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The One And Only New Year’s Resolution You Should Make

12 fresh months lie ahead of us and we can start on a blank page. Time to fix all the mistakes from 2015 and an opportunity to overcome our shortcomings and become a better human being. What are the new year’s resolutions you have made? Let me guess: more fitness, less work and an overall better work life balance? But hold on: statistically, only 8% of all new year’s resolutions are ever achieved and most
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5 Reasons Santa Claus Is A Better Manager Than You

Ho, ho, ho – Christmas is near and your year as a manager will end soon. Time to have a critical look at your managerial capacities: what is the one leadership skill you evolved with last year, what was your biggest success this year and what is your greatest deficiency as a people manager? How do you compare to Santa Claus? Santa does not run out of style, he is a charismatic leader, respected authority, he manages
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Will An Open Application With A Headhunter Work? Be Resilient And Creative!

Is it worthwhile to send an open application to a headhunter? Will I stand out to be invited to an interview with an Executive Search Firm? Here at Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands/ Lens & Partners, we are currently doing two Executive Searches at present. Different roles: a Finance Manager and a Manager Category Management. The positions have been presented, without mentioning the clients name, through d
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2+7 Tips To Becoming More Creative

This week’s posting comes from Annie Longeot, a creativity and innovation consultant and coach and founder of Rondement Carré, a consulting firm in Paris: How can you become a more creative Manager or Professional? Certainly not by striving hard to be creative! “Trying to” just means “trying” (but not always getting there) after all and as so often, more is less. Here below come 2+7 tips
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How To Prepare For Your Next Job Interview (Continued)

This weeks’s posting comes from Dave Heilbron, Partner of Kennedy Executive The Netherlands/ Lens & Partners in Amsterdam. “Last week, my French colleague Jorg Stegemann gave an overview on how to prepare for your next job interview. This focused on presentation. I would like to focus on content. So now you definitely have been invited for your next interview. This is of course an honor but does not g
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7 Tips For A Winning Job Interview

Congratulations! With the invitation to your first job interview, you have taken the first step in finding a new job. Based on the skills in your resume, your potential new Manager has decided that you should be able to do the job. Good news: it is now “only” about the personal impression you will make. Here are 7 tips for a winning job interview: You only get one chance to make a first impression: be on
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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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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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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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