Category: Talent Management

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You want to enter the search field?

    Since the start of 2015, I have received multiple inquiries about getting into the search field. The timing of this is interesting. There appear to be at least two key reasons for the confluence of approaches: The economy is expanding - the job market...

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  • Retained versus Contingent Search

    This is an all too common comparison of services in the search industry.  While the terms are common in discussions about the search field, the nuances about the differences are anything but common. These nuances are rarely understood by a candidate; they are more...

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  • A Candidate's Market

    Just a few years ago, the search industry was down 50% from the previous year.  Unemployment hit 10%.  Companies were shedding people.  Replacement hiring - only if really needed. Interestingly, candidates would not return calls - they were 'hunkering...

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  • Signs We Are In An Improving Job Market

    The population executive/retained search works with has to be defined for this post - at the very least, we are looking for people that are well educated and experienced.  By education, we mean a 4-year degree or higher. By experience, we usually mean at least 10...

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