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Mis-Hires Will Break Your Bank!

By Chuck Hutsell, Partner and Practice Lead, IT and Gaming

Technically, the term mis-hire isn’t an actual word recognized by most English dictionaries. However, talk to any CEO or HR professional and you’ll quickly notice that it elicits a deeply negative response. Mis-hire can be interpreted in a myriad of ways, and offer many different meanings based on the context in which it is used. But all of the connotations and denotations…

Hiring in Times of Limited Time

By Cathy Moll, Partner and Practice Lead, Life Sciences

Fast Forward Nothing has had a greater impact on hiring in the past 20 years than speed. Both companies and candidates operate with unprecedented agility, and this change has revolutionized the hiring process in many ways for both parties. The days of recruiting nine-to-five are long gone, and have been replaced by round-the-clock communications with individuals on both sides of…

How Actively Caring and Exercising Your Own Career Planning Benefits Everyone

By Kay Linder, Partner and Practice Lead, Healthcare Technology & Innovation Healthcare professionals and organizations all recognize the importance of paying attention to our health. Every day we witness the negative consequences of neglecting to cultivate and maintain healthy routines. Sickness loves to seek out the overburdened mind and body. With today’s frantic pace of life and the speed at…

Partner with a Headhunter

By Matt Lewis, Partner and Practice Lead, Banking

Every modern professional needs three people in their lives: an attorney, an accountant, and a headhunter. People have always, of course, needed legal services and financial expertise to navigate the many challenges of conducting business and managing money. But a recruiter? Really? Yes. Now more than ever. Technology has changed the way human beings—both as job seekers and as hiring…

Career Spotlight: Courtney Rice

By ThinkingAhead

Courtney Rice is a recruiter who has spent the past thirteen years at ThinkingAhead.  From Michigan, she studied engineering at Michigan State University, and like frankly many college students, wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to be when she “grew up”.  She was fortunate to have had a summer job with Southwestern Advantage selling books and learning how to run…

New York City’s Ban on Salary History Questions: More States to Follow?

By ThinkingAhead

In 2015, women earned 79.6 cents for every dollar men earned, according to the Census Bureau. Some suggest that women often earn less than men — a well-documented wage gap that’s even worse for women of color — because they’re less likely to negotiate when it comes to salary offers. Payscale.com disputes this theory: although 42 percent of women negotiate their salary (compared to a similar…

Common Job Applications: Improvement or Detriment in The Hiring Process?

By ThinkingAhead

Thanks to common job application technology, candidates can send applications to hundreds of jobs at once — and recruiters and hiring managers have even larger piles of resumes to review and sort. But are common job applications actually effective? In other words, should candidates and hiring managers expect better results, or are these algorithms simply making the process more difficult? Man Versus Machine…