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Executive Search Article Reinventing Your Career
Date IconApril 1st , 2014

Growing up, we were taught that delay of gratification brings a greater reward in the future. This was what we learned as ‘investing in our future’ with some of us grappling with this concept more strongly than others. Now after a longstanding career, in which you have invested more than just the last ten to thirty years, you are now finding yourself in an unusual predicament where that previous investment of your time, energy, and passion may not pay off in the end as you were always told. You invested your creativity, hope, and future into this career with the promise of a better tomorrow. You may be asking yourself, ‘What now?’ Do you let your dreams dwindle away along with your 401k?

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Executive Search Article How to Ask for a Raise
Date IconMarch 1st , 2014

This is a situation that almost everyone will encounter at least a few times during their career. It can be an uncomfortable situation that a lot of business professionals avoid. In addition to being distressing, it may also be a situation where someone does not know the right time to ask for a raise, or how to do it. Can you imagine not getting a raise because you did not know how to ask for one!? Below are some tips that can help.

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Executive Search Article What Networking Mistakes Are You Making?
Date IconFebruary 1st , 2014

Networking is key to the advancement of your career. No matter what stage of your career you are in, you can stand to benefit from networking. That being said networking requires a certain amount of charisma, social grace and strategy. The goal of networking should be building new relationships, not simply an opportunity to sell yourself. This requires that you don’t just talk, you also need to listen. Here are some common mistakes you would be wise to avoid.

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Executive Search Article Are You Ready To Return To Work?
Date IconJanuary 1st , 2014

Deciding when and if you want to go back to work after having children can be a burdensome task. You’ll likely have many factors pulling you in different directions. A new study has proven that it is crucial that you think about what you yourself really want to do.

 

New research conducted by Brigham Young University shows that if women do the opposite of what they want to do whether that be choosing to return to work or choosing to stay at home they are much more susceptible to developing serious depression. Brigham Young University studied over one-thousand first-time mothers at varying points postpartum between one and thirty-six months.

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Executive Search Article Top Ten Behaviors to Avoid in the Office
Date IconDecember 1st , 2013

Offices can be tricky environments for professionals to coexist in. Offices are often confined spaces that act as echo chambers; most people hear most things and information can get distorted quite quickly. Professionals are also required to be civil, even amicable with one another regardless of personality differences to promote smooth productivity. Sometimes this necessary civility can make it difficult for coworkers to critique disruptive behavior. On the flipside, the open and friendly atmosphere of most offices can encourage troublemakers to think ‘anything goes.’ Here’s a list of the top ten behaviors you should never be guilty of at work.

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Executive Search Article Leadership and Management
Date IconNovember 1st , 2013

In most companies people assume that management equals leadership, but some companies have a management role separated from a leadership role. Although the difference may seem minimal, further investigation shows great contrast. According to the article “The difference between Leadership and Management,” “Leadership is about setting a new direction for a group; management is about directing and controlling according to established principles. However, someone can be a symbolic leader if they emerge as the spearhead of a direction the group sets for itself.”

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Executive Search ArticlePersonality Key to Career Success
Date IconOctober 1st , 2013

Leadership and performance are tied to personality, states a psychologist is his newly published book.

 

“Leadership and managerial performance are a direct function of a person’s personality, and, in turn, they directly influence the effectiveness of organizations,” said Robert Hogan, a former psychology professor for 30 years at The University of Tulsa and at Johns Hopkins University.

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Executive Search ArticleClimbing The Corporate Ladder
Date IconSeptember 1st , 2013

Climbing the corporate ladder is an ongoing process that could take years to reach your ultimate goal. To help keep executives moving up the rungs, AllBusiness.com offers these tips:

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Executive Search ArticleThe Green Workforce
Date IconAugust 1st , 2013

In recent years, public opinion towards clean energy has shifted. As pictures of disappearing glacial lakes and stranded polar bears on melting icebergs become daily news, public awareness has reached new heights of concern. The public’s environmental consciousness is making people anxious about the effect our global footprint will have on future generations.

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Executive Search ArticleWorkforce Becomes Increasingly Female
Date IconJuly 1st , 2013

The workforce of the United States is beginning to subtly transform itself from being male dominated to a more even ratio between men and women. If the current growth in female workers continues at this pace, soon the workforce may be dominated by women. In 1970 women made up only 38 percent of employed individuals in the United States, while women currently make up 50 percent of the workforce.

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Executive Search ArticleSuccessful Up and Coming Careers
Date IconJune 1st , 2013

Even with the economy in it’s current state, there are many industries and jobs that are still thriving today. With more people out of work, many people are going back to school. It is extremely important to know what degrees and certificates can lead to fruitful careers. When most people think about booming careers today and throughout history, they envision lawyers, doctors, and successful business people. Although these careers are still in high demand, the jobs that are behind the scenes are viable career options for many people to seriously consider. With the post-recession economy still trying to climb back up and stabilize, the degrees people pursue and the career paths they take are an imperative part of whether or not a person will have a successful career.

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Executive Search ArticleThe Most Effective Job Search
Date IconMay 1st , 2013

Looking for a job, but not having any luck finding one? Many people tend to go about their job search in the wrong way, making it even more difficult than it already is. The majority of people today simply sign on to their computers, and search the job boards in hopes that they will find jobs that match their resumes to a tee. One of the least effective ways to get noticed is just submitting a resume through random job boards online. This is because so many people do this every day and it is extremely important to find a way to differentiate oneself from the rest of the candidates and job seekers.

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Executive Search ArticleSalary Negotiation Tips
Date IconApril 1st , 2013

No one likes to negotiate a salary. These conversations are always a bit awkward and unpleasant. But, like so many other things in life, salary negotiations are a necessary evil. It may not be fun or easy, but learning to (and becoming comfortable with) negotiating your salary is an essential part of your career growth. With the right preparation, these important career moments should be a walk in the park. Here are a few tips:

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Executive Search ArticleStructuring Your Workday Morning
Date IconMarch 1st , 2013

Everyone moves at a different pace in the morning. You’ve seen those “morning people” out there. They’re always ready to go tackle the day, firing on all cylinders at the crack of dawn. Then there are the zombies. These people can’t function until they’ve chugged 3 or 4 cups of coffee. You’ve seen them on the freeway, trudging along at 10 MPH under the speed limit and cutting into your lane without warning. Weather or not we admit it, most of us are more like the zombie than the “morning person”. For many of us, a little more structure is all we need to make the morning less hectic, less stressful, and less miserable. Making just a few adjustments to your morning routine can lead to a more productive and enjoyable workday. Here are some things you can do:

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Executive Search ArticleMental Effects of Exercising
Date IconFebruary 1st , 2013

Working eight hours a day at in office can be tiring, even for those of us who enjoy our jobs. It’s a strange feeling to drive home, exhausted, when the only physical exercise you received all day was a few strolls to the water cooler and a trip to the bathroom. At the same time you might be satisfied with your state of mental exhaustion, believing that you contributed all that you could for this workday. This type of thinking limits your personal and professional growth. As an old Kung Fu master might say, “your mind and your body are one.” Exercising the mind is important, but too often the body is neglected. Physical exercise can strengthen your mind, prevent neurological diseases, and increase your productivity at work.

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Executive Search ArticleWhy actors succeed in the business world
Date IconJanuary 1st , 2013

Most of us were not drama majors in college. Most of us do not expect to become the next Daniel Day Lewis. That doesn’t mean we don’t have lofty goals of our own. Most of us are just grounded in reality. Those who pursue acting seriously will learn many skills transferable to the business world. In many cases, actors will discover that these skills allow them to quickly move up the ranks at their respective companies. These are some of the valuable business skills that many drama majors acquire before their business major counterparts.

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Executive Search ArticleShould I Go Back to School?
Date IconDecember 1st , 2012

It’s never too late to go back to school. In 2007 Nola Ochs graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hayes, Kansas and became the oldest person to receive a college degree at 95 years old. Three years later she received her master’s degree.

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Executive Search ArticleGet Linked In
Date IconNovember 1st , 2012

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, get one already! Even if you are not actively seeking employment, you should still use LinkedIn to build your professional career. Also, it will be incredibly useful if/ when you decide to make a career-enhancing move. We know you want that promotion, or that new job that bumps your salary up and cuts your commute in half. Often times the first step toward that new position is the hardest step of all. With LinkedIn, you can easily begin rolling the ball in your direction. There are many reasons to join LinkedIn and maintain an up-to-date profile, ESPECIALLY if you are on the hunt for a new job. These are some of the main reasons.

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Executive Search ArticleNeed a Great Job? Try These Top Locations for jobs
Date IconOctober 1st , 2012

As the job market continues to dwindle and experts are hesitant to claim any signs of improvement many unemployed individuals are beginning to wonder if there is anything else they can do to find a job. You may be surprised to find that the answer is to look outside of your current location.

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Executive Search ArticleWhen the Going Gets Tough... Be Patient
Date IconSeptember 1st , 2012

Being unemployed can be an incredibly disheartening experience. The average job search takes a lot longer than it used to. Many Americans have thrown in the towel after searching for a few months with no avail. There are ways to maintain your positive attitude throughout the process.

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Executive Search ArticleMake Your Résumé Sparkle
Date IconAugust 1st , 2012

I’m sure you’ve seen QR codes everywhere recently, on newspapers and products most definitely. QR codes are those bar codes that you can scan with your smartphone. Did you know that people are beginning to add them to their resume? They are utilizing QR codes as a way to direct potential employers to online portfolios, contact information and additional application materials.

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Executive Search Article5 Tips for Surviving Your First Day on the Job
Date IconJuly 1st , 2012

After you have updated your resume, gone through the long interview process, and the finally landed the job, the next important step in making a lasting positive impression on your new company is nailing your first day on the job. There are five tips that everyone should know when preparing and experiencing your first day at your new company.

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Executive Search ArticleWhat Networking Mistakes Are You Making?
Date IconJune 1st , 2012

Networking is key to the advancement of your career. No matter what stage of your career you are in, you can stand to benefit from networking. That being said networking requires a certain amount of charisma, social grace and strategy. The goal of networking should be building new relationships, not simply an opportunity to sell yourself. This requires that you don’t just talk, you also need to listen. Here are some common mistakes you would be wise to avoid.

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Executive Search ArticleDoes It Really Have To Be All Or Nothing?
Date IconMay 1st , 2012

New research has shed some light on the way women's thoughts about work have shifted over the past decade. Women are increasingly aiming to reach higher positions in the workplace. Many statistics seem to prove that women on average have higher career ambitions than men. Given this information it may come as a surprise that a growing percentage of women think that successful parenting is the key to their happiness.

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Executive Search ArticleHow to Handle Rejection
Date IconApril 1st , 2012

Rejection doesn’t come easy to anybody. Starting at a young age we learn to fear rejection, making it difficult to put ourselves out there. This is the case in many aspects of our lives but especially when it comes to hunting for a job. When rejected most people tend to indulge in feelings of self-doubt and failure, but these feelings can be detrimental to your quest to further career. There are steps you can take to minimize the pain that comes along with being rejected from a job.

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Executive Search ArticleAre You Ready To Return To Work?
Date IconMarch 1st , 2012

Deciding when and if you want to go back to work after having children can be a burdensome task. You’ll likely have many factors pulling you in different directions. A new study has proven that it is crucial that you think about what you yourself really want to do.

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Executive Search ArticleStand Up to Work Induced Stress
Date IconFebruary 1st , 2012

As the economy has struggled, employees have been forced to take on more work, get paid less and become increasingly aware of the fact that they are replaceable. There are always at least a few individuals who would happily step in and take over their job. A true sense of job security is hard to come by and subsequently the amount of stress induced by work has sky rocketed. We all know that stress isn’t healthy and that it can decrease the quality of your work, but there are some steps you can take in order to reduce the amount of stress your workday causes.

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Executive Search ArticleAsking for that Raise
Date IconJanuary 1st , 2012

Asking for a raise or an increase in benefits, etc. can be a sticky situation, not to mention awkward for most people. This is a situation that almost everyone will encounter at least a few times during their careers. It can be an uncomfortable situation that many experienced and inexperienced business professionals would rather avoid. In addition to fostering a stressful situation, it may also be a circumstance where someone does not know the right time to ask for a raise or how to even go about doing it. Many people may go unnoticed and go through many years of their career without getting a raise just because they did not know how to ask for one. Below are some useful tips that will help.

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Executive Search ArticleRelocating: Taking a New Job Hundreds of Miles Away
Date IconDecember 1st , 2011

Many people want a change in scenery and a fresh start. Deciding to relocate is a major decision and can be a long process, but by taking the right steps, you may find yourself where the grass really is greener. With strategic planning and the necessary research, you can save yourself from a great deal of frustration, both mentally and financially.

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Executive Search ArticleThe First 60 Seconds: Making a Great Impression
Date IconNovember 1st , 2011

Most people only get one shot to make a lasting impression. This is even more the case in the business world. It is imperative not to miss your opportunity to start a productive, profitable, and lasting relationship with a business colleague or client. Just like the first thirty seconds or less for an elevator pitch, the first sixty seconds of getting to know someone can make it or break it for some people. To make your best impression in just sixty seconds, follow these tips from AllBusiness.com:

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Executive Search ArticleLove Your Job
Date IconOctober 1st , 2011

With the job market still tight in today’s struggling economy, employees looking for new opportunities may begin to feel trapped in their current position. With this being the case, many employees may begin to feel dissatisfaction with their current employment status. The individual’s point of view towards the matter is indicative of how happy they will feel in their position. These are a few tips on how to change your outlook toward your job:

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Executive Search ArticleThe Need for Talent in Today’s Job Market
Date IconSeptember 1st , 2011

With unemployment on the rise and the economy still trying to climb out of the gutter, many people are still left waiting in line when it comes to finding a job. Many people are wondering why they still cannot find a job, and the answer for most is because there just are not enough jobs out there to satisfy the demand. Is this really the problem or could there be another cause that is keeping such high levels of unemployment? The truth is that most of these were very competitive jobs that required a few years of college experience or a previous apprenticeship in order for a candidate to qualify. Many new job seekers just do not have the talent and skills that are required to fill many of the modern jobs.

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Executive Search ArticleSuccessful Up and Coming Careers
Date IconAugust 1st , 2011

Even with the economy in it’s current state, there are many industries and jobs that are still thriving today. With more people out of work, many people are going back to school. It is extremely important to know what degrees and certificates can lead to fruitful careers. When most people think about booming careers today and throughout history, they envision lawyers, doctors, and successful business people. Although these careers are still in high demand, the jobs that are behind the scenes are viable career options for many people to seriously consider. With the post-recession economy still trying to climb back up and stabilize, the degrees people pursue and the career paths they take are an imperative part of whether or not a person will have a successful career.

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Executive Search ArticleSpicing up your Career
Date IconJuly 1st , 2011

After spending years of your life in the working world, it is extremely easy to find yourself getting stuck in a rut, especially around the mid-career time frame, many people find that they lack the motivation they once had when they were younger. In general, there are also more stresses associated with getting older and deeper into your career than when you are younger, whether straight out of high school or college. In years past, people (for the most part) were able to stray here and there from their work and get away with it. Although this used to be the case, many people today are finding it impossible to slip up at work if they want to keep their jobs.

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Executive Search ArticleThe Importance of the Elevator Pitch
Date IconJune 1st , 2011

For entrepreneurs and sales professionals of all industries, especially those who own or work for start-up companies, the elevator pitch is such a critical concept to master for success in the business world. The elevator pitch can sell a product, and for that matter, can sell a business or service to prospective clients. As The Wall Street Journal states, these pitches should be developed and used “for those unexpected times when they are alone in a small space with someone important, like the company CEO or a high profile visitor to their office. It could not only avoid awkwardness but possibly boost their standing.” Most people can only benefit by perfecting their elevator pitches.

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Executive Search ArticleThe Most Effective Job Search
Date IconMay 1st , 2011

Looking for a job, but not having any luck finding one? Many people tend to go about their job search in the wrong way, making it even more difficult than it already is. The majority of people today simply sign on to their computers, and search the job boards in hopes that they will find jobs that match their resumes to a tee. One of the least effective ways to get noticed is just submitting a resume through random job boards online. This is because so many people do this every day and it is extremely important to find a way to differentiate oneself from the rest of the candidates and job seekers.

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Executive Search ArticleWhere Have All the Writers Gone?
Date IconApril 1st , 2011

Most people assume that dedicated students who are enrolled in or have completed higher education courses, like undergraduate and graduate programs, know how to write not only well, but effectively as well. Although writing is not an easy skill to master, it is taught by the majority of public schools very early on and is supposed to be achieved by the time a person has completed their post-high school education. The main issue at hand is how effectively schools are teaching the basics of writing and therefore, how well people can build upon what they are taught growing up.

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Executive Search ArticleNon-Existent Careers Just 10 Years Ago
Date IconMarch 1st , 2011

With the advancement of technology comes the opportunity for new jobs in industries that may have not even existed five or even ten years ago. As the world is changing and more innovations are evolving, there are professions on the horizon as well as on the decline. Less technology-driven careers like textile workers and machine-tool operators, for example, are disappearing because of the increasing use of robots and self-operating machinery. The increase in computer and Internet use has opened up many jobs for people to work both in the office and at home.

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Executive Search Article2011 and the Rise of Job Offers
Date IconFebruary 1st , 2011

The economy is finally heating up again and hopefully bouncing back to its’ pre-recession self, which is causing many U.S. companies in various industries and markets to enhance their recruiting and marketing techniques for the advertisement of new job openings. As The Wall Street Journal reported, “Many of the new jobs are in retailing, accounting, consulting, health care, telecommunications and defense-related industries.” As the Baby Boomer Generation begins their retirement this year, even more jobs will be appearing both through the Internet and other resources.

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Executive Search ArticleBalancing Life
Date IconJanuary 1st , 2011

Twenty four hours never seems like enough time in the day, especially if you are working at least nine of those hours and sleeping for another eight on top of that. Between dropping the kids off at school, going to work, running errands, picking the kids up from school, participating in soccer practice, boy scouts, and cooking dinner, days can fly by. People have a difficult enough time getting through the work week without even getting the chance to get ahead in any facet of life. Juggling everything can be a great struggle and almost impossible at times.

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Executive Search ArticleReturning to the Workforce
Date IconDecember 1st , 2010

People leave the workplace under all kinds of circumstances, whether voluntary or not. Lay-offs, sicknesses, and motherhood are the most common reasons for taking time off from work. With the poor state of today’s economy, unemployment rates are surfacing at an all time high. Because the workplace changes over the years, being out of work for a while can mean a need for updated wardrobes, resumes, interviewing skills, and knowledge of what employers are looking for.

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Executive Search ArticleGetting the Salary You Deserve
Date IconNovember 1st , 2010

Salary is quite often the determining factor in whether or not an interviewee accepts a job offer. Compensation is also a competing factor for employers who are trying to sway a candidate from accepting an offer at another company. In other instances, many people are often intimidated asking their boss for a raise or a change in benefits, bonuses, or even salary.

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Executive Search ArticleLooking for a Career Change? Find Happiness!
Date IconOctober 1st , 2010

If you are unhappy with your job, you may not be the only one in your industry. Recently, the Wall Street Journal published their Happiness Index, identifying the most and least satisfying jobs and everything in between. As it turns out, Aerospace Engineers are the happiest bunch of people with a Satisfaction Rank of 100/100 and Assisted Living Administrators are at the bottom of the scale. If you are miserable in your current place of work, now may be the best time to reconsider your priorities and find a career you are truly interested in.

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Executive Search ArticleBeing Smart About Your 401(k)
Date IconSeptember 1st , 2010

With Social Security dwindling, it is as important as ever to be saving for retirement. An increasing number of companies are switching from lifetime pensions to 401(k)’s, transferring the responsibilities of your financial future to you. While there are problems with 401(k) plans, they are your best option at the moment for being able to retire comfortably. Many people, however, are still not educating themselves on the process, and are, thus, losing out on free money.

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Executive Search ArticleI Want a New Job, 1000 Miles Away!
Date IconAugust 1st , 2010

So you want a change in scenery and a fresh start. Lost in how to get started? Deciding to relocate is a major decision and can be a long process, but by taking the right steps, you may find yourself where the grass really is greener.

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Executive Search ArticleThe Job Market of the Future
Date IconJuly 1st , 2010

The job market is an ever changing entity that requires both employees and employers to adjust in order to build success. As we all know the economy took a turn for the worse in 2008 leaving behind a trail of false hopes and debt, but many people believe that our troubles may be coming to a quick end.

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Executive Search Article7 Big Reasons Why You Can’t Find the Job of Your Dreams
Date IconJune 1st , 2010

When on a job hunt it is always important to have your game face on and to be equipped with the mentality that you are going to succeed. There is absolutely no room for stupid mistakes including, showing up late for the interview, answering your phone in the middle of the interview, failing to demonstrate that you have thoroughly researched the company that you are interviewing with, bad-mouthing your old boss, etc. Of course, nobody reading this article is a culprit of performing any of these deal stopping acts.

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Executive Search ArticleTech Industry Makes a Much Needed Rebound
Date IconMay 1st , 2010

The technology industry, which had taken a huge hit throughout the recession as many companies made cut backs, has rebounded quite well in the beginning of 2010. Companies such as Google and Advanced Micro Devices are reporting increases in profits for the first quarter that have not been seen for the past couple of years. With such large increases in profits, companies in the Silicon Valley and other tech companies across the United States are beginning to ramp up their hiring again.

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Executive Search ArticleWorkforce Becomes Increasingly Female
Date IconApril 1st , 2010

The workforce of the United States is beginning to subtly transform itself from being male dominated to a more even ratio between men and women. If the current growth in female workers continues at this pace, soon the workforce may be dominated by women. In 1970 women made up only 38 percent of employed individuals in the United States, while women currently make up 50 percent of the workforce. In fact, women are not only becoming increasingly active in the workforce, but they are also beginning to tak on more important leadership and executive roles within top tier companies. For example, Fortune 500 companies such as Radioshack, Sara Lee, and Reynolds American all have female CEO’s.

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Executive Search ArticleMaking a Temp Job Permanent
Date IconMarch 1st , 2010

With the economy beginning to make a comeback, many companies are finally able to ditch the life jacket and begin swimming on their own again. As a result, many of these companies are starting to hire temporary workers to fill the gaps in their workforce as they slowly begin to expand after almost two years of downsizing.

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Executive Search ArticleExecutive Level Jobs Expected to be in the Green in 2010
Date IconFebruary 1st , 2010

Recruiters appear to be very optimistic as the new year begins to show what it has in store for the job market. ExecuNet, an organization that is used by recruiters and executives for networking, reported that more than half of the recruiters surveyed believed that they were expecting an increase in executive-search assignments by about 19 percent. This is expected to be the largest percentage increase since the beginning of 2008.

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Executive Search ArticleHigh Paying Jobs for 2009/2010
Date IconJanuary 1st , 2010

For many people there are a few important things that make the difference between a good job and a drag on their entire day. Some of these things include the type of job, the character of the people working there, and the salary that is earned in that specific profession. According to CNN’s list of the top 50 jobs to have in 2009, these are the jobs ranked by the average level of pay. Maybe this could give you some good ideas on how to get your professional career started off right in 2010.

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Executive Search ArticleFalling Behind in the Race for Talent
Date IconDecember 1st , 2009

With unemployment on the rise and the economy in the gutter, many people are left waiting in line when it comes to finding a job. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. unemployment rate, of about 9.5 percent, is only expected to get worse in the year ahead. Many people are wondering why they cannot find a job, and the answer for most is because there just aren’t enough jobs out there to satisfy the demand. Is this really the problem or could there be another culprit that is helping to spark such high levels of unemployment?

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Executive Search ArticleHow to Find Your Career Calling
Date IconNovember 1st , 2009

Everyone has a calling in life. Each person’s calling is unique and in alliance with their distinct personality, traits and talents. Throughout your life, you may have chosen a job based on convenience or maybe based off of compensation. But if you ignore your personal dreams when choosing these jobs you will most likely be left feeling unhappy and dissatisfied. Your career calling may not be the most lucrative thing you had in mind and this is oftentimes one of the reasons why it is overlooked.

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Executive Search ArticleMake Way for Generation Y
Date IconOctober 1st , 2009

Generation Y-ers, also referred to as Millennials, are defined as those who were born between the late 1970’s and the early 1990’s. But as the tail end of this crowd is finishing up their college careers and entering the working world, they want to be defined by much more than their birth year.

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Executive Search ArticleImportance of Cover Letters
Date IconSeptember 1st , 2009

While most of us spend hours working hard on creating the perfect resume, there is another document that is just as, if not more, important for professionals. This document is the cover letter.

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Executive Search ArticleHow to keep your job during the recession
Date IconAugust 1st , 2009

With the national unemployment rate continuing to climb, there are few people who have not felt the impact of the recession we are currently in. For this reason, it is crucial for those who are currently employed to take the necessary steps to ensure they keep their career during this difficult time. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your career:

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Executive Search ArticleSurviving the Interview Process
Date IconJuly 1st , 2009

As hiring authorities realize they can afford to be more and more picky in their choice of new employees, the hiring process has slowly turned into an obstacle course. Candidates are being asked to complete tasks, answer questions, and take tests in order for employers to evaluate their candidacy. Candidates that meet the job requirements on paper still may not have enough specialty experience as their competition. With the vast amount of applicants available, hiring authorities can hold out for a “rock star” candidate that will not only meet specific job criteria, but most likely have a background above and beyond what they are looking for.

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Executive Search ArticleReinventing Your Career
Date IconJune 1st , 2009

Growing up, we were taught that delay of gratification brings a greater reward in the future. This was what we learned as ‘investing in our future’ with some of us grappling with this concept more strongly than others. Now after a longstanding career, in which you have invested more than just the last ten to thirty years, you are now finding yourself in an unusual predicament where that previous investment of your time, energy, and passion may not pay off in the end as you were always told.

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Executive Search ArticleOpportunity Cost of Relocation
Date IconMay 1st , 2009

You are presented with your dream job; perfect position, substantial salary, competitive benefits, positive work environment, and ideal management styles. However, there is one problem; you will have to move across the country in order to take this position. What should a job seeker consider when factoring the options of taking this promising opportunity?

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Executive Search ArticleHow a Career Coach Can Help in Today’s Economy
Date IconApril 1st , 2009

As the rise of executive level layoffs continues, and many mid-level career individuals are finding themselves unemployed, many are considering accepting positions lower than there aptitude level or even positions in different industries than their previous career experience. Unemployment for individuals who have already invested 30 years of experience into one career are left devastated if their previous industry experience is no longer needed in today’s current economic market. So what is a mid-50’s unemployed professional to do when their past experience is no longer relevant?

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Executive Search ArticleJob Boards
Date IconMarch 1st , 2009

You may find yourself amongst the many individuals who are looking for a new job and realizing the application process is much different than what you expected. The traditional job search methods are slowly becoming obsolete and the vast necessity of the web may seem daunting to job seekers who have not had to look for a new job in quite some time. Online job boards, website application processes, and identity theft all add a new level of competency to the job hunt.

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Executive Search ArticleRehiring Retirees
Date IconFebruary 1st , 2009

As 401(k) plans have been drained in a matter of months, retirees or soon-to-be retirees are re-evaluating their retirement date. Individuals who were looking to retire within the next decade are now faced with depleted 401(k) accounts and no financial security for their retirement. Many employees have worked their whole career with one company banking on the assumption of a well earned retirement, and these retirees are now faced with an empty account and a new challenge. Fortunately employers are willing to hire retirees due to their work experience and expertise in specific markets.

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Executive Search ArticleHow to Love Your Job
Date IconJanuary 1st , 2009

With the job market tight in today’s struggling economy, employees considering looking for new opportunities may begin to feel trapped in their current position; thus employees may begin to feel dissatisfaction with their employment. The individual’s point of view towards the matter is indicative of how happy they will feel in their position. Here are a few tips on how to change your outlook toward your job:

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Executive Search ArticleResume Tips to Keep You Competitive
Date IconDecember 1st , 2008

Despite reports of mass layoffs and a shaky economy, many employers are still hiring across the country. As the job market becomes more competitive, it is important that candidates put their best foot forward and ensure that they are accurately represented to prospective employers. Thus, it is critical that resumes are thoughtful, polished, accurate, and free from some of the most common errors that candidates often make when writing their work experience.

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Executive Search ArticleCareer Change
Date IconNovember 1st , 2008

Many individuals in today’s current economic state are faced with the important task of finding a new job, but more daunting, a job within a new industry. Many industries are becoming obsolete in our current economic state. What is an experienced professional specialized in one area supposed to do when their industry downsizes or disappears completely? Young professionals are more likely to change careers early in the game, versus their more seasoned counterparts who stay in one industry, despite their passion or success. It is important for job seekers to realize that previous career experience can be transferred to another industry; it is just a matter of identifying the commonalities of job requirements and job fulfillment.

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Executive Search ArticleThe Career Mother
Date IconOctober 1st , 2008

As society leans more and more to a dependency on a double income household, women are feeling the pressure to balance being a mother and being an employee. Today’s mother is expected to hold a number of demanding responsibilities, which primarily include working and raising children. The struggle between providing for the family and being present in children’s lives is the working mothers greatest dilemma. Although many companies are making adjustments to support working moms by allowing flexible, part-time hours or the ability to work from home, there are some companies hesitant to provide these opportunities.

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Executive Search ArticleLeadership & Management
Date IconSeptember 1st , 2008

In most companies people assume that management equals leadership, but some companies have a management role separated from a leadership role. Although the difference may seem minimal, further investigation shows great contrast. According to the article “The difference between Leadership and Management,” “Leadership is about setting a new direction for a group; management is about directing and controlling according to established principles. However, someone can be a symbolic leader if they emerge as the spearhead of a direction the group sets for itself.”

A manager has a sense of authority. They are given guidelines of the processes that should be maintained within the company. They have the authority to give people responsibilities, but also to take them away. This authority can at times isolate the manager from the employees.

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Executive Search ArticleHow to Ask for a Raise
Date IconAugust 1st , 2008

This is a situation that almost everyone will encounter at least a few times during their career. It can be an uncomfortable situation that a lot of business professionals avoid. In addition to being distressing, it may also be a situation where someone does not know the right time to ask for a raise, or how to do it. Can you imagine not getting a raise because you did not know how to ask for one!? Below are some tips that can help.

The first step to consider when asking for a raise is that it should be done in a very professional manner. Make an appointment with your supervisor and allow ample time to discuss all the material you want to cover. Be confident going into this meeting, and make sure you have a positive attitude.

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Executive Search ArticleHandling A Layoff
Date IconJuly 1st, 2008

In hard economic times, even the most valuable executive can an experience a job loss through layoffs with corporate profit takes a sharp downturn. When a layoff seems inevitable, or has already hit, expert recommend taking a few steps to avoid undue stress, according to the Wall Street Journal Online.

1. Don’t overreact. Once you receive the news, keep calm and stay to negotiate your terms including a better severance package or extended benefits that meet your needs.

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Executive Search ArticleClimbing The Corporate Ladder
Date IconMarch 1st, 2008

Climbing the corporate ladder is an ongoing process that could take years to reach your ultimate goal. To help keep executives moving up the rungs, AllBusiness.com offers these tips:

1. Get advice from the top. Be on the lookout for successful individuals whose judgment you respect. Ask them for advice on what you need to do to be successful in your career plan. Listen carefully.

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Executive Search ArticleThe CEO Confidence Index
Date IconFebruary 1st, 2008

The CEO Confidence Index made strides in the final month of 2007, marking a shift in the steady declining over the last year.

The CEO Confidence Index is a leading economic indictor of executive sentiment and is tracked by The Chief Executive magazine. In December, the index rose 8 percent for 122.1 points, reversing a downward spiral that say confidence fall 26 percent in 2007.

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Executive Search ArticleMaximize Your Potential
Date IconJanuary 1st, 2008

With a new year comes a renewed commitment to career advancement. Start by revaluating your goals, analyze your current situation and formulate a new plan to meet your resolutions.

According to Keith Rosen, author of “Time Management for Sales Professionals,” in a recent article for AllBusiness.com, there are 10 tips to making your resolutions work for you:

1. Quit Tolerating. Clear out obstacles to your goals, create room for improvements and then create a lists of things that you tolerate and that limit productivity, cause stress and waste time and energy. Make a plan to eliminate these problem areas.

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Executive Search ArticleEssential Personal Skills
Date IconDecember 1st, 2007

Employers are looking for 15 essential personal skills when evaluating candidates, according to the non-profit research organization ACT.

1. Carefulness: Do you have a tendency to think and plan carefully before acting? This helps with reducing the chance for costly errors, as well as keeping a steady workflow going.

2. Cooperation: Willingness to engage in interpersonal work situations is important in the workplace.

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Executive Search ArticleStay Or Leave?
Date IconNovember 1st, 2007

Your corporation has been recently acquired by a competitor. Now’s the time is to access whether to hang your hat with the new bosses, or to look for greener pastures elsewhere. How do you decide?

Experts advise weighing all of your options as a member of the executive staff before deciding to call it quits, according to a Wall Street Journal Online article. It’s no secret that the new bosses will tend to favor the executives they already have in place, so every executive needs to have a back-up plan in case the ax falls.

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Executive Search ArticleTechnology Transforming Branding
Date IconOctober 1st, 2007

In this technology-driven economy, corporations must be ready to transform its marketing strategies to maximize the branding potential, thus reaching the largest clientele.

"Technology is transforming the way brands and customers interact," according to Yuri Radzievsky. "Wired. Networked. Multiplexed. Call it anything you want. .... Marketing must adapt, or your brand will wither.

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Executive Search ArticleBody Language Says It All
Date IconSeptember 1st, 2007

Body language can send subtle signals of our personality, our mood, and our job abilities, according to Dana Mattioli of CareerJournal.com.

Learning how your body language may be perceived can prevent you from committing body language blunders that can sabotage your career, said Mattioli.

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Executive Search ArticleSummer Career Strategies
Date IconAugust 1st, 2007

When you’re thinking about making a move up the corporate ladder at another firm, take your time to find the right position for you. However, knowing when the time is right to jump ship, is crucial in finding a new position.

Here are some warning signs it’s time to look for a new position, according to Martha Heller, managing director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG, for CIO.com:

“You report to the CFO now, not to the CEO. Once the CEO restructures and puts you under finance, he or she is sending a clear sign. Unless cutting budgets and watching your pennies is your thing, it is probably time to get out.

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Executive Search ArticleTiming Your Career Move
Date IconJuly 1st, 2007

When you’re thinking about making a move up the corporate ladder at another firm, take your time to find the right position for you. However, knowing when the time is right to jump ship, is crucial in finding a new position.

Here are some warning signs it’s time to look for a new position, according to Martha Heller, managing director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG, for CIO.com:

“You report to the CFO now, not to the CEO. Once the CEO restructures and puts you under finance, he or she is sending a clear sign. Unless cutting budgets and watching your pennies is your thing, it is probably time to get out.

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Executive Search ArticleEssential Career Skills
Date IconJune 1st, 2007

You've got the MBA, the years of experience, the history of making solid business decisions - all the best ingredients to move up the corporate ladder. But management is also looking for that something special. Those qualities that go beyond what you can learn in business skill, according to ACT Research.

According to a survey from ACT Research, employers are looking for 15 characteristics for their upper management:

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Executive Search ArticleDeferred Compensation Pay Regulations
Date IconMay 1st, 2007

“Executives and other highly compensated employees can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Treasury Department has released its deferred-compensation regulations,” writes Theo Francis of The Wall Street Journal online.

The newly approved regulations will allow executives who defer their compensation to continue to enjoy tax breaks without facing additional restrictions beyond existing ones.

Deferred-compensation plans, which are nearly universal at large U.S. companies, broadly let highly paid employees put off receiving some or all of their pay until they leave their job or retire. Plans typically pay interest or investment returns, and some match executive deferrals. Tax on the income is only paid when it is received.

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Executive Search ArticleEssential Skills For Executives
Date IconApril 1st, 2007

Executives acquire many skills on their way up the corporate ladder. One of them is knowing how to prepare themselves to be good managers. A good manager is always looking for ways to hone their skills to help their climb to the next rung, according to AllBusiness.com:

Communicate the big picture. Keep employees in the loop. Open communication helps foster loyalty and gives employees a sense of pride. It helps them understand how their work contributes to the company’s success

Delegate. Delegate projects according to employee’s strengths and weaknesses, and let employees develop their own good work habits and leadership skills.

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Executive Search ArticleCustomer Face Time Equals Higher Sales
Date IconMarch 1st, 2007

Customer face time equals higher sales, according to the consulting firm Watson Wyatt Worldwide.

A new study by Watson Wyatt Worldwide reveals that sales reps who spend more time with their best customers and less time doing administrative tasks work for high-performing companies, according to Rebecca Aronauer for Sales & Marketing Management magazine.

“There are specific actions companies can take to make their sales force higher performing,” said John Breman, global practice director for Watson Wyatt. “They need (reps) to shift their time away from low-value administrative tasks and other non-selling work toward higher-value selling and scouting tasks.”

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Executive Search ArticleFirst Impressions
Date IconFebruary 15th, 2007

You do have something to prove if you're the new kid on the block, says Money Magazine senior editor Sam Grobart.

“You have a critical window of opportunity when you start a new position (to make a good first impression); botch it and you can wind up paying (in loss of effectiveness, resentful co-workers and no lunch buddies) for months, maybe years,” Grobart writes.

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Executive Search ArticleNetworking In Cyberspace
Date IconFebruary 1st, 2007

With the traditional spat of New Year’s resolutions, many look to their career to make some additional resolutions for 2007, according to a national survey.

The top career resolution for the New Year is developing skill sets, followed by earning a raise or promotion, according to the survey conducted by Accountemps.

“The start of the new year is an ideal time to reflect on achievements during the past 12 months and set goals for the future,” advises Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of “Managing Your Career For Dummies.”

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Executive Search ArticleMaking Career Resolutions
Date IconJanuary 1st, 2007

With the traditional spat of New Year’s resolutions, many look to their career to make some additional resolutions for 2007, according to a national survey.

The top career resolution for the New Year is developing skill sets, followed by earning a raise or promotion, according to the survey conducted by Accountemps.

“The start of the new year is an ideal time to reflect on achievements during the past 12 months and set goals for the future,” advises Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of “Managing Your Career For Dummies.”

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Executive Search ArticleNetworking Strategies For "Reserved" Executives
Date IconDecember 1st, 2006

Not every executive is comfortable talking to large crowds or the board of directors, and not all are energized by contact with others.

Judy Rosemarin, an executive development coach and president of Sense-Able Strategies Inc., offers tips for turning the introvert inside-out:

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Executive Search ArticleCareer Search Expense Deductions
Date IconNovember 1st, 2006

Climbing the career ladder can have many rewards – job satisfaction, recognition, influence, and six-figure salaries. However, many steps up the corporate rung could mean relocating to a new area, which can mean extra savings from Uncle Sam come tax season.

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Executive Search Article10 Tips for Managing Stress
Date IconOctober 1st, 2006

Stress in an inherent part of any job from service workers to CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies. The way workers deal with stress, however, can increase their productivity and creativity, decrease physical symptoms, and help foster a healthier stand of mind.

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Executive Search ArticlePersonality Key to Career Success
Date IconSeptember 1st, 2006

Landing that promotion or new opening at a company you want to work for can be yours for the taking if you learn to brand yourself, thereby transforming yourself into a desired commodity, according to CareerBuilder.com.

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Executive Search ArticleMake Yourself Relevant
Date IconAugust 1st, 2006

Landing that promotion or new opening at a company you want to work for can be yours for the taking if you learn to brand yourself, thereby transforming yourself into a desired commodity, according to CareerBuilder.com.

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Executive Search ArticleMaking Speeches Can Help Your Career
Date IconJuly 1st, 2006

Making speeches can be a powerful tool in generating new job opportunities and driving your career.

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Executive Search ArticleStepping Into the Role of a First-time Manager
Date IconJune 1st, 2006

Now that you’ve landing the management position you’ve been working toward you need to reassess the landscape of your new role, and what it means to existing relationships with your colleagues, says Barrie Gross, Esq., of AllBusiness.com.

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Executive Search ArticleGreat Impression in 60 Seconds
Date IconMay 1st, 2006

You only get one shot to make a great first impression, particularly in the business world. Don’t miss your opportunity to start a productive, and profitable, relationship with a business colleague or a client.

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