Category: Career Management

  • Not Every Job Is A Fit

    I spent 7 years working in the outplacement/career transition industry.  Four of the six of us at Abeln, Magy, Underberg & Associates came from the same outplacement company.  Each person we worked with had their own story – about why they were there (in...

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  • Conducting Your Own Job Search

    I was reading the September, 2017 HR Magazine (a SHRM publication) while waiting for a colleague to join me at a breakfast meeting.  There was a small article in the HR News section on parents of employees who want to be involved in their adult children’s...

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  • 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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