Reading the thoughts of a recruiter

Once in a while we come across pearls in the form of valuable articles that we share with pleasure. This one was written by AltoPartners and is called “The Pathway to Executive Leadership”.

Although it refers to examples from Australia and the mining industry it is relevant for all managers who consciously (want to) manage their careers and are ready to honestly look at themselves.

It talks about 3 types of candidates and their inherent risks – from an Executive Search Consultant’s perspective:

  • those who have a proven leadership track record in a specific domain
  • those who have a proven leadership track record in a transferable domain
  • those who have proven themselves in a functional management role, and are ready for the next step.

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Why we are Career Angels (Reasons 36-40)

All Career Angels have made a conscious choice when selecting sides… the candidate’s side. In other words: we assist individuals who are looking for jobs or planning their careers. Why them? Why not stay in recruitment? HR Consulting? Corporate HR department? Below are the next 5 reasons.

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Hidden Job Market Y17W44

If you are rather actively looking, you want to access the so-called “hidden job market” – opportunities that:

  • rarely see the “light of the Internet”
  • are distributed by word of mouth
  • are shared on intranets
  • are handled by Executive Search firms
  • are difficult to find; e.g.: You are a CEO in Germany with experience in Italy, Spain and Romania. You are open to relocating to these countries. Consequently, you look at job ads on LinkedIn for the locations: Italy, Spain, Romania. Switching sides: a company that you would love to work for posts an ad for GM that could be based in Hungary, Romania or Bulgaria. As LinkedIn job ads are expensive, they choose to publish the job ad for Hungary, mentioning in the text that it is also available for Romania and Bulgaria. In other words. You would miss that. Supply and demand do not meet.

Once a week we take the time and review websites that publish “real” job ads, and we make sure to find gems like the above that would otherwise go unnoticed. Below what we’ve found this week:

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Networking… overrated

“There are no available jobs for me. I told you, you need to know somebody to get a job… and I don’t know anybody…”, we hear these and similar comments from experienced managers who are actively looking for a new job.

There are three aspects to consider:

Aspect 1) Diversification
Looking at our statistics of sources of accepted job offers “networking” consistently scored approx. 20%. Only 20%. Irrespectively of industry and country. Ask yourself:

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Hidden Job Market Y17W43

If you are rather actively looking, you want to access the so-called “hidden job market” – opportunities that:

  • rarely see the “light of the Internet”
  • are distributed by word of mouth
  • are shared on intranets
  • are handled by Executive Search firms
  • are difficult to find; e.g.: You are a CEO in Germany with experience in Italy, Spain and Romania. You are open to relocating to these countries. Consequently, you look at job ads on LinkedIn for the locations: Italy, Spain, Romania. Switching sides: a company that you would love to work for posts an ad for GM that could be based in Hungary, Romania or Bulgaria. As LinkedIn job ads are expensive, they choose to publish the job ad for Hungary, mentioning in the text that it is also available for Romania and Bulgaria. In other words. You would miss that. Supply and demand do not meet.

Once a week we take the time and review websites that publish “real” job ads, and we make sure to find gems like the above that would otherwise go unnoticed. Below what we’ve found this week:

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When applying to job ads

Looking at our data, 12% of accepted job offers by our clients, experienced managers & executives, were generated from applying to job ads. Half of it stems from LinkedIn.

Everybody, irrespectively of their seniority, should apply these tips that have been shared by Jobbatical. Here some snippets:

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Why we are Career Angels (Reasons 31-35)

All Career Angels have made a conscious choice when selecting sides… the candidate’s side. In other words: we assist individuals who are looking for jobs or planning their careers. Why them? Why not stay in recruitment? HR Consulting? Corporate HR department? Below are the next 5 reasons.

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Hidden Job Market Y17W42

If you are rather actively looking, you want to access the so-called “hidden job market” – opportunities that:

  • rarely see the “light of the Internet”
  • are distributed by word of mouth
  • are shared on intranets
  • are handled by Executive Search firms
  • are difficult to find; e.g.: You are a CEO in Germany with experience in Italy, Spain and Romania. You are open to relocating to these countries. Consequently, you look at job ads on LinkedIn for the locations: Italy, Spain, Romania. Switching sides: a company that you would love to work for posts an ad for GM that could be based in Hungary, Romania or Bulgaria. As LinkedIn job ads are expensive, they choose to publish the job ad for Hungary, mentioning in the text that it is also available for Romania and Bulgaria. In other words. You would miss that. Supply and demand do not meet.

Once a week we take the time and review websites that publish “real” job ads, and we make sure to find gems like the above that would otherwise go unnoticed. Below what we’ve found this week:

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