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Women’s Quota: What’s The Buzz About It?

I am surrounded by women. Approximately 50% of the people around me are female, sometimes even more. Politics implement women’s quota, there are business clubs for women only and even job boards for female senior executives. What is going on? I wanted to know more about female executives and women’s quota and interviewed Nicole Bernthaler, founder and CEO of Exxecta, a platform for female senior executives: The
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Why International Work Experience Matters

Is international work experience overrated? Kennedy Executive Search covers today every corner in Europe and I talk to executive search firm owners, clients and candidates not only in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris and Prague but also in many other destinations in Europe, North America, Middle East and APAC. Some of what I hear and experience is very different. Some is not at all. In a nutshell, what
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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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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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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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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 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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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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