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A Dramatically Different Solution

21 Aug

There are thousands and thousands of recruiting, staffing, and executive search firms in the United States today. All are working vigorously to get your, the employer’s, attention. It is ultimately up to you to decide who to work with and here are some things to consider when choosing Search Solution Group as the one and only place to discover top executive talent.

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As a privately held company that prides itself on high success rates and a passion for its work, Search Solution Group has a long history of excellence. Our recruiters have an expertise and a talent to fill your needs. Our recruiting process at Search Solution Group is streamlined to cut down time while thoroughly vetting all candidates with reference checks and pre-screening interviews. All of this happens before you even meet with a candidate. When you do meet a candidate, we want you to love them like bacon. If you don’t love bacon, get out.

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Say there is an executive at a company that is not looking for a new career, but we see them as an excellent match for your company, we will professionally but aggressively pursue that candidate for you. Bam! You just got yourself the best CFO in the business. You’re welcome.

Search Solution Group is awesome at everything we do and won’t stop until you are happy with your new executive.

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19 Oct

“If you are going to be a Bear, be a GRIZZLY”

It’s Not Where it Started…It’s Where It’s Going That Matters!

21 Sep

I had this funny feeling this morning as I was driving into work about all the random decisions that we make as individuals and how they impact those closest to us. I was turning off my street onto Central Ave (means nothing to some of you) and I noticed that it is getting cooler outside. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out….but my thought was “I can’t believe I am driving to my office”. For years I would wake up, feed Tanner eat some breakfast and work out of my home office in my PJ’s. I was void of ever having a morning car accident, fighting the morning commute or wondering what kind of mood my co-workers were going to be in. It was all I knew for years, it was great!

Then one amazing evening I sat down and met Stella for what I thought was an interview, she swears to this day she had no idea what we were doing or going to talk about. Yes, this is a concern still for me..ha ha. Even worse was the autobiography she told me was reading, feel free to ask her what book it was. It should make you wonder why I hired her.  But as it turns out it was one of my top 5 best decisions I ever made. In the grander scheme of it all Stella said yes to the job offer (thank GOD). These decisions that we made that day and continue to make have allowed us to hire a bunch of great people such as Eric, Ashley, Elena, Aaron, Michelle, LC and Vinny. They have helped us add value to others people lives because we now make our clients hiring process 10X better and have given a bunch of good people some solid jobs. Our team and their decisions everyday have made my life better. They don’t cause any problems, they get here on time and stay late. They are all usually smiling after they have some coffee. We have dogs running around, food in the fridge and we are being successful and having fun.

 My point is that I am no longer throwing out Aluminum Cans (see previous blogs) I realize how important these decisions that we make everyday are and how they impact everyone’s lives around us. I am still making a significant effort to make sure that everything I do is done with a smile realizing how much we affect everyone around us.

 The coolest part is not so much where it started but where Search Solution Group is going! Thank you to everyone who makes this possible every day

I will try being nicer if you PROMISE to try and be smarter.

9 Mar

Don’t lie and say you will try and be smarter if you really aren’t going to give me an honest effort. Also don’t lie and try and be smarter if you are not capable of it.

Have a nice weekend!

The Greatest Baseball Franchise that was‏

17 Feb
Gary Carter

Gary Carter (Photo credit: AxsDeny)

I have written a few blog posts about the lessons I learned on the baseball field in the past. I am not sure if this is a lesson or more of a memory. Gary Carter passed away the other day from a long fight with brain cancer. Gary Carter was one of the great Montreal Expos from the 1980’s. He was a catcher and the foundation of a team from 1974-1984  that had great players on it like Charlie Lea, Pete Rose, Dave Palmer, Jeff Reardon, Andre Dawson and TIM “Rock” RAINES!! I don’t think it gets any better for me at that time. I was in my little league glory, sporting my red, white and blue Expos hat and pretending to be an Expo. My parents were driving me back and forth to baseball practices for multiple leagues during our short Buffalo, NY summers. I was listening to my folks tell me stories all the while listening to the oldies on the AM stations day dreaming about being an Expo.

 Playing little league meant playing catch with mom and dad until the street lights came on, or going to the park with my friends and playing home run derby. It meant making friends with people I did not know that would eventually lead to lifelong friends and family. It taught me how to be competitive, how to work hard to get better at something. It taught  me the value of practice and what it meant to be consistently good at what I was trying to do. Little league taught me the how to lose with dignity and win with grace, thank God we won a lot more than we ever lost. It taught me to dream and have goals and allowed my parents and I to have another bond that lasts today.

 Gary Carter is my first baseball great to pass away and I will always have those childhood memories. Thank You.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS…

15 Dec

Here we go again. I promise I am not making this up, this is just another day in the life here at Search Solution Group.  I would love to post the profile picture of this candidate I’m about to tell you about but for privacy reasons just imagine a man dressed up as a scary clown.  Our most experienced recruiter was working on an engineer position with a HUGE Fortune 200 company and found a solid candidate. He was able to have a conversation, had a good resume and enough experience to be dangerous. Things were going well, the first interview was solid, the second went even better, then the NIGHTMARE BEGAN. Out of nowhere he starts to tell us about his new girlfriend and online business, let’s just say it was a little to personal.  Whatever happened on the phone that day raised every RED FLAG to my recruiter.  As a good recruiter does she did a simple internet search, and  she found his photo on a popular social media site ( this was the crazy painted clown/ WWF wrestler  face I was talking about at the beginning of this post).  As it turns out he ended up being more interested in his own business, so I wish him success, but I think there is a valuable lesson that needs to be shared with my friends.

Please Please Please WAKE UP  and realize that you are not the only person who can see your Facebook page or find a video of you on YouTube. We all have friends who post the occasionally inappropriate comment or picture from a Saturday night. However this is his profile picture that is defining him, maybe not defining him forever, but at the moment when you are searching for a new job and every employer in AMERICA has access to the WORLD WIDE WEB.  You would think a candidate would be a little smarter. I promise you that we are not the only people looking you up or googling your name when we start the interview process.

I figured out that the candidates we are working with have a much better chance of getting a job offer from our client when we take the time to prep them for the interview. The things to say and more importantly not to say are so important, but I was shocked when this picture was sent to me. I laughed with one of my favorite hiring managers,  about the crazy things she and I see and hear during the interview process but this one takes the cake.

I am not trying to make fun of this situation(don’t be surprised), but I am truly trying to spread the word and share some knowledge. PLEASE be aware that your public internet profile is exactly that, PUBLIC. We can all see it with minimal effort. If you have to paint your face or you enjoy dressing up like Lady Gaga on weekends that aren’t in October at least hide your profile or wait till you at least land the job.

100% of my FOOT in your A_ _

2 Dec

I have never been very good at math; I am not proud of this and if I can deflect blame I would like to say that I had horrible math teachers at my high school in Buffalo, and on a side note one really horrible English teacher whose son was also in my class. I would actually like to go back in time and bitch slap them both and then for my Christmas present this year I would like to bitch slap them again.  Sorry about the rant..now back to the math problem.

I am going to explain why my foot ( I will let them choose sneakers or black dress shoes) should be jammed up all of the 99% who are outside protesting.

I am so proud to be 1 of the 99%. I am not a banker, never want to be one and do not like them. I am not making 100’s of millions of dollars and I do not have a golden parachute. 100% of the time I work to 100% of my ability. I get up every single day on time with a passion and hunger to go to work.  I want to do more and be more successful than the day, the week and the month before. We are trying to help YOU and your friends and loved ones find a better career!! I want to be in the 1%, I strive to be in the 1%, so when I see these dirty, smelly people camping out in front of government buildings and wasting tax payers money it drives me crazy. Roll up your tent, take a shower, shave and cut your hair and go and get a job. Go out and get two jobs and try to make a difference. These ignorant protesters are taking police officers off the streets of our cities, and having to essentially babysit a bunch of non-motivated lazy people.

I have spoken to more candidates these past 2 or 3 years who have said NO to jobs we had, because they are making more money on unemployment. It drives me crazy!!! Get a job, stop wasting my tax money, and do something productive with your life. You deserve to be on the bottom of the 1% of the 99% . You are going to look back and realize that you never made a difference, all you did is motivate people like me and remind me that I NEVER WANT TO BE YOU.

I hope you enjoyed my math lesson this week. To Summarize: I owe 2 people 2 bitch slaps + the 99% really isn’t 99% when you subtract(-) the 1% of the dirty smelly protesters who are making a mess and wasting tax payers money which equals(=) 100% of my FOOT IN YOUR LAZY ASS!!!