I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up (still don’t!), so I took the LSATs, went to law school and became an attorney. I quickly realized I would have been a great lawyer if it wasn’t for all that darned fine print!
THE OBSERVER: Job seekers! How to get noticed by hiring managers and recruiters
I’m guessing I’m not the only headhunter with thousands upon thousands of LinkedIn connections. Deciding to go through my list, I discovered that about half of them were not directly related to my legal and compliance practice. I had friends, family, all kinds of people who had asked me to connect, as well as candidates and hiring…Read More
THE CONTRARIAN: Four reasons to avoid articles that begin with “Four reasons…”
My goodness! This LinkedIn place is loaded with information that purports to help, inform and guide us hapless hiring managers and job seekers. Many of these articles start with a list that, if followed, is guaranteed to transform our lives: 8 things you should NEVER say on a job interview 12 “tricks” guaranteed to get…Read More
PRIVACY! Being a recruiter requires acting with the utmost discretion
Recently there has been a lot of talk in the news about privacy. Facebook. Cambridge Analytica. Will “Zukerberg” become a verb (you’ve been Zukerberged!)? And those robocalls! We moved from the East to the West coast, and each month I receive an average of 20-30 calls that use my old area code. The “Do Not…Read More
THE CONTRARIAN: Study suggests that “finding your passion” is bad career advice!
As a legal and compliance recruiter for the financial services industry, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. As a born contrarian, I like to challenge the conventional wisdom. Let’s talk passion!! Judging by the amount of it being expressed, one might conclude that the invention of work is the greatest thing since gluten-free…Read More
PARTIAL DISCLOSURE! My patented (not really) proprietary process for placing professionals
The first question people like to ask in social situations is “What do you do?” I’m a headhunter. “Huh?” I operate an executive search firm. “You mean you try to locate lost executives?” I’m a recruiter. “What’s that?” Companies hire me to help them find qualified workers to fill jobs that they are having a…Read More
State of the Disunion: Has the hiring process become dysfunctional?
Some of us like to work with blinders on, to shut out the myriad distractions that present themselves to us in this age of (dis)information. I know I’m not the only legal and compliance recruiter in the financial services sector, but I sometimes pretend I am, so that I don’t get off track and lose…Read More
From Me to You: A Blatant Sales Pitch to Hiring Managers for Financial Services Legal, Compliance, Risk and Audit Departments
So you find yourself with a role that needs filling. Maybe someone quit with no notice and you need to find a new team member NOW, so you cobble together a job description on the fly. Perhaps your company is in the midst of a slow, planned growth stage and you have lots of time…Read More
Hiring Managers! Don’t let your mood get in the way (of attracting and hiring top talent)
There are enough books, articles and seminars on all things business to fill Madison Square Garden several times over. I recently read an article discussing the difference between TIME MANAGEMENT (apparently, after all these years, not the most productive way of going about your day) and ATTENTION MANAGEMENT (the sexy new paradigm that focuses on…Read More
BREAKTHROUGH! The Power of Perseverance
I love to work the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. It’s not the hardest of the week, that honor belongs to Saturday. It is the biggest, though, and for years, it has been just enough of a challenge to keep me coming back for more. Every now and then, I complete the puzzle in…Read More
David L. Reitman, Esq.