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  • Anxious to Stay/Able to Leave - for 2018

    It is a relatively quiet week . . . . . so it is time to catch up on last year’s reading (the pile I kept) and plan for the year to come.  I was reading HR Magazine and a quote caught my eye: “Job security is a myth. Set up Me Inc. – a...

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  • It Is NOT The Job Description

    Search number 600+ started last week.  The client is a wonderful organization that we have worked with before.  We have had the privilege of placing and/or working with most of their senior team.  We have worked with them for over eight...

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  • Not Every Job Is A Fit

    I spent 7 years working in the outplacement/career transition industry.  Four of the six of us at Abeln, Magy, Underberg & Associates came from the same outplacement company.  Each person we worked with had their own story – about why they were there (in...

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  • Conducting Your Own Job Search

    I was reading the September, 2017 HR Magazine (a SHRM publication) while waiting for a colleague to join me at a breakfast meeting.  There was a small article in the HR News section on parents of employees who want to be involved in their adult children’s...

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  • Generalist (‘Multi-Specialty’ Firm) versus Specialist Executive Search Firm

    Clients often ask search firms how they are different from others.  There are many angles from which to view a given firm’s differentiation—geographic focus, industry sector specialization, and functional focus, to name a few.  However, one of the...

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  • We Are Truly Honored – Thank You!

    On August 1st (2017), we start year 22 as a Retained Executive Search firm. Ken and Mary Abeln, co-founders with me (David Magy), actually set up our firm a month earlier – working on all of the business and legal requirements to start operating on...

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  • Salary - The Discussion We Have To Have

    Can you ask a person’s salary history?  Does it matter what they make or made?  Doesn’t the company have a range they work from? These are great questions – and have been asked for what seems to be forever – since I first entered the human...

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  • Off-Limits - Rarely Discussed but Commonly an Issue

    Go to the website of most search firms.  They are similar - approach, team, etc.  But something is often missing.   Off-Limits This is a topic that is rarely proactive asked about, but has been one of the reasons we have...

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  • Terms to 'Know' (and Discuss) for 2017!

    It's 2017.  There are terms we should know (many we do) and discuss for this year.  Many have interesting workplace implications/meanings.  Here are a few of them!   Phubbing – phone snubbing; pretending to be...

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  • Let's Look To The Future

    Our clients and candidates often look to us for trend information.  What is new out there?  We as a search firm can talk about the economy, but future trends are different.  For that I rely on multiple experts including J. Walter Thompson, a global...

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