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Reference Management: Achilles Heel For Many Candidates

23 March, 2012 Posted by John G. Self
The following blog post first appeared in July 2010.  It was one of the most popular I have written.  With leadership turnover in healthcare projected to remain between 16 and 18 percent, we felt the topic was deserving of a re-post. Reference management.  This is a difficult issue for more executive candidates than most people […] Read more»

Know Your Rights in the Job Search

9 March, 2012 Posted by John G. Self
Executives in the job search should consider the cautionary tale of a man we’ll call Joe. Joe was a skilled leader at a small New England healthcare organization who had always felt he could do better. When a recruiter came calling with what sounded like a fantastic growth opportunity at a larger hospital system, Joe […] Read more»

The Ethics of Providing Misleading References

21 December, 2010 Posted by John G. Self
One of my mother’s oft repeated lines, reflective of her status as a true Southern Lady, was, “If you can’t say anything good about a person, don’t say anything at all.” Hardly her original line but it is certainly a standard of conduct worthy of practice. There is a variation to this standard in the recruiting industry. When giving a reference, recruiters would prefer that executives adopt this rule: If Read more»