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Did You Hear About The Dog In The Tree?

15 Nov

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person holds 10 jobs in their lifetime. The average job requires 2 to 3 interviews. By your fourth or fifth interview, you’re starting to feel like a pro and have your canned answer to the 5 year plan question and are feeling pretty confident in your interviewing skills.

Dog With Interviewing Skills | Search Solution Group

And then that interviewer asks you the most off the wall question or brain teaser. How did the dog get in the tree?  How many rocks are on the moon? How would you test a calculator? What part of a BLT sandwich would you be and why? 

12? Test it with math? The lettuce?

Employers love to see job candidates think on their feet and give candid answers. And while the answer doesn’t matter ( there might not even be a correct answer), the interviewer wants to see your logic, problem solving skills, and how you handle pressure. This is actually a simple thing to prepare for if you follow the advice below.

Prepare Your Thoughts: You might want to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, but take a few seconds to work out your response. Shouting out ‘PINEAPPLE’ isn’t going to make you look very intelligent. If you need to, write the question down, draw some pictures, do some math. Just like in middle school math class, the interviewer wants to see the logic and work behind your answer.

Don’t Be Offended: It might seem silly to get asked these questions if you’re interviewing for a senior director role, but you still need to show them you have a brain as well as the required experience. Get silly yourself and throw yourself into that question like you would into your work.

Question the Question: Ask for specifics. Is it turkey bacon on that BLT? Who is going to eat this sandwich that you are a part of? This is the fun part of an interview and showing your enthusiasm will engage your interviewers and make them remember you. You want to be remembered.

If all else fails, do like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do in ‘The Internship‘ and twist the question around until you are selling yourself as the best candidate for the job!


Buffalo Sabres: Rebuilding Leadership

13 Nov

Buffalo Sabres | Search Solution Group

As of 10:45 this morning, the Buffalo Sabres announced the removal of Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston as general manager, and head coach respectively. This marked the longest tenure for a general manager and the shortest ever coaching tenure with the Sabres ( except for that one guy that lasted one day). This announcement couldn’t have come any sooner for Sabres fans who were dealing with the worst season starting in the history of the team. A terribly miserable and sucky season was formulating.

So, Sabres owner, Terry Pegula decided to shake things up and start fresh. Sometimes things can get stale, and that’s great if you’re making croutons, but for a business or a hockey team, being comfortable with mediocrity is a death sentence. As the winter months are building and the temperatures are dropping, people tend to hibernate and embrace mediocrity.

Search Solution Group says shake it up and DON’T settle. If you aren’t happy with your job or the way you are performing, find a new avenue to explore. Humans are brilliant machines with brains that are almost infinitely expansive. We can do whatever we want as long as we put in the effort.

The Sabres are a team that has the potential to be great, everyone has the potential to be great. It just takes the right mentoring, leadership, experiences, and willingness to accept that greatness.

If you are out there thinking, GOSH DARN IT I WANT TO BE GREAT, pick up the phone and call us. We want to make you great, and we will.


Danielle Leach: Search Solution Group’s Most Tenacious Recruiter!

12 Nov

Danielle Leach | Search Solution GroupDanielle Leach, also known as ‘teach’, started her post college career as a teacher with Teach For America in Charlotte, NC. During her second year of teaching, she began to think about where she would go from there, but never thought she’d go into recruiting, even though it is in her blood. As the daughter of a successful and wise recruiter, she knew that recruiting is an industry where you work extremely hard, but the reward for success is high.  Danielle is bubbly, hyper-organized, and tenacious recruiter who has become fearless during her first year at Search Solution Group.

Danielle has learned a great deal about the way businesses work and what is involved in working with candidates and high-powered clients. At first, Danielle was intimidated by the titles of the clients she was working with. CFO, CEO, COO, VP; These were all titles that seemed otherworldly, but by just picking up the phone and talking, she realized that behind these titles were people who needed her help, no matter how lofty the title. Once she realized this, there was no slowing down Danielle.

Placing candidates in a job that they are over the moon excited about is one of her favorite things about being a recruiter. Danielle loves sharing in the joy that comes from improving a candidate’s career and giving a client their new top employee.

Outside of work, Danielle is an avid runner who has completed marathons. She has a competitive nature that gives her fuel for both running and her recruiting work. One thing that many of her friends know, but the world has yet to realize, is that Danielle is the identical twin to Kate Middleton. As an avid admirer of the Duchess of Cambridge, Danielle aspires to be as great of a woman and a style icon and is already on here way to becoming just that.

If Danielle could do anything right now, she would fill all her open jobs! She would then go to Africa to the orphanage her cousin runs in Uganda. With a huge heart and a ferocious nature, Danielle makes for a force to be reckoned with. She has huge dreams, but has the ability and the determination to fulfill those dreams, so watch out world!


External Recruiting Is On The Rise

11 Nov

Corporations are always in the market for intelligent and exciting new talent and while most of these companies have internal recruiters, the demand for talent is so high that external recruiting firms are seeing a major increase in business.

HR Reaching For Recruiters |Search Solution Group

It’s no surprise to the recruiters at Search Solution Group that there has been an increase in corporations reaching out to external recruiters.  Recruiters are hiring experts and really good recruiters get a thrill out of placing talent. And it’s not that internal recruiters aren’t doing a good job, because internal recruiters are brilliant and talented. It’s the fact that corporations are starting to realize that having those specially trained eyes for talent on the job as well, will give them a higher chance of success quicker.

In the past, our recruiters would spend hours talking with companies to inquire about their hiring needs, they are now fielding a high number of initial calls from corporate HR departments seeking our expert help. It’s an exciting trend that is bound to continue to rise. Once those companies get a taste of what Search Solution Group’s expertise can bring them, they are hooked for all their hiring needs.

Eric Fehr: The Most Passionate Recruiter In The World

8 Nov

Eric Fehr| Search Solution GroupEric is an intelligent guy. At Search Solution Group, he solves problems like Albert Einstein, and makes recruiting look like a piece of cake. While most of these attributes are natural to Eric, exposure to failure and triumph has given Eric the experience needed to become so wise at such a young age. Eric started out working for a direct sales company after completing his degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Learning the nuts and bolts of management and selling led way to Eric finding his true calling in recruiting. With almost two years at Search Solution Group, Eric’s understanding of the business is that the end result and amount of placements are directly correlated to the amount of effort and time spent. The great thing about Eric is that he is passionate and puts a great amount of effort and time into the job orders that he acquires.

As a psychology major, a large amount of Eric’s interaction with candidates and clients is based on asking the right questions. When asking questions, no matter if it’s on a first date, or in an interview, asking yes or no questions won’t get you the answer you’re looking for. Even the most seasoned professionals forget this concept. Specific, poignant, well worded, and door-opening questions are key to gaining a real conversation when making a sale.

Sometimes in the recruiting world, rollercoasters of emotion abound when making a placement, especially if a candidate goes haywire. In the spring of 2012, Eric was working on a VP role with the perfect candidate. As quickly as the job offer was made and accepted, the candidate backed out and accepted another position closer to home. Losing out on that placement with a great company was disappointing, but luckily Eric was given a second chance to fill the job when the position was re-opened several months later. From the despair that was the first attempt came the desire and passion to get it right the second time. Eric’s determination led to the placement of a great candidate and a happy client.

Eric’s words of advice: “Ask for help when needed, give good advice to those seeking help, and lean on your past experiences to help you solve problems in the future.”

Outside of work, Eric lives a low-key life that involves relaxing while watching sports and exercising. To Eric, watching sports is an escape from everything else that’s going on. To relieve stress even further, Eric plans to take up the hobby of shooting at the range like a boss.

6 Things To Leave Off Your Resume

6 Nov

Listen up, people! You are killing your chances of landing a job with your resumé that spells out every detail of your life. A resume isn’t a cover letter, it isn’t an interview, and it isn’t an application. It is a professional document that gives concise details of your experience. No amount of fluff is going to give you that experience an recruiter is seeking and it can actually be hiding your experience if you do have it.

Here are 5 things to sweep clean from your Resumé:

Clean Up Your Resume |Search Solution Group

1. Personal or Private Information: Give your name, address, email, phone number (don’t list your number at your current job), and add nothing more. Personal information like your hobbies or activities are meaningless to a recruiter, so leave those out.

2. An ObjectiveNo matter what resume templates say, leave the objective off your resume. The recruiter knows that your objective is to GET THE JOB.  Plus, the recruiter doesn’t want to see what you want, because it’s all about what they want at this stage.

3. Short-Term Work Experience: Keeping your resume short should be your primo priority. One thing that recruiters and employers look for is stability in a client. We don’t want to see that you worked at a company for only 6 months because it’s only going to make us wonder why you left. Are you unreliable and flaky? Just keep those jobs off of your resume.  

4. Irrelevant Work Experience: You’re applying for a financial risk analyst position, but you want to include that you were a lifeguard in college? It’s irrelevant and will only add length to your resume. You only want to include your most recent work experience or experience that is directly related to the position you’re interested in.

5. Subjective Descriptors: Your resumé is the place for you to list your professional experience and accomplishments. Writing that you are a ‘superior communicator’, or that you have ‘great leadership skills’ don’t mean anything to a recruiter or an employer. We are going to ignore anything subjective you say about yourself, so instead use that space to talk about your professional accomplishments.

6. Not Actual Accomplishments:  Anything that does not show your professional worth is garbage on your resumé and taking up valuable space. If you decreased company costs by 20%,  that is a resumé worthy accomplishment. Unfortunately that company golf league championship you won doesn’t count.

If you just keep the word “professional” in the back of your head when re-doing your resumé, you will be ahead of thousands of other people applying for jobs.

These 5 Celebrities Would Make The World’s Best Recruiters

4 Nov

If you were walking down an alley and your cell phone rings. The voice says to you, ” Hi, this is _______, I’ve read your resume online, and I am impressed by your experience. Do you have time

to talk about an opportunity we have?”  There are a few people we feel that you couldn’t possibly say no to.

This is a list of  people Search Solution Group came up with who we feel would be amazing recruiters:



5) John Travolta circa 1970/1980: Would you say no to his sweet, sweet dance moves? We’d let him jab us in the heart with a shot of adrenaline any day of the year.






Mike Tyson3

4) Mike Tyson: If you say no to him, you’d be KO’d faster than you could say ‘sweet face tat’. He has the Junior Olympic  record for knocking his opponent out in 8 seconds!







3) Pam Anderson: There is not a man in the world who grew up watching BayWatch that would say no to her.It’s a fact. Not only is Pam Anderson a hot beach babe, she is an enthusiastic activist for PETA, is a master gardener, and became the Labatt’s Blue spokesperson as her first big break from just wearing a t-shirt to a game.



2) Bill Clinton: He puts the baby in Ice Ice Baby. And c’mon, Bill Clinton is the coolest president of all time. He’s saved lives, he has two Grammys, and he plays the saxophone like a boss!





1) Bill Murray: America’s Sweetheart literally does whatever he wants and no one says no to him. Most recently Bill Murray body slammed Bill Corso at Game Day at Clemson, he did Karaoke with complete strangers, and Bill Murray showed up  at SXSW and started bar tending! Bill Murray is a mythical creature that pops up in random places and does whatever he wants. No one says no to Bill Murray.

If you met one of these people in the street, who would you say yes to?