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Staffing Advisors Blog

How is the job market?

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 22, 2018

I'm often asked by both candidates and clients, "So how is the job market?" Candidates want to know if they will be able to find their next job. Employers want to know how hard it will be to find their next employee. And this question of, “How is the job market?” seems like a reasonable way to start that conversation.

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Are 360 reviews actually good for performance management?

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 8, 2018

As an executive search firm, we're often invited in for conversations when there are questions about an employee's performance. In having these many discussions over the years, we've gained a fair amount of expertise in diagnosing and assessing the many factors that can lead to poor performance (knowledge, skills, abilities, attributes, cultural fit, and environmental factors). And understanding these factors is often essential to do our job successfully.

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5 Cognitive Biases That Get in the Way of Hiring

Posted by Mitch Corlett on April 26, 2018

When interviewing candidates for your open job, beware of these 5 nearly universal cognitive biases that may lead you to overestimate someone’s ability to do the job.

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Hiring Suffers From Too Much Feeling and Not Enough Thinking

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 17, 2018

The hiring process can be a nauseating rollercoaster of emotions—from the emotional high you feel when a top candidate enthusiastically accepts your job offer, to the sickening corkscrew of misery when:

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How Employer Reputation Affects Senior Executive Careers (and Why Bad Glassdoor Reviews Matter)

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 29, 2017

How does your employer's reputation affect your career? Executive recruiters know quite a bit more about that question than you might expect. 

We're in the room when hiring managers decide who to interview, so we know how outsiders perceive the people who work for your organization. It's common for hiring managers to attribute the company’s reputation to everyone who works there. We also conduct the social media background checks as part of our due diligence, so we know when your (formerly private) management matters become all-too-public.

Conversely, for you hiring managers reading, we know precisely how responsive candidates are to your job opportunities. We see first-hand how job seekers are more eager to respond to job opportunities from highly reputable organizations, and how they shy away from organizations with bad reviews on employer review sites. 

As hiring process experts, it's our job to know exactly how your Glassdoor score affects your abilty to recruit, and how your employer's current reputation will affect your own ability to land your next job. 

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SJCS Announces Appointment of New President and CEO

Posted by Staffing Advisors on October 25, 2017

Staffing Advisors is pleased to share the announcement of the new President and CEO of St. John's Community Services, Alan Thornton. The original announcement from SJCS is below, in full:

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How to Make a Job Offer and Negotiate Salary For a New Hire

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 21, 2017

After a lengthy hiring process, you really, really, want the candidate to accept your job offer. And why wouldn't you? The cruel irony of staffing is that the recruiting process only happens when you are already overworked and understaffed.

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What Drives Employee Retention and Employee Turnover?

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 15, 2017

Why does a headhunter need to know about long-term employee retention and how to prevent employee turnover? Why do we read the latest research? Because knowing what causes people to leave their job, and what causes people to accept a new job is our stock-in-trade. That's what we do all day, every day. Executive search firms make a living replacing underperforming employees with top performers recruited from other organizations.

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Avoiding GroupThink in the Hiring Process

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 14, 2017

It's common to include a large number of people in a hiring decision. When handled properly, you can reduce your risk of making a hiring mistake by getting valuable input from a variety of perspectives. But when your hiring process is not organized properly, you will only be wasting everyone's time by including more people.

One of the most common dangers in the hiring process is "groupthink" -- where the opinion of one vocal (often powerful) interviewer dominates the narrative about a candidate. When the vocal participant expresses an opinion, everyone with a less firmly-held opinion usually agrees. (The research on groupthink is quite compelling: check out How Certainty Transforms Persuasion in the Harvard Business Review.) 

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The Executive Search and Hiring Process

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 7, 2017

As it turns out, creating the perfect hiring process is fairly difficult. Who knew? For more than ten years, we've been on a quest to bring you the most useful tools for every kind of hiring situation, and for every stage of the hiring process.

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