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  • What are you passionate about?

    People ask me all the time, what separates an average candidate from an exceptional candidate? For people in transition, I am commonly asked about factors relating to job search success. I am not sure I fully have an answer, but I found an article that offered a...

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  • Final Year End Push

    According to the Georgetown Center on Education & The Workforce, about 74% of all job openings in Minnesota will require some post-secondary education.  The United States will fall short by 5 million workers with post-secondary education by the year...

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  • Navy SEAL Principles

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal published a great article last week.  17 Navy SEAL Principles That Every Salesperson Should Practice (by Gregg Swanson) is actually written for the benefit of...

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  • Let's Discuss Hiring Criteria

    Facebook, not the typical scholarly source for information, referenced an article in Forbes titled Ten Things I Couldn't Care Less About When I'm Hiring (by Liz Ryan).  I like lists - I...

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  • 'Politely' Get Our Attention

    Approximately 130 to 160 e-mails per day per person here . . . . . . some are advertisements/Groupons; some are from professional associations or organizations we have 'subscribed' to.  Many (hopefully, most) are from people we have reached out to on behalf of our...

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  • Entering Year 21!

    My co-founders and I have different start dates for Abeln, Magy, Underberg & Associates. Ken/Mary Abeln and I (David Magy) started the firm in 1996 . . . . . Ken and Mary on July 1, 1996 - with me joining them on August 1, 1996.  (My delay - completing my transition...

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  • Not All Families Are Created Equally

    Our last blog post talked about relocation - and the need to address the question directly.  Will you relocate?  If a position requires you work at a certain location, this is a rather basic question.  There is another area that requires a rather basic...

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  • Relocation 'Pre-Check' (and Timing)

    One of our current (and wonderful) clients was telling me a story of a recent search they were conducting (this client uses multiple firms depending on the level and/or function of the role).  The story was about a candidate they loved for a high-travel senior...

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  • Social Media Lasts Forever

    I have written on this topic in the past under different titles.  My favorite (title) still comes from a Head & Shoulders® commercial: You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression Social media can be a lasting and damaging impression....

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  • Please return our calls!

    Over the last few days, I spoke with two transition groups on How To Work With Recruiters.  We covered multiple topics - the general definition of retained versus contingent...

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