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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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Right Or Wrong: “Headhunters Are Only For Executives”

Is it right or wrong that headhunters are only for executives, CXO and director level? Read on this posting by Jorg Stegemann, CEO of Kennedy Executive Search and Paul Battye, Partner at Kennedy for the United Kingdom, CEO of Moorlands Human Capital and Practice Leader Finance. The above is… wrong, of course. Several factors determine how we choose our assignments and for which kind of recruitment needs we will
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9 Steps To Get A Promotion This Year

New year, new luck. 2017 is your year and it is time to move on, internally or externally. Here at Kennedy Executive Search and in all markets we serve, we see that companies have difficulties finding the right talent. And in a booming market, retention also becomes more important. Retention? Sure. And what does your employer do for you to stay? Where do you stand today in your career (see my posting on Forbes on the
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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 2017! 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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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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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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