can continue to build AP Executive’s global reputation and recruitment reach - to ensure our valued clients continue to work with AP Executive as their first and only choice in securing the right professionals for their global businesses. Clarence will also be further developing our portfolio of clients and candidates within Asia”.
Clarence says: “Wealth management recruitment is an exciting industry to be involved in and I am delighted to have joined AP Executive and be responsible in the company’s development into Asia and to be able to build the brand name even further. This is an exciting career phase for me’.
Singapore by far is the most popular city to work in Asia and on a global scale stands close to London and New York. Furthermore, the attractive tax system, economic stability and favourable policies, high-class infrastructure as well as location places Singapore at the forefront of business in Asia. In essence Singapore is an attractive place for businesses because it has all the financial benefits of an offshore location with all the infrastructure and support that major on-shore financial centres like London and Wall Street can offer. The setting makes this one of the premier jurisdictions for wealth management, family office, trust and other financial services sectors.
AP Executive was developed in the 90’s in Guernsey as an offshoot division of AP Group and has since grown to become the largest division of AP Group. The Channel Islands are known as one of the world’s key financial centres particularly for trust and fiduciary and so it was a natural progression to develop AP Executives recruitment expertise of this industry into other regions. ‘The trust, fiduciary, family office and wealth management industry, has given us a leading edge when expanding globally, enabling AP Executive to exceed expectations internationally. We have developed internationally over the years as our clients have done.’ says Gina.
With the Asian market place expanding broadly into the world’s financial and economic markets, AP Executives new office in Singapore comes at a more compelling time for companies looking to expand and grow. We have been placing professional candidates on an international level for more than 24 years, and have helped many individuals with the opportunity to broaden their expertise and to live and work in new and interesting locations. We have also assisted many clients to expand their operations and find them the key staff in the locations they have opened in. We believe that our new operation in Asia is providing the idealistic opportunity for further growth for our clients and for our candidates.
AP Executive has moved into new offices as of 18 January 2013. The new address is Office Nr 102, Yiota Court, Arch Makarious 134, Limassol, Cyprus.
With the newly established accounts department in Cyprus, there was a clear need for more efficient and larger office. The office which is based in a central location is welcoming for new and existing clients and candidates, and we have more room to build on our team of recruitment consultants in Cyprus.
Along with the office in Nicosia, the new accommodation in Limassol enables AP Executive to provide the best of services to its clients.
If you would like to register with AP Executive , or have a vacancy that need to be filled please contact one of our industry specialised consultants in Limassol on (+357) 25 730399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company was originally established in Channel Islands in 1990 and first opened an office in Cyprus in 2004. With in-depth knowledge of the onshore and offshore markets and an unparalleled international network, our team of experienced consultants are able to deliver a seamless and comprehensive recruitment solution, providing a bespoke and confidential service to our clients. AP Executive, established globally in 1999, specialises in sourcing local and international candidates for management, board level and executive positions in the financial services and legal sectors.
AP Executive have just recently opened a new office in Asia, adding to its existing network of offices across the globe.
AP Technical specialist in IT, Multi Media and Telecoms recruitment from junior to senior management and board level, both locally and internationally has also moved in the new premises.
AP Executive opens new office in Cyprus and moves in Guernsey
AP Executive, the global specialist recruitment division of AP Group has opened a new office in Limassol, Cyprus. Servicing the wealth management, trust, fiduciary and family office sectors, AP Executive opened its first Cyprus office in Nicosia and have been recruiting in the region since 2004. The new office demonstrates company's determination to establish itself as an integral part of the business community in Cyprus and internationally.
The office, situated centrally in Vanezis Business Center, enables AP Executive to provide the best of services to its clients.
The expansion followed an office move in Guernsey where the recruitment agency for senior level executives was established in 1990. AP Executive also has offices in Jersey, London, Geneva and Zurich, from our experienced professional consultants cover senior level hires in more than 55 jurisdictions globally.
To make an appointment at one of our seven offices, see our consultant profiles and find specialists, dedicated to recruitment in your region of preference.