About Challenge Accepted Europe

About the initiative: we – Career Angels – have been providing a safe space for experienced managers and executives in this successful formula since April 2018. Due to CV-19, we adapted the format for the experience to be as effective and productive online, as it has been proven to be offline.

The underlying idea is to create a community for managers throughout Europe who have accepted the challenge of looking for a job (actively or passively), so that they can exchange their experiences, support each other through listening, words of encouragement, information and inspire each other.

The free online meetings are dedicated to specific career & job search topics and provide networking opportunities. Coming up:

  • September 2021: Salary Negotiations

Starting July, we are going on a summer break. Dates of the next meetings are to come!

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#WiseWednesday: Thuli Madonsela

“I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.” by Thuli Madonsela

LMGTFY: Thulisile Madonsela (born 28 September 1962), South African advocate and Professor of law. She served as the Public Protector of South Africa. In 1996, she helped draft the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela.

Inspirational quotes by Career Angels: “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said” Thuli Madonsela

Inspirational quote: “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said” Thuli Madonsela

LinkedIn job ads – market analysis (Week 29)

Full Week 29 Market Signals report showing winners: Baltics, Malta and Losers: Southern Europe, Ukraine

Full Week 29 Market Signals report showing winners: Baltics, Malta and Losers: Southern Europe, Ukraine

Market Signals – where do they come from?

We started by monitoring the number of LinkedIn job ads in 18 European countries in Week 13 of 2020 (mid-March) – and extended our observations to ultimately 38 countries in Europe since Week 15. This allows us to measure a KPI that gives quite a good feel of the overall trend on the global job market.

Career Angels analyze the collected figures and complement the quantitative data with detailed and personal statements & insights of CEOs, HR Directors, investors, board members, candidates and headhunters that we know personally. We observe if and what kind of trends there are to leverage them into better candidate management & more effective job search methods.

These are not usual times, so we decided to share our market signals by the end of each week. If the country / context is important, we’ll add them. Otherwise, we’ll keep it general for confidentiality.

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HR trends – a summary


CV-19 has accelerated many trends, including (or especially!) those related to HR and recruitment. Companies that want to hire valuable candidates – who don’t quit after three months – have to make sure they keep up with the newest trends. What’s even more important: they need to implement new strategies in the right way.

Trends introduced too fast and/or by the wrong department will backfire by e.g. generating additional costs, negative employer branding, losing valuable candidates, longer recruitment processes, low(er) candidate experience, etc.

To help companies avoid these mistakes, we put together a list of the most important trends and threats in an employee’s life cycle. Wherever possible, we tried to find relatively simple quick wins – everything backed by stats and real cases.

Here are the five phases of an employee’s life cycle:

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#WiseWednesday: Bruce Barton

“When you’re through changing, you’re through.” by Bruce Barton

LMGTFY: Bruce Barton (1886 – 1967), American author, advertising executive, and politician. The B in BBDO. Credited with naming General Motors and General Electric.

Inspirational quotes by Career Angels: “When you’re through changing, you’re through” Bruce Barton

Inspirational quote: “When you’re through changing, you’re through” Bruce Barton

(in)effective candidate – program status

(in)effective candidate – program status

(in)effective candidate – program status

How to help a candidate who:
hasn’t been able to find a job for 9 months or longer?
– claims that “I haven’t received any job offer because of the pandemic”
– hears feedback like “… your competencies and experience are amazing, but not your age…”
– thinks about giving up, “I follow websites with job ads for hours, I’ve sent dozens or even hundreds of CVs and… nothing?!”

As part of our CSR initiatives, in May 2021, we started recruiting for a program following the “individual outplacement” formula, which aims at supporting people who have not been able to find a job for a long time. Initially, we assumed that we would recruit 3 people, but eventually we chose 4 people who started the job search process with us on June 7 (more about the recruitment criteria and detailed structure at the end). Read more

#WiseWednesday: Amy Cuddy

“The way you tell your story to yourself matters.” by Amy Cuddy

LMGTFY: Amy Cuddy (born 1972), American social psychologist, author, and speaker. Widely known for her 2012 TED talk on her research on the phenomenon of “power posing”. Also works on stereotyping and discrimination, emotions, non-verbal behavior, and the effects of social stimuli on hormone levels.

Inspirational quotes by Career Angels: “The way you tell your story to yourself matters” Amy Cuddy

Inspirational quotes: “The way you tell your story to yourself matters” Amy Cuddy

My first year at Career Angels – a summary

My first year at Career Angels – a summary

My first year at Career Angels – a summary

Exactly a year ago, I started working at Career Angels. And although I received my laptop in May, I finished the induction in June, so emotionally I’m counting it from June! For that reason, I decided to summarize this extraordinary and intense year.

But from the beginning… I “met” Career Angels in 2018 during the first Career Consultant Course. At the time, I was working as a recruiter in financial outsourcing and after two intensive training days, I said that I would never work as a career consultant. Why? At that time, I was terrified of all the details of the processes, expert knowledge, shared responsibility for the clients’ success in their job search and, of course, these meticulous statistics.

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Career Consultant (remote)

Career Angels is a European career consulting boutique that has been providing tailor-made services since 2010: for individuals (career management & job search support), for companies (outplacement services, HR consulting services), for business schools (consultations, lectures). We are often called innovative or pioneering for how we work internally and with our clients. Does that sound like something that you’d like to be a part of? Fantastic! We are currently looking for a Career Consultant (remote)

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