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Career Advice From A Headhunter

Three Reasons To Accept A Counter Offer

Counter offer! The nightmare of the recruiter. What has happened until we got here? We have done a full search and talked to 150 candidates, sometimes more to identify those who are a) interesting (meet the criteria) and b) interested (want to move for that job). We have then interviewed the best and presented our shortlist with 3 or 4 approved and reference checked candidates. One remains and s/ he gets an offer. Wh
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Succession Planning – Preempting Empty Chairs In Your Organization

This week’s posting comes from Petter Berg, Partner and Co-founder at Human Assets Consulting/ Kennedy Executive Search Norway. Succession Planning is crucial to avoid “empty slots” in your management team – but most fail to do this exercise successfully. Building a sustainable pipeline of management talent at multiple levels is challenging, but we know from existing clients that it is doable. Most companies st
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6 Ways To Build And Grow Your Employment Brand

Here comes a posting from Annie Wright from Integrated People Solutions in Denver/ Kennedy USA: “Let’s start off by stating the obvious here: finding and recruiting top talent is difficult. You and your organization need to stand out in today’s candidate-driven marketplace. In order to do that, organizations no longer have the option to ignore employment branding as it has become a necessity for driving talent
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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. But what is the best CV? What s
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How To Answer Stupid Interview Questions – And What They Really Mean

In my career as a headhunter, I have conducted approx 2,500 job interviews myself and assisted to hundreds my clients led with my candidates. Since 2001, I have learned a lot from my clients on clever questioning that brings out the best of the candidates. But I have also heard many stupid interview questions. What is the reason stupid interview questions are asked after all? And how should you answer them? In my opi
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Gender Pay: Closing The Gap

Here comes the fourth and last blog post on gender pay gap, written by Wilma and Eline from Lens,/ Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands: In the first three blogs we have seen that the Gender Pay Gap is still a very relevant issue, even today. After interviewing female professionals here at Kennedy and its’ offices in Europe and the USA, it became clear that the Gender Pay Gap is silently though firmly prese
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The Future Of Recruitment: 7 Things To Watch Out For

Here comes part 2 of the postings based on the seminar I was holding in Budapest on „The Future Of Recruitment“, organized by our Partner office Ikelosz/ Kennedy Executive Search Hungary. Yogi Berra said “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future”. Here is my educated guess what the future might look like, once more with the input from my colleagues, peers and network in the Czech Republic, Den
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Will It Hurt Your Career Being Part Of The LGBT Community?

Will it hurt your career if you are part of the LGBT community? In politics not: Europe has now two openly gay prime ministers: Leo Varadkar, the Prime Minister of Ireland and Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg. Who would have thought that this would be the case ten or even twenty years ago within the European Union? Things have changed. However, not all countries within the EU are committed to equality when it comes to Les
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8 Challenges The Recruitment Industry Faces And How To Overcome Them

On 12 June, I was invited to hold a seminar on „The Future Of Recruitment“ in Budapest, organized by our local Partner office Ikelosz/ Kennedy Executive Search Hungary. And just like with the Rubik’s cube – a famous Hungarian invention – it is not always easy to define what the right move is. What does the future hold for us? What will change, what will stay the same? So far, all we know is that “it
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