Jigsaw puzzles are fascinating generations since their invention around 1766. There is only one solution – the perfect one. Every open position is made for only one piece that fits. For every piece, there is only one position it fits in. No imponderables, no surprises.
Hiring is a question of perfect candidates for open positions, and of perfect positions for talented candidates. Isn’t that just another jigsaw puzzle? A somewhat complicated one, since it has many open positions, and even more candidates. It feels good, fitting in another piece, completing the picture. Is this the way it works?
Here are 4 reasons why the contrary is the case: Read more
Oldies are goldies: I have written the first version of this post in May 2011 and it is one of the most viral ones, being published in print and online by careerbuilder, msn careers, businessinsider, several print media as well as – without my approval – on many obscure sites.
Here is a revised version on how to use a headhunter in the most efficient way for your career:
Many job-seekers are reluctant to use a professional recruiter. I consider this a mistake as a good headhunter has what you do not have: inside information as well as the knowledge of jobs that will never be advertised.
Here are 8 tips on how to use a headhunter – written by a headhunter:
Deciding to quit your job may seem easy. Reasons are plenty – from organizational pain points and personal relations, to need of accomplishment or general dissatisfaction. Can it be remedied by changing job? And is it really the right way to shake up your career? Naturally the immediate step is to start browsing job boards, activate friends and contacts, and get in touch with headhunters.
But, while it might be easy to identify the reasons for leaving the current job, it is another story altogether to define the next one, or actually find it.
I have interviewed Dr. Mary Anna Wright, Vice President of the International Coach Federation Ireland Chapter on the topic “career transition”:
Jorg: “As a recruitment consultant, if people talk to me about career transition, I say it’s very difficult. The wish for transition is one prior reason why people see Coaches. What’s your view?”
Mary Anna: “The truth is pretty much anything is possible. One of the reasons I’m a coach is my total belief in human potential and the power of coaching to catalyse major changes for my clients. Of course some career changes are easier than others. Read more
Like a child running into the garden on easter weekend to find colored eggs, you KNOW that there is a job for you out there.
It is not far, it’s somewhere in your existing network! But where? And how to find it?
Click here to read my latest guest post on Forbes on the 6 best ways to find your next job.
Did you ever wonder what we external and internal recruiters check when we decide within 5-10 seconds if your resume is of interest to us or not? Which are the red flags in YOUR resume – the reasons you will not make it to the interview?
Here are the 13 most flagrant warning signals we might spot in your CV – and the solution to fix them: Read more
As headhunters, we have something you don’t have: inside information from the job market and knowledge about vacancies that will never be advertised. We are both watching the job market but the difference is that we do nothing else but this, 50 hours per week and 52 weeks per year. And when we find vacancies, our job is to put the right candidate in front of our client. What can you do to be the one?
Here are 7 tips on how to get headhunted:
“If you’re a candidate. Sit down. Take a moment. Listen to me. PLEASE!!!!!
Last week I attended three client interviews. I had three excellent candidates, but two of them talked themselves out of a job. The third guy got the job.
So. What did he do that the other two didn’t? Read more
In my career, I have read thousands of resumes, but the truth is that I take less than 1 minute on the resumes I receive. And the latest number I read on the average time a recruiter spends on your resume is 5-10 seconds!
Another reality is that I have never seen any resume where there could have been improvements.
Here are my top 7 resume best practices that will help you to make it the first interview Read more