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You think your employer treats you good? 21 reason why we’re the best!

13 Apr

ImageSometimes in the hustle and bustle of day to day life we miss things. Rumor has it that one year my Dad forgot his Anniversary with my Mom. Now I am pretty confident my Dad will deny this with a smile on his face but my point is that we forget about things from time to time. I forgot that this is the 10TH Anniversary of Search Solution Group. That means that we have beat all the statistics out there about new businesses failing.

I tell my teammates all the time that without bad employees and failed business we would struggle. Search Solution Group was started shortly after 9/11 when a ton of businesses were laying people off, but I personally was not left with a lot of options so I gave it a shot. I will forever be thankful to my parents, my friends who let me use their Monster accounts, friends who hired from me and gave me my first placements and a friend who helped me come up with my business name and everything else that comes along with starting a new business. I was not to proud then nor am I today to ask for help and tell people that I just don’t know what to do. Which leads me to the next phase of Search Solution Group……What to do next??

We have started the process of being better. For me at this time it means why you should work with Search Solution Group and be a part of our team. So here goes my list for 2012 that we are offering to our current employees and future employees that make us better than your employer.

 1. Dog friendly environment. Yes we have water bowls and dog hair on the floor. If you leave food on your desk watch out..ha

2. Flex hours, especially when the sun stays out later.

3. Free lunches 5 days a week

4. Improving benefits

5. A soon to be announced awesome 401K plan

6. Free water, energy drinks, flavored water (my favorite), and POP (I am from NY)

7. FREE snacks and candy galore!!!

8. Free car wash

9. Lots of coffee and espresso shots

10. The best commission structure

11. A base salary because we want you to be happy and secure

12. As much vacation time as you need within reason also known as the “Stella Vacation Policy” SVP (just email her and ask stella@ssgresume.com)

13. An annual SSG week long beach vacation. This is fun!!

14. I will also accompany you to 1 emergency room visit per year and make you smile

15. Free parking

16. We have a couch and have NAP TIMES

17. Ice cream cake birthday celebrations

18. Lots of sarcasm

19. Finally NO ONE will yell at you

20. Entrepreneurial cnvironment in which you can be creative and generate as much money as you want.

21. Happy hour fridays which can be drinks, golfing, food or whatever makes you happy

 We are always looking for hard working talent to join our Search Solution Group Family!

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I’m Thankful for…

18 Nov

It is that time of the year when the hustle and bustle of traveling to see friends and family starts. It is also seems to be the time of the year when at least one person gets trampled to death trying to get inside Wal-Mart at 2am for some stupid sale. I actually turned on CNN the morning after waiting to see the video of this happening, I guess it is my guilty pleasure….

 With all joking and some of my sarcasm aside, I know why I am thankful this year.  This past year has been better than ever. I hired the most amazing person, and thru thick and thin she has surpassed her wildest expectations. I also think I found my diamond in the rough who fits in well here at SSG and has superstar potential. Both of them have given me new perspective on working and life and have been a great influence on me. I even got involved with Social Media and started learning some new tricks thanks to Lauryn (who is a  version of me). SO thank you for all of your patience and long hours, I sincerely appreciate and recognize your time, efforts and energy!!

We continue to work with clients I met back in 2000 and have had the chance to meet new clients in fun new industries. I wake up every morning happy that through the good and bad, through learning experiences not mistakes that anything is possible and often very attainable. We are excited to be looking to hire 1 or 2 more people for Search Solution Group in the coming months and thankful to have met so many great people this year. I can’t forget to be thankful for my friends my family and especially me dad and of course my dog Tanner!

So thank you for reading and please let us know what you are thankful for.

Quitters Never Win

28 Oct
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Starting a small business and growing any kind of business is tough work. Lately between interviewing and  hiring new employees I have had to explain to them who I am and who Search Solution Group is. You would think explaining who you are after so many years on this planet would be pretty easy, but it really isn’t!

Along the same lines I have been out selling our business and explaining to potential clients why they should use our firm and who we are. So, I started getting into the mindset that I am not  a quitter. Explaining  how I do not believe in taking NO for an answer that I will continue to work hard be persistent and never quit or give up. I started talking about how I have hired some great people to work with me and  how I’m overcoming the recession.  I was I really believing what I was saying???????

Well later that night I was having dinner at my house with some friends and they were looking at me like my dog looks at me sometimes.  I was getting the confused dog look. WHY??? Because I was trying to open up a plastic bottle of Coke and it would not come off. Everyone tried and no one could get it to twist. So, I grabbed the hammer and started trying to chisel thru the top. I tried this and it wasn’t working and thought that there was a better chance that I was going to end up in the hospital. Then I tried using an industrial razor blade, nope that didn’t work either. I was imagining that I would soon be in the ER…… Then I found the pliers and started tearing off the cap bit by bit  (everyone is still watching me and now laughing at me) and sooner than later it worked. I had defeated the twist off cap and was now drinking my Coke!  I WON, I DID NOT GIVE UP.

Yea, it would have been easy to throw it out and just grab another one, but where does it stop? It is a tough economy so I’ll quit my business, my dreams and just collect unemployment or go to work for some bank. NOPE NOT ME.  I am IN IT TO WIN IT. I have no quit in me and I am going to prove it every day in everything that I do.  If you are anything like me or have any good stories post them or call me and jump on board, we are going places!

Are you ready for some…….HR??‏

26 Aug
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YES, it is that time again for most of us. Fantasy Football.

 A bunch of years ago I would have laughed at you and thought you were more nerdy than me for wanting to participate in such a thing. BUT WOW IS IT FUN. Right now I am engaged in a dispute of how much money I owe my father and his best friend for losing to them last year. I was hoping old age would kick in and they would think that they owed me money but that isn’t the case. Another league we are starting has 10 people. Some of us know each other, others don’t. I happen to know everyone, but yet I am not the commissioner.  This one is interesting, we have no rules, no scoring system and I’m not even sure what kind of league we are having.  All of this was being battled out yesterday between some friendly hazing and a few hundred suggestions. EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION, and my inbox showed every email that was sent…agggggghhhhh

 This all reminded me of so many HR/Recruiting experiences I have had with clients over the years. The lack of organization, the lack of communication, everyone sticking in their opinions and causing more headaches than necessary. Deals not getting done on time, losing great candidates because someone else thought they were interviewing at 2pm instead of 3pm. Or I thought the offer letter was in the mail. Or, sure you can have 4 weeks of vacation, nope we only give 2 weeks. Where is the communication? Where is the leadership? Where is the process? Come on HR, you have to be better than that. You are the unofficial commissioner for your company and how it is perceived by people.

 Those 3 questions are so important, not for Fantasy Football so much, but for life and business. If you and your organization have those 3 skills locked in you are off to a good start. Get them implemented sooner than later and you have a  shot of surviving. Good recruiters and candidates can recognize a company that has all three components working together. It makes the recruiting process so much better not just for the recruiter but our mutual goal of attracting good talent.  A well run HR Group or “Fantasy Football League” has to be communicating with each other. Coordinating time, dates and what we want to get out of our interview so we can hire the best candidate for the job. It sounds easier than it really is. On a daily basis I see the good the bad and the ugly from HR.  The best ones are fun to work with and make waking up earlier than usual exciting and rewarding. The ugly and bad are not lost, they just need to recognize that things can be improved and make those changes. Search Solution Group can HELP!! Call us

 As for Fantasy Football. I predict my friends will cry at the humiliation my teams will cause them this year. I can only apologize and offer some comfort that next year is right around the corner for them. As far as my Dad and his best friend are concerned. I promise I will have the last laugh.

Lesson From the Diamond Part 3‏

12 Aug
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Being really good at something can be a curse. Look at A-ROD, he can’t even play poker or hang out with Madonna without causing a stir. I remember playing in a different little league with the same coaches and some of the same teammates (lifelong friends even today). We were dominating the league when we ended up playing the last place team, an easy win with an ace pitcher on the mound. What we did not realize at the time is that the opposing coach (a family friend) had his oldest son umpiring the game. Well, to make a long story short we could not buy a strike and completely got robbed. THIS IS ACTUALLY A REALLY AMUSING STORY IF YOU EVER HAVE TIME, I WILL GLADLY RE-TELL IT. It was really embarrassing and to this day, the opposing coach and son, feel bad about what they did.  Why did this happen?

We played with the same number of guys, used the same bats, the same balls and played on the same field. All we had been doing all season that was different was playing harder, practicing more and we were coached better.  We used our skills to win!  Was it fair to cheat and knowingly be deceitful? Where do you draw the line when it comes to playing fair and being honest?

How do you handle it when the “corporate police” of your company are the rule breakers and are setting a bad example by lying and trying to steal. By the way if you Google this famous restaurant Chain, you will see ALL THE LAWSUITS that have made the news. So, I guess this is my fault for attempting to work with an organization like this. Here is what happened, any advice?

About 3 months ago, I knew this company had a Director of Compensation and Benefits job open, One of my favorite searches, we are really good at this! After a few calls, I got a return call suggesting that we present a candidate if we had someone. So I presented an A+ candidate from a similar company in the same industry, a dead on match. The Corp recruiter at this company ( we all know how I feel about incompetent corp recruiter) made an excuse that his title was too much (what does that mean?). Now for the thousands of people who are unemployed, I AM SORRY. This is just one of the many rejects who are preventing good people from getting hired. Now, if we fast forward to the present few weeks, I find out that the Corp recruiter is phone interviewing this very candidate. This candidate and I maintained a good relationship so he called me to tell me. Well, since I cannot keep my mouth shut, I called her!  After listening to her for a few minutes trying to defend her dishonesty and stupidity, I had to chime in with a few comments .

The conversation did not end well, but I just don’t get why she had to try and steal the candidate. I have all the emails saved of our previous conversations and everything documented. Why not do the right thing and change the way you are perceived just not locally but also Nationally with all the lawsuits. It was a great opportunity to  build a relationship and maybe even get the job filled which has been vacant for a very long time. We did everything we were asked and did it with a smile. Just like the dirty umpire from little league, this Corp recruiter tried to play dirty.

The kicker to this story is that the only other Compensation person in that group left because she was so unhappy and not challenged. How did she leave….courtesy of SEARCH SOLUTION GROUP.

So work hard and play fair just like in little league and good things will happen!!

My Top Twenty Things I Like To Boo!

24 Jun

1. The word obviously

2. Bad Tee shots

3. Mis-spelings on resumes 🙂

4. When my co-workers are sick

5. Dorito Breath

6. Not being able to find my keys

7. Bees, wasps, or anything else that flies and can sting

8. People who talk over me

9. Toes

10. Bad job history (tough to hide it on a resume)

11. Stepping in poop

12. Crabby HR people

13. Allergies

14. Cal Ripken(inside joke)

15. Reality TV Dance shows…why???

16. Bad waiters/waitresses

17. Things that taste like coffee including coffee

18. Bank of America employees at the Center City Banking Center

19. Internal Corporate Recruiters who do not get it

20.YOU, if you do not add a comment!!!

HOCKEY IS THE GREATEST SPORT in the WORLD

17 Jun

What a fantastic game 7!! What a great series, only thing better would have been if the Buffalo Sabres had won it all, but we can all dream!!

 I want to focus on a new relationship I recently made with a VP of HR of a HUGE well-known public Company. This is one of those moments in business/sales or just life that if I don’t start it off right I could lose my credibility or just come off weak, inexperienced or not up to the task. Maybe how the Hockey world perceived the Boston Bruins as they were taking on the Best Team in the NHL this year. The Bruins started off losing the first 2 games of the series and certainly had their backs against the wall, but they did not quit they were not intimated they believed in themselves and their teammates!!

 So, this is my life as a recruiter and a business owner. Especially a small boutique business owner. Day in and day out my team and I fight to survive, this isn’t a 7 game series, this has been going on for about 10 years. Many of you know what I mean, the constant battle of having to prove yourself and make another sales call after getting rejected for the 100th time that week. But all it takes is one person or one company to make a difference and give you hope. Kind of like making a great GLOVE SAVE or stopping a break away! For the Bruins you can argue the team did it, but us former GOALIES, know it was Tim Thomas!! He stood on his head for the entire playoffs and especially in the Finals and helped his teammates win the CUP. Thomas was more than good, he was consistently good, that is the key to success. We all have great days in business, but avoiding bad days is important. Fighting off the laziness or maybe it’s the flu or the annoying co-worker or the client who just won’t stop pestering you for a discount. Staying positive, building on the good that you have created and riding the hot net minder (Co-worker) to the promise land.

 My initial conversation with the VP went well, but as a business owner/neurotic perfectionist I always wonder. The second conversation was even better after reading a few emails, then the third conversation was about to take place. Somehow we start talking about his youth and find out that not only is he a former hockey player, but a fellow Goalie! Arguably the Most EXCLUSIVE FRATERNITY in the WORLD, where only the crazy are invited. My point of telling you this is because I did not expect it. It was a surprise and a bright spot in my day and week. These things happen, relationships are built other places than the golf course or over drinks. They can be built from your past, even if there is an age difference or geographic differences. I try to find topics of conversation with clients and candidates, but none are easier than talking Hockey with a fellow net minder! The path to playing in the NHL is different from the path I took to start and grow a recruiting business. It is certainly a different path than the Corporate VP takes to rise to their level of success, but what isn’t different is the commitment. The late nights, the travel, the reading and studying, that little extra effort that we take to be the best of the best each day is what separates us and the Tim Thomas’ of the World.

 “Goalies never stop being goalies. We are tough, aren’t afraid to get bruised and always want to be the best for our Team. You don’t need ice to be a goalie.”