Dan Smolen's Blog (23)

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?"



Added by Dan Smolen on September 10, 2013 at 12:08pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Dan Smolen on May 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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:…


Added by Dan Smolen on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Professional Endorsements on LinkedIn: The Ones You Write Matter Most

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

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…


Added by Dan Smolen on March 17, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Yahoo! CEO Moves Calendar Back to Early 1980s, Bans Telework

Regular readers of TheGreenSuits.com know that we embrace telework. We believe that talent who are allowed to work remotely tend to work longer hours than their traditionally officed counterparts; they are nimble, creative, productive, well-rested, and inspired. Typically, they achieve some semblance of work/life balance that eludes talent who must work from a…


Added by Dan Smolen on March 1, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Our Take on Employment Counter-Offers: Buyer Beware

photo h/t amctv.com

Recently, fans of the hit series Mad Men watched sadly as copywriter Peggy Olson tendered her resignation to Don Draper. Although Don tried in vain to retain his protegé with a solid counter-offer, Peggy resisted; she promptly left Don and the firm to become Copy Chief at another…


Added by Dan Smolen on June 13, 2012 at 3:02pm — No Comments

The Case Against the Kitchen Sink: Why Résumés Need To Be Only As Long As They Need To Be

It arrived as a WORD file--about 2.4 megabytes large.

At first, I thought someone emailed me a PowerPoint presentation converted to WORD. But upon opening it, I discovered that the file in my inbox was actually a candidate résumé--the largest one which, in over 14 years of hunting heads, I had ever received. Here, the stats:

  • 14 pages
  • 1,800+…

Added by Dan Smolen on May 22, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

In Resume-Writing...it's all about METRICS

Greetings, one and all!

We hope that you have gotten March 2012 off to a truly great start. Indeed, we have: the executive job market has picked up considerably, and, we are busier than we've been in a very long time.

At The Green Suits, all this new activity has us reconnecting with many people who have been off our radar screens for a few months or for several years. And we are meeting lots of great talent who we have never engaged before.…


Added by Dan Smolen on March 6, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Recruiter Randall Byrn Joins The Green Suits

We are very pleased to announce to the world that Randall Byrn has joined The Green Suits as Executive Recruiter. Over the weekend, we got to interview our newest talent hunter.

TGS: Welcome to The Green Suits. Please tell everyone about you: Where are you from? Where did you attend college?

Randall Byrn: I grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee and at first studied…


Added by Dan Smolen on February 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ten Wishes in Twenty-Ten for 'The Green Suits'

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

In every year past, we predicted that things were going to get better on the green and sustainable career track. While some of us have made gains and landed great jobs, most of the rest of us struggle to establish…


Added by Dan Smolen on December 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Season's Greetings

Added by Dan Smolen on December 23, 2011 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

The Green Suits Career Checklist: Process Points for a Successful 2012 and Beyond

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

Season's greetings! We hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever it is that you celebrate.

And we keep good thoughts that 2012 will bring…


Added by Dan Smolen on December 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Green Recruiter Discusses Green Job-Making Opportunities for Project Managers

Well, at least my mother will be very proud of me for this.

PM Network is the official magazine of the Project Management Institute, the world's largest association for project management professionals. PM Network is read by over a half million PMI members, worldwide.

The December 2011 issue…


Added by Dan Smolen on December 1, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving: a Time to Reinvent Ourselves for The New Green Economy

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:  

I suppose for some--out of work many months--Thanksgiving is a cruel holiday.

Seated around a large dining room table, surrounded by family and friends, the down-and-out will dread providing those gathered a credible answer to the question: "for what, am I…


Added by Dan Smolen on November 22, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

The U.S. Military's 'Green' Frame

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

Greetings on 11.11.11--Veteran's Day in the U.S.

On this day, we honor those who served our country as members of the armed forces.


Public schools are closed. So too are banks and state and federal government offices. Today, wreaths were laid at…


Added by Dan Smolen on November 11, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ithaca College Hosts Nov. 3rd 'Tailoring the Green Suit' Career Strategy Session

Next week will surely be very exciting!


The afternoon of Thursday Nov. 3 marks my return to Ithaca College. Later that evening, I will present Tailoring the Green Suit: Establishing…


Added by Dan Smolen on October 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

'Tailoring the Green Suit' Author to Visit Ithaca College, Discuss 'Establishing a Bright Green Career in a Dull Gray Economy'

Cross-posted from The Green Suits:

For sure, we'll be playing Steely Dan's "My Old School" on the drive up to Ithaca College on November 3rd.

We look forward to returning to South Hill after so many years; during this visit, we will meet with many aspiring green careerists interested in becoming The Green…


Added by Dan Smolen on October 22, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Will myImpact.org Revolutionize Hiring 'Corporate Socially Responsible' Talent?

Cross-posted to The Green Suits:

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Chris Golden. He is the full-of-energy Millennial who co-founded and runs myImpact.org.

From the website:



Added by Dan Smolen on October 10, 2011 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Millennial Momentum: Required Reading for Corporate America...and the Rest of Us

Cross-posted to The Green Suits:


Aided by my wonderful but eye-straining Kindle for Android app I read Millennial Momentum, Morley Winograd’s and Mike Hais’ great new book about the U.S.’s Millennial Generation.


The Millennials (otherwise known as the “Gen Y” cohort) are Americans born between 1982 and 2001. Milllennials stand in stark contrast to the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers that preceded them; they…


Added by Dan Smolen on September 19, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

We Owe Them Their Dreams

Cross-posted to The Green Suits: Happy after Labor Day.


Children across the U.S. returned to school and their parents went back to work--or went back to work looking for work (or additional work).


Today at breakfast I looked across the table to my daughter who was pulling herself together for…


Added by Dan Smolen on September 6, 2011 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments


All the recruiting news you see here, delivered straight to your inbox.

Just enter your e-mail address below


RecruitingBlogs on Twitter

© 2023   All Rights Reserved   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service