Category: Talent Management

  • 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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  • 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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  • Who Is Doing Your Search Work?

    I was recently at a networking event and ran into one of my well-respected local competitors.  We were talking about the economy and our industry.  We were both pleasantly busy.  He commented, however, that his focus was to get out of the daily candidate...

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  • The Boutique Search Firm Advantage

    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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  • Integrity (Tell The Truth!)

    We interview people for a living.  We don’t interview many, however.  We talk to hundreds – many of those conversations are short.  We explain why we are calling.  We explore the basics of an opportunity to see if it is appropriate for the person...

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  • Attracting/Hiring in a Tight Job Market

    Many of you know that I am a data junkie.  Each morning I have a routine that includes looking at 3 newspapers (on-line, of course), oil and gas futures, Conference Board reports and stock futures.  I tweet (follow me: @David_Magy)...

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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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