Nicholas Meyler's Blog (15)

Lessons Learned: Ethics

At least three people that I have placed in the past decade (still at their jobs, at the same companies) have made over $500,000 this year. This feels good to know -- some people benefited from my work...

What's really interesting is that all three of those people actually asked me to help them find other jobs, because they weren't that happy at the companies after a year or two.  

I was very attentive to their concerns, but remained hands-off as much as possible, given the…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on September 6, 2014 at 4:36pm — No Comments

What is My Work Worth?

People sometimes complain about "enormous" Headhunter fees, where we are paid something on the order of lawyers' hourly rates.  I found this an interesting problem to analyze:  Are we worth our salt?

When I perform a search correctly, my work results in millions of dollars of value to my client, sometimes even billions. I think recruiters are way underpaid for what they provide as a service, and I would say there are very few lawyers out there that have my skills or…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Who REALLY Sucks? Scientific Study

This is a fairly frivolous research project, but I have heard so many people complaining in the past year about how 'recruiters suck', that I was motivated to go do some research, using the Google Chrome Search Engine to obtain data about what, or who, or which professions, vegetables, computer languages,…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 26, 2014 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Why Recruiters Definitively Don't Suck

It's time to take an aggressive position against this prevalent and disappointing trend of demeaning recruiters.  It's almost become a fad for recruiters to write blogs about how recruiters suck, so that they can distinguish themselves against the others... their main 'selling point' being that they 'suck…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 24, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Great Article on the Virtues of Fencing as Preparation for Business

This is a terrific article which reinforces some of the points I have tried to make previously. Not really a recruiting article, per se, but the principles have definitely proven true in my life: 25 years as a fencer and 25 years as a recruiter.  Learning to cultivate "fighting spirit" is only one of the many lessons I've learned.  Let me reiterate that I am not the author of this article, but it resonates so deeply with me that I must share it.…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"A Diamond Is Just a Piece of Carbon"

When people attempt to belittle us with radical reductionism, we might try responding with: "Sure, Archaeologists and Paleontologists are just ditch-diggers; Brain surgeons and heart surgeons are just people who love to cut and saw people; Accountants merely do grade school math for a living; Attorneys lie and do crimes professionally; Diplomats are weak-spined pusillanimous cowards who try to avert wars instead of bravely fighting them; Nurses are such despicable lepers and pariahs…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 9, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Welcome to the United States of Canada

This week (on Canada Day, July 1, 2014) Canada's new CASL (Canadian Anti-Spam Laws) went into effect.  There will be a 3-year transition period, before full enforcement goes into effect, but the gist of the situation is that (according to everything I have read), Canadian citizens will be allowed to sue any emails sent from 'unopted' sources (i.e. sources to whom or from which they haven't given explicit permission to send email).  

The fines are staggering: $1 million per offense for…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 5, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Wingate Dunross Receives USTCRI Business Ethics Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wingate Dunross Inc. receives 2013 California Excellence Award 

July 1st 2014 -  Wingate Dunross Inc. has been selected for the 2013 California Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCRI).

Each year the USTCRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 3, 2014 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Who Sets The Standards for "Best Practices"?





Friendly debate about methods of recruiting is appropriate, but personal attacks which are based in ignorance and/or jealousy are not. Before you launch into a sermon on 'the only way to recruit' and the 'evils' of some other recruiter's methods, pause a moment… Continue

Added by Nicholas Meyler on May 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What Is It Like to Recruit for 'The Genius'? Response to a Journalistic 'Hatchet Job'

An article well worth reading for any technical recruiter, involved with VC funded startups and high-tech inventors!  

                                      http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/14/5561250/cool-planet

It’s a very interesting article, but it begs a lot of questions. I’ve met Mike, and worked as a Recruiter for him, to identify…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on May 25, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

What Does the Phrase "Job Offer" Mean, Really? (And Why Care?)

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From the perspective of someone who actually knows what ‘job offer’ means, it is probably semantically appropriate to point out that when a Headhunter contacts someone who might be (chances are pretty slim) a “candidate”, that act of 'reaching out' is NOT in itself a ‘job offer’. Headhunters do not initiate ‘job offers’. They do not have the power to do so, generally speaking. However,…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on May 25, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Gospel of Thomas

I was a bit excited to learn about the recent statements by a Harvard University Professor of Divinity that the famous fragment of papyrus which discusses Jesus Christ having had a wife is not a forgery.  Nonetheless, scientific skepticism requires us all to retain some doubts as to whether such a thing is even possible.  I was in a liquor store, purchasing my nightly dose of 100 Sapporos when the interview with the Harvard Professor was on TV.  The proprietor of the store asked me…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on April 25, 2014 at 3:44am — No Comments

Will 2014 Be a Banner Year?

          Business is quite robust so far in 2014.  Record-level business for me, even as a 25-year recruiter, tripling all of last year's revenues within the first 60 days.  I was informed that I have a new offer coming out today, for a candidate I have known and had in my network for at least a decade, finally getting a chance to place him, and he is very excited.  Another candidate for another position also successfully submitted his resignation today, and set his start…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 7, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Holding Publishers Accountable for Their Authors' Conduct

Att’n: The Crown Publishing Group

A Division of Random House, Inc.

1745 Broadway

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212.782.9000
 

March 7, 2014 

Dear Crown Business Press, …

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 7, 2014 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Analyzing the "RecruiterSpam" Problem

Once upon a time, and a beri-beri good time it was, there was a poorly-researched article about e-recruiters in The Atlantic magazine recently, which prominently featured me, without acknowledgment, and without any effort at journalistic integrity or any effort to determine the truth of the…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 7, 2014 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

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