Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
At 42 percent in April, ExecuNet's Recruiter Confidence Index, languished just below the 50 percent mark which indicates a major advance. Solid, but not breakout, job creation and economic growth is likely to continue into the second quarter, unlike last year when it did not follow through and dipped back after a fairly strong first quarter, averaging just 100,000 jobs added per month.
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2013
Want to know why you're not getting interviews for positions where you're sure you meet the qualifications? Your résumé is immediately being screened out for a reason you don't even realize or a detail you might think is minor, but is sending a huge red flag to a recruiter.
There's an active discussion underway in ExecuNet's Job Search and Career Roundtable about beating the applicant tracking system with great suggestions for how to maneuver through technology and get to the "human" who is involved with human capital decision-making.
But what if your résumé beats the technology system only to be tossed aside by the person responsible for calling you for an interview because you did one of the things that recruiters told us will screen you out?
Published on: Thursday, May 09, 2013
When I woke up in the Boston area the Friday after the marathon and heard about the manhunt underway, I immediately thought about the safety of the residents and how much they already endured over the past week.
Next, I remembered why I was there and wondered about the timing of the networking meeting we were having for ExecuNet members. The meeting was at 7am and members were traveling some distances; how could we reach all of them upon hearing there was a suspect loose and advisories not to travel around the immediate area?
Despite the circumstances, about 20 senior-level executives were already gathered for the meeting. Since most of the attendees were from out-of-town, many did not get the community notifications, phone calls or mobile alerts advising them to stay put.
As long as we were all there, however, we were determined to maximize the time together. Led by ExecuNet Managing Director Don Weintraub, the group of executives — including a senior VP of HR who provided the recruiter point-of-view — got some tactical solutions to the challenges they faced in their job searches.
Published on: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Contrary to the song, one bad apple can
spoil the whole bunch, much like a poor attitude can quickly become contagious in a close working environment. Conversely, happiness can be infectious. That's why when given a choice between an "A-Player" with a bad attitude and a "B-Player" with a good attitude, senior managers overwhelmingly choose disposition before qualifications.
Corporate business leaders are emphasizing the importance of cultural fit and think a positive attitude can have a great effect on team morale, particularly as economic factors cause companies to struggle with employee engagement and motivation.
Published on: Thursday, March 07, 2013
Executives get where they are by staying a step ahead, by identifying opportunity or seeing the beginning of a trend before the mad rush. If you're looking at what's next for your career, ExecuNet's recent survey of executive recruiters revealed the growth industries and functions for 2013 — areas where they expect to see the most hiring for executive talent.
Published on: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Improvements in the US real estate market, higher rates of employment and hope for better economic conditions in the new year are combining in some really positive ways to give business leaders some level of confidence that the business cycle many of us learned about in college remains a relevant signpost of growth. What's that? Is it possible that some of you haven't heard of the 'business cycle' for years?
Well, if that's the case, it's probably because the US economy has, over the past four-and-a-half years, been stuck in a historic trough so deep and filled with bad news about business growth and pessimistic views of the economic landscape it's been hard to envision a return to the boom years we knew over a decade ago.
Published on: Monday, December 10, 2012
The increasing confidence that executive recruiters showed in October prior to the election reversed in November. Recruiter confidence plunged from 46 percent to just over 30 percent, dipping to the lowest level of confidence registered this year. Meanwhile, the number of executive recruiters who are not confident the executive job market will improve increased to the highest levels seen in the last four years.
Published on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Even before the November election, recruiters were growing more confident that the executive job market would improve over the next six months. ExecuNet's exclusive Recruiter Confidence Index jumped to 46 percent in October, just below the important 50 percent level that would signal a more expansive and broad based recovery of the executive job market over the next six months.
Published on: Friday, September 28, 2012
In the article, Three Things You Can Do to Help Others Find You the Right Job
, I made a reference to "job search scouts" as people you've deputized to help you seek new opportunities. An ExecuNet member fairly asked "who those job search scouts are?"
Job search scouts can be categorized into two groups:
- People you know — those who want to help
- People you don't know — those who can help
Published on: Thursday, May 17, 2012
I think I spent a little too much time alone in the car recently, because Vanilla Ice was sending me career messages while I sang along to "Ice Ice Baby
." Cast no judgment on his music, sense of style or dance moves; you can find some inspiration when you sift through the beats:
Published on: Monday, May 07, 2012
Howard Schultz, the former kid from Canarsie, is now mostly known as the king of coffee, but last year, he set his sights beyond Starbucks with social initiatives for cutting the debt, creating jobs and healthcare accessibility.
In just four years, Schultz took Starbucks out of a downward spiral and revitalized the brand, re-centering the focus on the core mission. In 2007, Schultz felt the Starbucks experience and the "theater" of the coffee shop were being diluted. The company was feeling the gravity from the impending financial crash, cutting 6,700 jobs and closing 800 stores worldwide.
Published on: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Bill Clinton is uniquely qualified to offer perspective and potential solutions for bolstering the American economic system. His eight years in the White House have been followed by global volunteer work in places like Haiti, while his wife, Hillary Clinton, attends to her duties as Secretary of State.
"I'd like to give you framework for which I view the world, including the current economic crisis, not so you can agree with me but so you can form your own framework," the former president offered at the 2011 World Business Forum, where ExecuNet exclusively reported,. "We're experiencing the political equivalent of chaos theory in physics. It's inherently confusing and in need of clarity."
Published on: Friday, June 17, 2011
In a recent blog post, Screaming
, ExecuNet CMO Tony Vlahos shared what he thought were the characteristics that made a great leader. More than 100 of our readers responded, chiming in with the qualities they felt necessary for effective leadership.
Published on: Thursday, July 08, 2010
Listening to the media's analysis of the job reports last Friday, where 125,000 jobs were lost in the economy, reminded me of the old story about the pessimist and the optimist and the glass filled only to the mid-point. Is it "half-empty" as the pessimist would call it or "half-full" as the optimist would?
Pessimists read into the employment numbers, as one Wall Street Journal headline did, that the number just passed "the crash test" — meaning that the numbers were barely encouraging except for those looking for a "double dip" in the economy.
Optimists saw "steady but slow" growth in private sector employment over the past six to nine months, and the wow for them was how much better things were than last year, even as recently as last fall.