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Career advice

 
#1 Career advice
18/06/2004 15:19

Maria

I am looking at some career management companies such as Bernard Haldane, Executive Advisors, InterExec, Penna and Connaught Executive. Anyone having experience with them? Your insight will be deeply appreciated. Many thanks!

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#2 Re: Career advice
24/06/2004 12:26

Rodger

Hi Maria:

If you are a service oriented individual intent on helping others I would look for a smaller more hands on outfit to work for. Make sure the company you apply to does more than sell basic information at an exhorbitant price - Often all one gets is a list of companies to apply to, mediocre resume/cover letter edit and computer driven profile all for the bargain price of $5000. Ideally this sort of consultancy should serve both ends of the process - The prospective employer and the job seeker - Finding this combination is, to my mind, a rare occurance.The Top-Consultant model would be a good guideline in this regard.

Horror stories abound.

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#3 Re: Career advice
24/06/2004 13:57

bill kane

Maria

I contacted a number of these firms and was immediately put off by my initial expeience,(receptionist just answering phones, not knowing procedures, people arriving and should be somewhere else, in a word unprofessional from the start) If this is my inital observation how are they going to help land a professional position. Call it gut feel, or preying on the needy after my inital experience I cancelled all the remining interviews choosing to not to go that route.

Bill

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#4 Re: Career advice
24/06/2004 15:13

Maria

I have had extensive dealings with Bernard Haldane, now called BH International. They are excellent at resume writing, determining your key success factors (competencies) and designing your career path. They can be very expensive. The fee is based on your current yearly salary. They will apply a formula to that specifc figure to determine your fee ( 10%) The first step is a meeting with a sales person, ask alot of questions to ensure that is the firm you want to work with. Valdiate your understanding before you decide to work with BH.

Rebecca

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#5 Re: Career advice
29/06/2004 15:24

Maria

Bill, Rodger and Rebecca thank you for your replies. Most well-known agencies are working on behalf of companies, are there any recommendations for recruiters having a candidate-focused approach? Once again thank you.

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#6 Re: Career advice
07/07/2004 14:29

rodger

My pleasure Maria! Unfortunately candidate-focused recruiting is not as lucrative as the company oriented emphasis - High-end recruiting is well paid and safer - More often than not shuffling people who have carried the case sideways or one step up - Creative hiring is not that common where I live, rather the quest for certainty/safety.... Always amazed at the huge fees entailed!

Sorry I havent any recommendations - Best of luck anyway!

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#11 Re: Career advice
18/11/2004 14:03

spy

Be very careful! If their proposition sounds too good to be true it probably is. Avoid all firms with fixed term contracts. Insist on speaking to past clients and get some recruiter references as well. HR professional bodies sometimes have good info. Depends exactly what service you want. Meet with the big corporate service providers who are generally more responsible than the retail service providers. One or two are absolute fraudsters!

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#12 Re: Career advice
13/06/2005 13:55

Alex

I am also looking at these companies - did you get any feedback from anyone? did you use any of them yourself? what was your experience? Your feedback would be welcome.

Thanks

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