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  • Have You Benchmarked Your Worth as a Veterinary Professional?

    There is a lot happening for those working in the Veterinary profession, especially veterinarians. Things are occurring very quickly and moving at a frenetic pace. With the “Great Resignation” still ongoing and the continued shortage of veterinarians in the job...

  • Forget the Headlines, the Veterinary Job Market is Still Red-Hot

    There has been a considerable amount of debate during the last couple of months as to whether or not the country is in a recession. My approach to such an issue is to state that if you need to have a debate about whether you’re in a recession, you’re probably not in...

  • Why Animal Health and Veterinary Employers Should Not ‘Ghost’

    I’ve addressed the topic of “ghosting” on multiple occasions during the past few years. However, in discussing the topic, I’ve addressed the topic as it pertains to job seekers and candidate “ghosting” Animal Health and Veterinary employers during the recruiting and...

  • 2 Important Factors in Nailing Your Animal Health or Veterinary Job Interview

    It’s overwhelmingly a candidates’ job market right now, especially if you work in the Veterinary profession. There are far more job openings and opportunities than there are qualified candidates to fill those openings. As a result, if you’re interested and serious...

  • An Essential (But Overlooked) Element Necessary for Career Success

    As you might imagine, Animal Health and Veterinary career success requires many things. One of the themes that runs through my blog posts and newsletter articles is that success, including career success, starts in the mind. That’s because what you think and what you...

  • 7 Steps for More Effective Animal Health and Veterinary Hiring

    Every employer in the job market is trying to gain a competitive edge. That’s because there is a severe shortage of workers and talent in the employment marketplace and just about every employer has a need to hire more employees. The situation is just as severe in the...

  • 5 Pieces of Timeless Wisdom to Grow Your Animal Health or Veterinary Career

    There are many things that a person can do to gain an edge in their professional life as they attempt to grow and develop their career. However, there are some things that a person can only learn through personal experience . . . and sometimes the experience of other...

  • A (Good) Recruiter Will Not Cost You Money . . . Nor Waste Your Time

    By now, you should know that there is a severe worker and talent shortage in the United States, including within the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. You should also know that as a result of these conditions, there is plenty of opportunity for career...

  • Why the Top Candidate You Just Hired is Going to Receive a Counteroffer

    There are many things about the current job market that are unique. As an executive search consultant and Veterinary recruiter for 25 years, I have seen many things including counteroffers being made to candidates who resign in order to entice them to day....

  • Putting into Focus the Current (and Future) Veterinarian Shortage

    As a nation, we are deep in the midst of a veterinarian shortage, one which presents a number of challenges for organizations, employers, and veterinary practices. And there are also a number of questions associated with this shortage, including the following: Exactly...

  • Animal Health and Veterinary Hiring in This Market is About Preparation

    Last month, we addressed “How to Get Candidates (and Employees) to Love Working for You,” which made sense since it was February, a month associated with feelings of love. March, on the other hand, is associated with luck, due in large part to the St. Patrick’s Day...

  • How to Get Candidates (and Employees) to Love Working for You

    By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS The VET Recruiter® I certainly don’t have to tell you that we are deep into a worker and talent shortage and that we’re in a candidate-driven market. And I also don’t have to tell you that this shortage is quite possibly even more severe in...

  • Animal Health and Veterinary Hiring for 2022: Always Be Recruiting!

    By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS The VET Recruiter® In our previous article for employers, we posed this question: “What is Your Animal Health or Veterinary Recruiting Plan for 2022?” In helping readers answer that question, we shared five essential components of such a...

  • What is Your Animal Health or Veterinary Recruiting Plan for 2022?

    By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS The VET Recruiter® There have been a couple of prevalent themes in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession during the past year, especially concerning the latter. Those themes are as follows: 1. Many people have been quitting...

  • Steps for Turning the ‘Great Resignation’ into the ‘Great Retention’

    By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS The VET Recruiter® Last month, I published an article about the “Great Resignation.” Specifically, I published an article about “How to Retain Your Best Employees During the ‘Great Resignation.’” In that article, I explored retention...

  • How to Retain Your Best Employees During the ‘Great Resignation’

    By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS The VET Recruiter® By all accounts, the past several months have represented the biggest quitting spree by American workers in the history of this country. This, of course, is why this trend has been dubbed “The Great Resignation” by members...

  • If Your Job Offers Are Being Rejected, Then You’re Not Making the Best Offers

    By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS The VET Recruiter® The marketplace for hiring in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession is as tight as I’ve ever seen it, in my 23 years as an Animal Health executive recruiter. Even though we’re in the midst of a pandemic and...

  • 3 Top Priorities for Animal Health and Veterinary Hiring in 2021

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I probably don’t have to tell you that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about the employment marketplace during the past year. This includes, of course, hiring, and it also includes Animal Health and Veterinary...

  • The Difference Between an Employment Agency and an Executive Search Firm

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® The VET Recruiter is an executive search firm and professional recruitment firm operating in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. The VET Recruiter is not an employment agency. There is a difference. That...

  • Conveying Your Animal Health or Veterinary Company Culture in a Pandemic

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Last year was filled with more than its fair share of obstacles and challenges, both for professionals and for employers in the employment marketplace. And this includes in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary...

  • The Most Successful Animal Health and Veterinary Employers Focus on Two Things

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® As an Animal Health executive recruiter and Veterinary recruiter for more than 20 years, I have worked with many Animal Health companies as well as Veterinary practices. As you might imagine, some of these organizations...

  • Better Hiring Starts with a Different Perspective

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I am going to assume that you want to experience more hiring success within your Animal Health company or Veterinary practice. That would make sense. Hiring the best candidates and investing in top talent is a way to...

  • Why You’re Not Just Competing Against Other Employers for Animal Health and Veterinary Talent

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® For the past several years, it was a candidates’ job market in this country. This means there were plenty of employment opportunities, and by and large, a lack of qualify job candidates to fill those positions. Then the...

  • What’s Happening with Veterinary Jobs in the Midst of the Pandemic?

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® These are definitely uncertain and often tumultuous times, both in the United States and around the world. It is sometimes difficult to know what exactly is happening, and that includes within the employment marketplace...

  • Why You MUST Be an Animal Health or Veterinary Technology Organization

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® There is much that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed about the current employment marketplace and job market. However, there is also a lot that the pandemic has NOT changed, and this includes for Animal Health companies...

  • The #1 Key to Animal Health and Veterinary Hiring Success During COVID-19

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® There are many factors that ultimately contribute to Animal Health and Veterinary hiring success. This is the case regardless of market conditions or whether we’re experiencing a recovering economy or a recessionary one....

  • Accepting a Job Offer Without Meeting in Person

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® You’ve probably heard or read about what is referred to as the “new normal.” Or at the very least, the normal that will be in effect until the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control one way or another. As you can...

  • Why and How to Focus on the Market Recovery (and NOT the Pandemic)

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® What you think about and focus on affects your mood, your attitude, and your approach to life in general. These days, there is a real danger in focusing on the wrong things. Simply put, when you focus on the wrong things,...

  • Tips, Advice, and Strategies for Career Success During This Uncertain Time

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® First, allow me to say that I hope you’re doing well personally and physically. These are not only uncertain times in this country and around the world, but they’re challenging and troubling times, as well, on a number of...

  • The Percentage of Animal Health Jobs and Veterinary Jobs NOT Posted Online

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Not all of the open Animal Health jobs and Veterinary jobs in the employment marketplace are posted online. For those of you who grew up during the Internet age, this might seem implausible. I assure you, however, that it...

  • Why You MUST Use a Professional Email Address to Advance Your Career

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Everyone wants to gain an edge in the employment marketplace. Fortunately, as a recruiter and search consultant for more than 20 years, I know how professionals can gain that edge. And I am more than happy to share my...

  • Animal Health or Veterinary Career: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® We are obviously at a crossroads in the employment marketplace and also in terms of a person’s Animal Health or Veterinary career. That crossroads involves the following important question: how often should you change...

  • Veterinary Demographics: Women Veterinarians Dominate the Field

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I have witnessed many changes in the Veterinary profession since I started working as a Veterinary recruiter back around 1997. One of those changes is a major shift in Veterinary demographics, and that shift continues as...

  • Your Strategy for a Promotion Next Year (and Every Year After That)

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Almost everyone would like to receive a promotion. They’d like to receive one with their current employer, if possible, but if not, then some professionals would be open to receiving one by pursuing an employment...

  • The #1 Question to Ask Yourself Before 2020 Arrives

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Believe it or not, the year 2020 is almost upon us. I still remember when the Y2K scare was happening, and that was nearly two decades ago. During those two decades, I’ve learned quite a bit in my role as an Animal Health...

  • The Right Way for Employers to Treat Executive-Level Candidates

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I’m going to start this article with a bold and true statement: Some Animal Health and Veterinary organizations are losing executive-level candidates because they’re not treating them the right way during the interviewing...

  • How to Prepare for a Recession (Even Though the Economy is Good)

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Regardless of everything that’s been happening the world during the past year—trade wars, extreme weather, political strife—the national economy is still doing well. And because of that, the employment marketplace is...

  • Common Sense Career Advice for Gen Z from the Marketplace Trenches

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® There have been numerous articles, blog posts, stories, and studies about the Millennial Generation in the employment marketplace and workplace. But what about Generation Z? Yes, there is a generation behind the...

  • Why an Animal Health or Veterinary Employer Would Rescind a Job Offer

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® A job offer can be an exciting moment. It can be exciting for both the employer that extended the offer and also for the candidate who received it. It can also be exciting for me, the recruiter, because I enjoy seeing a...

  • Why the Proper Perspective Does NOT Revolve Around What You Want

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I’ve written before about the fact that there is a limit to the leverage that candidates possess in this current market. Yes, we are in a candidates’ marketplace. And yes, the National Unemployment Rate is historically...

  • How Poor Communication Skills Can Kill Your Chances for a Job

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® During my career as an Animal Health Executive Search Consultant and Veterinary recruiter, I’ve sent candidates on literally thousands of interviews. That means I’ve received feedback from hiring managers and practice...

  • 10 Reasons to Talk with a Recruiter When You Don’t Think You Need to

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Yes, you’re a very busy person, in both your personal life and professional life. And no, you’re not really looking for a new job right now. So I can understand why you might be hesitant to talk with a recruiter or...

  • Do You Have to Threaten to Quit Before You’re Paid What You’re Worth?

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® We’ve asked some rather hard-hitting questions in our newsletter during the past couple of months. They include: Is it unethical for recruiters to call candidates at work? Is it illegal for recruiters to poach...

  • An Easy Way to Give Yourself a Strategic Advantage in the Marketplace

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I hope that the title of this article grabbed your attention, because even though we’ve addressed this topic already to some extent, its importance can NOT be overstated. An easy way to give yourself a strategic advantage...

  • Why It Doesn’t Hurt to Have a Conversation with an Employer

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® You may have recognized the title of this blog post. That’s because I wrote a post previously with the title, “It Never Hurts to Have a Conversation with a Recruiter.” In that post, I explained that talking with a...

  • The #1 Reason Why You Should Interview a Candidate without a Resume

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® There are things that Animal Health employers and Veterinary employers must do in the marketplace right now that might seem counterintuitive at first. One of them is interviewing a candidate who does not have a current...

  • Is It Unethical for Recruiters to Call Candidates at Work?

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Spoiler Alert: The answer to the question posed in the title of this article is “No!” I wanted to get that out of the way, lest someone believe there should be debate as to whether or not a recruiter calling a candidate...

  • Increasing Pet Ownership = Continued Opportunity in the Marketplace

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® There has been plenty of good news lately for those professionals seeking to advance their career in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. And I’m pleased to announce that there is even more good news....

  • The Napoleon Hill Success Formula for Animal Health and Veterinary Professionals

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Last month, I used a quote at the beginning of a newsletter article, and I’d like to do so again for this blog post. I previously quoted Raye Montague. Raye was a naval engineer who revolutionized the design process for...

  • 6 Career-Limiting Moves for Animal Health and Veterinary Professionals

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® To enjoy success in anything that you do, either personally or professionally, you must be in position to enjoy that success. It does not just happen “all of a sudden” or “out of nowhere.” Even when a person becomes an...

  • Being Self-Aware Gives You a Competitive Advantage in the Marketplace

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Some of you may be aware that I’m a parent of five children, as well as the founder and CEO of The VET Recruiter, an executive search and recruiting firm serving the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession. Three...

  • The Most Strategic Move in Your Career is Not Always a Straight Line

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® At the end of the electronic newsletter that The VET Recruiter sends out every month, I usually include a relevant quote. However, rather than wait to put this particular quote at the end of a newsletter, I’ve decided to...

  • 7 Steps for Maximizing Your Animal Health or Veterinary Career

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® The topic of maximizing one’s career is both a personal and  subjective one. After all, what is maximizing to one person may not be maximizing to another. People’s opinions can (and do) differ about this topic. In...

  • If You Don’t Love Your Job, Then What Keeps You There?

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® Although the Valentine’s Day holiday is a good time to gauge exactly how much you love your current job, you should be conducting such an assessment at periodic intervals. The reason for this is simple (and it also...

  • How and Why Feelings of Loyalty Can Stunt Your Career Growth

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® The employment marketplace is constantly changing. As a result, how a professional in that marketplace should view their career is also changing. As I’ve mentioned before, the days of working for the same organization for...

  • Top 10 Steps for Enhancing Your Career in 2019

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® The new year is here! In fact, we’re already more than a week into it. However, we’re not here to talk about New Year’s resolutions. Such things come and go and they do so, as you guessed it, on a yearly basis. Today...

  • How to Fight Ageism in the Current Employment Marketplace

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® While the national unemployment rate is the lowest that it’s been since 1969 and it’s a candidates ‘job market right now, ageism still exists in the employment marketplace. In fact, tech giant IBM was sued earlier this...

  • Why It Never Hurts to Have a Conversation with a Recruiter

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I have spoken with numerous Animal Health industry and Veterinary professionals during the course of my career. I’ve spoken with them about employment opportunities, I’ve spoken with them about their careers, and about...

  • Why Trying to Push the Start Date Back Too Far is a Risky Proposition

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® I’ve noticed a new trend with some job seekers and candidates in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. That trend is as follows: when a job seeker or candidate accepts an offer of employment, they ask the...

  • How Passion and Enthusiasm Give You an Edge During the Job Interview

    by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS The VET Recruiter® If you’re like most people in the Animal Health industry or Veterinary profession, then you’re looking to gain an edge in your job and in your career. It could be that you’re looking to gain control of your career. You...

  • The Importance of Not Being Afraid to Resign from Your Job

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® I’m going to present a series of facts in a logical order, all for an intended purpose. All of these facts are pretty much indisputable. Here we go: We are in a candidates’ market, with plenty of opportunities for job seekers and...

  • Does Your Boss Support You and Your Career?

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® The title of this article poses an important question. However, as important as it is, I would be willing to bet that not many professionals in the Animal Health industry or Veterinary profession ask it. But they should be asking...

  • Do NOT Use a Job Offer to Get a Better Deal from Your Employer

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® There are all sorts of crazy things that happen in a candidates’ job market like this one. I can attest to this, of course, from personal experience. Unfortunately, job market conditions such as these cause job seekers and...

  • Why Only Talking with the Candidate Can be Really Bad Idea

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® I’ve written before about the dangers of a candidate attempting to circumvent the recruiter and speak with the hiring manager directly after the recruiter has made the candidate aware of the employment opportunity. Unfortunately,...

  • Are YOU Taking Advantage of Veterinarians’ Pay-Increase Potential?

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® I probably don’t have to tell you that times are good in the U.S. economy. Or that times are also good in the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession. However, it’s one thing to know about a good situation. But it’s...

  • A Simple (But Critical) Tip for Navigating the Face-to-Face-Interview

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® There are a number of reasons why the face-to-face interview is one of the most important parts of the hiring process. In fact, it could be argued that it is the most important part of the process. While that point is debatable,...

  • 3 BIG Reasons Not to Be (or Appear) Greedy During Salary Negotiations

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® I write quite a bit about the topics of both compensation and negotiation. That’s because not only are they two of the most important topics for job seekers and candidates, but they’re also two of the most popular topics among job...

  • The Importance of Acting with a Sense of Urgency as a Professional

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® People have different personalities. That’s a fact. Not everyone is a type-A personality. That kind of person is pretty much moving all the time. They typically have a lot of energy, but they’re sometimes high-strung. On the other...

  • “What Do I Want?” Ask THIS Question Instead

    by Stacy Pursell, The VET Recruiter® As an experienced Animal Health Recruiter and Veterinary Recruiter for more than 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of resumes. Thousands upon thousands of resumes. As a result, I’ve seen just about everything when it comes to resumes. I...

  • Why the Interview is the Start of a Relationship (or the END of One)

    Stacy Pursell The VET Recruiter ® There’s no doubt that a job interview is extremely important in terms of a person’s job search, and subsequently, the future of their career. That’s why we’ve devoted so many of our newsletter articles and blog posts to this topic....

  • The Proper Way to Handle Salary Negotiations

    Stacy Pursell The VET Recruiter ® We’ve discussed the topics of money and salary negotiation before, and we’ll be doing so again. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, negotiating money correctly is very important for candidates who want to maximize the job...

  • This is Why You MUST Have a LinkedIn Profile

    Stacy Pursell The VET Recruiter ® There is no doubt that LinkedIn is one of the biggest and most popular social media platforms. In fact, as of the beginning of this year, 530 million people use LinkedIn in 200 countries around the world. But do YOU use LinkedIn? I...

  • Why the Company is NOT Wanting you to Go Around The Recruiter

    Stacy Pursell The VET Recruiter ® Professionals in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession occasionally make mistakes in the employment marketplace. I know this because I’ve witnessed some of these mistakes. In some cases, I’ve  been an unwilling...

  • The Correct Way to React When a Recruiter Reaches Out to You

    Stacy Pursell The VET Recruiter ® I reach out to candidates on a daily basis about career opportunities. Sometimes these candidates are active job seekers, and sometimes they’re passive candidates. If they’re an active job seeker, there’s a good chance that they’ll...

  • The Final Word: Your Resume vs. Your LinkedIn Profile

    Stacy Pursell The VET Recruiter When I started in the recruiting profession, there was no LinkedIn. In fact, email was relatively new. Believe it or not, people still used fax machines. (If you don’t know what those are, Google it.) One of the ways people used fax...

  • Want to Impress an Employer? Then Brand Yourself THIS Way!

    I rarely write a newsletter article or blog post with a title that has an exclamation point at the end of it. However, I’m making an exception with this article. That’s because I believe very strongly in the subject matter and the impact that it can have on a person’s...

  • 6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Pursue an Opportunity

    I have made a career out of convincing professionals that a particular position is the right one for them. However, I have never done that without actually believing that the position in question was the right one based on what I know of the individual, their career...

  • Why the “Burden of Proof” Ultimately Rests with the Employer

    Every once in a while, even though I’m not a television watcher, I like to watch a good court drama, regardless of whether it’s a television show or a movie. One of the phrases that’s usually mentioned during a show such as this is “burden of proof.” What is that? To...

  • Ways to Gain a Career Edge That Have Nothing to Do with Talent

    In my newsletter articles and blog posts, I talk a lot about strategy. That’s because strategy is instrumental in the employment marketplace and it’s integral to getting ahead. Of course, in order to get ahead, you need things like talent and experience. Those are...

  • Negotiating Money: The BIG Mistake You Might Be Making

    Let’s face it: when it comes to a new employment opportunity, money is important. In fact, that might be an understatement. However, considering how important money is to candidates, you might be surprised by how candidates approach money and money negotiations....

  • Why and How the “I’m Not Actively Looking” Mindset Can Hurt You

    Enjoying career success is about more than just skills and experience. Sure, those things can take you far, and they’re things about which employers are very much interested. However, your mindset is just as important as what you know or how much experience you...

  • Case Study: “Recruiters Won’t Call Me If I’m Unemployed”

    As an Animal Health and Veterinary recruiter, I speak with people all day long every day. As you might imagine, this includes primarily professionals within the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession. Sometimes these professionals are active job seekers,...

  • Why the Best Employees Will Quit Your Company

    We’ve written a number of times previously about how hiring in this current market requires an intensive effort. However, what is also true is that retaining your very best employees in this current market also requires an intensive effort. Once again, that’s because...

  • The Dangers of “Ghosting” on Your Job Offer

    It’s November, so Halloween is but a memory. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t address the subject of “ghosting” at The VET Recruiter. What is “ghosting,” you may ask? The best way to illustrate this is with a story, more specifically, with a case study . . ....

  • Why Am I Not Getting Any Job Applicants for My Open Position?

    The title of this article might be a question that you’ve asked yourself from time to time. Based upon my more than 20 years of experience as a search consultant and recruiter in the employment marketplace, I’ll be attempting to answer this question. First, however,...

  • Why and How to Make a Quick Decision Regarding Your Job Offer

    We’re starting this article with good news! As you can see by the title, we’re discussing a situation in which an organization has made an offer of employment to you. As we’ve discussed on many occasions, an offer of employment is the #1 objective of being in the...

  • Why Not Being Able to Relocate may be a Career-Limiting Move

    I once had a candidate tell me that they wanted to take the next step in their career. In their next breath, however, they said that they only wanted to work in the Topeka, Kansas area. Using that example, let’s think about a couple of questions for just a minute. If...

  • 5 Iron-Clad Ways to Keep a Candidate Engaged in the Hiring Process

    I probably do not have to tell you that it’s difficult to successfully hire top candidates in today’s marketplace. It’s been tough for a while now, and it doesn’t appear that this hiring environment is going to change anytime soon. One of the reasons that it’s so...

  • Feedback Following the Interview is a Gift, NOT a Personal Attack

    There is no doubt that people are emotionally invested in their career. How could they not be? A person’s career is one of the most important aspects of their life. However, sometimes people allow the degree of their emotional investment to impede the growth of their...

  • THIS is Just as Important to Candidates as Their Starting Salary

    Hiring the best candidates in the marketplace is not an easy proposition. Not these days, not in this current candidates’ market. Once upon a time, if an organization wanted to woo a top candidate, that organization used the prospect of more money to do so. Things are...

  • THIS is the Person Who Cares the Most About Your Career

    It’s not often that I reference an article for hiring managers within a blog post for job seekers and candidates, but this is an appropriate time to do so. The article I want to reference is, “Presenting the ‘X Factor’ for Hiring Superstar Candidates.”The reason that...

  • Candidate Feedback: a Key to the Candidate Experience

    As we discussed in our previous blog post, providing an exemplary candidate experience is an important part of not only attracting top candidates, but also convincing them to accept your offer of employment and choose to work for your organization. In that blog post,...

  • Why a ‘Job Hopper’ Could be Your Next Superstar

    Everybody wants to hire a superstar to join their team.  Nobody wants to hire a “job hopper,” so to speak, but everybody wants a superstar to “hop” from another company to theirs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why companies should NOT...