A recent survey in which 1,400 executives were interviewed showed that one-third of executives believe that, performance issues aside, the top factor leading to a failed hire is a poor skills match. Basically, it doesn’t matter how skilled someone is in their current place of employment. If they’re placed in a position they just aren’t fit for, it won’t work out for them or their employer. Finding top talent can be difficult and matching said talent to appropriate positions can be even harder. That’s why it’s so important to hire top-notch executive search firms and career placement agencies to find your employees.
What is Executive Search?Executive search (informally known as head-hunting) is a specialized talent acquisition service that helps organizations find highly-qualified candidates for executive positions. Executive search agents may also look for and recruit other highly-specialized positions for which there’s high competition, such as senior data analysts and computer programmers. This method of talent acquisition usually involves commissioning a third-party, generally an executive search firm, to investigate the availability of qualified candidates currently working for competing companies. Once a shortlist of qualifying candidates is identified, the executive search firm or consultant may act as an intermediary in offering the individuals employment for the company. The firm may also perform screening and conduct benefits negotiations on their client’s behalf.
How Executive Search Can HelpExecutive search firms take advantage of their broad range of personal contacts within an industry, as well as in-depth industry knowledge, to find ideal candidates for their clients. They will also help companies draft accurate and compelling job descriptions to draw in a wide pool of qualifying candidates. After detailed interviews, they will selectively present the candidates they find to their clients. Many corporations employ executive search firms because they lack the network, resources, or knowhow to do their own talent recruiting. Some companies even use these firms to indirectly “steal” from their competitors, since going through a headhunting firm can get them access to talent they wouldn’t find on their own.
Different Types of Executive Search FirmsThe relationship that exists between a firm and its clients can be either retained or contingent. Retained firms are paid throughout the search process. Clients typically opt for retained recruiters when they need to find candidates for high-level positions. Clients of retained firms tend to develop strong, long-term business relationships over the course of their partnership. On the other hand, contingent firms are paid after the successful completion of a search. They rely heavily upon their wide array of impressive contacts. Because each contingent firm has its own list of industry contacts, companies may work with multiple firms at the same time when they have an important role to fill. If you want to use an executive search firm for your own candidate search, you should find one with experience finding talent for positions like the ones you have open. It’s important that you partner with a firm who has had success working within your own industry.
With the recent passing of George H.W. Bush, there has been a lot of talk about funerals in the news lately. Presidential funerals are a nation-wide focus as the country mourns the loss of a great leader. And with most presidents beginning to plan their funerals after they move into the White House, each presidential funeral has both custom traditions mixed with personal wishes. So let’s take a look at a few presidential funeral traditions we’ve seen over the years. While each president has the opportunity to incorporate personal aspects into their funeral services, there are a few rites and ceremonies that are seen among the majority of presidential funerals. For example, there is often a public viewing of the closed casket held in the president’s home state. Additionally, the funeral procession tends to be the same — the procession is along Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. towards the intersection of Constitution and 16th street. The procession will end at the U.S. Capitol, where a formal memorial service is held. Over the years, presidential funeral traditions have changed and adapted. The first U.S. president to have a publicly conducted funeral was Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. His funeral lead to the beginning of “state funerals”, giving the public, including even you the opportunity to pay your respects if desired. Following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. government issued a process of funeral planning details and protocols that should be followed after a president’s death. It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that presidents began to plan their own funerals so people knew the protocols they wished to be followed. Planning a funeral in advance isn’t just common among presidents — an AARP survey found that one in three people have begun funeral pre-planning and one in four people have even pre-paid for their funeral. George H.W. Bush’s funeral followed many traditions, like having the presence of all living presidents. But there were also personal details incorporated, like wearing socks with planes in memory of his World War II service. All funerals give you the opportunity to pay your respects and this is especially true with presidential funerals. While some aspects are reserved for friends and family, most presidential funerals allow the public to say goodbye to a distinguished leader.
Both the U.S. and Canada are facing critical carrier truck driver shortages. A study conducted in 2016 by the Trucking Alliance of Canada estimated that the industry will be short a shocking 34,000 drivers by 2024; one container trucking company in Northern Ontario has already been forced to leave 20 trucks sitting idle due to the dropoff in interested workers. “The driver shortage became more acute in 2018 due to the fact that we have a large percentage of individuals over the age of 55 driving,” said Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) president Stephen Laskowski, who also happens to be the president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). “We’re facing older demographics, more retirements and, at the same time, more demand. It’s only expected it to get worse in 2019. This is an issue from a supply-chain perspective and we need to find a solution to it.” Heavy haul and container trucking companies make up a large portion of Canada’s internal transportation of goods: an estimated 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs (the latter of which accounts for 2% of the national Gross Domestic Product) is shipped by truck. As a result of these desperate times, the OTA is calling on the provincial government to launch a pilot program that would allow freight carriers to bring in immigrant workers to fill the shortage. “We are currently exploring how our programs can maximize our annual Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) nomination allocation to help alleviate these shortages and provide support through economic immigration,” said Kwok Wong, a spokesperson for Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade. The OINP program was inspired by a 2017 initiative that focused on attracting workers to specific jobs in construction and agriculture sectors. “A pilot program would allow us to have a heck of a lot more access to overseas labor and make sure that that labor ends up with the carriers that are investing in their companies,” Laskowski said. Every container trucking company — from the smallest startup to the biggest business — would benefit from the implementation of such a program.