Career World Champions 2010: Spain is Ahead of Germany and the UK

By Experteer Gmbh, PRNE
Monday, June 21, 2010

MUNICH, Germany, June 22, 2010 - While international stars such as Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and
Cristiano Ronaldo have been competing with their teams to claim the FIFA
World Cup championship in South Africa, Experteer has been searching for
career world champions. Experteer ( ), the leading
online career service, conducted a Europe-wide survey* of 2,500 senior-level
professionals to elicit critical feedback about their careers - from factors
they value in their current positions to professional development via
networking and career coaching.

Challenges in Austria and team spirit in Spain

Regarding job satisfaction, challenging tasks were the most important
factor for 52% of respondents. Notably, 70% of Italian and Austrian
executives rated this factor as having the greatest job appeal. Germany
followed up the midfield position with 59%. Like competitive professional
football players, these executives highly value the challenges their
positions bring.

The top motivating factor among French and Spanish senior-level
professionals is a team environment, which forms the basis of good working
relationships - and equates to valuable synergies on and off the 'pitch.'

One factor that ranked consistently lower across most countries was the
image of the team. Only the British valued the reputation of their company
most at almost 20%, whereas the Germans rated it least at 3%.

Offense vs. Defense

An essential element that cuts across football and careers is the offense
- the preparation and initiative, plus the confidence to drive change and
seek goals.

The British and German executives rated their career development - from
setting goals to achieving targets and scoring promotions - highest at 70%
and 60%, respectively. In contrast, for a country famous for their
"catenaccio" ("bolt") approach, Italians are more defensively positioned in
the workplace. Almost a third of respondents from the country of the current
world champions described their own career as not very successful.

To coach thyself or be coached

One key reason for the successful career of certain players and teams
lies directly on the shoulders of stellar coaches and their leadership. In
parallel, certain successful executives have professionally benefited from
coaching consultants.

Among our respondents, the Germans value career coaching the most at 40%.
Eighteen percent already benefit from an advisor. The Dutch (15%) and Swiss
(13%) followed up at a distant 2nd and 3rd value rating. Conversely, almost
two-thirds of Italians said they had already given up on coaching. Likewise,
39% of the British find no use for coaching for their professional success.

Player transfers: Not without my headhunter!

Senior-level professionals who, like valued players, want to advance
their careers need to strategize their transfers onwards and upwards. The key
element for successful job change across the majority of our respondents is
headhunters. As talent scouts of the economy, they are considered
particularly important in filling new positions, especially in Spain (40%)
and Austria (39%). The UK rated professional connections higher (39%) though,
and the Dutch (33%) and Italians (29%) valued online job boards most.

* Experteer surveyed more than 2,500 executives and senior-level
professionals worldwide in the period between 18 May and 8 June 2010.

About Experteer

With 60,000 selected top positions commanding salary benchmarks from
EUR60,000 and 6,000 certified personnel consultants, Experteer is the leading
career service provider for top executives in UK and Europe with respect to
quality and quantity. The premium service is aimed at professionals and
executives who are planning their next career step and would like to keep an
eye on the job market as well as their own market value. To generate
high-quality jobs for members, an independent team of analysts constantly
searches the market, classifies the different positions and assigns them
salary benchmarks. These are matched by Experteer Career matching with the
skills and career goals of the 1.8 million members. This gives members an
overview of suitable positions - even beyond their own industry, function, or
leadership level. In addition, Experteer offers discrete access to its
network of head-hunters and its exclusive job market. Members can place their
career profiles there for head-hunters and be found with unerring provision.

Experteer GmbH, based in Munich in Germany, was founded in 2005 by
Holtzbrinck Ventures GmbH, a subsidiary of the Georg von Holtzbrinck
Publishing Group. Well-known partners such as The Independent, Il Sole 24
Ore, Handelsblatt, DIE ZEIT, Stern, FTD or n-tv have integrated the career
service into their websites. For more information, visit
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.it/ .es/ .nl and

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