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Proven Leader...Results-Oriented...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Started Mar 23, 2012 0 Replies

We hunters of heads have read them. Over and over and over, again.Proven leader, results-oriented, team player... The list goes on and on.Which terms--used by candidates in their CVs--make you groan,…Continue

On-boarding: seeking your insight on best and worst things placed candidates do during the On-boarding process

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandra McCartt Mar 15, 2012. 3 Replies

Hey all - I am seeking your insights on the process of "on-boarding" new hires. Your responses may appear in a new post on my website…Continue

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Getting Applicants to Answer Questions (You Cannot Ask) - seeking suggestions

As American recruiters, we oftentimes are handcuffed from asking direct or personal questions about our candidates. In some cases, our labor laws prevent us from doing so. Birthdates? Marital status? Fuggettaboutit!Years ago, our firm developed an artful strategy for asking--without actually asking--a candidate about his/her requirements for working in the U.S.BAD QUESTION (WE WILL NEVER ASK THIS): "Do you have a green card?"GOOD QUESTION (WE'LL CAREFULLY ASK THIS): "Do you require paid…See More
Sep 10, 2013
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Hunting Heads ('MAD MEN' Style)

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:Visitors to The Green Suits likely know my devotion to the AMC TV dramatic series, MAD MEN--or as it is known in my household--art imitating life times two. Both my wife and I are veterans of large MADison Avenue ad…See More
May 28, 2013
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The Career Coach: A Trusted Advisor Invested in Your On-The-Job Success

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:Paul Courtemanche has enjoyed a storied career in direct/interactive marketing and product management. In 2012, he became a "corporate escapee" when he co-founded Cincinnati-based KDL Alliance, a business accelerator that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses. We recently caught up with Paul to discuss his new endeavor:TGS: What events in your life and career got you to career…See More
Apr 23, 2013
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Professional Endorsements on LinkedIn: The Ones You Write Matter Most

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:LinkedIn has revolutionized the executive search process. And, as of January 2013, the business executive social community passed the 200 million member mark. LinkedIn may have a fraction of Facebook's…See More
Mar 21, 2013
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Yahoo! CEO Moves Calendar Back to Early 1980s, Bans Telework

Regular readers of TheGreenSuits.com know that we embrace telework. We believe that talent who are allowed to work remotely tend to work longer hours than their traditionally officed counterparts; they are nimble, creative, productive, well-rested, and inspired. Typically, they achieve some semblance of work/life balance that eludes talent who must work from a brick-and-mortar…See More
Mar 1, 2013
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Our Take on Employment Counter-Offers: Buyer Beware

photo h/t amctv.comRecently, fans of the hit series Mad Men watched sadly as copywriter Peggy Olson tendered her resignation to Don Draper. Although Don tried in vain to retain his protegé with a solid counter-offer, Peggy resisted; she promptly left Don and the firm to become Copy Chief at another agency.And while this retired "Mad Man" was…See More
Jun 13, 2012
Dan Smolen posted a blog post

The Case Against the Kitchen Sink: Why Résumés Need To Be Only As Long As They Need To Be

It arrived as a WORD file--about 2.4 megabytes large.At first, I thought someone emailed me a PowerPoint presentation converted to WORD. But upon opening it, I discovered that the file in my inbox was actually a candidate résumé--the largest one which, in over 14 years of hunting heads, I had ever received. Here, the stats:

14 pages
1,800+ words
9 sections
12 candidate references, and
13 color…See More
May 22, 2012
Dan Smolen replied to Tim Spagnola's discussion 'Question of the day: What is the one mobile app you can't do without?'
"The great thing about smartphones is that they have eliminated the need for additional technology; in my case, the 'ol alarm clock. My smart phone IS my alarm clock and I cannot live with out the alarm clock app!"
Mar 23, 2012
Dan Smolen posted a discussion

Proven Leader...Results-Oriented...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

We hunters of heads have read them. Over and over and over, again.Proven leader, results-oriented, team player... The list goes on and on.Which terms--used by candidates in their CVs--make you groan, faint, scream, LOL?I may use your favorites in an upcoming post on TheGreenSuits.com.Thanks!DanSee More
Mar 23, 2012
Sandra McCartt replied to Dan Smolen's discussion 'On-boarding: seeking your insight on best and worst things placed candidates do during the On-boarding process'
"One of the biggest mistakes I see new hires do during the on boarding process involves those who will work in the field and are brought into corporate offices for on boarding/orientation. Being away from home, staying in a hotel, they make the…"
Mar 15, 2012
Cora Mae Lengeman replied to Dan Smolen's discussion 'On-boarding: seeking your insight on best and worst things placed candidates do during the On-boarding process'
"Are you going to also ask what are the top 5 (or 200) things a company should do when on-boarding a new hire? I have plenty of suggestions from placed candidates that walked into nightmares. Glad they called me and I quickly talked to the companies.…"
Mar 15, 2012
Megan Bell replied to Dan Smolen's discussion 'On-boarding: seeking your insight on best and worst things placed candidates do during the On-boarding process'
"It can be really frustrating for me and our Hiring Managers when we go thru all that work preparing the orientation and training to ensure a new hire knows everything about their job and company policy and then a day later they act like…"
Mar 15, 2012
Dan Smolen posted a discussion

On-boarding: seeking your insight on best and worst things placed candidates do during the On-boarding process

Hey all - I am seeking your insights on the process of "on-boarding" new hires. Your responses may appear in a new post on my website www.thegreensuits.com. What are the top five things that new hires should be mindful of during their on-boarding at a new company? Or what are the five most common mistakes that new hires make during their onboarding process?Either way, I look forward to your insight. With your response, please provide me your name,…See More
Mar 14, 2012
Dan Smolen posted a blog post

In Resume-Writing...it's all about METRICS

Greetings, one and all!We hope that you have gotten March 2012 off to a truly great start. Indeed, we have: the executive job market has picked up considerably, and, we are busier than we've been in a very long time.At The Green Suits, all this new activity has us reconnecting with many people who have been off our radar screens for a few months or for several years. And we are meeting lots of great talent who we have never engaged before.Whether we know the person on the other end of the line…See More
Mar 6, 2012
Dan Smolen posted a blog post

Recruiter Randall Byrn Joins The Green Suits

We are very pleased to announce to the world that Randall Byrn has joined The Green Suits as Executive Recruiter. Over the weekend, we got to interview our newest talent hunter.TGS: Welcome to The Green Suits. Please tell everyone about you: Where are you from? Where did you attend college?Randall Byrn: I grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee and at first studied English at Southwestern at Memphis (now called Rhodes College). Then, I transferred to USC in Los Angeles to study film making; I have a…See More
Feb 21, 2012
Dan Smolen replied to Tim Spagnola's discussion 'Question of the Day: From first contact to offer acceptance, what is the quickest placement you've been involved with?'
"My quickest completion of a job opening--from contract to invoice--was about 25 days. In 2007, I placed a SVP of Account Services at the regional office of a large marketing communications agency. For this search, I submitted just one candidate. The…"
Feb 16, 2012

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Dan Smolen
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Getting Applicants to Answer Questions (You Cannot Ask) - seeking suggestions

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:08pm 0 Comments

As American recruiters, we oftentimes are handcuffed from asking direct or personal questions about our candidates. In some cases, our labor laws prevent us from doing so. Birthdates? Marital status? Fuggettaboutit!

Years ago, our firm developed an artful strategy for asking--without actually asking--a candidate about his/her requirements for working in the U.S.

BAD QUESTION (WE WILL NEVER ASK THIS): "Do you have a green card?"

GOOD QUESTION (WE'LL CAREFULLY ASK THIS):…

Continue

Hunting Heads ('MAD MEN' Style)

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

Visitors to The Green Suits likely know my devotion to the AMC TV dramatic series, MAD MEN--or as it is known in my household--art imitating life times two. Both my wife and I are…

Continue

The Career Coach: A Trusted Advisor Invested in Your On-The-Job Success

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

Paul Courtemanche has enjoyed a storied career in direct/interactive marketing and product management. In 2012, he became a "corporate escapee" when he co-founded Cincinnati-based KDL Alliance, a business accelerator that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses. We recently caught up with Paul to discuss his new endeavor:…

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Professional Endorsements on LinkedIn: The Ones You Write Matter Most

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

LinkedIn has revolutionized the executive search process. And, as of January 2013, the business executive social community passed the 200 million member mark. LinkedIn may have…

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