Category: Career Management

  • We Are Truly Honored – Thank You!

    On August 1st (2017), we start year 22 as a Retained Executive Search firm. Ken and Mary Abeln, co-founders with me (David Magy), actually set up our firm a month earlier – working on all of the business and legal requirements to start operating on...

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  • Salary - The Discussion We Have To Have

    Can you ask a person’s salary history?  Does it matter what they make or made?  Doesn’t the company have a range they work from? These are great questions – and have been asked for what seems to be forever – since I first entered the human...

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  • Is LinkedIn the New Job Search ‘Small Talk’?

    How is the weather? How do you think the Twins will do this year? What do you think of our President?I’d like to join your LinkedIn...

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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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  • 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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