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Career Advice From A Headhunter

You Have A Plan B. But What Is Your Backup After Plan A?

“Plan B”: The most legendary of all plans. The last hope for many leaders in risky situations. It’s not easy to catch. Most of the times someone says “We need a Plan B” or hopefully asks “What is our Plan B”, it just means “We are in serious trouble”. If you run a risky business, and you have no contingency plan, then you are in real trouble. The benefit of a second plan in case the first one fails is bey
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Searching For the Right President

Executive Search is changing and we are increasingly retained to find specialists for our clients. At Kennedy Executive Search, we serve clients on a global scale through our distinct ability to reach candidates anywhere on earth. The world is transforming and many of our clients are seeking innovators, individuals who can lead them through the process of change. For many large corporations, change is imminent and re
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Halloween Special: 4 Points Your Boss Has In Common With A Serial Killer

It is Halloween and time for our special edition! Did you already notice that your boss is a little weird sometimes and often shows strange behavior which you do not understand? A possible explanation is that s/he is a serial killer (though there may be other reasons). Let’s have a closer look at four points a serial killer and your boss have in common: Ethnics: A serial killer: The vast majority of serial killers ar
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What Is The Probability To Find Your Next Job Through A Headhunter?

I have been a headhunter since 2001 and believe that the best way to fill a vacancy is to use an executive search firm (especially for the executive search consultant who can send an invoice). But whereas our “fill ratio” is above 90% (meaning that we will get the job done), the ratio for the candidate is far from 90%. What is actually the probability that you will find your next job through a headhunter
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Candidates: Stop Sending Me “Dear Sir/ Madam” Applications

Never since 2001 have I received so many applications starting with “Dear Sir/ Madam” as now. Is the job market turning (again)? Is it that Kennedy Executive Search has become so famous? Or is it just a conspiracy, organized by a secret organization, a foreign state or my competitors with the aim to lose faith in my candidates? Some questions: Which conclusions can be drawn about the quality of your work,
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4 Reasons Hiring Is No Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles are fascinating generations since their invention around 1766. There is only one solution – the perfect one. Every open position is made for only one piece that fits. For every piece, there is only one position it fits in. No imponderables, no surprises. Hiring is a question of perfect candidates for open positions, and of perfect positions for talented candidates. Isn’t that just another j
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The Third Month In The New Job

Here comes the third and last contribution of three postings that examine what happens in the heart and the head of a candidate during the first three months in the new job. Victor answers to 5 questions after 4, 8 and 12 weeks which will allow us to compare what has changed on the way. Read on Victor’s report on the third month in the new job and learn about his priorities, successes and frustrations. The repo
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The London Perspective: The Impact Of Brexit For Executive Search

What is the impact of Brexit for the executive search industry? Part 2: My colleague Dave Heilbron recent wrote a great blog post entitled A Brain Drain from London: The Effects of Brexit for Executive Search. In this post Dave highlighted a number of key issues and some anecdotal evidence suggesting that the UK will potentially have a talent exodus on its hands post-Brexit. The issues Dave raised are very real but e
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The Second Month In The New Job

Here comes number 2 of our series of postings that will examine what happens in the head, heart and soul of a candidate during the first three months in the new job. Victor (see mini bio here below) who has told us 4 weeks ago how he did in the first month will answer to 5 questions after 4, 8 and 12 weeks which will allow us to compare what has changed on the way. Our journey through the integration period continues
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