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Two Tips for Starting Your Search

By: Paul Horn, Executive Recruiter

culs084112When you decide it is time to look for a new opportunity, it might seem like an overwhelming task. It is often a long process and, whether you choose to tackle the search yourself or work with a trusted recruiter, there will probably be challenges. However, with some honest self- reflection and a bit of planning at the outset, you can save yourself quite a few headaches along the way.

Before you call your favorite recruiter or hit the job boards, you need to spend some time creating a plan and preparing to put your best foot forward. At this stage, there are two key things that I suggest you keep in mind:

1.) Be Specific. You need to spend a few minutes taking stock of what is really important to you. This goes beyond just job responsibilities and compensation. Are you really willing to relocate? If so, where? Have you discussed relocation with your family? Are there any specific companies you would like to work with or companies you would like to avoid? Are you better at managing accounts directly or would you rather sell through distribution? Leave no stone unturned at this stage. I cannot tell you how many times I have talked to individuals who say they are actively searching for a new role but cannot go any deeper than saying, “I’m looking for a better job that pays more.” If you do not know what you are looking for, it is hard for me to help you find it. If you truly want to find your dream job, you need to put effort into figuring out what that job looks like and what specific criteria it has to meet.

2.) Be Smart. Building a resume has never been fun. However, I cannot stress enough how important it is to your job search. It is usually the first time a recruiter or a hiring manager gets to see a complete picture of what you have accomplished and it is also a snapshot of how you operate. Do you want people to think that you are sloppy and do not proofread your work? I would hope not. So, while it is time consuming and not very exciting, you must spend time creating a strong resume. First, make sure the formatting is consistent and easy to follow. The where/what/when of your career should be crystal clear at first glance. Second, make sure the dates, titles, and responsibilities are complete and accurate. Dishonesty on your resume will bring an interview process to a screeching halt. Last, you have to double, triple, and quadruple check that there are NO grammatical mistakes or spelling errors. Have someone else proofread it. It may seem like overkill but first impressions carry a lot of weight. Your resume is the first chance you will get to impress a hiring authority and you should treat it that way. If you need some help getting started, you can find a sample resume template on our website HERE. Once you have it completed, you can send it to us via this link: SUBMIT RESUME HERE.

If you goal is to take the next step in your career and not just find another job, these suggestions will help make that process more efficient. If you are specific about what you are looking for and smart about how you present yourself, you will save time and help others help you.


Thanks for the support.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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Are You In A Summer Slump?

By: Katrina Blalock, Director of the Aerospace / Defense Practice


Are you in a slump? Is your productivity suffering? Whether or not you have noticed, others certainly have. In his article 10 Excuses Unproductive People Always Use, John Brandon outlines how easy it is to identify these excuses. Here are some of those excuses that I have noticed in the workplace:

summer-slump1. I’m overworked: The really productive people don’t dwell on the problem. They just do the work.

We’re all overworked so get over it.

2. That’s not my job: Truly productive people don’t even care. They just do whatever it takes to get things done and plow ahead, analyzing the exact role definitions later.

This is an ideal employee and one of the key elements we use at TYGES to vet our candidates.

3. I’ll finish that later: The loose ends of their tasks never meet up, and stay loose. In the “picking up and setting down” process they waste time because each tasks needs a jumpstart, which uses more energy.

Stay focused. Figure out why you are procrastinating (i.e. fatigue or lack of energy or poor time management habits) and then find ways to crush the procrastination.

4. I’ll wait for the boss to tell me what to do: We all know the “get it done” crowd just figures out the problem and starts working on a task. Besides, if the boss has to explain every little detail, that’s using up valuable time anyway.

Be proactive! Now is the time to shine and show your value. Take each project or assignment and own it! Your professional growth will shine through.

5. I’m worried about my quality of work: Productive people know how to slam out good work in a constant flow of creativity and skill. They care about quality, but they also understand that being productive requires a push to finish.

This ties into the other points. You cannot waste time complaining or procrastination or waiting to be told what to do; you have to put the time in up front to make sure you produce quality results in a timely manner.

Do any of these excuses sound like you? Do you find yourself pumping out more excuses than you are productivity? Take some time to refocus yourself. Look over your career goals. Realign your daily actions with your future accomplishments. Make short-term and long-term goals and press ahead. And finally, enjoy some sunshine!


Thanks for the support.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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Our Core Beliefs and the Speed Versus Quality Conundrum: A Connectivity Newsletter

By Jonathan Bogush (@jonathanbti), Director of Connectivity Practice

071012_0328_SpeedLimits1My experiences as a recruiter at TYGES International have led me to an understanding of the true leading metrics that drive the recruiting business – speed and quality. If I had a dollar for every time one of my clients said they wanted to fill a particular opening “yesterday” with an “A” player, I could retire. As I have seen first hand, however, placing high-quality professionals in positions that match their backgrounds takes time and painstaking attention to detail. The disconnect between the speed in which our clients need to fill a position and the time it takes to identify and build relationships with individuals that are a fit for that position is something that every recruiter faces each day. How then as recruiters do we reconcile the time it takes to find great talent? It seems obvious that embodying a recruiting methodology that ensures finding individuals who are the RIGHT fit for a particular role is more valuable then pushing through with a methodology that solely focuses on speed as opposed to quality.

At TYGES International, we have a tried-and-true set of “Core Beliefs” that we carry into every aspect of our business. Whether we are working with top-flight Fortune 500 clients to build their global talent bases or working within the industries we serve to leverage our knowledge of career preparedness and advancement to help those individuals out of work or searching for a new job.

These core beliefs – honesty, transparency, treating people with respect – are at the root of how we view recruiting and, in a sense, how we reconcile the conundrum of speed versus quality with our clients. At TYGES, recruiting is the practice of building relationships with individuals where you get to learn about their core beliefs and use that knowledge to help improve their personal and professional conditions. We believe that the individuals we recruit are not products or “walking invoices” but people with complex stories and career histories, people with personal and professional aspirations realized or not. The act of building these relationships with the talent we recruit is at the core of how we deliver “quality” to our clients. If we were to only focus on the act of placing individuals with our clients with “speed” we would be intrinsically at conflict with our core beliefs and be doing everyone we work with – client and individual – a disservice.

1369380907_40014This year alone, I can think of several instances where the process of meeting the right individual, learning about their core beliefs, and then pairing those beliefs within one of our corporate clients took nearly 5 months. If you were to look at those searches only through the metric of speed you would probably call them failures. However, each of these searches are personal career highlights because I was able to apply our core beliefs in building relationships that drastically improved the condition of someone’s life, someone who I most likely work with throughout my career as a Hiring Manager.

Long story short, it is easy in the recruiting business to put too much emphasis on the mix between the speed in which your clients want to fill their open positions and the time and attention it takes to build strong relationships with high “quality” talent. At TYGES, we use our core beliefs as a guide to delivering quality to our customers and trust that those core beliefs will enable us to build stronger and more lasting relationships at a higher speed.


Thanks for the support.  I welcome your feedback as we continue to make an impact in our local community and throughout the world.  You can find me on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @jonathanbti.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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Innovation, Training and Good Times!

Last week was a special week as all teams were in Williamsburg Virginia for a week filled with innovation, training and good times. It was good to see everyone from Georgia and Florida as we renew our commitment to reinventing recruiting with resolve.

You can learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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