Jeremy Spring's Blog (10)

Hiring Companies: Don't get your ass kicked

(This is an entry I originally contributed to our company's site, where the target audience is different from this community.)

It’s common today for senior leadership at companies to dispatch junior team members to interview candidates who, if they successfully make it through the process, would become that interviewer’s boss. Among recruiters, I probably represent the voice of dissent. I’m a fan of it, like I’m a fan of Social Media. It’s entertaining, it’s useful,…


Added by Jeremy Spring on April 26, 2012 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

OMG kant believe ths just hapend! LOLz

I had an interesting exchange via email with a VP level candidate while working to coordinate a meeting/ interview with a client. And I quote:

“Kant do it thurz? can Friday?”

My recruitment work is done primarily in the mobile and digital tech space, I’m a texter, a twitter junkie and into Social Media and totally get the language of microblogging.

There has to be a line drawn and adhered to that separates the quick…


Added by Jeremy Spring on March 28, 2012 at 4:41pm — 7 Comments

Close the deal already, dammit!

Jesus Christ, I’m on the clock here again.  It’s a good thing my wife made me quit smoking.  I’d need a carton to keep these nerves at bay. Now, instead I compulsively refresh my stock portfolio. It’s down 40%.  In four seconds it’ll be back up.


Just checked. It’s down 45%. Shit, that doesn’t help.


Well, at least I’ve still got Bourbon. As long as I’m in this business I’ll never give that up. It’s noon somewhere for chrissake.


It’s D-day on a…


Added by Jeremy Spring on January 6, 2012 at 2:25pm — 24 Comments

Ethics, Integrity, Quality and the Industry Expert

Like any professionals, Executive Recruiters “talk shop”.  Folks like to get together and chat about their wins and losses. And because there’s a significant sales component to this role, we’re judged more by our wins than our losses.  As such, when talkin’ shop, it’s sometimes hard to discern what information being shared is accurate.  Imagine a Ford Salesperson standing…


Added by Jeremy Spring on October 26, 2011 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Coaching Candidates for the Skype Interview

Our Executive Search work is done primarily in Software, Mobile, and Interactive media and as such we’re often engaged in nationwide searches that require a Skype or other Video Conference call. With each virtual interview that we facilitate I offer coaching and general pep-talks to our candidates prior to their call so as to leave them well prepared for what is…


Added by Jeremy Spring on September 23, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Social Media: Make or break for candidates?

Recently I was asked by a press contact to provide some "expert" insight into how a candidate's web 2.0 presence can make or break the candidacy's perceived legitimacy. Since our practice focus is in Software, Internet, Mobile, Digital, and bleeding edge technologies, nearly all of the candidates we work with are active on each of the major social networks.  This…


Added by Jeremy Spring on September 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

I (f----ng) Quit!

In times of change, positive or negative, I always preach professionalism and respect in the process. Of course, my opinion does not always prevail. I’ve been witness to some outrageous parting tactics. One particularly outrageous circumstance is shared below.


On a relatively uneventful Friday afternoon I received an email from a gentleman that I’d communicated with in the past on a Recruiter/ Candidate basis.  I, along with 1,214 other people were CC’d…


Added by Jeremy Spring on August 30, 2011 at 1:33pm — 4 Comments

Recruit or Hire: YOU decide

In the off season leading up to the 2011 Major League Baseball season, Clifton Pfifer Lee shocked the almighty bottomless pocketbook bearers of the New York Yankees and the down home, feel-good Texas Rangers by signing a below-market-value deal to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies. The move was not solely motivated by money or warm fuzzy feelings. He took less money and moved to a city with a traditionally aggressive fan-base where players with large contracts who don’t meet…


Added by Jeremy Spring on July 20, 2011 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Job-Seekers: Can you cultivate and leverage a relationship with a recruiter

This originated in a conversation I had with a columnist on TheLadders.  I am a Recruiter and Business Development VP for Elever Professional, a nationwide search firm with consultants in Austin, Los Angeles and New York. Our consultants are in the business of farming professional relationships. In rather broad fashion, I'm offering some professional insight into how job seekers can… Continue

Added by Jeremy Spring on June 14, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments

Now Hiring...Rockstars!?!


As an Executive Recruiter and a Sr. Consultant charged with training internal recruiting groups on how to effectively grow teams to peak performance through recruitment and succession, I must track the trends of what key characteristics and skill sets employers look for.

Over the last 5 years, some of the buzz words that I’ve seen come and go…


Added by Jeremy Spring on June 13, 2011 at 3:51pm — 8 Comments


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