Category: Talent 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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  • 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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