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  • Summer Job Experience - Skills Still Critical Today

    As the owner of an Executive Search Firm, we are retained to help organizations hire people – executives at the Director, Vice President and C-Suite level.  We work across industries and functions.  We work with employers of all...

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  • Are There BEST Versus WORST Words In A Resume?

    I was recently tweeted an article on the best and worst words for inclusion in a resume.  This is one of many articles I have seen on this topic.  The theme is a familiar one – interview questions and the best answers, etc.  And then –...

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  • The Seasonality Of Search

    It’s the day after Memorial Day . . . . . we are officially in (Minnesota) summer!  While weekends are always welcome, this time of year they are almost sacred.  We have beautiful summers in Minnesota – but they can be short.  What does that mean for...

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  • WELLLLL . . . . . . is NOT a good way to start your answer!

    Surprises in my business are not necessarily a good thing – especially when we are learning about a candidate.  We need to get to know candidates quite well.  We want to know about their education and experience.  We want to know their chronological...

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  • People Hire People (The Internet Does Not Hire People)

    Let me start at the end The candidate’s professional association data, a bio and a LinkedIn profile looked great.  We then started to e-mail/have an electronic dialogue.  A few steps into the interaction, we started to learn the truth about the...

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  • Attracting (and Retaining) Candidates in a Candidate Marketplace

    As a retained search firm, every opening we work on is exclusive to our firm.  Our clients have entrusted us to represent them - bringing them strong talent in a very competitive marketplace.   You Are The Third (Similar) Call This...

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  • A Candidate Marketplace

    While the stock market has seen a couple of bad months and it appears that economic growth has taken a (short) break, one thing has not changed . . . . . there is a very tight labor market. Actually, it seems to have gotten tighter.  Demographics ...

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  • Confidentiality!

    The vast majority of candidates that we contact for the retained/executive searches are happily, busily and gainfully employed.  When we reach out to them, we do not know if they are open to a move.  We don’t even know if they are open to our call.  We,...

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  • How To Work With Recruiters

    Every few months, I meet with a group of executives in transition to present on the topic, How To Work With Recruiters.  Themes There are commonly three themes to the discussion.  In short, they are: We (Retained...

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  • Ethics

    I was reading Friday’s Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (from October 12, 2018).  There is a program coming up called the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics.  The accompanying information says the program is an opportunity to...

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