Category archives: Executive Search

Invest in your relationship with headhunters, and executive search consultants

Whilst I fully understand that Human Resource Directors are being flooded daily with requests from headhunters and agencies to listen to their sales pitch, I think I don’t understand one of the arguments they use to deflect a meeting, ie “let’s talk when I have a vacancy, I don’t have the time ...

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Seven messages from the 2014 World Employment Conference

Last month’s annual gathering of Ciett, the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies, saw federations and recruiters from over 30 different countries converge on Brussels for the 2014 World Employment Conference.  This year’s event was hosted by Federgon – the Belgian federation – and included a number of key messages for European recruiters, their clients ...

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Take your candidates seriously!

So, you apply for a role which you’re absolutely perfect for – of course.  You await the call from the recruitment company and after a couple of weeks begin to wonder why you haven’t heard from them. So you call them.  You’re curious to understand the status of your application.  When you finally ...

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Maintaining a relevant sphere of REFERENCE (or: How to protect your referees from nefarious sales calls)

There comes a time in every executive recruitment process when the prospective employer, client or recruiter asks for your references. It’s tempting – and probably correct – to interpret this as a “buying signal”; why would someone bother to follow up with references if he or she didn’t intend to hire you?

By the time ...

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Rejected for the job again, but why…?

Having been an international HR executive for more than 20 years I did probably more than thousand interviews with candidates sitting at the opposite of my desk; one could say I’m slightly experienced in these kind of interviews.

I always have to smile a bit reading the articles on how to prepare for a ...

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Executives confident in their own but not their companies’ digital abilities

Research Executives Online conducted this spring shows that a large majority (83 percent) of senior executives feel personally able to keep up with digital advancements in their industry, although more than two thirds (69 percent) believe their employers are not investing enough to ensure that their companies do too.

The large majority of respondents (80 ...

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Impact of Wrong Hiring Decisions

Having spent almost 25 years in global senior executive Human Resources roles, I was always looking at getting our cost of hire down……..but were we measuring the wrong thing?

Now working on the “other side” as a Managing Partner at Executives Online I have begun to understand that the costs of the wrong hire ...

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TAKING THE GUESSWORK OUT OF EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT – executive-intro™

Innovative Technology, Time Saving Solutions and Value For Money – that’s what we deliver to our clients.

Have you ever thought about what you base your hiring decisions on? Gut feeling, personality, skills or knowledge? How about measuring aptitude for the role? Or bringing all of these key elements together? With executive-intro™ we leave nothing ...

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How about Manufacturing?

There’s a common belief in the US and Europe that manufacturing is still in a state of decline. Nothing could be further from the truth; there is a massive renaissance in thinking underway, with new design methodologies, rapid prototyping, fast implementation of new manufacturing methodologies, the concept of 3D printing which has gone from ...

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What Really Happens When You Send a LinkedIn Invitation

A great thing about social media is its openness. It’s now easier and faster to find anyone, and find information about them, than ever before.

Like all great things taken to extremes, this openness is also one of the downsides of social media. It can be, sometimes, rather more open than we’d like ...

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