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Quintessential LinkedIn Best Practices For Job Seekers And Keepers

There have been several postings on LinkedIn in the past and new ones will come in the future. As Yogi Berra said, “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future”. However, it looks pretty possible that LinkedIn will accompany us for the next years of our career. And though the really important people may be not on LinkedIn today as my wife says, they will be there in 10 years (as future leaders wi
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How To Recruit To Succeed: Blasting Through The 3 Big Asset Management Road Blocks

This week’s posting comes from Paul Battye, Finance Practice Leader at Kennedy Executive UK and CEO of Moorlands Human Capital with headquarters in London, UK: Asset management businesses love to think that what makes them money is recruiting talented fund managers with skill, setting them loose on a portfolio and then selling that portfolio to the market in some form. Alas, in the modern market, it is not that
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What I Have Learned From (Not) Reading 50,000 CVs

In my career, I have received approximately 50,000 resumes (obviously I did not read them. Otherwise I would have no time to write this posting!). The reality is that I take less than 1 minute on the resumes I receive. And I am in good company: Research says that the average recruiter spends 6.25 seconds per CV before deciding “this one is not for me”. The CV is thus the worst ROI in your job search strat
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Why Headhunters Are Always Right (Almost)

A headhunter is always right: sounds arrogant, doesn’t it? But it sure is true though. In a way even so one client or another candidate might disagree. However, we are executive search consultants dealing with numerous candidates and clients with different backgrounds, cultures and requirements. As experienced consultants you do need to be spot on – otherwise our advice is not required. We talk to candidates and clie
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Hiring And Dating. Are They Really So Different? Part 2 Of 2

Welcome at the second part of our mini serial by Miroslava Barcova, Statutory Director at Delta Advisory/ Kennedy Executive Search Czechia. In the previous article we got to the first date/ first round of an interview. What comes next? 1. Next rounds Usually people do not get married after the first date. The same stands for employment. And the more mature people are, the more rounds it takes to accept give and get t
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Hiring And Dating. The Same, Just Different. Part 1 Of 2

This week’s posting comes from Miroslava Barcova, Statutory Director at Delta Advisory in Prague/ Kennedy Executive Search Czechia: “Dating and finding a new job: Two completely different things, different life situations, personal life and work. Do they really differ so much or can we find any similarities common to both of them? First of all, they both are relationships. Let’s have a closer look at the
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Women’s Quota: What’s The Buzz About It?

I am surrounded by women. Approximately 50% of the people around me are female, sometimes even more. Politics implement women’s quota, there are business clubs for women only and even job boards for female senior executives. What is going on? I wanted to know more about female executives and women’s quota and interviewed Nicole Bernthaler, founder and CEO of Exxecta, a platform for female senior executives: The
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How To Negotiate Your Departure

At work, there are only two really important meetings: your job interview and the negotiation of your departure. Earl Nighingale said “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. Remember: jobs are owned by the company, you own your career.” As of a certain level on your career, it is normal to negotiate a departure rather than finding
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Why International Work Experience Matters

Is international work experience overrated? Kennedy Executive Search is a network with Partner all over Europe and North America and I talk to executive search firm owners, clients and candidates not only in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris and Prague but also in many other destinations in Europe, North America, Middle East and APAC. Some of what I hear and experience is very different. Some is
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