Staffing Advisors Blog

These days, storytelling is more important than ever.

Posted by Mitch Corlett on September 27, 2013

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." --   Philip Pullman

Who doesn't love a good story? Whether it's a book, movie, Youtube video, or campfire tale, they fill a void that's difficult to explain. We frequently perform searches for communications professionals, those people who *gasp* majored in English or Communications, and fortunately for the organization, have the uncanny ability to distill a complex message down to its essence, and then brew it into something new and complex.

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Consider Treating Your Career Like a Grand Experiment

Posted by Mitch Corlett on September 10, 2013

How many people do you know who have been with the same organization for 5 years? 10 years? I don't know if it's even possible to stay with one company your entire career anymore. If you're a top performer, employers obviously want you to stick around as long as possible. But the modern job market does not encourage us to stay on one company's payroll and climb rung-by-rung up a single organization's ladder. Developing your career is now more like climbing Everest in a blizzard. You can't necessarily see where you're going and you've made a few mistakes, but you made the ambitious choice to climb. You're going to keep climbing towards the summit because failure is not an option.

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The Pitfalls of Hiring: Judging Performance Without Context

Posted by Mitch Corlett on August 9, 2013

Humanity has always relied on our ability to make snap judgments of strangers so we could survive, otherwise there was always the chance of being caught unawares by a dangerous rival warrior masquerading as a peaceful trader. I haven't heard of any recent Maryland tribal wars, but in hiring, we're still stuck with the need to make snap judgments about people we don't know particularly well. People-evaluation is a task prone to pitfalls. We trust our instant assessments of candidates, yet research shows we are too often prone to error. And it's far too easy to fall into crocodile-infested waters by making the wrong judgment call.

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Imagine Your Ideal Salesperson. Turns Out Your Mental Picture is Probably Wrong.

Posted by Mitch Corlett on August 8, 2013

If you're looking for an employee on the front lines of your business (salespeople, customer service, etc), you might have this image of an outgoing, gregarious individual. Or maybe you picture the aggressive (pushy?) self-confident types, who relentlessly drive sales results.

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How To Get Help From Busy People

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 10, 2013

Very few people know how to grab the attention of a busy person. As a recruiter, I get dozens of emails a week from job seekers, and daily requests to connect on LinkedIn. 99% of my LinkedIn inbox requests are the standard invitation, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”

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The Differences Between Interview Skills and Working Skills

Posted by Mitch Corlett on July 8, 2013

We have long said that interviews are long on showmanship and short on a candidate's proof of ability to do the job, and some interesting research reinforces our position. We tip our hat to Kazim Ladimeji at, who found three new studies suggesting that hiring nervous job candidates may not be such a bad thing. Let's break it down a little more:

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How to Answer Interview Questions (Believably)

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 19, 2013

One of the least understood aspects of interviewing is this; most interviewers will not trust your opinion of yourself, they will only trust the conclusions they form about you on their own. So your job is to help them form the right conclusions by how you answer their questions.

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Are you perfect for the job? Don't be so sure about that

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 17, 2013

When looking for a new job, most openings might not sound very appealing. Occasionally you hear about a job and think to yourself, "I am perfect for this job. It’s tailor-made for me." Excitedly, you dash off your cover letter and apply right away because you know your resume is ideal for the job.

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Five Career Lessons You'll Need to Learn

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 21, 2013

When you're starting your career, it's easy to think the path will be straightforward: You'll find jobs that interest you, you’ll work hard, and you’ll be rewarded for it. But it's rarely that simple, says Alison Green, writing for Money.US “Along the way, you're going to learn some tough lessons about your career.”  She provides five of the hardest career lessons, among them:

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How Do Headhunters Find Candidates?

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 9, 2013

Candidates always ask us, "How did you find me?"

So we created a two minute video to answer the question.

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