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Career Advice From A Headhunter

How Many Job Interviews Are Too Many?

The job interview process is probably the most crucial part to a successful hiring. And without successful people on board – from the switchboard operator, over Research & Development and accounts receivables to the CEO – no company will stay in business. Much has been written (including on this blog) on how to master the job interview, both for the hiring manager and the candidate. This is the qualit
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Six Reasons Your CV Is Not Good Enough

As executive recruiter many people have asked me, if I could check their Curriculum Vitae (CV or “resume”). I get requests from top executives to specialists. Not surprising as everyone has their own opinion about structure, number of pages, design, etc. Over the last 8 years I have seen thousands of CVs and every time I am surprised with the enormous amount of differences. D But what is the best CV? What
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How To Choose Your Next Job (Checklist/ 6 Points)

This is a crucial one. A bad decision can have a highly negative impact on your resume and career evolution. After all, you seek more responsibility, more money and personal growth, right? Here are the 6 questions I recommend to minimize this risk of a false move when it is about the question how to choose your next job. And I would only accept a job offer if all points are positive: The Science: What is in for you?
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Is Direct Search/ Headhunting Unethical?

I am an executive search Consultant (or “headhunter”) and when I tell people what I do for a living, I sometimes get the reply that is unethical to call employees at the work place, lure them into an interview and force them to resign if we feel they are good enough. However, in 15 years in this industry, I have never crossed anyone who told me “I am perfectly happy here, my boss motivated me daily
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Five Reasons Recruiters Treat Candidates Badly

Every candidate has a story to tell of a recruiter who treated him/ her badly. Calls are not returned, emails never responded and – my favorite – nothing happens after “I will call you on Friday”. What are the top 5 reasons recruiters treat candidates badly? First of all, you should understand that not the candidate but the hiring company is our primary client. As a candidate, you do not pay f
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Work Motivation Revisited: Theory And 7 Lessons Learned

This week’s post comes from Vittorio Rizzi, Managing Partner of VIR HR in Milan and our exclusive Partner for Kennedy Executive Italy: We all have read Maslow, Herzberg and McCleland in our studies. And we agree that the most valuable asset we have are our people. But do we REALLY use the learnings when managing our staff? A short overview: The term “motivation”, which originates from “motus”, refers – al
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How To Tell A Candidate They Did Not Get The Job

Congratulations! You have found the right candidate (male/ female; “he” as of now to make it easier to read) and he has accepted your offer. Your business critical position is filled, you can relax and your overtime will stop. One unsettling thing on your to do list remains: How to tell the other candidate (s) they did not get the job? After all, you have created hopes. You have shown a potential career p
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The 7 phases of the job life cycle. Which one are you in?

Everything has a life cycle, also your current job. It is unlikely that you will still be in the same company 5 years from now. In addition to that, take care of your resume: you have to dynamize your career and changes are necessary to stay competitive. Recruiters may interpret it as lack of flexibility if you have not changed in a longer time. Yet like when buying or selling stocks, it is very hard to define the ri
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The 13 Best Ways To Find A New Job

Being on job search is a topic I know very well: after all, I am searching jobs since 2001. And since, I have found 350 and whenever I have found one, I gave it away: I am a headhunter. When I ask job seekers what they do to find a new job, I mostly hear “I reply to job ads”. This is not good enough and on top of that, it is the least likely method that works! Here come the 13 best ways to find a job that
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