Taking the Leap

Posted by: Adam Malanaphy, Project Coordinator at Glenmont Group

“Sometimes you need to take a big step, you cannot cross a chasm in two small steps.” David Lloyd George (January 17, 1863 March 26, 1945)

One of the most important aspects of recruiting that I have learned at the Glenmont Group is the importance of simply reaching out to as many candidates as possible and presenting them with some variation of the following question, would you consider pursuing another organization at this point in your career? The three most common answers to this question are; yes I would, no I would not, and maybe. Now, as the first two responses are quite easy to interpret, the third response can be especially tricky.

Whenever I am engaged in a dialogue exchange with a candidate whom I feel would be a strong candidate for a given opportunity and they tell me they are in the “maybe” stage of considering opportunities, I feel compelled to try and get to the root of their thinking. The fact is that if one is in the “maybe” stage of considering a new opportunity, it is because they are unhappy with some aspect of their current position. Furthermore, one would expect that it is a good time to (at the very least) start tuning in to relevant opportunities within the space. However, many candidates at this point in their career are far less open to even hearing about opportunities than you may have predicted.

The reason that candidates in the “maybe” category find themselves in that position is that they recognize the fact that something is wrong, but have become too comfortable in their current position to seriously consider making a change. This will often yield a situation in which no party wins. The employee is unhappy at work, and in turn, not performing at their best. The employer suffers from subpar performance and morale takes a hit as disgruntled employees are present in their work environment. I know that change can be very uncomfortable, but sometimes to achieve a better quality of life – one must strongly consider making a change.

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Glenmont Group is a boutique search firm that concentrates on Professional Services, with a focus in the Legal & Content space. Because we are a highly focused boutique firm, we offer expertise in the industry that other search firms cannot. Our staff has been trained on, employed in or consulted for these industries so there is no learning curve. This means that you will not see resumes off of "job boards" that seem to have little or no connection to the position you are trying to fill. In fact, just the opposite is true. Our process includes a competitive analysis that identifies the top candidates in your given field. At Glenmont Group, we strive to develop and maintain long-term professional relationships with our clients. We believe in a business relationship based on hard work, cooperation, integrity, trust and a sense of humor. We are also active members in our industries by working on or with the Executive board of our industry trade organizations such as; IQPC, EDRM, LMA, PMA, ALSM, ALA, AIIM, ARMA. This assures constant access to a network of those highest quality candidates who are involved in these organizations.

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One comment on “Taking the Leap
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