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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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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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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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A Brain Drain From London: The Effects Of Brexit For Executive Search

On 23 June the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. Initially a shock for the business world but now a reality. Most of us are coming to grips with this new reality. With the Brexit, free trade and movement of goods and people will be up for discussion and new agreements with the EU will have to be settled. Furthermore, it was reported that many Europeans working and living in London felt
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The First Month In The New Job

This week, we kick off a series of three postings that will examine what happens in the head, heart and soul of a candidate during the first three months in the new job. This pretty much compliments my posting “The 7 Phases Of The Job Life Cycle” on Forbes a while ago. Yet while that was theory, we talk about practice today and will have a close look at the mental roller coaster a candidate like you or me
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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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