All Blog Posts Tagged 'executive' (71)

Call for Mr. Hole, First Name: Jack

Here’s the recruiting scenario:

An executive search firm principal (let’s call him Jack) searches for and sources potential prospects via LinkedIn

Jack finds and contacts a potential prospect (let’s call her Jenny) through inMail

In his inMail…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on July 24, 2014 at 7:01pm — 31 Comments

5 Entrepreneurial Traits Yield More Jobs!

As I shared in many previous writings, the biggest engine for jobs growth is small companies and the entrepreneurs that run them. Research from the Small Business Administration (SBA) proves that these business risk takers created almost 70% of the net new jobs in the U.S. over…


Added by Scott Sargis on March 6, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

3 Steps to Improving Technical Recruiting in Cutting Edge Industries

At the recently concluded CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Dick Tracy’s wristwatch phones came ever closer to reality.

A plethora of companies introduced new products. Pebble Technology Corporation,…


Added by Scott Sargis on January 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

2014: Executive and HR Leadership Focus

A new year. The flip of a few digits on a calendar and somehow that magically allows us to renew ourselves, our goals, and our ambitions (professionally and personally). Some of those goals seem very good and things that everyone should aspire to. But sometimes the object of our focus is just a smaller aspect of a bigger issue that needs to be addressed. Without taking on the bigger…


Added by Doug Douglas - DX2 Consulting on January 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Excuses Are Like Armpits, Feet, and/or Buttholes

I live, eat, and breathe recruiting. I came into the industry in an entry level role and tried to learn as much as possible through asking endless amounts of questions and watching/listening to recruiters around me. I have done pretty well and have been fortunate to be successful in this world of mine. I am now a…


Added by Doug Douglas - DX2 Consulting on August 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

I hate resume templates … and here’s why!

Do a simple search in Google for “Resume Templates” and you will soon find that there are literally thousands of templates that you can copy and use. There are even many companies that sell these exact…


Added by Gavin Redelman on March 22, 2013 at 2:51am — No Comments

Turds on my freshly washed windshield and similar annoyances

One of my contacts shared this vent with me. Thought it pretty much sums up some of the lazy, sloppy, clueless types that somehow found their way into the recruiting realm.


I honestly have a ton of recruiters that contact me, the majority are very bad at their job and I would never work with them but this specific recruiter keeps sending me positions where I do not fulfill what is identified in the job description and/or requirements, so after being nice on about…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on November 16, 2012 at 12:23am — 9 Comments

My current favourite interview question

success failure


Yesterday I was directed to an interesting article discussing what the author considers to be the most important interview question (never asked). The focus was asking candidates what they really wanted from the job in order to understand what is truly driving them.

The article (as good articles do) got my mind wandering and led me to think about…


Added by Mark Nelson on September 11, 2012 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

Awkward Placement Approach

For some bizarre reason, I seem to attract more than anyone’s fair share of random inquiries, peculiar requests for assistance and other assorted mystery messages on a regular basis. One such recent item that caught my attention was the following snippet from a person presumably running some sort of “recruiting” service…  


As you will notice, this was a generic message sent to my email but not addressed to me by name – probably because I was only one of the thousand or so…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on September 5, 2012 at 1:02am — 7 Comments

Is your Executive Candidate Experience killing your company brand?

The executive candidate experience needs special attention.  We may think that every candidate needs special attention, but the fact of the matter is, these candidates ARE different and can kill your recruiting brand.   

I recently wrote …


Added by HRNasty on August 29, 2012 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

14 Leadership Traits

Everything I know about leadership I learned in the Marines.

I enlisted in the Marine Corps on my 19th birthday after a half-hearted attempt at college. I spent the next twelve years  learning to lead using the 14 Leadership Traits and 11 Leadership Principles. Nearing the end of my third enlistment my wife and I discovered that she was pregnant with our first child. So, I decided to hang up my guns.

Since then, four children have come and a dozen years have passed. I've read…


Added by Brian Keith on August 2, 2012 at 12:39am — 13 Comments

Harpers Rules: A review


I met Danny Cahill three years ago. He was in Palm Desert running a two day boot camp for seasoned recruiters. Danny was a much appreciated shock to the system in the midst of a burgeoning recession with no end in sight. For those of you not familiar with Danny Cahill, he is the leading coaching guru in the staffing world as well as the CEO for Hobson and Associates Executive Search.

Danny was all shock and awe with a whole lot of substance behind his methods. We had some…


Added by Cindy Cremona, CPC on July 16, 2012 at 8:08pm — No Comments

What is Headhunting?

Have you often been told by recruitment consultants that they are 'headhunting' for a particular role?  In fact on Linkedin you will find that about 1 out of 2 recruiters will mention Headhunting on their profile... as a skill or something that they regularly do

The free online dictionary says:

1. The custom of cutting off and preserving the heads of enemies as trophies. ( As much as what I believe I would like to do this…

Added by Sarah Calverley on July 3, 2012 at 3:47am — 1 Comment

The 31 flavors of recruiting - you're one of these

So, I posted this originally back in 2009 on my bloodspot blog "The Recruiter Chronicles"  Updated it again a bit essentially the same.  The reason I posted this was to help non recruiters appreciate and understand the different forms of recruiting and their individual strengths and weaknesses.  Also, for recruiters who have had a singular track, perhaps they could consider switching it up if they feel their strengths are better utilized in a different version of what they are already doing.…


Added by Joshua Lee on May 31, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Who works the hardest at your organization?

I recently met with an exhausted management executive who expressed a belief in a new office phenomenon that I had never really considered:

“When I started 20 years ago it was the junior people like me that worked the hardest. Now twenty years later it is the senior people like me that work the hardest. Somehow I have…


Added by Mark Nelson on May 23, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Job Search Terms – What is that? Don’t I Just Apply for the Job I Want?

Job Search Terms – What is that? Don’t I Just Apply for the Job I Want?

NO – that is the long and short of it.

Recruiters – agency or in-house all use key words and search terms when sourcing for resumes. Where are they looking these days? Beyond…


Added by Danielle Powers on April 20, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Experience Sendouts Market at SIA, #ef12

Visit Sendouts at Booth 617

The Sendouts crew is headed to Vegas this week for the SIA Executive Forum. We'll be set up at Booth 617, giving live demonstrations of our newest features, including Sendouts Market. We hope you'll stop by to get more information about the best of breed integrations we offer through Sendouts Market, and explore all of our latest innovations.

As always, you can try your luck at an iPad on…


Added by Jessica Lunk on March 13, 2012 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Do Your Own Job: I’m Not Your Researcher, Sourcer or Contact Database

Quite frequently I get contacted by people searching for something or someone. Normally, I don’t mind that. Actually sometimes it is flattering that a random stranger or casual acquaintance found something about me intriguing enough to think I’d be a good person to contact to get help with their situation.

In posting this I realize I may ruffle some feathers and raise some eyebrows.  My intent is not to come across as someone unwilling to lend a hand or offer assistance. The opposite…


Added by Kelly Blokdijk on March 2, 2012 at 1:30am — 15 Comments

What Candidates Tell Me: Simple Hiring Errors We All Make and How to Correct Them

This article contains actual statements made during post-interview debriefings and has been contributed by Jason Sanders, Ivy Exec's Vice President of Executive Search 

Each time one of my candidates goes on an interview, I receive feedback about a client organization, their job opening, and the personal impression they create. I generally hear good things about my clients, but I am…


Added by Elena Bajic on February 16, 2012 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Close the deal already, dammit!

Jesus Christ, I’m on the clock here again.  It’s a good thing my wife made me quit smoking.  I’d need a carton to keep these nerves at bay. Now, instead I compulsively refresh my stock portfolio. It’s down 40%.  In four seconds it’ll be back up.


Just checked. It’s down 45%. Shit, that doesn’t help.


Well, at least I’ve still got Bourbon. As long as I’m in this business I’ll never give that up. It’s noon somewhere for chrissake.


It’s D-day on a…


Added by Jeremy Spring on January 6, 2012 at 2:25pm — 24 Comments

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