Posts Tagged ‘career change’

Considering Non-Profit

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Have you ever considered a career in non-profit?   According to the media, it is a growing trend.  Of course, you want to make a difference, but does that mean non-profit is the right career choice for you?

During the past few years, as our company devotion towards supporting non-profits has grown, so have the number of conversations, SGES/Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting (or we), have had with former clients, candidates, colleagues, mentors, mentees about this subject.  What we’ve realized is that many who made the transition from for profit to non-profit, left it as quickly as they could.  It wasn’t for them.  It was a hasty decision. This has even been true of those who have been on the board of a non-profit and then became its Executive Director. It’s a different experience being on the outskirts from living the day to day.

In speaking with Nick Small, Managing Editor for Nonprofit Hub, an online educational community dedicated to giving nonprofits everything they need to better their organizations and communities, he also mentioned that he was having conversations which were similar to ours.   We decided it would be helpful to all those people who were contemplating joining a non-profit to be able to access a written piece that would explain a likely transition so that they could visualize it before they started interviewing.  The article should address both the seasoned executive from for profit and the recent graduate who was considering it as a first career.   Here is the article, which became so lengthy, that it became a two part article.  Let us know what you think.   If you can’t access the articles from these links, you can find them on the nonprofithub.org website.   http://bit.ly/2cj3WKJ  http://bit.ly/2cyPhZ8

 

Someone Is Recruiting Me

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Whether you have been actively recruited before, or have always found your jobs through friends, colleagues, family members, networking or ads, you are probably like most people – curious about what else is out there.  What other opportunities lie beyond my desk?  If you have the slightest inclination to hear about an alternative situation to the one that pays you now, you may be missing key information should someone approach you, unless you understand key points about recruiters and the recruiting process.

Susan Goldberg of SGES/Susan Goldberg Executive Search, wrote a blog entry  on bluesteps.com for younger professional executives, but it is just as relevant for more seasoned talent who have never worked with or hired an outside hiring expert before, that explains some of those key points.  If you’ve been reluctant to ask questions because you assume you are supposed to know these things, this article is sure to be useful.  https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/retained-executive-search-vs-contingent   Still have questions, feel free to email Susan at info@susangoldbergsearch.com or visit aesc.org.  Happy job searching!

SGES and AESC Tweetchats

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The AESC, Association of Executive Search Consultants, runs timely tweetchats (Twitter chats) on topics of interest for potential executive candidates, HR departments, and corporate clients (#ExecCareer). Susan participated in two:  One on Tuesday, August 26th on “Executive Level Business Development/Sales Careers” and on Tuesday, October 21st on “working with an executive search firm as a source or potential candidate”.  Fun and challenging to keep the discussion within the twitter letter limits and also for the technology to work at the same speed for everyone involved. It’s exciting  to have interactive communication and answer immediate questions as they arise.  SGES is always willing to try something new. What topics would you like to see covered by SGES in a tweetchat?

SGES to participate in AESC Webinar

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Susan was honored to be asked by the retained executive search industry association, the AESC, of which she and her firm are members, to be a participant in a webinar sponsored by the professional association.  The webinar is entitled, “5 Strategies for Navigating Executive Search” and will be hosted and moderated by Peter Felix, the President of the AESC.  It will also include: Stephanie Tan of  Heidrick and Struggles (Menlo Park), Jose Ruiz, CEO of Alder Koten, and Andrew Kris, founding Partner of Borderless Executive Search.  It takes place from 12 noon to 1 PM EST on Thursday, January 23.   The hour long webinar will include topics such as how to approach a retained search consultant, how to get noticed by a search firm, how to create a relationship with a search consultant, and what search consultants are looking for.  Please tune in.  Thank you to participants, the AESC, Lisa Marsh and the panel for making this exciting event happen.  For additional information please contact Lisa Marsh, Marketing Associate, at the AESC:  lmarsh@aesc.org

SGES in the WSJ

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Is retained executive search consulting all about simply filling an executive level position?  No.  If it were any internal staffing professional could make a transaction and fill a position.   Retained executive search is built upon relationships, advising, accumulating and sharing knowledge. It’s not about transactions.  A good search consultant will be a strong advocate, marketer and advisor to their clients and to the candidates.  Besides all that, most good search consultant’s nature is all about the desire to be at the forefront of making deals happen in the bigger picture of business: beyond placing the right executive for a client, other contributions may include referring contacts to create direct business relationships and business sources for leads;  advising on hiring, building an organization or team; or, negotiating a new contract for a new or continuing position.   An update on the retained executive search industry was written by Julie Bennett and published within the Marketplace section of Wednesday, October 2nd’s Wall Street Journal.   Susan of SGES was interviewed for that article.  It included additional thoughts about the industry from Susan, the President of the AESC (the industry’s association) Peter Felix, and a couple of other search consultants.  You can read it at:  https://members.aesc.org/eweb/Dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=SearchWireArticle&wps_key=f42f0d8f-0e23-42f4-9188-3fb16e3c8d2d

The Perfect Hire? Is it a Real Person or Not?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Is the typical way we find,  interview and hire the best person for a job obsolete because of social media?  Susan wrote a thoughtful response to an article in July/August’s issue of Scientific American Mind, “The Perfect Hire” which questioned the accuracy of current vetting practices in favor of using social media analysis instead .  The response was published as a blog in the Ageis newsletter compiled and circulated by L. Burke Files: http://www.aegisjournal.com/the-perfect-hire/   The original article, written by a psycologist and professor and his student, played down the importance of finding a candidate who is interested in a job, the role that interviewing and reference checking play in hiring, and the person to person interactions in hiring.  To find out what it was celebrating instead and Susan’s reaction to their findings, read Susan’s response.  http://www.aegisjournal.com/the-perfect-hire/  An article in Sunday, August 11th’s New York Times, “I Flirt and Tweet. Follow me at #Socialbot.” written by Ian Urbina, adds further fuel to Susan’s post. It includes this quote “More than half of Web Traffic is from nonhumans”.   Touche!

Pace Alum Coaching: Positive Repositioning

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Pace University had its annual Fall Mini Career Coaching night on Wednesday sponsored by Dr. Barry Miller, Manager Alumni Career Programs and Services.  SGES was invited to attend as a professional coaching and executive search firm.  During the evening, Susan found she was giving the most advice to people who were employed but were looking to transition into another field.  The one assumption that they all were making was that they were at a disadvantage because they didn’t have much, if any, experience in the industry they were considering.  Their attitude of fear and doubt dissipated  into an alternative mindset of confidence and determination after speaking with Susan from SGES for a few minutes.  “The best part of the evening was watching  faces move from apprehension into smiles. Repositioning their thought process and assumptions were what these people needed and weren’t receiving from friends, colleagues or other coaches.  It helps when I can talk from my own experience: having changed fields a couple of  times and also having executed searches in a wide variety of industries.” It was a very satisfying experience for Susan to be able to give back to the university where she attended the graduate program in business and received her MBA. We hope that the people Susan met will be able to reinvigorate their job searches with a positive spin which will be a great push toward them achieving their desired results.  We welcome feedback from Pace Alums.

SGES represented at Newark Academy Alumni Panel Discussion

Friday, January 7th, 2011

On January 6, Susan Goldberg spoke as a panelist in a discussion on networking and career development at the Penn Club, presented by Newark Academy Alumni Relations.  It was one of the networking nights Alumni Relations sponsors in Manhattan for Newark Academy alumni and their families.  The event was attended by former students enrolled in a university currently as well as those who attended the private school in Livingston, New Jersey, years ago and already have well-established professional careers.  Some of the topics discussed by the five panelists included networking tips, overcoming career obstacles, increasing the chances of having your resume noticed, and career lessons learned.   Susan was selected to speak by Nancy McGaughan, the Director of Alumni Relations, who organized and managed the event.

Nancy’s thank you note follows…..

“Dear Susan,

    Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be a part of Networking Night. Your comments were so helpful to our alumni and I really appreciate the time you spent talking individually with people after the panel presentation. Many of the younger alumni told me that you were so warm and engaging when they spoke with you. I hope we can stay in touch as we grow the program as I welcome your expertise.

Again, Thank you so much.

Nancy”

“Who is Going to Help You?”, article for job seekers and decision makers, written by Susan Goldberg, published this week

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

After many discussions and countless emails and phonecalls about the subject, Susan Goldberg of  SGES,  a retainer based executive search firm, wanted to write a helpful article detailing the differences between recruiters, agents, headhunters, search professionals, and employment agents; that article was published in the December 3 issue of  “Woman Around Town”.   Many professionals assume they understand the differences between the titles, but a lot of misinformation exists in the marketplace.  For instance, ” I receive a lot of emails requesting that I represent an individual emailer in the job market.  I am a people person.  I want to help everyone.  But that’s not my role.  What the emailer doesn’t understand, in a search situation, as a retained search consultant, I don’t work for an individual, I work as the representative of a client’s organization”.  “Who is Going to Help You” was written in an effort to explain situations just like this one.   The article is a primer on the various recruiting titles: explaining what each one does, how they get paid, who employs them and who they represent, and how they work.  The media and entertainment industries have the widest variety of these types of titles.   However, the piece was written for anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about hiring and/or seeking employment.  You can read the entire article in the “living around” section of  www.womanaroundtown.com or simply click on this link: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/who-is-going-to-help-you.  You can learn more about the details of conducting a retained search by visiting, www.susangoldbergsearch.com/search_sges.php and you can read about Susan Goldberg and Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting, SGES, by visiting: www.sgesconsulting.com  or www.susangoldbergsearch.com .

Article addressing “Why Change Jobs?” written by Susan Goldberg published on Wednesday

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The article written for this week’s addition of “Woman Around Town” addresses two life changing events: getting married and changing one’s job.  The title “Change is Good: Are You The Bride or the Cellphone” incorporates the two topics discussed in the article: planning a wedding while not jeopardizing your job, and, when and why to consider a job change.  The wedding topic was part of the week’s special edition devoted to June weddings.  The job change topic was a response to a reader who asked, “why interview, if your job isn’t broken”.  It includes a list of reasons to change jobs despite the fact that the current job may be adequate.  The cellphone is used as an analogy that refers to an individual and their career and is explained in the piece.  To learn more, read the article in the “working around” section of this week’s www.womanaroundtown.com or click on this link: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/working-around/change-is-good-are-you-the-bride-or-the-cell-phone.  If you are reading this from a blog, you can learn more about Susan Goldberg Executive Search at www.susangoldbergexecutivesearch.com