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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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Diving Into The Third Reason For Gender Pay Gap

Here comes the third posting on gender pay gap, written by Wilma and Eline from Lens,/ Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands. The New York Times writes that the gender pay gap is mostly established after women have children. It adds another ‘how come’ to the list of explanations for the gender pay gap, next to deeply rooted beliefs about role models and hidden sexism. Is motherhood the third reason for gender pay
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Personal Branding: The 60/ 40 Formula You Have Not Heard Of Yet

Are you branding yourself properly and correctly? Personal branding is something we are or should be concerned with if not on a daily basis then very often. Are we communicating the right message to our clients or potential employers and are we vigorous enough in our communication? After working with Executives and MBA students on developing their personal brand, I have seen that most people are looking in the wrong
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How To Write A Job Description

A compelling job description will help you to attract the talent you need on board to reach your goals in 2017 and beyond. A badly written one will drive top talent to your competitor. But what exactly is a “good” job description? Based on what I have learned reading literally thousands of job descriptions in my job as an executive search consultant, here are my top three tips: Choose a catchy title: If y
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Gender Pay Gap – Why Women Do Not Negotiate

Here comes number 2 of the series of 3 postings on gender pay gap by Wilma Rossieau and Eline Joseph from Lens,/ Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands. There are many reasons about the gender pay gap. And some of them seem to be homemade: “In our previous blogpost about the gender pay gap, we showed through various quotes of our female respondents, that the pay gap is still alive & kicking on the work fl
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Will Big Data Take Over Your Job?

“Everybody who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be”, said Dennis Gunton. Dave Heilbron from Lens,/ Kennedy Executive Search in Amsterdam (look at their beautiful new homepage!) is irreplaceable and tells us about the risks that Big Data will be taking over our  jobs: Robotisation, artificial intelligence and big data will have enormous impact  on our jobs in the future. For quantitative jobs, such
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Gender Pay Gap – Are We Done With It In 2017?

Gender pay gap: are we finally done with it? What do we hear and see when talking to the Kennedy Partner offices in Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Monaco, Paris and Prague? This posting, number 1 of a series of 3, comes from Wilma Rossieau from Lens/ Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands. In Europe, the overall salary in 2015 of women was 16,9% below the salary of men. In manage
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Should You Hire That Very Candidate? The 5 Seconds Final Hiring Test

Hiring: I have done it 350 times for my clients and 50 times for myself since 2001! Phone qualification, personal interviews, reference taking – I have seen ’em all. Add personality and motivation tests, role plays or assessments centers for a more scientific touch – I have been there too. Which step is the most reliable one? Or is there a magic bullet, THE final hiring test, the number 1 indicator
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Valentine Day’s Special: Your Job. Still A Love Story?

My colleague Mirka from Prague has written what job search and interviews have in common. And indeed career management and love work – or don’t work – for the same reasons. Or not? Let us break down the different phases of a relationship, ugh, I mean your job: First love: The first weeks in the new company. You have high expectations and feel highly energized. It is so much better here than with you
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