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How to Confidently Conduct Your Next Candidate Interview


When it comes to interviewing, there is often the assumption that hiring managers know how to interview candidates in a meaningful way that provides clarity around applicants’ expertise and overall fit with open roles. However, depending on their experience interviewing, managers can be just as nervous as candidates. After all, hiring managers are human too.…

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Employment Summary for August 2019


The August Employment Situation showed a nonfarm payroll employment increase of 130,000, which comes off the heels of a higher increase of 164,000 jobs for July. Notably, this missed estimates by economists and media publications that predicted higher job growth for the month. More specifically, CNBC reported that Wall Street estimates suggested there would be an increase…

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How a Personal Website and LinkedIn Can Help You Woo Recruiters


If you’re trying to secure a new job, chances are you want to pull out all the stops to get the strongest companies to pay attention to your resume and career. These days, building a strong personal brand can go a long way in helping you stand out from other candidates as a more highly…

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Tips on How to Boost Efficiency During the Recruitment Process without Losing the Human Element


As a hiring authority, when you’re looking to hire top talent for your business, it can often become a numbers game. That means getting as many candidates through the door as possible, on phone screens and in front of hiring managers. However, while that may be successful in securing many potential interviews, it can also…

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How a great employee referral program can help you promote your employer brand


It’s no secret: Employee referral programs can greatly help your organization find and hire top talent. After all, where best to find potential new employees than by tapping into current workers, who share your firm’s values and who are already helping you run a successful business? “Employee referral programs can be an effective way to…

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Why You Should Never Request this Information Too Early in the Recruitment Process


When you’re trying to hire the best talent for your company, it’s key that you provide an application process that is as quick and as easy as possible. Candidates are increasingly turning away from organizations that require long or unwieldy procedures to submit resumes. In fact, according to the 2019 Recruitment Trends Study, about 31 percent…

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Employment Summary for July 2019


The July Employment Situation showed a nonfarm payroll increase of 164,000, which comes off the heels of a stronger increase of 224,000 roles from the month prior. This number nearly matched projections by various media outlets and was “in line with average employment growth in the first 6 months of the year,” according to the…

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Career Pathing: Key to Attracting the Best Talent


When a candidate applies to a job at your organization, chances are they’re unhappy at their current company for a number of reasons, including a poor manager or a need for higher earning potential. However, a desire for upward mobility is the top motivation for a job search, according to 30% of candidates in the…

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Ghosting: One thing you should never do after accepting a job offer or interview invitation


Ghosting is a surprising new trend that has become much more prevalent during the recruitment process in recent years. More and more candidates are going through the interview process with an employer, giving every indication they’re interested in the company and then they’ve vanished without a trace. In fact, the 2019 Recruitment Trends Study revealed about 31%…

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Employment Summary for June 2019


The June Employment Situation showed a large increase in nonfarm payroll employment to the tune of 224,000 new jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes off the heels of a growth reduction for May’s figures which saw just 75,000 jobs added, which was the only month in 2019 (since February) to…

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Automotive Industry is Headed for Interesting & Challenging Times


For those who were deeply ingrained in the automotive industry during 2008-09, we can most likely agree that it was one of the most difficult periods in (business) history. Yet, as downright scary as it was, the prosperous comeback we have experienced has been closely tied to more traditional factors…i.e. pent-up vehicle demand, overall economic…

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Engaging A Recruiter: What Are Your Expectations?


On a planet far, far away —prior to my decision to enter the profession of executive search, corporate America was my employer…holding sales and management positions in the business equipment and systems industry –advancing to Director of Sales with a Detroit-based firm. Unlike my current career, which specializes in recruiting on behalf of OEM automotive…

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Does Your Interview Process Communicate the Right Message to Candidates?


The interview process is crucial for you as the employer and the candidates you’re hoping to attract and possibly hire. After all, this is not just your chance to learn about your applicants. It’s also their opportunity to fall in love with your company culture and the position. Therefore, it’s critical you ensure your interview…

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Employment Summary for May 2019


The stretch of economic good fortune the U.S. has experienced for much of 2019 has shown some signs of cooling off in recent weeks. Numbers from the latest edition of the Employment Situation Summary compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics appear to represent more evidence of this growth reduction: American nonfarm payroll organizations added…

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The Job Application Process Can Be Frustrating. Here's How to Stay Sane


The job application process is hardly ever easy. After all, it can sometimes take weeks (if not months) to secure an initial interview. That’s already after spending days tweaking your resume and determining which roles you feel are worth submitting an application. As a candidate, once you have applied and secured a phone screen, you…

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Recruitment Technology Increases Demand for Recruiters


The digital landscape and innovative technology have fundamentally changed the way many organizations conduct business. This includes how employers seek out new hires. From artificial intelligence to social media, online job search tools to gamification, these functionalities optimize companies’ ability to attract, engage and nurture candidates for various positions. Most firms are not using these…

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Why Posting a Glassdoor Review After an Interview is Important


In the aftermath of a job interview, spouses, friends and family tend to be the individuals with whom candidates discuss the details of their question-and-answer sessions with potential employers. Channels that interviewees aren’t pursuing- at least not to the extent that many employers would like – are online destinations like Glassdoor, according to the results…

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Ensure Your Job Application Process Isn't Eliminating Top Talent


Take a look around, almost everywhere you go it seems everyone is on a mobile device. These mechanisms provide us with 24/7 access and the ability to instantly connect to work, and almost every aspect of our personal lives. It should be no surprise then that candidates expect this same convenience when applying for a…

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Employment Summary for April 2019


For the first third of 2019, the American economy has continued its winning streak. Job growth kept momentum in April that was in sync with the surge seen during March, after a decline in February that, by now, seems more like an anomaly than anything else. According to the latest edition of the Employment Situation…

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Hiring Older Workers


Conventional wisdom has often indicated that it is desirable to hire a person with what is commonly referred to these days as a job candidate with a lot of “runway” —AKA a younger employee. Unlike past generations, there is a startling reality:  most workers don’t remain with one company for twenty, thirty or forty years. …

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Human Resources – Hiring Manager – Recruiter AKA Triangulation


Much has been written (including a few articles by yours truly) about the hiring process —what seems to be effective…what is costly both in time and resources and what might even be considered a prescription for failure. There is an old saying often applied to the search process: “Leave no stone unturned”.  We can never…

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How to Craft a Strong Change Narrative for Your Company


When your company is undergoing major change, it can be a tough transition for everyone, especially your organization’s employees. After all, they may be wondering how the company’s transformations will affect them, their roles, responsibilities, co-workers, leadership and other aspects of their lives in the coming months. To help dispel any rumors and to ensure…

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Influencer Spotlight: Transforming your organization by expanding globally with Sandy Ng


When companies want to reposition themselves in the marketplace or cultivate new markets, they often discover that large, transformational changes are necessary for their organizations. They may have to revise their business strategy, modify their company structure or initiate changes to their management practices. This is particularly true when they decide to expand into global…

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Employment Summary for March 2019


After a wild divergence in U.S. job growth during the first two months of 2019 – more than 300,000 in January and a mere 20,000 in February – March seemed much more in line with America’s average pace of labor-force expansion. According to the latest edition of the Employment Situation Survey issued by the Labor…

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Joe Giacomin Featured with Murray Feldman – Leaders and Innovators: Auto Industry Disruptions


The auto industry has changed from evolutionary to revolutionary. That was one suggestion during the latest Leaders and Innovators program at Lawrence Tech focused on auto industry disruptions.  Listen to what  Joe Giacomin from Angott Search Group and WWJ autobeat reporter Jeff Gilbert said about suppliers being pinched, and a recession.

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How You Can Use Data To Help Your Change Strategy Succeed


Before putting together any plan for organizational change, it’s crucial that you collect data from employees and other key stakeholders. Why? This information can ensure you achieve your organizational goals. Notably, the success rate of positive transformation at businesses is low, according to the Harvard Business Review. The publication reports that only about one-quarter of…

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4 Strategies to Communicate Change Effectively and Motivate Employees


When you need to implement change at an organization, it’s never easy. Many times, executives don’t clearly or effectively communicate the changes in a timely, considerate or successful manner, which can leave employees feeling undervalued, underappreciated and burned out. In fact, the Harvard Business Review notes that many employees believe that companies have failed to…

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Employment Summary for February 2019


The past year of economic growth in the U.S. undoubtedly galvanized expectations among the country’s political and business leaders regarding what the early months of 2019 would bring. Although January brought a massive infusion of new jobs among multiple sectors of the American economy – 311,000 positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics –…

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How Leveraging Training Programs Can Attract and Retain Star Employees of All Ages


While many employees may be comfortable in their current roles, it’s probably safe to say that most top talent want to continually advance in their career. Regardless of whether the goal is to be promoted within a company, or simply stay up-to-date on new skills or technologies – high performers of all generational groups want…

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How to Navigate New Laws and Attitudes on the Wage Gap


Women have made substantial strides over the years in the workforce. Since 1972, for example, women-led businesses have surged by almost 3,000 percent, according to a study conducted by American Express. In 2017, women and minorities represented a majority of the individuals selected to fill vacated board seats among S&P 500 companies, Bloomberg reported. Despite…

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Increased Focus on Performance Management: How Employees Can Benefit


Through various incentives and strategies, employers are doing their best to ensure employees are happy and engaged. Much of this is being driven by the need to attract and retain employees in the executive, managerial and professional labor market, which is largely candidate-driven across many industries. In this environment, job openings outnumber skilled professional, putting…

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Column: The Midwest Report – ‘Tis the Season


Column: The Midwest Report –  ‘Tis the Season By: Dan Scott No, this is not a Holiday Season article. I didn’t write this in December. The first quarter is that time of year when many partners legitimately ask themselves if they’re in the right firm (As a head hunter it’s obvious why I think that…

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Employment Summary for January 2019


The first month of 2019 picked up where 2018 left off in terms of job growth in the U.S., with the number of nonfarm payroll jobs added by American businesses surpassing the strong figure seen last December: Per data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest Employment Situation Summary, U.S. organizations brought on 304,000 new…

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Why Personality Tests and Analytics Aren’t Everything


Data is everywhere. Used for a variety of purposes, data helps individuals make more informed decisions. This need to arrive at more educated conclusions is driving many companies to increasingly rely on data in the hiring process. Measures such as personality tests, gamification, artificial intelligence, team interviews and mobile technologies are helping businesses find the…

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Hiring in 2019


Even with major shifts in corporate strategy reported by several auto manufacturers, most indicators point to yet another “year of the candidate” as recruiters fan out into the marketplace. Highly qualified “difference makers” – especially in coveted new-technology disciplines, will continue to be in limited supply. Unlike certain business cycles (the 1990’s come to mind)…

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The Automotive Business — Musical Chairs, anyone??


I’m always a bit awestruck when following the activities of automotive company executives and the leaders of their OEM suppliers. I often wonder what is on their minds as they head off to work each day. For example, beyond the prepared talking points or their pitch to Wall Street operatives, the top decision makers must…

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Automotive / OEM Sales Salary Survey 2018


In 2018, the average base salary (assured earnings paid to metro-Detroit area automotive OEM sales professionals** was: $117,055.00*.  The figures are essentially unchanged (a decrease of approximately $1.83 per week) from the 2017 figure of $117,150.00. The survey is comprised of OEM sales professionals (not including management or entry-level candidates) with a minimum of five…

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BLS Employment Situation Report: December 2018


U.S. job growth experienced an unprecedented uptick in December, with employers adding approximately 312,000 nonfarm positions throughout the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent Employment Situation Summary. Market analysts anticipated a spike of sorts following the underwhelming employment figures recorded in November, during which time American businesses added just 176,000 roles,…

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How Employers View Counteroffers


You’ve just accepted a great new job offer. The only problem is now your current employer is offering an enticing counteroffer to make you stay. As many industries struggle to find the qualified candidates they seek, businesses are increasingly fighting to retain key staff members by making counteroffers. However, just because they’re willing to do…

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Key Employment Trends Poised to Impact Your Business in 2019


The U.S. workforce experienced historic gains in 2018 as more than two million jobs were added, and wage increases began to accelerate, according to the monthly ADP National Employment Report® and quarterly Workforce Vitality Report. The unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent in November, a near 50-year low, which made it difficult for companies to bring in both…

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Column: The Midwest Report – How to Enhance Communication in the Interview


Column: The Midwest Report –  How to Enhance Communication in the Interview By Dan Scott The “interview” represents the first get-to-know-each-other period for applicants and businesses that are hiring. It gives employers the ability to see whether candidates’ descriptions on paper match what they portray in person. The interview serves the same function for candidates…

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Employment Summary for November 2018


The spirited pace of job growth that the U.S. reached in October turned out to be unsustainable for November: In its latest edition of the Employment Situation Summary, the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed a total of 155,000 nonfarm payroll jobs created for the month, a decline of almost 100,000 from October’s numbers. NPR pointed…

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How to Modernize Your Employee Review Practices


In today’s lean, fast-changing world, traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of improving the employee experience. They are giving more consideration to the physical environment employees work in as well as the practices, technologies and tools that encourage productivity. Changes…

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How to Ensure You're Not Leaving Job Perks on the Table


Month-after-month, the news is the same; the U.S. economy continues to grow and unemployment remains low, particularly in the executive, managerial and professional labor market, which has hovered around 2 percent for quite some time. As a result of this employment dynamic, employers within many industries are seeing an ever-dwindling pool of qualified candidates to…

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How to Enhance Communication in the Interview


The “interview” represents the first get-to-know-each-other period for applicants and businesses that are hiring. It gives employers the ability to see whether candidates’ descriptions on paper match what they portray in person. The interview serves the same function for candidates as well, providing a sneak peek into a company’s day-to-day operations. However, when these initial…

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Employer Concessions & Hiring in a Tight Candidate Market


In the executive, managerial and professional labor market, unemployment has been hovering around 2 percent, leaving companies across many industries struggling to find top talent. In a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and executive advisory group Visage International, University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin discovered that “the biggest challenge confronting firms is their…

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Don't Leave Job Perks on the Table

Column: The Midwest Report – How to Work Successfully with a Head Hunter When You’re Looking at an Opportunity (or Even When You’re Not)


Column: The Midwest Report A previous article gave advice to law firms on how to best attract and secure a lateral using a head hunter’s services. This article will address how to work with head hunters on the other side of the equation, that is, as the lateral prospect. You’re not looking. Let’s address that…

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Communicate Like A Leader By Leveraging Your Strengths

Cadillacs And Business Basics


Welcome back, Cadillac!  Song writers take note, it has a catchy hook.  Depending on what you read, or who you talk with, there are a variety of theories about the “Standard of the World” returning to the motor city after being based in New York City for the past three years. There is a practical…

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Moving Toward Electrification


More than a decade ago, I wrote about what I perceived some of the “growth” areas would be for automotive OEM suppliers. I recall talking about interior/exterior systems, electronics, acoustics, suspension systems and specialty materials to include coatings and adhesives. I based this in large part on the business activity in my search practice along…

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The “Destination” Company: Changing Times for Auto Suppliers?


Sales people and corporate recruiters have a lot in common. One sells a product or service and the other sells the company which employs them. It’s hard to believe, but at one time the Xerox Corporation — you know, that company synonymous with photo copies — was once a destination company for high-polished, “popular man…

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Employment Summary for September 2018


Job creation in September 2018, in terms of raw numbers, did not reach the heights of August or some of the year’s other most robust periods. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that nonfarm payroll businesses in the U.S. brought on 134,000 new workers during the month in its latest edition of the Employment Situation…

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Leveraging Your Strengths to Maximize Leadership Potential


Everyone is born with certain innate talents, capabilities and strengths that make them who they are, many of which are characteristic of leadership. Be it attention to detail, critical thinking, attentiveness, or clearly explaining complicated concepts, there’s no one else quite like you, to paraphrase Fred Rogers. Leveraging your personal strengths at work often translates…

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The Role of Communication in Leadership


Throughout history, the greatest leaders have also been motivators, able to encourage others to work toward a common goal. This ability to motivate has largely been a result of solid communication skills. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, two of the most effective leaders in history, approached challenges in different ways, but both excelled at communication.…

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How to Implement an Effective Contingent Workforce Recruitment Strategy


According to Staffing Industry Analysts’ Workforce Solutions Buyer Survey 2018, respondents report that 22 percent of their staff is currently contingent, and project that by 2028 that figure will rise to 30 percent. As the blended workforce continues to grow, it’s becoming increasingly important to perfect your company’s recruitment strategies to consistently hire strong permanent…

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Column: The Midwest Report – How to Work Successfully With Your Head Hunter to Hire Laterals


This article focuses predominately on working with a head hunter on the client side. Conversations about working with a head hunter as a prospective lateral is a topic for another article. The closer a client works with us, the more likely that we’ll find and secure the person they’re looking for. And what I mean…

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How Top Leaders Hire


Strong leadership is a key element of an organization’s success, yet how leadership should be demonstrated is something companies are constantly evaluating. We talked with Deborrah Ashley, MBA, an authority positioning strategist, to learn what leadership qualities big brands are focusing on, how businesses are nurturing and retaining their managers, as well as areas in…

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5 Signs During the Interview That Your Boss Will be a Nightmare


So you finally landed your dream job. The listing looked perfect, you’re making more than your last position and your co-workers couldn’t be kinder. There just one problem; your boss is a complete jerk. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Based on a recent survey reported by LinkedIn, nearly two-thirds of Americans dislike their…

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4 Ways to Plan the Growth of Your Company in the Instant Information Era


Today’s senior business managers face not only traditional business planning tasks when driving growth within their organization, but also the need to understand new marketing challenges and opportunities presented by technologies that were not taught in business schools even five or ten years ago. Key among those business planning elements are marketing and public relations…

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The Top Attributes of a Strong Leader


Anyone from the professional world has undoubtedly heard the phrase, “Employees leave managers, not companies.” While data from a Gallup study indicates that nearly 50 percent of Americans have in fact left a job at some point throughout their career as a direct result of something a manager did or didn’t do, there is a…

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The Six Top Traits of Leaders


Many leaders often fail to see their own shortcomings. For this reason, it’s crucial that managers evaluate their own performance to boost engagement, increase retention and keep employees happy. Here are some tips to help:

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5 Ways to Stay Engaged Under Poor Leadership


Workers enthused about what they do for a living tend to be happier and perform their best work. Yet as several polls suggest, many Americans can’t help but feel disconnected in their occupations – a problem exacerbated by overbearing bosses, or poor leadership from the president or CEO. An estimated 85 percent of employees consider…

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Angott Search Group Named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Eight Consecutive Years


ASG is extremely appreciative to be selected by the Michigan Business and Professional Association for this honor Rochester, MI August 8, 2018 Every year companies throughout Metropolitan Detroit compete to be named one of “Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful…

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4 Ways to Demonstrate Leadership in a Non-Management Role


Whether you’re just starting out with a new company or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to demonstrate your value, few qualities have the same impact as strong leadership. Leadership qualities–such as introducing new strategies or energizing staff to feel more connected with their work–lead to positive results that can be evidenced in a variety of…

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How to Transition From Worker Bee to Management


Upward mobility is a major selling point for candidates, especially for those who aspire to work in a management role. However, shifting from worker bee to management isn’t always easy. The transition can be fraught with obstacles, juggling not only the new tasks that need to be accomplished, but also overseeing the very people that…

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4 Ways to Plan the Growth of Your Company in the Instant Information Era


Today’s senior business managers face not only traditional business planning tasks when driving growth within their organization, but also the need to understand new marketing challenges and opportunities presented by technologies that were not taught in business schools even five or ten years ago. Key among those business planning elements are marketing and public relations…

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Re: SEARCH – Summer 2018

Column: The Midwest Report Book of Business: Headhunters Will Ask About It


Column: The Midwest Report Book of Business: Headhunters Will Ask About It By Dan Scott In partner searches this is the question my firm clients often focus in on the most. In the middle market, even large firms want their partners to originate business. The ability of a partner to bring a client following with…

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Trucks & SUVs- ruling the road! But for how long?


Automotive News recently reported sales of  passenger cars are on pace to hit the lowest level in 60 years. This, as sales of trucks, SUV’s and various crossover vehicles continue their rise. It has caused Ford Motor Company to abandon  sedans in North America followed by a host of other manufacturers readying plans to modify…

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Engaging A Search Firm?


Mr./Ms. Senior Executive: Your company has established a requirement to add to your key management ranks and a decision has been made to engage an outside recruiting source. There are a variety of attitudes which exist about recruiters and several ways an organization approaches the idea of using their services. Corporate officials have asked on…

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Ensuring Your Company has Strong Leaders, Not Bosses


Are leaders born or made? It’s an interesting question that produces a plethora of answers. But here’s something that isn’t up for debate: People are naturally attracted to leaders. Leaders possess capabilities that can inspire others to become their best, something that business owners eagerly seek in the people they hire and the individuals they…

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5 Effective Ways to Assess an Employer's Brand During the Interview


More than a quarter of the way through 2018, well over 750,000 jobs have been added to the nation’s payrolls, according to the Labor Department, providing both those out of work and individuals looking for a fresh start with plenty of employment opportunities. Add to that an unemployment rate of 2 percent among managerial-level professionals.…

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The Importance of Strong Employer Branding During the Interview Process


In today’s competitive hiring landscape, companies need a cohesive and well-defined brand to help them stand out from other businesses that are also hoping to attract top talent. Many companies spend considerable resources developing their corporate website and social media presence to reflect their brand. However, what some organizations don’t realize is that a company’s…

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Column: The Midwest Report – Employment Law in General Practice Firms and the Rise of the National Boutiques


Employment Law in General Practice Firms and the Rise of the National Boutiques By Dan Scott I’ve spent a lot of time in the two decades recruiting employment lawyers. It’s an interesting area of practice and seems to present some unique challenges for general practice law firms. Representing corporations is what law firms like to…

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3 Effective Ways to Create a Winning Employer Brand


When it comes to attracting skilled workers, branding can serve as an effective recruitment method. In fact, according to polling from Glassdoor, job candidates are 40 percent more likely to apply for a job when they recognize a brand. However, to build a truly winning brand — the kind that candidates don’t just notice but…

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Column: Midwest Report – Patent Lawyers in General Practice Firms


Column: Midwest Report Patent Lawyers in General Practice Firms By Dan Scott I’ll preface this article by stating that I’m a headhunter who is the son of a patent attorney who had been in management in both boutique and general practice firms before he retired. Over the 25 years I’ve worked with a lot of…

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What's the Right Path for You?

Recruiters Among the First to See Effects of Sexual Misconduct on Lawyers' Careers


From gossip about workplace culture to stories about individual law firm partners, tales of inappropriate conduct regularly reach the ears of professional legal recruiters. By Lizzy McLellan | June 01, 2018  In the legal industry’s whisper network—where allegations of sexual misconduct are quietly spread, but rarely amplified—the whispers often land in the ears of legal recruiters. Several legal recruiters who spoke…

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How to Create a Winning Personal Brand


With the unemployment rate below 4 percent for the first time in nearly two decades and joblessness among managerial-related professionals below 2 percent, it’s safe to say the current job market is candidate-driven. Given the pace at which companies are hiring — more than 750,000 new jobs so far this year — there’s reason for…

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How Your Social Media Presence Can Impact Your Candidacy


Before the rise of social networks like Facebook and Instagram, job seekers did not have a digital footprint to consider when applying for a job. Today, 73 percent of Americans use more than one of the eight major social media platforms, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center. The average user in the U.S.…

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See Your Career: Map Your High-Impact Career


Now that you’ve put in the legwork to establish a brand that shows you are a thought leader and an Impact Player, it’s time to put your plan into action. Whether you’re hoping to earn an upper-management role or have your sights set on the C-Suite, here are some smart steps to take toward your…

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How Important Is Social Media in the Hiring Process?


Remember when screening a candidate past the interview stage was limited to references and a credit, background or drug test? The growth of social media has introduced another dimension to the hiring process – that while on the surface appears positive, can present challenges in gaining a clear picture of a candidate – both socially…

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Employment Summary for April 2018


Nonfarm payrolls in the U.S. added 164,000 jobs in April 2018, according to the latest release of the Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While below expectations of just over 192,000 new jobs, this expansion of the labor force exceeded the previous month’s figures, even when accounting for upward revisions bringing the…

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How Company Benefits Can Motivate & Engage You

Column: The Midwest Report- Leveraging/Expanding Practices in a Post-Recession Market


Column: The Midwest Report Leveraging/Expanding Practices in a Post-Recession Market By Dan Scott How will large-firm transactional partners leverage and expand their practices after such a long recession? Finding the people they need could be a real conundrum (but, I’m in the business of finding people that help law firms solve their problems, so read…

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Career Pathing: A Road to Retention


Recruiting and retaining a talented workforce is an ongoing struggle for many employers today, especially as younger individuals enter the workforce. Companies recognize that turnover is extremely expensive when lost productivity and replacement costs are taken into account. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, it costs on average six to nine months’ salary…

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Re: SEARCH – Spring 2018

Look! Out on the Highway – It's a Truck, It's a Truck… No, It's a Truck!


Look! Out on the Highway — It’s a Truck, It’s a Truck …No, It’s a Truck! Well, it’s not always a truck. It might be a sport utility vehicle (SUV) or one of the many “crossover” products gaining popularity. Based upon reports from automakers, especially the domestic three, their future product plans will continue the…

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You’re Fired! Some Thoughts on a (Typically) Sensitive Issue


The thought of having to terminate an employee can cause anguish for even the most experienced manager, regardless of the reason for the action. It becomes less stressful – and more clearly defined when the grounds for dismissal are unmistakable.  An example might be willful destruction of company property, embezzlement, assault and battery or some…

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Staying Motivated During Times of Change

Column: The Midwest Report Midsize Migration: How the Recession Pushed Big Fish to Seek Bigger Ponds


Column: The Midwest Report Midsize Migration: How the Recession Pushed Big Fish to Seek Bigger Ponds by Dan Scott This is the third recession I’ve survived as an attorney headhunter. Because this one lasted longer than the previous two, it has created some unique dynamics in law firm economics and strategic growth plans. And yes,…

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Employment Summary for February 2018


The rate of job growth in the U.S. has been robust over the past several months as 2017 transitioned into 2018. Yet the expansion seen during February 2018 defeated expectations by a considerable margin. According to the latest edition of the Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm businesses in America’s private…

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How to Stay Motivated During Times of Change and Uncertainty


Organizational and business strategy changes are an integral part of the working world. Revising workflows, modifying strategies and hiring new talent are all necessary adjustments that are parts of the ebb and flow of any successful company. Ultimately, change is the means by which organizations keep up with advancements in technology, variations in the job…

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The Benefit of Unrehearsed Answers & How to Get Them in an Interview


By the time a candidate is brought in for an interview, initial screening through a resume and frequently a phone interview, have already warranted them a good match for your company – on paper that is. The objective of bringing the applicant into the office for an interview, is to get a clearer picture of…

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Employment Summary for January 2018


With the first month of a new year in the books, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its first Employment Situation Summary of 2018, and found that the pattern of fairly robust job growth and low unemployment seen in the booming economy of last year continued. Nonfarm payroll businesses across all sectors added 200,000 jobs…

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Employment Trends to Watch and Embrace in 2018


To stay competitive in today’s ever-changing business environment, C-level executives agree that finding and retaining the right talent is essential. But how to do that effectively remains a challenge. According to a joint research study by Dow Jones and the HR Certification Institute, the area of talent strategy and engagement is a top concern. Surveyed…

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Employment Summary for December 2017


For much of 2017, the expansion of job growth throughout the U.S. trended steadily upward. There were only a few notable instances of slowdown, such as the hurricanes that hit Florida, southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast area in late summer. Per the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the year ended…

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Re: SEARCH – Winter 2018

Employment Summary for November 2017


U.S. employment gains exceeded expectations in November, with the country adding 228,000 total nonfarm positions. Bloomberg economists had predicted job gains of 195,000. The unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in November, with 6.6 million people unemployed. Over the year, the jobless rate has decreased by 0.5 percentage point. “These are really strong numbers, which…

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Have You Modernized Your Employee Review Practices?


Traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of managing workers. Some of these changes include providing employees with flexibility to work from home more often, and leveraging technology like Skype for Business or Yammer to better communicate and share information among…

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Finding Right-Fit Candidates through Social Media


It’s no secret that employers research job candidates’ social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions. In fact, social media presence has become vitally important in the hiring process. According to the MRINetwork 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study, over 80 percent of employers and 90 percent of recruiters review social media profiles sometimes or all…

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Employment Summary for October 2017


The U.S. added 261,000 jobs in October, with many of the new positions replacing those lost due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. While Bloomberg economists estimated the country would gain 313,000 jobs last month, they anticipate that October’s numbers will mark a return to steady hiring increases over the next several months. The unemployment rate…

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Is the Midwest the next tech hub?


The Midwest is not known for being a tech hub. Not yet, anyway. While retail, finance, automotive and farming have deep roots in the Midwestern region, technology jobs are often associated with certain areas like Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, Seattle and Austin. But companies are starting to look toward the Heartland, according to TechRepublic. “It’s true…

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Employment Summary for September 2017


U.S. nonfarm businesses lost 33,000 positions in September, according to the monthly employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past year, the country has added an average of 172,000 jobs per month. This is the first time payrolls have registered a decline since 2010. The BLS attributed much of the…

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Preparedness for Impending Boomer Retirements


Nine years ago, the first of 78 million Baby Boomers turned 60, and 2008 was supposed to see a huge number of retirements. When the first Baby Boomers began to draw benefits, the Social Security Administration dubbed it as the start of “America’s silver tsunami,” but then the economy faltered, housing values plummeted, retirement portfolios…

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RE: Search – Electric Vehicles: The Long Term Solution?

Employment Summary for August 2017


The August Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a slowdown from 209,000 jobs added during July, to 156,000 nonfarm payroll positions created. According to The Washington Post, August’s number notably undercut federal economists’ expectation that about 200,000 jobs would be added to employers’ payrolls. However, some private-sector analysts, like Indeed.com…

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Employer attitudes on traditional degrees vs. online degrees


The working world has changed: No longer must job candidates have traditional four-year degrees to be considered for professional positions. Not only has online education become more popular, it has also become more sophisticated, with virtual learning experts developing immersive, dynamic online courses that are as valuable and informative as their on-campus counterparts. This shift…

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Employment Summary for July 2017


The July Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a 0.1 percent decline in the U.S.’s unemployment rate – to 4.3 percent – and a gain of 209,000 jobs in total nonfarm payroll employment. According to Markets Insider, projections for the unemployment rate’s small decline were spot-on, while economists’ estimate of jobs…

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Working From Home – How Important Is It?


Recently, some large companies have curtailed the ability of their employees to work from home, now asking staff to work in corporate offices. These changes are focused on driving increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation, but may alienate top talent in the executive, managerial and professional labor market – a sector that has been candidate-driven…

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The Recruiter’s View: Top Hiring Insights of 2017


According to a June New York Times article, “We may be closer to full employment than it seemed.” Based on the May jobs report, the source asserts the possibility that this is as good as it will get for the United States labor market. Why? Slowed job growth with 121,000 new positions as the three-month…

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Re: SEARCH – Thirty Years: A Reflection on the Past as We Move Ahead

Employment Summary for June 2017


The June Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs. This far exceeded analysts’ expectations of just over 170,000 jobs. The current unemployment rate is 4.4 percent. Healthcare added 37,000 jobs, with 25,000 of these roles increasing in ambulatory healthcare services, and 12,000 in hospitals. Despite…

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Employment Summary for May 2017


The U.S. added 138,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate edged down from 4.4 percent in April to settle at 4.3 percent, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is currently at its lowest level in 16 years, Bloomberg noted. However, the number of jobs gained fell short of…

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Retain Your Clients by Retaining Your Employees


Suppose you have a client who deals with a specific representative within your organization on a regular basis. Then that client starts to see multiple employees being funneled through that position. Every time the client contacts you, they’re dealing with a new person. What does this say to your client about your company? Countless negative…

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How to Avoid Making Costly Hiring Mistakes


In today’s highly competitive job market, businesses can’t afford to take a lackluster approach to recruitment and hiring. Not only can a bad hire lead to costly turnover, but it can also negatively impact the organizational performance of a business and, therefore, its bottom line. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, the cost…

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Revamp Your Playbook to Attract Top Talent in a Tight Candidate Market


Late 2015 was the most difficult hiring period in four years, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and things have only become harder for businesses both large and small, especially in the realm of professional and managerial positions. With the BLS reporting an unemployment rate down to 2.1 percent for this segment…

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Employment Summary for April 2017


The U.S. job market bounced back in April, adding 211,000 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gains exceeded Bloomberg economists’ prediction of 190,000 jobs added, and followed a weaker-than-expected March that saw 79,000 jobs added, revised down from the previously reported 98,000…

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Employment Summary for March 2017


Figures released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. added 98,000 nonfarm payroll positions in March. Economists had forecast that 180,000 jobs would be added during the month, according to The New York Times. The BLS also revised the total number of jobs added in February from 235,000 to 219,000. The…

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Getting the most out of your interview process


Many candidates can interview well – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the right person for the job. There are ways that you can improve your company’s interview process to get a better sense of whether or not a candidate will be the right fit. At the same time, you can use the interview process…

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Employment Summary for February 2017


Just two months into 2017, employment data is ushering in business confidence and surpassing expectations for steady job growth. In February, employment in nonfarm payroll grew by 235,000 – with the largest increases seen in construction, private educational services, mining, healthcare and manufacturing, according to the Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor…

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Aligning Performance Management with Career Pathing


Often employees leave their jobs because there is no clear path for them to advance, or they are not sure how to rise to the position they desire. Career pathing is a great way to increase employee retention and grow talent organically, because it provides both employees and employers with a clear roadmap, outlining what…

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Employment Summary for January 2017


Starting the first month of the year off strong and marking the last set of employment data representing the previous administration, the U.S. labor market added 70,000 more jobs in January than in December 2016, according to the Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth surpasses expectations Though a steady…

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Millennial Insights for the 2020 Labor Market


As we move towards the 2020 workforce, companies face an interesting demographic dynamic in terms of talent acquisition – a workforce comprised of Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists. While each of these groups has their own generational differences, the most notable are the expectations and approaches to work from Millennials, who are projected…

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Employment Summary for December 2016


The U.S. closed out 2016 with a solid jobs report that included record-high wage growth. The country added 156,000 jobs in December, down from 204,000 in November, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS revised the November gains from the previously reported figure of 178,000. Bloomberg economists had…

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Six Top Workforce Trends for 2017


Successful businesses adapt to new market demands, the changing workforce and ever-evolving technology. They have to – companies that don’t adapt fail. Understanding the trends that are driving change, creating talent challenges, and offering potential solutions can help pave the way to adaptability and success. Many of the workplace trends prevalent in 2016, such as…

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Not Receiving Enough Quality Applicants? It's Likely Your Employer Brand.


Your company is hiring, which means you’ve likely done the groundwork and communicated the job opening externally. So why aren’t there more A-player candidates knocking on your door? A recent LinkedIn survey of 26,000 professionals found that the main reason people don’t apply to a job is because they don’t have enough background about the…

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Succession Planning: Identifying and Nurturing Talent


What if your top executives are recruited away to another firm? What if your CEO becomes ill? Do you have the next generation of leaders ready to fill those roles? If not, you may end up with an empty C- suite –  or worse, underqualified people moving into leadership roles because there is no one…

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Workforce Planning: Does your company have the bench strength to sustain top performance?


In sports, a team’s success is linked to its bench strength – the players on the bench who can seamlessly jump in and replace a player who is pulled due to injury or some other reason. Professional football teams don’t go into games with only one quarterback and baseball teams have players on the bench…

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