TRANSEARCH International’s Managing Director, John Ryan, chaired a fireside chat in partnership with AESC and the IE Business School, an internationally recognized graduate school located in Madrid, Spain. AESC is the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. The fireside chat focused on executive search, how it works, emerging trends, and an insider’s perspective on how to effectively gain visibility within the search community.

Executive integration is a strategy for aligning or synchronizing newly hired individuals – or current leaders transitioning to new roles – with the culture, team, and expectations of an existing group of people. We should all advocate for a strong integration process, designed to ensure that individuals or groups hit the ground running. And running fast!

** As published on AESC Bluesteps

Sending that first message to someone is a critical part of the job seeking process. The subject line needs to give the reader an interest in learning more and a desire to read the message. Candidates should consider: What is their mission? What is the most efficient way to achieve that mission? For many years, executives have tried to create the perfect formula for a message subject line, but there is no single solution. Three things to consider in creating an effective e-mail subject line are: creativity, relevance, and enticement.

** As published on AESC Bluesteps

As a team of executive search consultants, we are constantly using LinkedIn to source candidates. Together with our researchers, we look for specific keywords, commonalities, and direct connections.

If you want to be found on LinkedIn, your profile should give sufficient information regarding your background. Executive search consultants and hiring managers will search by keywords and scan your profile to see what specific skills are aligned with certain jobs. Similar to a resume, you want to have your employment history – role, company, tenure, responsibilities – listed and up to date. 

** As published on AESC Bluesteps

Did you know that 42 percent of Americans are myopic, also known as nearsighted? This means that if you’re driving a car and there’s a vehicle in front of you, another behind you, and one on either side of you – two of you have natural vision that is deemed too lousy to operate a vehicle (without corrective lenses). You might also guess that, without aid, these two people might struggle to see a forest for its trees.

It’s difficult to have perspective when your view is myopic. The same can be true when trying to steer your career.

** As published in Construction Executive

What is your strategy for human capital? At some point the conversation always comes back to people. Do you have the right people? Are they in the right roles? Are they energized to be efficient and profitable? Of course, many people will agree and in the next breath say that people are essential; but too simplistic. There are other factors to running and growing a business.

** As published on AESC Bluesteps

You’ve seen these types in the workplace, right? Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) from the movie Horrible Bosses. Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) in the film Working Girl. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) from the movie Wall Street. Some executives make Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) from Office Space and Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from The Office look like a blessing. Examples from movie and television aside, we have all witnessed some form of destructive leadership. How do you identify early warning signs? And is there a remedy?

Identifying and understanding the various factors that influence culture is the first phase of revitalizing or reshaping it within an organization. Why do we need change? What are the success factors? What are reasonable expectations? What are the common pitfalls?

In the spring of 2016, TRANSEARCH hosted a 15-person roundtable for local Human Resource executives in Chicago.