Welcome. If you’ve found your way here, you’re either someone we approached who wants to check us out, or you want to approach us because you’re looking for a new job. Either way, we appreciate your thoroughness. If you fit into the first category, here’s a little about who we are and what will happen next with your candidacy. “We called you – now what?”
If you’re looking for a job, here’s some information we hope will be helpful:
First of all, we genuinely care about you as a human being, and as a professional. We wish you all the career success you deserve and honestly want to see you rise as far as you can in terms of responsibility and compensation.
It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon and I’m tackling a backlog of old search files. They stay in binders for awhile after the search is completed, and then are reduced to their electronic essentials to save space. As I leaf through the records, candidate reports and original resumes catch my eye. Jim, the finalist. Mary, to whom they made an offer. Sam, who came in number two. Jane, who was so perfect for this but couldn’t relocate.
I know that Jim is still with my client. He’s been promoted. Mary’s company was acquired and her career was set back a bit – perhaps she should have taken the job. Sam was my successful candidate on a different search six months later. Where is Jane now? She was happy in her community but has her career advanced? What about this other guy, Russ? And several others, we haven’t heard from them since the search. Some we’ve kept up with, others we haven’t. Some we find on LinkedIn, some are M.I.A. Some of those interactions turned into relationships, others never did.
I remember seeing one person in the Styles section of the New York Times, looking great at a charity ball. Another was quoted in O’Dwyer’s. Then I read in PR Week that a former candidate died. Saddened, I call the person who first recommended him to us. He’s shocked, having not heard the news. We commiserate. An hour later the supposedly-deceased fellow calls, quoting Mark Twain (“reports of my demise…”) Despite a relatively uncommon name, there were two of them. We get a chuckle out of it. I google myself and find a defrocked Episcopalian priest, an artist, and a spokesman for the tobacco industry. Perhaps I should use my middle initial more often!
These weekend reviews of candidates are refreshingly human moments in an increasing digital world. I enjoy them, and candidates’ reaction is usually positive, glad that a search firm remembers them and is keeping an eye on their careers.