Category: Retained Search

  • 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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  • Off-Limits - Rarely Discussed but Commonly an Issue

    Go to the website of most search firms.  They are similar - approach, team, etc.  But something is often missing.   Off-Limits This is a topic that is rarely proactive asked about, but has been one of the reasons we have...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Google Is A Powerful Tool

    The subtitle should read: Tell The Truth We have written about people who do not tell the truth about their credentials in the past. We find that between 10% - 15% of all candidates fabricate a degree on their resume. It is easy to catch . . . . . we...

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  • A Law School Assignment: Reach out to a "Trusted Service Provider"

    I was recently contacted by an adult friend of mine who is in law school.  He is taking a Professional Responsibility class and was instructed to reach out to a non-law related "Trusted Service Provider" and ask a few questions.  I was honored to get the call....

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  • New Office!

    To start year 20 - we have a new address - as of today: 1907 East Wayzata Blvd; Suite 120 Wayzata, MN  55391 We look forward to serving you for years to come. Stay tuned for more about our new space....

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  • Do you know someone who can help us with a search?

    We need to get out there more! I was recently at a lunch meeting and was asked if I knew of a firm that could conduct a head of IT search. The person I was having lunch with is a past client - we had successfully conducted three searches for her previous...

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