Nicholas Meyler's Blog (54)

Looking for Thoughts on Resume Writing Services

I have rewritten and helped revise a fair number of resumes (without charge to candidates) during my decades as a recruiter, but I've never offered my services for a fee, generally feeling that I should stick to what I enjoy most, which is the actual hands-on process of recruiting, itself. A few of my colleagues who enjoy writing offer their work and service for about $500 to $750 per resume, which I assume is a reasonable rate.



I'm curious about…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 18, 2022 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Why Are Recruiting Fees What They Are?

Why are Headhunter's fees usually 30% to 50% of a first-year salary for a placed candidate? I occasionally receive questions about the fee structure for placements I make as an Executive Recruiter/Headhunter, and thought it might be constructive to explain.



In the early days of the Industry (i.e. "Search") it was calculated by diligent researchers, economists, CEOs and hiring managers that the fair cost to a company, of NOT having a person in a needed role (i.e.…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 17, 2022 at 11:51pm — No Comments

The Virtues of Retained Search

Why Retain Me? (The Hidden Benefits of Retained Search)

In the World of Search, aka ‘Technical Search’, or ‘Executive Search’, which are rather synonymous terms; there exist two modalities: ‘Contingency’ and ‘Retainer’. Contingency search is where a fee…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on November 13, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Are Headhunters Necessary? Why Recruiters Are So Valuable

The Executive Search Industry, worldwide, is a $200 Billion per year phenomenon, still very much growing and in demand. Companies, even those with the world’s most advanced search capabilities, such as Google, still pay enormous fees for finding candidates. For example, Google paid the world’s highest search fee ($100,000,000+) to Heidrick and Struggles, for finding Eric Schmidt to be their new CEO, back in…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on January 22, 2019 at 12:40am — No Comments

Was Shakespeare Truly a Bard? A Headhunter's Opinion

Popular wisdom says that ‘Bards’ are those great story-tellers whose tales are embraced by the audience, not only once, but over and over again, for generations. The idea of a Bard conjures up names like Homer, Shakespeare, and perhaps few others. Reality is quite a bit different, though.

Etymology of the word “Bard” shows that it is of Welsh origin,…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on January 22, 2019 at 12:30am — No Comments

New "Laws" Enforcing Hate-Crimes Against Recruiters

         I've lived in California my entire life, and I suspect that my state would probably still belong to Mexico instead of the USA, if it hadn't been annexed after the discovery of gold in 1849. Apparently, the concept of "Capitalism" and "Business" is what America wanted in California, and that is why we are part of this Nation. I’m actually a seventh-generation Californian, whose great-great grandfather founded UCLA and (essentially, thereby) the entire UC…
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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 23, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

How NOT To Get The Job (for ChemEs)

IF you are looking for a job, and are a Chemical Engineer, or perhaps any other kind of highly-qualified, highly employable person, here is my advice:

The job market is currently good -- according to the Media, the Anti-Media, and many other indicators; but Summer is always a slower time in the Job Market (except when it isn’t), so now it’s probably a wise time to sit down, take note, and figure out ways to avoid NOT getting the job you want, when it’s pretty clear to you that: (1)…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 9, 2018 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Fighting "Fake News" in the Recruiting World

I was just listening to a discussion of the multiple legal infractions involved in threatening to slander someone for conducting perfectly legal business and it reminded me very much of my own experiences several years ago.  Reiterating my position on the illegal conduct of the now-defunct "Fordyce Letter", they were involved in a conspiracy to extort and defame me, prior to going out of operation.

Here is a link to the 2013 article in question, which was never retracted, and is still…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 6, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

Solving the Search/"Spam" Problem

I wrote this in response to a clever post (although my jaded viewpoint usually sees these kinds of rants as picayune and entirely ignorant of the "Black Art" of recruiting and its enormous complexities: https://www.linkedin.com/hp/update/6246177412950949889)…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on March 11, 2017 at 3:00am — No Comments

DHH Redux: Let's Reexamine This Perfidy!

http://nicholasmeyler.tumblr.com/post/116340513183/amazoncom-remote-office-not-required

Here is what I have to say about David Heinemeier Hansson's outrageous libel against me, a crime which he committed merely because he received my email for a job opportunity on the same day his puerile book was released...  Soap-box standing and so on, dhh is no example of ethical 'cleanliness'.…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on December 15, 2016 at 3:06am — 1 Comment

Privacy Vs. Security: Are You Ready?

Introduced by Nicholas Meyler

In my effort to invent new ways to extend and expand the range of possibilities available to Executive Recruiters/Management Consultants, I am currently working on a fascinating project with Inventor Doug Peckover who was awarded priority rights to the invention of “tokenization” security in 2005. Doug’s invention is now widely used (in various modified forms) throughout the secure payments industry, and companies like ApplePay, SamsungPay,…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on December 8, 2016 at 9:13pm — No Comments

If You Have European Customers...

Introduced by Nicholas Meyler

In my effort to invent new ways to extend and expand the range of possibilities available to Executive Recruiters/Management Consultants, I am currently working on a fascinating project with Inventor Doug Peckover who was awarded priority rights to the invention of “tokenization” security in 2005. Doug’s invention is now widely used (in…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on November 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How to Beat the ‘Bots – Advice for Applying to Jobs Online

            Ever since the first online job application process was used, several decades ago, the practice of automation of the process has continued, and even accelerated at a dizzying rate.  Today, it is very customary for most larger companies (and even small startups) to use Candidate tracking software which tries to make life easy for those that are doing the…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on October 17, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

"Filling a Leadership Vacuum" by Doug Peckover

Introduction:

In my effort to invent new ways to expand the range of possibilities available to Executive Recruiters/Management Consultants, I am currently working on a fascinating project with Inventor Doug Peckover who was awarded priority rights to the invention of "tokenization" security in 2005. Doug's invention is now widely used (in various modified forms) throughout the secure payments industry, and companies like ApplePay, SamsungPay, Verifone, etc. all use tokenization…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on October 12, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Why Do Recruiters Spam Candidates?

Allison Kruse wrote a thoughtful article on the issue of excessive amounts of email being sent by recruiters.  I do applaud her concern and think that she has a good point.  

At the same time, I wonder how many placements she has made in the realm of technical search, where there are sometimes extremely few candidates that can perform a certain job, and a huge number…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on September 20, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Épée, "Human Factors" and Headhunting

From a Historical perspective, Recruiting has certainly been around for thousands of years, and, expectationally, will definitely continue to exist for a long, long time (at least if Humanity continues to exist).  

But, will "Headhunting" continue to exist?  The mere word evokes images of primitive savages with curare-tipped darts hiding in the jungles…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on August 27, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Is There Really a Gene for Headhunting?

As someone with scientific training, related to a Nobel geneticist (a farmer/agriculturalist) it has piqued my curiosity whether or not there really is a "gene" for hunting (and/or "headhunting").  Using the results of my DNA test from Ancestry.com, I plugged them into a computer model called "Eurogenes K7" on the Gedmatch.com site.  

This particular computer model is…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 29, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Google Announces "Quantum Cryptography" Initiative

Let's face it -- quantum computers are real, and they will eventually be able to crack any kind of encryption.  This means data cannot be safely stored.  We've already seen major hacking by the Chinese, Russians, etc. of NSA, DOD and other classified institutions' data.  The highly probable leak of, and successful hacking of, Secretary of State Clinton's data is probably…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on July 8, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Headhunters as Brokers of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Brokerage:  Headhunters (like me) don't sell Intellectual Property, but we do sell introductions and connections with Inventors and Innovators who create valuable IP (Intellectual Property). How does one become a broker of Intellectual Properties (via referrals) and how does that work?  How should one be paid?  I often think that my ability to refer…

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Added by Nicholas Meyler on June 24, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

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:…

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

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