I Must Have That Man

Do you ever wonder why companies take so long to hire? Especially if you’re a candidate they’re interested in? You speak to one person, then another, and another. The process slows, or stops. You enquire, and are told that, yes, they’re still very much interested and will let you know soon. Sometimes you hear back, sometimes not, weeks or months…

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6 points on how to not hire your reflection

How well do we know what talent "looks" like when looking to hire? I recently wrote how 'like attracts like' (link). Companies say one thing–"We need more diversity"–but often do another when hiring. Organisations are composed of people; we’re all full of contradictions, and the unpredictability of who gets hired isn’t always surprising. Yet surrounding oneself with similar types is…

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LinkedIn does NOT solve all hiring

I’ve recently read more and more articles which state, unequivocally, that LinkedIn and social media will disintermediate the executive search business. Companies will seldom need help from headhunters, or even recruiters. It will go the way of the travel agency, and more organisations now tout their internal recruiting arm as a more cost efficient way to get talent on board.…

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Dancing Butterflies and Job Security

A friend called last week, and from his earlier email I could figure out why. The re-org his company started 2 years ago finally hit him. He’s been with them 12 years in senior global roles, 25 years professional experience, sterling academic, work and legal credentials, cross culturally sharp. He called to see if I knew of anything in the…

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How to get a job–8 pointers

Do not rely on headhunters. This past week alone I had three coffees with people looking for opportunities, all telling me how many headhunters they were in touch with (never asked any of them what that made me..) but told them all to stop it. Headhunters won’t get them a job, it’s [mostly] a waste of time. And you know…

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