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Right Or Wrong: “Headhunters Have Access To Candidates You’d Never Meet”

True. Direct search or “headhunting” is not only having someone call employees at your competitor’s with a cover story. If the headhunter has access to the hidden job market (the job YOU as a hiring manager gave us!), we also are in contact to the equivalent of the hidden job market: the “invisible man”, the hidden talent or the candidates that are not actively on the job market. And the
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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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Is Direct Search/ Headhunting Unethical?

I am an executive search Consultant (or “headhunter”) and when I tell people what I do for a living, I sometimes get the reply that is unethical to call employees at the work place, lure them into an interview and force them to resign if we feel they are good enough. However, in 15 years in this industry, I have never crossed anyone who told me “I am perfectly happy here, my boss motivated me daily
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Work Motivation Revisited: Theory And 7 Lessons Learned

This week’s post comes from Vittorio Rizzi, Managing Partner of VIR HR in Milan and our exclusive Partner for Kennedy Executive Italy: We all have read Maslow, Herzberg and McCleland in our studies. And we agree that the most valuable asset we have are our people. But do we REALLY use the learnings when managing our staff? A short overview: The term “motivation”, which originates from “motus”, refers – al
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How To Tell A Candidate They Did Not Get The Job

Congratulations! You have found the right candidate (male/ female; “he” as of now to make it easier to read) and he has accepted your offer. Your business critical position is filled, you can relax and your overtime will stop. One unsettling thing on your to do list remains: How to tell the other candidate (s) they did not get the job? After all, you have created hopes. You have shown a potential career p
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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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MBA Or What Are The Alternatives?

The MBA is a post graduate degree that will provide you with relevant knowledge in finance, strategy, leadership and other management disciplines. It is (or was???) one of the most prestigious and has a highly practical character as much of the studies will be based on case studies. Is the MBA a good choice for YOU and what are the alternatives? Why do I consider a MBA in the first place? Changing job or industry, up
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ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) And Personality Tests: Saviors Or Nemeses Of HR?

  This is a post by my good virtual friends Neil Patrick from 40pluscareerguru and Marcia LaReau from Forward Motion on the use of technology such as ATS (“applicant tracking systems”, a software that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs) or personality tests in the hiring process. Neil: Recently, I’ve been speaking with Marcia LaReau, President of Forward Motion, LLC about the use of
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9 Networking Tips From A Networker

While a headhunter is the best way to find a new job (at least for the headhunter), there are other ways. Having a solid network can be one but it can also be a powerful means to get business contacts, share knowledge and keep a competitive edge. Here are 9 networking tips on how to establish and maintain strong connections that will help you in good and bad times: You know more people than you think: Reflect upon wh
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5 Ways To Become A Better Manager Than Santa Claus

Last year I wrote 5 Reasons Santa Is A Better Manager Than You. Good news: you have become much better this year! Yes, you even have a good potential to become a better Manager than Santa Claus in 2015! Read on for the anti-thesis of last year’s posting and learn how to become a better Manager than Santa Claus: Adapt to new technologies fast: When Santa is going from A to B, he uses a reindeer sledge, and this
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