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Thanksgiving Thoughts - 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I can't believe it's that time of year again.  Last year I wrote a message of thanks and gratitude to which I received an unexpected and somewhat overwhelming, yet very positive, response. Today I sat down with the daunting task of trying to follow that act.  This idea really made me think.  Rather than trying to recapture that message and moment I thought it better to build upon it. 

Hiring - Not as much fun as recruiting!

Gosh, isn’t it so much fun interviewing potential new employees.  Not!  You would think this would be second nature to me since I am a recruiter, and I spend about 75% of my week interviewing candidates.  However, hiring for your own organization is serious hard work!  

As a recruiter, I pride myself on being a perceptive, intuitive listener who is able to identify the right and wrong match for a particular position and organization within minutes of sitting down with the applicant.  It’s so exciting when I know I’ve found that perfect fit for my client’s position.  

Timing is Everything.

Is now the right time to look for a new position?

As with any major life change, there is no real “right time” to look for a new position.  There are lots of “wrong” times but no set right time.  

Mom Says Patience is a Virtue...(part 2)

Waiting...Waiting...Waiting

Mom Says Patience is a Virtue… (part 2)

Recap:  The recruiting and hiring process seems to only operate at two speeds – lightening fast or like watching paint dry.  

As promised in my previous entry, here’s a behind the scenes look at what’s going on from the time a candidate meets with an EKA recruiter to when they secure / start their new job.  Disclaimer – This information is only meant as an example scenario.  EKA cannot guarantee that any position will follow this timeline.   

New Year's Resolutions - I didn't keep a single one!

Happy New Year!

Whether we admit it aloud or not we all set our own personal New Year's resolutions-- I'm going to start going to the gym more frequently, I'm going to spend more time with my family, I'm going to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle, I'm going to be more organized -- just to name a few of mine from 2013. I'm guilty of making and breaking most of these same resolutions year after year. 

Thanksgiving Thoughts - 2013

Thanksgiving Thoughts

When I sat down to write this Thanksgiving greeting I considered writing the standard, "Thank you for your business" message followed by a polite "I'd like a second helping of it in the months to come" statement. Seemed like a good idea, quick, easy, and expected at this time of year. Unfortunately for me, it is not my nature to do anything quick and easy. I started thinking about my professional life, where it has brought me, and how I got here.

Mom Says Patience is a Virtue...

Patience is a Virtue

Mom Says Patience is a Virtue… 

Growing up my mother always told me “patience is a virtue” and my typical teenage response was “I know and it’s one that I don’t have.”  Mom was right!  Today I find myself preaching that same advice to my candidates!  I suppose you truly do become your mother when you hit 35.  I never would have believed it!

No Show For An Interview -- Really?

No Show For An Interview - Really?

No Show for an Interview – Really?

 Please indulge me for a moment.  I promise there is a point.