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Staffing Advisors Blog

How to Decide Whether to Take a Job

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 14, 2020

Job interviews are funny things. Two parties are involved, but all the time is spent gathering information to support the hiring manager’s decision framework. Jumping through their hoops. But the best conversations happen when candidates demonstrate their own decision framework. in an interview, total strangers are trying to figure out your motivations, so when you share what you are looking for, it makes them more comfortable. It's safer when both parties are thinking hard about the hiring decision.

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What's The Business Problem You Love to Solve?

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 15, 2020

Thinking woman in glassesWe all have our strengths and natural abilities, and many of us discount what comes easily to us. But you are more likely to meet with success in your career when you nurture and develop your natural talents and play to your strengths.

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Is it Time to Get Creative With Your Career Ladder?

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 13, 2020

The best career ladders are rarely just a simple, uninterrupted vertical climb upward. Don’t limit yourself to that way of thinking. Great careers often zig and zag. Like a skilled mountaineer crossing a chasm, sometimes you need to turn the ladder horizontally before you start climbing again.

If you work in a declining industry, for example, your fastest career progress may result from making a lateral move into a new industry. You might find it easier to draw a steady paycheck as an average talent in a hot industry than by trying to stand out as a genius in a declining field.
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Career Advice in a Recession

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 1, 2020

When economic times are good, most people with common skills usually don't have much trouble finding and keeping a job. But in an economic downturn, it's far more important to be strategic about your career choices. Things are going to be very uneven in the job market, with some skills remaining in desperately short supply, and other skills enduring massive layoffs.

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How to Marie Kondo Your Career

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 8, 2019

When you have had a terrific day at work, what happened? What sparked joy for you? Did you solve a problem, delight a customer, help a co-worker, launch a new initiative, or finally succeed in your evil plan for global world domination? (Hey, we don’t judge.) What sparked joy for you?

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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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Why Recruiting is Not an HR Function Anymore

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 16, 2016


If you work in an association or other nonprofit organization, it’s risky to think of recruiting as an HR function. It’s not.

By telling HR to “Post a job ad, get some resumes, and then I’ll starting interviewing,” you are making a career-limiting mistake, one that puts your personal reputation at risk.

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How to Interview For A Career Change

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 9, 2016

Do you need to make the jump from a declining industry to a thriving one? Or have you decided that it’s time to make a significant career change, jumping into a field where you have very little experience?

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How to be more creative with your career ladder

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 28, 2015

Do you still think of your career as one ladder, which must be vertical at all times?

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How to know when it's time to start your own company

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 22, 2015

Early in my career, I was fortunate to work for companies that invested heavily in the training and development of their employees. I also invested a lot of time, money and effort on my own, reading business books and paying to attend seminars out of my own pocket.

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