Nicholas Meyler's Blog (35)

On The Value of CEOs and Headhunters

In response to an excellent article in Financial Times (Nov. 16, 2015) by Andrew Hill, I posted this and was pleased to receive 'editor's pick' notice.  Here is a link to the article, which I have previously posted on LinkedIn and elsewhere:…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on November 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What Not To Do When Publishing Articles

I like to publish small snippets periodically, because it's fun to write and think, and I like to share my thoughts with others.  However, it's another matter altogether when I see someone with a year of experience in recruiting, after previously being a hairdresser, passing off a classic article on "Counteroffers" on LinkedIn as his own work.  

3000+ views is a lot of attention for a recruiter to grab, but it would certainly have been much more ethical to do his own work, wouldn't…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on October 27, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Searching for Fluorescent Reptiles

Recently, a new scientific discovery was made, which was that a fluorescent sea-turtle of the Hawksbill variety was discovered in Papua, New Guinea. I haven't been to Papua, yet, but it is on my 'bucket list'.

Apparently, scientists had never previously conceived the idea of a fluorescent…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on October 6, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

SETI, Snowden and Search

Since the 'invention' of fire, there have been times when History was clearly diverted from a previous course by intervening events and the influences of people.  In this instance, I offer an example wherein an otherwise "free agent" has become ensnared in his own web of deception, by becoming a parrot of my own recruiting pitch to Time-travelers.  Apparently, he wants "out" of this Universe, entirely.  I can understand, to some degree.…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on September 29, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Do We Really Need to Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk both think that Robots and Artificial Intelligences might eventually try to take over the world and destroy life as we know it, in a "Terminator" kind of doomsday scenario.  

I think people like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on September 9, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Why Should I Use a 'Spammer' Like You as a Recruiter?


I sometimes receive email from people who appear to have mental illness, asking the question: “Why would I use a spammer like you as a recruiter?”  Although this is clearly a loaded question, based on the false presumption of email contact by recruiters being ‘spam’, it does deserve an answer and provokes thought.

Firstly, you can call anything you want whatever you want to, up to a point.  Shakespeare wrote “A rose by any…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 20, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

Discuss Amongst Yourselves

Added by Nicholas Meyler on June 5, 2015 at 12:48am — No Comments

Just For Fun: How To Respond to Scam IRS Tax Fraud Calls

I've gotten three calls in the past two days from people with very thick Indian accents claiming that I have been indicted for tax fraud and that it is a "non-bailable charge" which will result in me being jailed if I do not pay quickly. This is a prevalent scam these days, which the IRS has warned the public about.

Apart from the fact that I my Dad works with the IRS, (he has a special license to practice tax accounting defense in front of the IRS that most accountants don't have), I…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on April 10, 2015 at 11:37pm — No Comments

How Does One Become a Headhunter?

Some of you might have some great answers, too. It's an interesting question!

No prior experience in Human Resources is required. Probably it is a negative, even, to some people. HR People and Headhunters are different breeds, like cats and dogs (which sometimes get along very…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on April 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Radical Reductionist Analysis of the "Purple Squirrel" Idiom

Really?  "Purple Squirrel"?

Is that the best you can come up with to describe an 'unfindable' candidate?

I remember seeing red squirrels for the first time in 1976, in the Vienna Graveyard, while I made my pilgrimage to the tombs of Beethoven, Schoenberg, the Strausses, Schubert, and other great Viennese super-composers.  "Rock-stars", if you will, to reinvent another overused phrase.

I had never seen red squirrels, before, so I was pretty amazed with them, as there were…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 25, 2015 at 12:00am — 1 Comment


Silicon-Valley superstar/rockstar/billionaire Vinod Khosla (his brother is a professor at Stanford, I believe) has provided an infusion of Venture Capital to an interesting and very different career-oriented website called Pymetrics; which actually provides some very interesting interactive tests to evaluate skills, traits, talents, etc.

I learned that I have a high degree of skepticism, am very undeterred by my own mistakes,…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 24, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

"Recruiters Are Only Middlemen"

Some newbie, "wannabe" (i.e. 'nutcase') decided to weigh in on one of my posts (now deleted and blocked) with the sage comment: "Recruiters are no big deal.  They are just middlemen."  Bright comment to leave on a blog site populated by 50,000 recruiters, right?

I thought about this a while, and came up with a rebuttal of sorts: 

"Please excuse me for being a middleman while I sell you down-river, to someone important, then..."

The very word "entrepreneur" is at…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 14, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Boolean "Keyword" Search and Glial Cells

One of the fairly persistent complaints I have heard from non-recruiters about what recruiters do is "You only match buzzwords and keywords. Even a monkey can do that.  You are a talentless fool who could only make a living being a parasite off of gainfully employed people."

Of course, this is a complete fallacy, which we all know.  Firstly, as someone who actually studied Boolean Logic as a Philosophy major at Princeton University (which was the World's highest-rated academic…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on February 13, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Cyberbullying Ring Targets Recruiters

Owing to some very sloppy programming, by a rather amateurish Ruby coder, I was able to exploit a vulnerability in and determine the number of actual email addresses that received claimed 'spam' sent by recruiters. As far as I can tell, the number is 460, although possibly it is as low as 57 people using multiple "spam-trap" addresses, which is an illegal and deceptive practice recently ruled by the Courts to be…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on February 9, 2015 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Uncertainty, Indeterminacy and Salary Negotiations

I'm trying to understand the principles of "Information Asymmetry and Salary Negotiation".  Has anyone read any new research on this topic which can prove one way or another whether the 'first person to name a number' loses?  I don't believe that entirely, although in some situations I do.  My client was upset that I told a candidate the top of the salary range, although the candidate was $100K per year above the salary range, but still interested in the job, even after I tried to…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on December 19, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Executive Search as A Science

I think Executive Search is a field of study with somewhat contradictory parts to it -- for instance, that there is an emphasis on thoroughness, diligence, exhaustiveness, finding ALL possible solutions, etc.; but, there is also a high emphasis on intuitionistic processes, like deciding which candidate to call, guessing who might be most interested, anticipating what objections a client might have to a specific candidate, etc.

So, I see it as both an Art and a Science.  Nonetheless,…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on December 10, 2014 at 2:49am — No Comments

Carts and Horses and Google and Search

My friend, a candidate I placed 15 years ago at MicroOptical Corporation (the company Google bought the "Google Glass" patents from) is a former Everest climber, who wrote the book on the search for Mallory and Irvine (first team to summit Everest in 1924, but died on the descent).

He has a client who has developed a search engine that is much better than Google or Bing (much more specific, no extraneous results, searches text perfectly to find results, understands text rather than…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on November 20, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Shameless Rerun of "To A 'T'" by Jack Thornton, but with a tiny bit of help from me.

"To a 'T'"…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on September 20, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

What Do Recruiters Search For?

Here is an excellent article I co-wrote, primarily as a researcher and provider of facts, and editor, with Jack Thornton (a splendid technical writer).

Imbued with a few of my favorite key phrases (i.e. "bleeding edge", etc.) this article does attempt to encompass, and indeed manages to capture, the complexities of Technical Search (not only in Mechanical Engineering, but in multiple other fields, as well).

In my experience, the goal of a Search is almost always to identify…


Added by Nicholas Meyler on September 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments


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