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The Struggle is Real for Job Seekers

By Shayne Merrick, Partner and Manager, Sales

Overqualified?! “We’re very impressed with your resume, but we feel you’re overqualified.” For an active, eager job seeker, the word “overqualified” can deflate egos and derail the entire job hunting process. It’s the human resources version of the dreaded relationship ender: “let’s just be friends.” Sometimes, hiring managers use the “overqualified” as an excuse to cover a perceived flaw that’s hard for them…

The Rudiments of Attracting Fresh Leadership

By Sean Sposeep, Partner, Life Sciences

Leaders with a unique perspective and a desire to make a difference aren’t necessarily attracted to the Amazons or Googles of the corporate world. Rather, a solid internal culture and proven organizational support mechanisms at smaller or lesser known organizations will often appeal to motivated leaders (or leaders-in-the-making) more. Many leaders have priorities for the first 90 days of their new job — and for the…

Rounding the Bases: Recruiting, Careers, and Baseball

By Jay Boone, Partner and Manager, Banking

Rounding the Bases: Recruiting, Careers, and Baseball It’s baseball season, and baseball has long been an enduring part of American culture. The sport teaches us the values of discipline and teamwork; for this (and other) reasons, baseball is a powerful metaphor for our lives — and our careers. Every professional has endured their fair share of strike outs, home runs, and dramatic…

Attracting Talent-It’s All About the Messaging

By Christy Farrell, Partner, Healthcare Technology & Innovation

Think the Googles and St. Judes of the corporate world have a reputation that attracts only the best talent? You’re right: Business Insider recently included them on a list of the 50 best companies to work for. But if you think that as a newer company, you can’t compete for the same talent, you couldn’t be more wrong. High salaries, great benefits, and an established reputation aren’t the…

What should I do if my company announces a “Restructuring”?

By Tim Knight, Vice President, Banking

With the economy growing and unemployment at its lowest levels since before the Great Recession of 2008, we have not heard of many companies needing to restructure or the need for the dreaded reduction in force. In recent weeks, we have talked with professionals whose situations have changed due to their companies need to make necessary organizational changes through restructuring…

How to Win Candidates and Influence Them

By Cathy Moll, Partner and Practice Lead, Life Sciences

Rejected offers are costly for employers, but in today’s candidate-driven market, talented applicants hold all the power: a shift has occurred, and companies now have to do all that they can to compete for hires. One of the best ways to do that is to make a candidate feel wanted before extending an offer of employment. Ninety percent of HR managers believe that hiring was candidate-driven in…

How to Hire High Performing Teams — And Keep Mis-Hires to a Minimum

By Stephanie Maas, Partner, Banking

There’s no doubt that high performing teams are paramount to an organization’s success, but hiring the right people for the job is something that every organization struggles with, regardless of its size, age, or industry. In fact, one out of every two people hired is a mis-hire, even if they (or you) don’t know it; this means that up to 50 percent of…

The “New” New Normal: Healthcare Professionals Demand (and Get) Higher Salaries

By Kay Linder, Partner and Practice Lead, Healthcare Technology & Innovation

The Great Recession of 2008-09 is over – in fact, it’s been nine years. In 2016, the U.S. saw 2.2 million jobs added to the national economy [1] (in addition to a 2.7 million increase the year before). Clearly, job seekers are in the driver’s seat today compared to nine years ago. Several high-skill job sectors, including healthcare, are riding the crest of the post-recession…

Hit a Home Run on Your Next Hire: 4 Grand Slam Ideas to Improve Your Selection Process

By Hans Schlegel, Partner, Sales

Nothing gets people more excited for late spring and summer like the crack of a bat and the roar of the crowd: Major League Baseball takes the field again on Opening Day starting next week. America’s Favorite Pastime captures the essence of our culture in ways few other sports can. In the words of American newspaper columnist George Frederick Will: “Baseball, it…

Keys to Streamlining the Hiring Process

By Matt Lewis, Partner and Practice Lead, Banking

For many companies, the hiring process can become an unwieldy endeavor: HR professionals and hiring managers frequently discover that processes can be complicated by misunderstandings and miscommunication. In this blog post, I’ll address how to mitigate these costly challenges. Robust Brand Management Brand management is a new frontier in HR. By investing resources into crafting a brand identity, companies can elevate their recruiting efforts to unprecedented…