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Secrets to an Accepted Offer: Get the Buy-in Early

By Sean Sposeep, Partner, Life Sciences

How quick is your company’s average time to hire? If it’s hitting the one-month mark, you could be wasting valuable resources interviewing candidates and making offers — only to repeat the process when a candidate turns you down. According to DCRTrendline, the average time to hire is currently around 28 days, which is an all-time high. At the same time, hiring experts…

Applicant Tracking Systems may Not Always Capture the Best Candidates

By Cathy Moll, Manager and Partner, Life Sciences

Empowered by job-seeking sites and online career boards, candidates no longer have to diligently type out and mail resumes and cover letters to the jobs they’re genuinely interested in. Instead, with a single click, they can apply to numerous jobs at a time. For job seekers, this makes things easier and saves enormous amounts of time, but for businesses, it’s…

4 Ways to Keep Your Millennial Employees Engaged

By Courtney Rice, Partner, Banking

We all want the same thing – a rewarding job filled with opportunities for growth and career development. Although these younger employees has been increasingly dissected and analyzed, perhaps the most overlooked aspect of their generation is that they do indeed value stability, contrary to the stereotype. Having grown up in a sluggish economy and dealt with profound challenges from student…

Contingent vs. Engaged Recruitment

By Matt Lewis, Partner and Practice Lead, Banking

Defining and managing expectations is critical for every client-recruiter relationship to ensure that the objectives for every search are reached. As such, clients and recruiters typically agree to either a contingent recruitment or engaged recruitment plan in order to define and manage those expectations. Clients managing costs would love to conduct each and every search under a contingent arrangement. What…

How Managing Human Bonds Creates Truth in Recruiting

By Christy Farrell, Partner, Healthcare Technology & Innovation

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines human bonding as “the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association.” As a recruiter who specializes in healthcare technology and innovation I realize that I am working with clients and candidates who have so many other relationships in their lives: family, friends,…

Recruiters & Reality: What Millennials Need to Know about the Marketplace

By Courtney Rice, Partner, Banking

Let’s Start with the Truth People of every age appreciate being treated like intelligent adults. So it’s important for job candidates from every generation—but especially Millennials, the youngest of which are still learning the ropes of how to conduct their job search—to know the realities of the recruiting process and the expectations of the marketplace. Let’s face it: misinformation is…

Client-Candidate Communication: Managing Expectations

By Sean Sposeep, Partner, Life Sciences

Hiring doesn’t have to be the difficult process everyone assumes it is: what I’ve found is that it comes down to understanding that there’s no magic recipe for a hire. The hiring process involves a unique convergence of the needs and desires of both candidates and clients, and in order to understand those requirements and manage expectations on both fronts,…

Go Back to the Future

By Stephanie Maas, Partner, Banking

Go Back to the Future with Millennial Hires Banking has a storied history and a firmly entrenched corporate culture. It’s only natural, then, that the hiring practices of both established and emerging financial institutions hark back to the past more than they look to the future. Hiring managers in the banking industry face greater challenges filling open positions than ever…