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Retained Executive Search Firm vs. Contingency Search Firm: Understanding the Differences

09/25/2019 12.02 EDT

A retained executive search firm places great emphasis on the search. It invests time to ensure it knows the client’s culture, understands exactly what type of candidates the client wants to consider, and evaluates whether or not a candidate will be a strong cultural fit. It will screen dozens and dozens of candidates and present only a few to the client.
Retained Executive Search Firm vs. Contingency Search Firm:  Understanding the Differences

For staff and lower-level management jobs, a contingency search firm can be a good solution. But for senior-level, high-profile or very important posts, a retained executive search firm will typically make more sense.

One of the biggest misunderstandings in our industry is around the two different types of executive search firms. Although both types of firms help to find talent for an organization, the way they are compensated and how they approach the search are vastly different....

The Roving CxO: What is it and why does it matter?

08/20/2019 04.23 EDT

It is important to understand the pros and cons of employing a roving C-Suite executive and apply them to your own situation. There is a case to be made on both sides of the coin, but as technology continues to evolve, this is a trend that will become more prevalent.
The Roving CxO: What is it and why does it matter?

As technology continues to evolve, companies are equipped with a variety of tools to stay in touch with employees outside of the four walls of their headquarters. This growth in technology has led to the birth of the roving executive.

A roving CxO is any C-Suite executive whom does not permanently reside in the same state in which the company they are employed is headquartered....

The Professional Relationship: Three Ways to Expand Your Network

06/12/2019 03.59 EDT

Taking the time to invest in yourself and trying to reach out to a few new people or groups regularly, will make a difference in your life and perhaps in the lives of others.
The Professional Relationship: Three Ways to Expand Your Network

Building your network doesn’t just happen by itself, you need to be intentional to make it happen.

Research has suggested a positive correlation between social interaction and health. The more you interact and form relationships with others, the more engaged you are and the more you learn....

Seven Qualities of the Perfect Job Candidate

01/31/2019 02.27 EDT

We have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of searches over the years and during that time, we have observed and experienced diverse candidate behavior.
Seven Qualities of the Perfect Job Candidate

Listed below are seven qualities that may help a candidate stand out

I thought it would be helpful to share how an executive search consultant would describe “the perfect candidate.”...

What About That Bonus?

11/14/2018 01.50 EDT

For companies on calendar fiscal years, bonuses are usually paid out in March of the year following the bonus period.  So, if you plan to leave your company for another role after the first of the year – and before March – you will leave that annual bonus on the table.
What About That Bonus?

It is the time of year when those thinking about making a career change must consider the implications of their departure on their annual bonus.

Most employers recruiting top talent recognize this as a legitimate issue.  They understand that candidates who are entering the fourth quarter of the year expect something to offset the bonus they are leaving behind....

8 Most Sought-After Traits for Human Resources Executives

09/05/2018 04.35 EDT

Whether the company is small and privately held or large and publicly held, the profile for the HR executive is fairly similar.
8 Most Sought-After Traits for Human Resources Executives

There are common key traits clients seek in their HR Executives

Clients have an ideal profile for HR executives as they add talent to their organizations....

Beating the Block

07/26/2018 11.44 EDT

My advice to you if you are feeling blocked at your current company is first to look inward.
Beating the Block

Sometimes, the only one blocking you is you.

When someone tells me they are blocked from advancement at their current company, I usually take it with a grain of salt....

Brick by Brick: Building Your Professional Network from the Ground Up

05/14/2018 02.56 EDT

Making connections, cultivating relationships and establishing a robust, professional network is a useful tool, offering potential career opportunities, new clients, mentorship, volunteer work and career advice.
Brick by Brick: Building Your Professional Network from the Ground Up

With some planning, thought, and a little elbow grease, building a professional network can be a useful tool.

Making connections, cultivating relationships and establishing a robust, professional network is a useful tool, offering potential career opportunities, new clients, mentorship, volunteer work and career advice....

Career Development Tip – Make Time for Executive Search Firm Calls!

02/17/2018 12.30 EDT

Keeping your eyes and ears closed to the external world is a big mistake. Developing relationships with retained executive search firms consistently should always be a part of your career strategy.
Career Development Tip – Make Time for Executive Search Firm Calls!

If called by a search consultant, take the call.

Developing relationships with retained executive search firms consistently should always be a part of your career strategy....

New Year, New Opportunities:
How to Prepare for a Job Search in 2018

12/18/2017 02.41 EDT

Looking for a new job can be a difficult process. The key is to remain positive and focused. Remember that all of your hard work could result in the start of the next chapter in your career, and an exciting beginning to 2018!
New Year, New Opportunities: <br />How to Prepare for a Job Search in 2018

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it is a common time for people to reflect on the past 12 months and start planning for the new year. As a result of this soul searching, many decide it may be time to take the next step in their careers and jump back into the job market.

Focus on networking, connecting with search firms and applying to jobs online. Spend most of your time networking instead of online job applications, where your resume is likely to get lost in the shuffle. Many roles are filled through networks instead of online postings, so building your referral base is critical for a successful job search....