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Finding Gratitude — Some Reasons to be Grateful on Thanksgiving Day and Every Day

By | Blog, Executive Search Tips, Social

Finding gratitude is a key component of happiness. Thanksgiving is almost here. Now, and every day, is the right time to give thanks for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

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Finding gratitude as generations gather around the Thanksgiving table.

Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways to boost happiness. Even when everything seems to be going wrong, there are plenty of things we can all be thankful for when we take time to reflect on it.

At Manhattan Resources, we have many reasons to be happy this holiday season — and our clients are top of the list. It would be simple to write about our own successes. But there is something so much more elemental that rings true at this time of year. It is the simplicity of living and mindfulness for the things most of us share when it comes to finding gratitude. For that reason, we are taking this opportunity to highlight them.

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Finding Gratitude is Easy When You Acknowledge Kindness

Why do we pay more attention to bad news than we do to good news? Some psychologists suggest it is a trait we have developed because bad news may come with a threat to our survival. How sad that when someone says something rude to us, we tend to dwell on it. On the other hand, a smile or kind word often is quickly forgotten, if noticed at all. Try to recognize and be grateful for the kindness of others.

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The Kindness You Can Show to Others is Another Good Reason to be Grateful

It is not always easy to feel gratitude. At times, the people in our lives can leave us feeling disappointed, hurt, betrayed, rejected and even abandoned. There is little we can do to alter the actions of others. But we can do something about our own behavior. We can treat others kindly, brighten the day for someone going through difficult times,  or ease the pain of people and animals who are suffering. Our capacity for kindness is a valuable gift. Research supports that showing compassion can increase our own happiness, as well as that of others.

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Finding Gratitude for Your Birth

Birth is amazing when you consider it. What are the chances that all of the DNA and physical combinations came together to create the one and only person that you are right now? The very fact of your existence is a miracle. The probability of your existence will amaze you. Take a look at this infographic.  Research shows that counterfactual thinking about your own birth — imagining all of the possible scenarios if you had not been born — can increase your sense of meaning in life, and your gratitude.

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Be Grateful for Your Powers of Physical Perception

Can you imagine living without a sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, or hearing? For many, living without one sense or more is a way of life that they learn to compensate for with another sense. We experience the world through our senses. Those among us who are blessed with all of our senses are fortunate. Be grateful for your gifts of sensation and perception.

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Finding Gratitude for Your Ability to Learn

We live in an information society. As a result, we are fortunate to be able to freely access knowledge and speak openly about our own ideas. Not everyone has this freedom. But for many of us living in the U.S., we only need to go as far as our computer or mobile device to learn about a countless number of topics. We are also blessed with the power to weed the good from the bad, and the right from the wrong. We learn from our mistakes, and if we are smart, we do not repeat them. Our freedom to think, to share, to teach and to learn is a gift worthy of celebration.

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The Gift of Surviving Difficulties and Growing Stronger Because of Them

People are amazing. We often surprise ourselves with our own ability to get through tough times. Sometimes these are things we dread and we are often convinced initially that it will be more than we can bear. But we are stronger than we think. We never really know how strong we are until we are faced with critical challenges. A good example is a sheer will to survive that brought so many people out of California’s wildfires even as the flames raged around them. Never underestimate your own ability to cope with negative events and be grateful for it.

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Be Grateful for Good Memories

When considering what you are thankful for, don’t forget about things we’ve experienced in the past and the loved ones we have lost. Memories are important to us all. Research shows that reflecting on happy memories can increase happiness and reduce loneliness.

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Finding Gratitude for the Basics

Remember there are people in this world who do not have access to the basics.  If you have clean water to drink, food when you’re hungry, a bed when you’re tired, and heat when you’re cold, you are already among the fortunate. Never take your basic needs for granted. Be grateful that your basic needs are met.

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Finding Gratitude in the Moment

Even when the future is uncertain, we have now. To live in the moment, or now, means being conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses. It means not dwelling on the past, nor being anxious or worrying about the future.

Living in the moment doesn’t mean erasing the past or devaluing it. You are the sum of every experience you’ve had up to this moment, and all of it matters. It means we don’t limit ourselves with old beliefs or let guilt and shame rule our decisions.

Living in the moment means being free from the baggage that gets in our way. It means looking at those old photos and celebrating what they represent. It is knowing that your memories contribute to but do not limit who you are today.

Living in the moment doesn’t mean throwing caution to the wind. It means drawing on your internal strength in each moment to celebrate who you are — and to honor your relationships, build your business, explore your creativity, love your family, and enjoy the day.

Living in the moment allows you to be present to witness the miracles of life without fear clouding your view. This Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for what we have at this moment on a very special day.

From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Everyone at Manhattan Resources

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries. We have roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. We are there to help you fill mission-critical leadership roles, build short-term teams, and tackle your most significant challenges. Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach. As a result, we will help you take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

 

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Every Person Counts. Take Time to Pick the Right People.

By | Blog, Client, Employees, Hiring Tips

Every person counts when you’re a small company. The same holds true for companies of any size. However, the impact of a key player that is suddenly missing in action can be hardest on small teams.

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Every person counts when it comes to building a successful team and company. Are you covered for changes? Photo by Larisa Bierta, Unsplash.

“It is extremely important to plan for backup and succession, no matter what the size of your company,” said Manhattan Resources CEO Chris Schoettelkotte. “Make sure you cross-train your teams and also, when looking for new employees, conduct a smart search. Hire a retained recruiter or look for employees that have the expertise and flexibility to be cross-trained and handle change.”

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When Every Person Counts on Your Team, Enforce Planned Vacation Time

When everyone on your team is an expert in one area, you might think you are in a great position for successful teamwork. This is true provided no one ever goes on vacation, gets sick, or leaves the company. But that is not a realistic view.

People need time off and most individuals work hard to ensure nothing prevents it. Vacation and floating holidays are essential elements in hiring negotiations. In the event that an employee feels they are too critical to take time off, performance slips. Worse, that employee can eventually burn out or become seriously ill.

“Always let your employees know how important they and their co-workers are to your business.  Encourage everyone to become familiar with different aspects of your daily business functions. But also remember to let employees know how important it is to you that they take their designated time off,” Schoettelkotte said.

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Cross-Training and Planning for Succession are Key Factors When Every Person Counts

How do you cross-train and plan for succession? This can vary based on business type, growth, and need. The Manhattan Resources team brings years of expertise and a time-tested recruiting process to find talent with the perfect combination of skills, experience, and cultural background to fit all strategic roles.

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Planning for role coverage or succession can be a bit tricky when it comes to balancing employee expectations, team performance, and meeting the needs of fast growth. Having an external team consult and perform this process can make decisions seem less personal to those impacted.

The Manhattan Resources process starts before the search, by spending time with new clients in their environment and meeting with their leadership team. This helps ensure thorough technical and cultural understanding. It is a critical step to ensure that candidates are appropriately assessed.

When Every Person Counts in a Fast-Growth Company, Don’t Put Off Hiring Key Leaders

A good leader can keep teams moving even when they are short a critical person. While having strong leadership in place makes good sense, many small companies put off hiring leadership. The logic is convoluted. Some operate under the premise that it is less expensive to hire regular workers and promote from within.

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Some business owners overlook the real value of strong management expertise. A key leader benefits your ROI by increasing earnings, motivating employees to improve the quality and quantity of their output, and ensuring planned coverage when and where needed.

“Without a doubt, a strong leadership team can result in a huge return on investment. After 19 years in business, I have seen this demonstrated again and again,” Schoettelkotte said.

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Understanding Exactly What Your Company Needs When Every Person Counts

Over almost two decades of building high-performance teams, Manhattan Resources has learned a thing or two about how to help your business achieve its goals. The company’s Business Solutions practice extends support to help you source the right professionals to address complex business needs.

We can help with many aspects of business, from sales coaching delivered by a member of our staff or an analysis of options for market entry or system selection. Manhattan Resources assembles the best team to provide you with the insight and execution you need to succeed.

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About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries. We have roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. We are there to help you fill mission-critical leadership roles, build short-term teams, and tackle your most significant challenges. Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach. As a result, we will help you take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

 

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Preparing Resumes for Recruiters. What does a Recruiter Want to See in Your Resume?

By | Blog, Job Search Tips

Preparing resumes is always a big concern when you are in the job market. What does a recruiter want to see? Can you do anything to stand out from the crowd?

Approximately 4-6 people out of 250 applicant resumes will be selected to interview. Photo by Stefan Stefancik, Unsplash.

What are the Odds You Will Be Picked for that Job?

In Sept. 2018, one job board announced that every recruiter will get an average of 250 resumes per job opening. Just 4-6 will be selected for an interview. Recruiters will take about six seconds to scan each resume when narrowing down the stack.

Furthermore, Jobvite, a leading recruiting and applicant tracking software, in 2017 reported that 87% of recruiters will check out the candidates on LinkedIn. Is your LinkedIn set up and showing your best accomplishments?

What is the Recruiter Looking For?

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Pay the most attention to your most recent or current role. Photo by William Stitt, Unsplash.

Preparing Resumes: Your Most Recent Role

Does your most recent role align with the job you are applying for? If you are currently employed, why are you looking? How long have you been in your most recent role? If it is less than three months, don’t bother applying unless your new company is folding or suddenly doing layoffs.

Make the reason you are looking very clear. And make sure the relevant experience is easy to find in the most recent role.

Preparing Resumes: Identifying the Keywords

All job descriptions have specific keywords. If you have done the work you are applying for in the past, but the keywords were different for your other jobs, be sure to adjust them in the resume. The recruiter may not otherwise draw the relationship. Do not bother with an explanation in your resume as it is not likely to be seen. Let that be done in the interview or with your recruiter over the phone.

A word of warning. If the keywords are not an exact match for the role, do not change them. It is critical that you remain authentic on your resume. Be sure the actual important keywords that reflect your experience are in your resume.

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What keywords are in the job description? Do they fit your career keywords? Photo by Ian Schneider, Unsplash.

Preparing Resumes: Recognizable Brand or Company

A highly recognized brand, allows the recruiter to rapidly assess your background since they are used to the types of roles that are associated with these companies and may have placed someone there in the past.

Certain deductions can be drawn by the recruiter based on employment history.

  • Well-known companies or brands have credibility and historical data that indicate you are used to working on projects of various sizes with defined budgets.
  • If you worked at a well-known online company, you are probably used to fast-paced work and have done many, sometimes different
  • Recruiters may associate certain similarities with candidates from particular companies, and make assumptions based on what is known about that company and previous candidates.
  • A frame of reference is more difficult when a candidate has worked for companies that are unknown. This will require digging in a bit deeper.
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Career progress is an important part of resume evaluation. Photo by Olu Eletu, Unsplash.

Preparing Resumes: Your Career Progress

What does your overall job experience look like? Have you progressed to new levels in your jobs? Have you had increasing levels of responsibility? Do your job titles make sense? Do your past responsibilities match the job description you are applying for?

Preparing Resumes: Managing the Gaps

Gaps are not so bad if they have a good explanation. Taking a few years off to finish a degree, raise toddlers to school age, or even to try your hand at starting your own company – these are all acceptable if you explain them.

Preparing Resumes: General Information and Basics

Be sure the basics are clear and easy to find on your resume. Things such as your current location and eligibility to work in the U.S. should not require a recruiter to go looking because they might just put your resume aside and forget about it.

Is your resume easy to read? Be sure your spelling and grammar are accurate. Use the spell check from Word or Grammarly for overall readability. Present your ideas and experience clearly. And most of all, be brief. You will be more likely to share more in an interview.

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Be careful that what is in your social profile and personal domain are appropriate. Photo by Kevin Bhagat, Unsplash

Preparing Resumes: Your Social Profile and Personal Domain

You are not required to include your social profiles in your resume but if you do, make sure they are something an employer will find appropriate.

Recruiters Share Timing on Resume Reviews

So the recruiter has spent about six seconds per resume narrowing down the stack. Then they spent about 25 more seconds on each resume in the reduced pile selecting their top favorites, usually about six resumes. These last six resumes will get the close focus and potentially an interview.

If you have adequately accommodated the items above, you will have a much better chance of making it to the shortlist.

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No need to include unrelated work experience unless it is an internship and you are just entering the workforce. Photo by Brooke Cagle, Unsplash.

Things to Worry Less About and Why

Your Education. Even a college graduate will have internships. Be sure those are up front. Otherwise, education only needs a line or two in your resume. Show your university (-ies) and degree(s). Honors are acceptable if you can do it briefly. The exception would be scholarly, research, medical, legal, and education fields.

Formatting Your Resume. Unless your career is in graphics, website design, content development, advertising, photography, or something similar, avoid trying to be overly creative. It may take away from your results – especially if you are a novice with formatting, layout, and design.

Just remember, formatting does not take away from the need to show experience. But go ahead and add a touch of color and a single, clear, legible font.

Avoid Oversharing – Especially Personal Details. Recruiters work hard to avoid discrimination. Do not share personal information. For example, avoid referring to political or religious affiliations. The only time this information could be relevant is if you are applying for a job in ministry, minority organizations, political organizations, or with gun makers and sellers, tobacco producers, and similar. Unless you are a model of some sort, do not include a photo. Use your good judgment, and when in question, wait for the interview and make a determination on what personal information you share based in the meeting itself. Even then, it might be best to be quiet.

Should You Use a Cover Letter? Cover letters are no longer the standard, so it is a matter of personal preference. However, when sending an email and attaching your resume, you may wish to provide a few sentences. Few recruiters have time to read cover letters. For that reason, avoid using a cover letter for critical information.

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Try to let your personality come through in your resume, when possible. Photo by Rawpixel, Unsplash

Say Yes to Letting Your Personality Shine Through

If your social profile shows your personality, include it with a URL. Let it also come through in what you write in your resume. Use your LinkedIn profile in a smart way to really show your strategy, intellect, sense of humor or whatever you think presents you best to others. And get a second opinion or third or fourth on your profile.

Highlight key projects where you were on top of your game. Show off your wins. This may be the only comfortable way to get these things into a conversation during your interview.

Are you working on some cool projects in your free time feeding the hungry, build Habitat for Humanity homes, or teaching inner-city teens how to play golf? By all means, mention these things.

Mistakes to Avoid in When Preparing Resumes

  • Unless you are a talented writer, do not write your resume in the first person.
  • Do not create a super long resume unless you are a tenured college professor with multiple published works. Remove your non-associated early career jobs if you have a lengthy work
  • Do not mix present and past tense – even when talking about your current position.
  • Avoid mixing up first person and third person. Pick one and stick with it. The third person, past tense works best.
  • Eliminate the use of pronouns (g., my, I, she, he) completely.
  • No need to use a resume objective. Your objective is to get the job you are applying for, try replacing this part with a brief summary of your executive summary.
  • Do not mail, fax or hand deliver a paper resume. Computer skills are critical for all employees today, and it makes it easier for the recruiter to manage when it is digital.
  • Unless the CEO is a good friend of yours or your family and he or she has invited you to send them your resume, do not address your resume to the CEO. If the CEO is a friend, ask him or her who should receive your resume.
  • Do not exaggerate titles and responsibilities. Always be truthful. In the end, it will save you the embarrassment and disqualification when the truth comes out.
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Retained recruiters like Manhattan Resources are always ready to advise candidates on resume improvements. Photo by RawPixel, Unsplash.

In conclusion, follow these simple guidelines and when in doubt, ask the recruiter. If you are working with a retained recruiting agency like Manhattan Resources, they will be happy to advise.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries. We have roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. We are there to help you fill mission-critical leadership roles, build short-term teams, and tackle your most significant challenges. Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach. As a result, we will help you take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Celebrating 19 Years Helping Clients Build Better Leadership Teams

By | Blog, Employees, Executive Leadership
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Celebrating 19 years in business, Manhattan Resources is building powerful leadership teams for clients.

Manhattan Resources is celebrating 19 years as an important retained executive recruiter in the Houston area serving clients around the nation.

“It is hard to believe 19 years have passed so quickly. We have made big strides over the years. As a result, we are just as excited about the business today as we were when we started out,” said CEO and Founder Chris Schoettelkotte.

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Clients are celebrating 19 years with Manhattan Resources committed to their business success.

Celebrating 19 Years in Our Commitment to Helping Clients Build Strong Executive Leadership

Whether you are filling mission-critical leadership roles, building short-term teams of professionals, or tackling your organization’s most significant challenges, Manhattan Resources is the agile and innovative team that can boldly take your business to the next level.

When Schoettelkotte started Manhattan Resources in 1999, he pledged to honor his professional commitments first and provide true value to his clients. This meant re-imagining the search process, providing transparency and lasting results. That formula has worked well and kept Manhattan Resources clients engaged with the company over the long-term.

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Manhattan Resources is celebrating 19 years of thorough research to help Its clients

Celebrating 19 Years of Finding the Talent Uniquely Suited to Fit Your Business

The Manhattan Resources team has the expertise and proven recruiting process to find talent with the perfect combination of skills, experience, and cultural background to fit strategic roles for its clients.

“Our process starts before the search when we spend time with our new clients in their environment meeting with their leadership team to ensure thorough technical and cultural understanding. This time meeting with the client organization might seem like an unnecessary extra step to our competition, but we believe it is critical to ensure we appropriately assess candidates,” Schoettelkotte said.

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Celebrating 19 years committed to our client’s success.

Thorough Research for Our Clients is Another Reason for Celebrating 19 Years

Manhattan Resources conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the position. The company examines where the position sits in the organization. In addition, the MR team looks for any nuanced skills necessary to fit the candidate. Similarly, this thoroughness extends to team relationships and historical expectations. It also includes less clearly defined aspects of the business that may be impacted by or intersect with that role. As a result, we can ensure the right professional for the technical and cultural needs of the client. And we can ensure it at the right stage of the professional’s career. This enables Manhattan Resources’ extended placement guaranty. Plus, it brings candidates that have an extensive “runway” for future opportunities within the organization.

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Providing retained executive search is worth celebrating 19 years in business.

Values-Based Business is One More Reason Manhattan Resources is Celebrating 19 Years

Manhattan Resources was conceived in a world that was dealing with the tech crash, 1999-2001.  And the country was on the brink of major corporate accounting scandals, 2000-2004. In this environment, the company did something revolutionary. Manhattan Resources started a values-based business.

“First of all, I want our clients to see a search strategy and process that are transparent,” Schoettelkotte said. “That was my strategy then and it is our strategy today. Yes, it was different from the rest, but it was important to do things differently even if that meant shaking up the status quo.”

Today Manhattan Resources continues to help its clients build high-performance teams. The company uses years of expertise and a time-tested recruiting process to find the right talent. We can assure the perfect combination of skills, experience, and cultural background.  With Manhattan Resources, strategic roles find the perfect fit.

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In conclusion, Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries. We have roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. We are there to help you fill mission-critical leadership roles, build short-term teams, and tackle your most significant challenges. Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach. As a result, we will help you take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Thank you for 19 wonderful years. Likewise, we look forward to celebrating two decades serving you in 2019.

 

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Business Leadership and Rapid Growth: Level Up Your Team With Retained Executive Search

By | Blog, Client, Employees, Executive Leadership
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Business leadership can suffer when a company is growing fast. Don’t ignore these warnings. Photo by Paul Bence, Unsplash.

Business leadership is critical when your business is in fast-growth mode. Rapid growth is often a reliable indicator that you need organizational change. Don’t wait until your company is in trouble. Look for the signs that your organization is no longer functioning optimally.

“At first, it might not be easy to detect, but things may seem a bit off, says Manhattan Resources President and CEO Chris Schoettelkotte. “For example, it might be taking longer than usual to run reports.”

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Don’t Overlook Small Issues in Business Leadership

Small issues can quickly escalate with growth. For example:

  • A winning sales team suddenly stops performing up to expectations.
  • Your top-notch accounting team is no longer able to predict year-end results accurately.
  • The safety team that previously demonstrated excellent, great global coverage now seems completely fragmented.
  • Your IT team can’t keep up with the demands of your fast-growing workforce.
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Promoting from Within is Nice but Can Create Undue Stress for Your Business Leadership Team

Usually, in a fast-growth company, we reward business leadership teams by promoting people from within. This is a wonderful thing to do. But in the process, we put demands on a team that is not prepared for large corporate environments. A senior executive is often needed to mentor those who have grown with the company. This individual can also provide real-world experience to help bridge the gap.

Retained executive recruitment is more likely to locate the senior executive that fits your needs than contingency recruiting. Retained executive search with Manhattan Resources ensures a technical and cultural fit. We accomplish this by spending time in the work environment and by meeting with leadership teams. As a result, we are able to engage the best executives for your business — including those not actively searching.

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Confidential Service Helps Identify and Engage Top Talent for Business Leadership

Manhattan Resources also maintains client and candidate confidentiality throughout the executive search process through our proven methods.  Confidentiality is not a feature of contingency search methods. With our retained executive search, we can guarantee a higher caliber of candidates and a higher level of responsiveness because they know we respect and manage their privacy.

If you are not sure where your needs are occurring, we can also help you there with consulting services designed specifically for you. We have 20 years of experience building high-performance teams, and we’ve learned a thing or two about how to help your business achieve its goals.

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Complex Business Needs are Our Specialty

Our Business Solutions practice extends support to help you source the right professionals to address complex business needs. Whether it is sales coaching delivered by a member of our staff or an analysis of options for market entry or system selection, Manhattan Resources can assemble the team to provide you with the insight and execution you need.

At Manhattan Resources, we are ready to help you meet the challenges of fast growth.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries, from its roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, just to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Whether you are filling mission-critical leadership roles, building short-term teams of professionals, or tackling your organization’s most significant challenges, Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume the bold approach that is often necessary to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Leadership Talent — How to Win the Battle for the Top Leaders

By | Blog, Executive Search Tips
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Leadership talent will take your business to the next level. Photo by Nick Seliverstov, Unsplash.

 

Uncover the Secret Weapon Your Company Needs to Win Leadership Talent

by Chris Schoettelkotte, CEO, Manhattan Resources

It is always the right time for the right leadership, a renewed commitment to excellence, continuous improvement, and leadership talent. As predicted, this year is turning out to be a year of strength and prosperity for many companies. Do you have the right leadership talent in place to capitalize on the opportunities?  Are you ready to build out your leadership team but dreading the time that recruiting and interviewing takes away from your business?

The Right Leadership Talent is Critical Throughout the Organization

A retained executive search will help you find leadership talent to help throughout your organization, not just in the C-suite.  Learn the tips successful companies have discovered can jump-start your hiring process and assist in building the high-performance teams necessary to guide your organizations to victory.

For companies facing competitive market pressures, posting a job and hoping the right talent stumbles across your opportunity results in a sea of resumes with diverse skills and capabilities.  As your human resources team reviews these resumes, buzzwords leap off the page and candidates are sorted and passed to your functional business heads for review.

Balancing Daily Business with the Added Responsibilities of Recruiting Leadership Talent

Awash in evolving priorities, your leadership team has every intention of allocating time to vet candidates and prioritize the search; but as days progress, urgent demands for daily workflow take their toll. Each day the stack gets pushed farther and farther back.  Before long, another month has passed, and even if the right candidate had applied for the position, they are probably no longer available. Thankfully, there is an option. A professional retained executive search firm can move the process forward for you.

However, before you jump head-first into using a recruiting firm, be mindful of the differences in how they work. Here is an analogy to highlight the difference.

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Establishing Your Unique List of Must-Haves

Consider what happens when you want to buy a new house. You have definite ideas of the perfect home. Perhaps you are prepared with the floorplan and builder’s specs for what you require. Armed with the critical details, you call three different realtors and a builder to provide them with your specifications.  You want a four bedroom, two-story ranch style house with a pool, fireplace, and outdoor kitchen.  The home needs to have a funky modern feel, and you’re looking for something with modern touches and fixtures that requires minimal updating.

The house also needs to have all gas appliances in the kitchen, a second master bedroom with an en-suite bath located near the kitchen, and it should be handicap accessible for your mother-in-law.  The price must be affordable, and you provide a strict price range to guide the realtors and builder.

What Determines Who Wins the Prize?

Finally, you let the realtors and builder know how excited you are to work with them and that you can’t wait to see the house they find for you. Knowing you will only pay for the house you wish to buy, they must work hard to find you the perfect home so that you choose the one they have presented. In the end, this means that the first person to show you the house that you want receives the commission.

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What outcomes do you expect from this situation?

Surely you can guess a few of the outcomes of this situation. In the case of the builder, economics dictate that minimal effort is expended building a new house without a guarantee of payment. So, the builder is likely to send you a list of homes in inventory with varying degrees of relevance to your specifications.

In the case of the realtors, they know that you are working with other realtors.  As a result, the one who has the earliest time stamp proof of submitting the home that you desire is the only one who will get paid. This knowledge diminishes the certainty that there is compensation for all involved. To avoid “missing the mark,” they could send you an exhaustive list of every home on the marketplace that remotely meets your specifications. Doing so will allow them to claim they were first to submit the house you desired and thereby earn the commission. Or, they may send you almost nothing at all, as they focus instead on clients that were not working with other realtors or that have less exacting requirements.

Collaboration to Eliminate the Parameters that Drive Misalignment

At Manhattan Resources, we work with you to eliminate the parameters that drive this sort of misalignment. We partner with our clients exclusively. They commit to our firm for the search and pay a percentage of the final placement fee up front. This commitment ensures that Manhattan Resources is accountable for the results of the leadership talent search. It also ensures that we are not creating confusing messages to prospective candidates. We carefully vet the candidates before submitting them, interviewing and screening out candidates whose resumes have all the right buzzwords but lack the understanding and experience to be useful in the role.

Furthermore, we keep an eye on timing and drive urgency by not charging anything else until 30 days after the new employee is working at our client’s company. Plus, we stand behind the candidates we place with your business – providing a 365-day guarantee for your strategic leadership hires.

 

Discovering Talent that is Not Easily Discoverable

The beauty of hiring a professional retained recruiting firm like Manhattan Resources is simple. You will not be forced to select from the pool of candidates who are actively looking for a job.  At Manhattan Resources, we proactively go looking for the right person.  We find them through our time-tested search process; then we engage them, explain why your opportunity should be attractive to them, and bring the candidate to you.  In a competitive marketplace with many candidates on the market, a retained search can find candidates not looking for employment. Therefore, retained search gives you a competitive advantage.

Are you ready to try the process but not sure exactly how to organize your leadership team? Manhattan Resources can help with that, as well.  We have 20 years of experience assisting companies with assessments and determining how best to group responsibilities into critical roles.

In conclusion, here at Manhattan Resources, we are ready to help you meet the challenges of a growth economy.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries, from its roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, just to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. When you are filling mission-critical roles with leadership talent, we can help. When you are building short-term teams of professionals, we are there for you. Whenever you tackle your organization’s most significant challenges, count on us. We have agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Why is hiring good employees still a challenge for some companies?

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Hiring Good Employees

Hiring good employees can be a challenge. A process approach ensures all of your critical bases are covered resulting in a stronger candidate pool.

 

If you are an employer, you are probably confident that with the right formula, hiring good employees should be no problem at all. Create exciting jobs, pay a competitive wage, and design a safe, inviting place to work. Sounds easy, but we all soon find out there is no “magic” formula.

Hiring good employees is a process, and like any process, it can break. If any single stage of a process is off, then everything that follows can be out of sync with the original goal. To hire the right people, get the process right from the start.

Hiring Good Employees – Process Step One: Expect to spend some time on it.

You need to do a lot more than merely selecting someone from a list of individuals who “check the boxes” when hiring the right person to work for your company. If you are treating your human resources team like your purchasing department, and they are not pushing back, then this is the first break down in your hiring process.

  • Make sure that you spend enough time with the recruiter – internal or external – to ensure that they understand not only the technical requirements for the position but also the goals of the role and how the person will contribute to the organization achieving its objectives. The recruiter must be able to explain the need that the person will fill, to assess the suitability of candidates.
  • Write an honest job description that communicates precisely who you are, what your company does, what they expect from the role, and what the position will accomplish for the company.
  • To attract the right candidate, be realistic about the requirements and match the criteria realistically to the salary range. Be ready to collect and respond market data about compensation as you begin the search, to develop a more realistic expectation of where the compensation needs to be to attract the candidate you want; or to modify your expectations if the budget isn’t there.
  • Don’t expect to “post it and forget it.” While there are many exceptions, hiring is rarely “if you build it, they will come.” For experienced roles, the chances are good that the person you want is already working and not looking for job openings, or is looking but maybe not at your website. In these cases, you will find the right person through networking or direct, targeted outreach.

 

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Photo by Hunters Race, Unsplash.

 

Hiring Good Employees – Process Step Two: Make a good (first and continuing) impression.

Once you get the attention of candidates, it is critical to put your best foot forward to ensure they have your desired impression of the company and opportunity.

  • Ensure that your company’s website is functioning correctly across all platforms. Candidates may be researching your company from any device; is your site readable from a phone screen? This is your first chance to make a good impression.
  • Be sure your hiring managers are the best ambassadors for your company. Do they understand your company culture? Are they involved in the brand? Do they know the mission, vision, values, and goals? If you are working with a third party recruiter, ask them to present your company to you. Make sure you know how they are representing you and your company in the marketplace.

Keep Your Candidates Engaged.

If you and your HR team spend a week interviewing people on the phone, then get busy for two weeks or a month and do not call candidates back, you will lose good people. Candidates assume that not hearing from you is the same as “no” at best. In the worst case, they consider your company disorganized and indecisive.

  • Say “Yes,” to candidate interviews. You are extra busy because you have this vacancy. Not spending time with the candidates may lead to hiring mistakes and send the message that you are disinterested. Finding the time for interviews results in a better candidate pool.
  • Be decisive. High-quality candidates will leave if the hiring process moves too slow.

Process Step Three: Exercise Flexibility as You Narrow the Selection.

Often when clients complain about not having enough candidates, what they are saying is they do not have enough quality candidates. If you are successful in narrowing the field to a few quality candidates, everyone is happy.

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Don’t overlook great candidates in search of the “perfect candidate.”

That is a bit like the dating fallacy of trying to find the perfect mate. Just remember, you are not looking for the perfect candidate; you are looking for the perfect candidate for your culture, the job in question and the team requiring another member!

Rather than being fixated on specific experience, it is sometimes better to keep your eyes open for plenty of potential, or as CEO Chris Schoettelkotte of Manhattan Resources likes to say, “plenty of runway.” Many companies evaluate potential candidates on their ability to be promoted several times in the organization.

Flexibility results in many more qualified candidates willing to talk and, consequently interested in your offer. Break your expectations down into “must-haves and “like-to-haves.”

Hiring Good Employees – Process Step Four: Make a Reasonable Offer.

Expecting excellent credentials for a rock-bottom salary is a mistake.  This thinking leads to process breakdown and significantly diminishes your odds of success. It also extends the time to fill the position and leaves you with an unmet need, resulting in more cost to the bottom line.

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It is essential to offer a competitive salary and compensation package to win the candidate and to keep them.

Be realistic about the options when a candidate is still employed. Offer enough of an increase to avoid a counter offer by their current employer, yet still be within your budget.

If you are using an executive recruiting firm, be sure to leverage their experience with compensation negotiations.   Avoid surprises and disappointment by using an experienced recruiter. This will ensure that you understand the candidate’s complete compensation package and strategize for success.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with broad experience supporting clients in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, petrochemicals, manufacturing & distribution.

Manhattan Resources named one of  Forbes Top 200 Executive Recruiting Firms this past year, invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Whether you are filling mission-critical leadership roles, building short-term teams of professionals, or tackling your organization’s most significant challenges, Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume the bold approach that is often necessary to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

Happy New Year from the Team at Manhattan Resources

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Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

From our team at Manhattan Resources, thank you to our clients, our community, and our friends for a successful year. Abundant thanks as well to our fabulous team at Manhattan Resources and each of the hard working individuals that have made it possible for us to expand our offerings in new industries and add value in our traditional sectors by meeting their rapidly changing needs. Everyone at Manhattan Resources looks forward to continuing this spirit of reinvestment in our company, services, and team in 2018.

A Happy New Year Means Closing the Chapter on a Year of Challenges in Houston

You cannot live and work in Houston without feeling like we have truly turned a corner. We are emerging on the other side of a challenging year for our community. We are grateful to do so. Finally, we have the opportunity as a community to look forward.

This New Year will be one of innovation, acceleration, collaboration, and growth for our organization, our clients’ organizations, and the industries we serve. As a result, incredible prospects await us all in 2018. We are excited passionate about the future of Houston and the industries we serve. Most of all, we are happy to eager to help your company meet and exceed its goals in the coming year.

Thank you and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

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Manhattan Resources Sends Thanksgiving Wishes

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Manhattan Resources Sends Thanksgiving Wishes 2017

Manhattan Resources sends Thanksgiving wishes to all of our clients, friends, and community.

We at Manhattan Resources are deeply thankful for the confidence and loyalty you’ve expressed through the years and extend our best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Locally, our Houston community has been through a monumental year. Although many still have more recovery to go through, our community has accomplished so much through the inspiring response of so many.

To our extended family of clients and friends across the country, we wish you all great joy and continued success in your lives and businesses. 

As we celebrate these successes, we wish to give thanks in remembrance of how the holiday all started here in the U.S.!

First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

The Story of Thanksgiving in the United States

The Pilgrims at Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast in 1621, which we call the first Thanksgiving celebration. This feast was more than a day long. It lasted three days and featured a menu we would not recognize. The pilgrims and Indians ate lobster, seal, swan, deer, corn, maple syrup, and wild herbs; but no sweets, since the Pilgrims had run out of sugar they brought from Europe. No one knows exactly when turkey became the focus of the Thanksgiving menu.

After the first celebration, for the next 200 years, the colonies and states celebrated Thanksgiving day when they decided it was the best time. It became a holiday for every state in the union during the Civil War in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day would occur annually in November.

Vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

New Thanksgiving Traditions Begin and Become Iconic

After 1900, parades begin to show up on Thanksgiving Day as part of the tradition. Perhaps the most well-known of these is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, first held in 1924. About 3 million spectators line the 2.5 mile route each year to see the giant balloons and floats. The television audience for the 2016 live parade was 22.3 million!

Read more about the first Thanksgiving with your family and share some wonderful videos about how it has evolved on The History Channel. Everyone at Manhattan Resources sends Thanksgiving wishes from our family to yours!

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Manhattan Resources President Shares Views with Bauer School of Business as Panelist for Women in the Workplace

By | Executive Leadership, Social

Manhattan Resources President Allison Piper recently served as a panelist for a special forum held by University of Houston Bauer School of Business, Bauer Women Society, on “Empowering young business women to lead the workforce of tomorrow.”

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Bauer Women Society President Mary Haar, left and Manhattan Resources President Piper, right, memorialize a power banner with the goal. Senior executives are engaged with the Bauer outreach to share lessons, ideas and tips as successful business women. The panel format allows executives to share leadership skills and address workforce questions.

The Bauer Women Society panel represented several industries and included the CEO and Founder of Novalash, Sophy Merszai; CEO of Consultlink (a medical information sharing startup), Diana Cabrales; and Piper of Manhattan Resources, a firm engaged in retained executive recruiting and advisory services and providing support to clients in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, finance, manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction.

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Attendees at Bauer Women Society participate in a forum an empowerment forum. The goal is to develop women to lead future workforces. A panel of three local executives led discussions.