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Vlog – Common Interview Mistakes

04/11/2017 10.15 EDT

Sally Stetson, Denise Christman, John Touey and Donna DeHart discuss common interview mistakes and give suggestions on making a good impression and successfully marketing yourself to prospective employers.

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Vlog – Make Sure the Internal Candidate is Qualified

03/27/2017 01.48 EDT

In this episode of SSG's ongoing vlog series on topics of interest regarding executive search and recruitment, Sally Stetson provides some insight on our process for including internal candidates in a search assignment

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Vlog – Job Searching in 2017

03/10/2017 04.11 EDT

In this episode of SSG's ongoing vlog series on topics of interest regarding executive search and recruitment, John Touey gives advice on entering the job market in 2017

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Vlog – Most Efficient Interview Questions For Executives

03/01/2017 04.59 EDT

In this vlog, John Salveson, Jennifer Prefontaine, Dom Scafidi, Mike MacNamara and Tammy Townes give their thoughts on interviewing candidates and asking the best questions to get the answers they need.

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Unintended Consequences

02/15/2017 10.46 EDT

Life sciences professionals are accustomed to traveling the world freely, and that will most likely not change. What is different for them, however, is the growing chaos and confusion caused by President Trump’s unpredictable changes to U.S. immigration policy.

The life sciences sector has continuously been one of our most robust practice areas at Salveson Stetson Group. We regularly perform searches for pharmaceutical and bio tech companies of all sizes to help them find their newest executives. Although we normally work with these organizations to recruit talent across multiple functions, there’s one specific group of people on my mind today: scientific and research professionals.   I have always described the research and development professionals we recruit as “citizens of the world.” They are highly degreed, often holding both Ph.D. and M.D. degrees, and usually have been employed and educated in several countries. While we may find these people in different places across the globe, they are all connected through the common goal of identifying new therapies for various diseases. Their conferences may look like United Nations meetings, but their focus is not on where they were born or educated; it is on treating one of hundreds of diseases that still baffle and torment the human race.   Through our work in the life sciences sector, we’ve collaborated closely with these exceptional people for many years and have formed great relationships. However, over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a change in their spirits that we’ve never experienced before. They have become cautious – even fearful – about joining an American company. When discussing relocation, they show even more hesitation. The reason for their concern is obvious; the announcement of our new President’s travel ban from a...

“Hut, Hut, Hike!” Five Must-Have Leadership Qualities to Call Plays on and off the Field

12/15/2016 10.12 EDT

Whether you’re on the field or in the office, all teams need quality leadership to achieve their goals. So, how do the leaders who call and execute the plays during a game match up to the leaders calling the shots in the workplace?
“Hut, Hut, Hike!” Five Must-Have Leadership Qualities to Call Plays on and off the Field

To be one of the best quarterbacks in the league, a player must be able to assess the opposing team’s defense and adjust plays accordingly. At the conference room table and in the general workforce, the best leaders demonstrate agility to assess and adjust a business plan as needs and environments change.

Whether you’re on the field or in the office, all teams need quality leadership to achieve their goals. So, how do the leaders who call and execute the plays during a game match up to the leaders calling the shots in the workplace?...

Moving Ahead in the HR Field

10/12/2016 08.53 EDT

HR leaders not only need to be insightful in the most progressive HR practices, but they also need to understand the business in order to effectively contribute as a member of the executive team.
Moving Ahead in the HR Field

Success does not come to those who wait. Make sure to volunteer to serve on committees or projects, especially if it involves cross-functional teams. You will continue to learn, build relationships, and get noticed.

Serving as a key member of a human resources team can be a rewarding career path. If you are focused on the business and support its growth or changes, you will be ahead of the curve. ...

Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Executive Search

08/25/2016 01.53 EDT

Your client doesn’t want you to tell them what they want to hear; they want you to tell them what they need to hear. There are way too many “yes-men” and “yes-women” in our business.
Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Executive Search

a few observations on 20 years in executive search

Companies don’t move fast enough and don’t recruit hard enough when it comes to hiring superstars....

Why We Still Exist

06/27/2016 03.48 EDT

The point is simple – the value we bring to our clients is far more dependent on art than science.  It takes intuition, years of experience, integrity, collaboration and a host of other elements to find, attract, place and retain the best available talent for our clients.
Why We Still Exist

Another truism in retained executive search is that someone is always predicting that you are about to go out of business.

What differentiates us is that we can convince people who are perfectly happy in their successful careers to consider a new opportunity....

Crucial Concepts: Tips for the Emerging Professionals of 2016

05/23/2016 03.32 EDT

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I remember spending my mornings after graduation glued to my computer screen, repeatedly clicking refresh with the hope of seeing any sort of positive update. I wasn’t tracking fantasy football stats, nor was I waiting excitedly for a delivery notification from Amazon. Instead, I was compulsively checking my inbox, eager to hear back from potential employers.   While graduating college is an exciting venture, it can also be a confusing and stressful time in our lives. Although Bloomsburg University prepared us to meet the challenges of our respective disciplines head-on, many of us found that establishing our careers can be trickier than we initially thought.   During my own journey navigating the job market for the first time, I learned a few crucial concepts that helped me pave the way to the beginning of my career. Remember these tips when you start your job search:   Call yourself an emerging professional rather than a recent college graduate. This title allows you to highlight your post-graduation status without calling attention to any inexperience. In addition, it engages you to think dynamically about how your accomplishments differentiate yourself from the rest of your competition. It’s crucial to stand out amongst a sea of other applicants, especially when you’re new to the industry.   Be open to different career options. Although you may have studied one specific subject area in school, many of the skills you learned are applicable in a wide variety of industries. For example – just because...