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Proven Leader...Results-Oriented...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

We hunters of heads have read them. Over and over and over, again.Proven leader, results-oriented, team player... The list goes on and on.Which terms--used by candidates in their CVs--make you groan,…Continue

Started Mar 23, 2012

On-boarding: seeking your insight on best and worst things placed candidates do during the On-boarding process
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Hey all - I am seeking your insights on the process of "on-boarding" new hires. Your responses may appear in a new post on my website…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandra McCartt Mar 15, 2012.

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Getting Applicants to Answer Questions (You Cannot Ask) - seeking suggestions

As American recruiters, we oftentimes are handcuffed from asking direct or personal questions about our candidates. In some cases, our labor laws prevent us from doing so. Birthdates? Marital status? Fuggettaboutit!

Years ago, our firm developed an artful strategy for asking--without actually asking--a candidate about his/her requirements for working in the U.S.

BAD QUESTION (WE WILL NEVER ASK THIS): "Do you have a green card?"



Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:08pm

Hunting Heads ('MAD MEN' Style)

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

Visitors to The Green Suits likely know my devotion to the AMC TV dramatic series, MAD MEN--or as it is known in my household--art imitating life times two. Both my wife and I are veterans of large MADison Avenue ad agencies.

The art…


Posted on May 28, 2013 at 2:00pm

The Career Coach: A Trusted Advisor Invested in Your On-The-Job Success

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

Paul Courtemanche has enjoyed a storied career in direct/interactive marketing and product management. In 2012, he became a "corporate escapee" when he co-founded Cincinnati-based KDL Alliance, a business accelerator that helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses. We recently caught up with Paul to discuss his new endeavor:…


Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm

Professional Endorsements on LinkedIn: The Ones You Write Matter Most

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LinkedIn has revolutionized the executive search process. And, as of January 2013, the business executive social community passed the 200 million member mark. LinkedIn may have a fraction of Facebook's total membership, but there is no denying that…


Posted on March 17, 2013 at 3:30pm

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At 10:28am on September 1, 2011, Tim Spagnola said…
Go Elm City! We finally got power back......


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