INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
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 fit into the second, see “You called us – now what?”
We genuinely care about you as a human being, and as a professional. We wish you all the career success you deserve and want to see you rise as far as you can in terms of responsibility, compensation and satisfaction.
It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon and I’m tackling a backlog of old search files. As I leaf through the records on one, candidate reports and original resumes catch my eye. Jim, the finalist. Linda, to whom our client made an offer. Neil, who came in number two. Elizabeth, who was so perfect for this but couldn’t relocate.
I know that Jim is still with our client. He’s been promoted. Linda’s company was acquired and her career was set back a bit – perhaps she should have taken the job. Neil was our successful candidate on a different search six months later. Where is Elizabeth now? She was happy in her community but has her career advanced? What about this other guy, Rob? Several others, we haven’t heard from them since the search concluded. 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 a photo of one candidate in the Styles section of the New York Times, looking great at a charity ball. Another was quoted in O’Dwyer’s. I read a guest blog in PR Week by one more former candidate.
These weekend reviews of prior searches make for 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.
That’s the good news. The other news is that our clients are the companies that retain us to conduct searches for them. We do not (and ethically cannot charge candidates to work on their behalf to find them jobs. Therefore much of the time candidates would like us to spend speaking with them, answering questions and counseling them just isn’t available. We are happy to spend time with people who we’ve known for a long time, those who’ve become “friends of the firm” and active candidates on current searches. We have found over the years that it is uneconomic for us to do so with unsolicited ones, but we really do want all candidates to get good advice. The solution is to offer it here. If you find this information useful, we probably WILL be spending more time with you on a search assignment. So, delve in, read up and best of luck in your career.