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Recruiting – Don’t Believe the Hype

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

In the world of recruiting, there are a few basic category types of search.  I see articles written all the time trying to “credit” or “discredit” a certain category of search based simply upon the “category” of search.

My caution to you is, don’t believe all the hype.

For the purposes of this short article, there are three basic categories of search in the recruiting world:

  1. Contingent – the search firm will only collect a fee if they find and place a suitable candidate for the position in question
  2. Engaged – the search firm will get an upfront fee (15-35% of the total fee) when they begin the search, with the remainder due upon the placement of the suitable candidate for the position in question
  3. Retained – the search firm will typically get paid in 3 payments: 1/3 to start the search, 1/3 when the qualified candidates are presented, and the final 1/3 due upon the start date of the hired candidate; plus, any expenses incurred during the search.pick me

Most recruiting firms specialize in one “category” of search, hence the reason for all the hype.  A “Pick Me” attitude because of a “category” of search that they specialize in, listing all of the pros (in their opinion) of a certain category.  Important things like:  Quality, Speed, Specialized Niche, Trust, Confidential Processes, Relational, Established Networks, Etc.

However, most companies do not have a one size fits all approach to their business.  In most cases, they need a partner that is flexible to their needs and not confined to the limits (if they exist) to a certain category and/or a certain price point that the search firm is comfortable within.

car sinking2Let’s look at it this way…one could believe that a car is the best “category” for transportation (especially if they sell cars).  However, I guess the best form of transportation would depend upon where you want to go.

Companies do not need to be placed within or limited by a “category” or restricted by anything.

Companies need a partner that asks the right questions and then design’s flexible solution(s) that are in the best interest of the company.  No hype, just real long-term solutions.  Sometimes you’ll need a car, others a boat, or perhaps a _____.

So again, be careful…don’t believe all the hype.  In the world of recruiting, the “category” of search really means very little.  The important things to consider are the quality/process/metrics of the person, team, and/or the search firms credentials and performance as they relate to your niche within your industry.

What if there were a partner that could handle your company’s needs from the top professionals on your factory floor to the C-Suite and Board of Directors? One Solution, the same team?

For 14 years, TYGES International continues to perfect the art of search.  Offering retained, engaged, and contingent categories of executive search.  With a 1,000+ successful placements in the Manufacturing and Healthcare industries, our belief is not to put you in a box or a category; yet, strive everyday, with our team of 20+ recruiters,  to perfect our customer’s experience by offering the same proven processes and industry leading performance metrics related to quality and speed…regardless of the category that makes the most sense for your specific search.  Your best solution, not ours.  We are not resume machine guns, TYGES and TYGES Elite have been built on quality as we know the space we search within.  More than know, we have quite literally been “in the shoes” of the folks we are seeking to find for our clients, as our team is made up of former industry professionals.

Perhaps TYGES is a fit for your company?  Perhaps not?  Either way, I hope that you find the flexible solution that makes your company the most productive and successful within your market’s niche.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

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





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Slow Companies Lose Talent

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO TYGES International

I’m a big college basketball fan, so much that I often follow the news in the off-season. I read an article on ESPN about Texas Tech’s new head coach Chris Beard Read Story Here.

What struck me was that less than two weeks ago he agreed with UNLV to become the new head coach there.

The athletic director comments about how disappointed they were to lose him to anotherUNLV college and how it was an unprecedented move. Well when you look at the fact that while they agreed upon terms, UNLV had to wait 11 days to ratify his contract. I would fault UNLV for this loss more than I would fault coach Beard.

This got me thinking about companies today that take a laissez faire approach to recruiting talent.


Here’s a reality check for companies, “A players” have options. They can:

  1. stay where they are at,TT
  2. they can join you, or
  3. they can go elsewhere.

Great talent does not have a problem finding a new job.

So my suggestion to companies that are ready to hire great talent, make sure you have your ducks lined up. Here are 4 tips for obtaining an “A Player”…make sure:

  1.  The position is approved.
  2.  You are prepared to interview now!
  3.  You are prepared to offer the job within 24 hours after you interview the person.
  4.  You are prepare to sell/persuade people to join your company.

High caliber talent no longer has the patience to work for arrogant companies that are slow and indecisive. It’s time to get it together or plan on losing out on great people and ultimately business.

Have you ever lost an “A Player” in the hiring process?

I welcome your feedback as we continue to make an impact in our local community and throughout the world by keeping on the forefront of our industry’s development and living out our mission.  You can find me on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @timsaumierTI.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, 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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TYGES announces first Managing Partner

VA based TYGES International continues the pursuit to improve their client’s experience in talent acquisition as they announce their first Managing Partner, Matt Dionne.

Founded in 2002 , TYGES has had 1,000+ successful placements within the Industrial Manufacturing and Healthcare industries. CEO and President Tim Saumier stated, “As we continue toward our vision of Reinventing Recruiting, we are excited to announce the formation of TYGES Elite.”LOGO - TYGES Elite (Stack)

TYGES Elite will focus on serving the C level and senior executive levels using our unique model that offers:

  1. Searches led by Executives who have worked within Industry
  2. A Talent Pipeline, with strong long-term relationships, developed over the past 14 years with a network of the current and future leaders of our Industry
  3. Industry Leading Performance and Quality Standards
  4. Flexible Solutions for our Customers that other firms simply will not offer.

Matt Dionne will be leading this practice utilizing his 25 years of experience in the industrial manufacturing space with companies such as WireCo WorldGroup, Norsk Hydro, Siemens and Cooper Industries. Prior to the creation of TYGES Elite, Matt was the COO at WireMattCo responsible for global operations approaching $1 Billion in sales.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some very talented professionals.  I have first-hand knowledge of how important it is to the success of a business to have the have highly talented people in an organization.” -Matt Dionne

Matt’s extensive business skills include go-to-market strategy, value proposition, sales execution, margin management, manufacturing & operational excellence, M&A, and Lean manufacturing. Matt has led manufacturing organizations in a variety of industries including Automotive, Machinery & Capital Equipment, Consumer Durables, Metals, and Electrical Components. Matt also has global experience leading firms in North America and Europe, with both public and private equity backed businesses.

When Matt was asked why the change, he stated, “Unfortunately, I have had some poor experiences with the performance of some of the largest search firms. As a result, I have decided to join TYGES International to create a flexible and effective process that will improve upon the shortcomings of the search industry as we currently know it.”

TYGES International is based in Williamsburg, VA and has branch offices in Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh. You can learn more about TYGES on their website and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

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


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Three Cheers!

Written by:  Victoria Terrill, Account Manager Healthcare Practice

The overall goal in sports is to provide athletes with an experience to get out on the field, court, or mat, and have success. This makes me question:

Why are there not more kids on the spectrum involved in sports? And are there opportunities in their local communities for children on the spectrum to participate in sports?

Click here for the top sports for children with Autism, “The Best Sports for Kids with Autism” identifies mostly individual sports such as swimming, horseback riding, track, bowling, martial arts, etc. During the weekends, I travel around the United States working cheerleading competitions. Though cheerleading is neither listed in the article nor an individual sport, it has the reputation to be cutthroat and judgmental, but when it comes to special needs teams, this isn’t the case at all. The entire audience is rooting for the group to hit a perfect routine on the mat.

While watching special needs teams compete, I have witnessed amazing cheerleading performances during competition in front of thousands of spectators.  It’s even more powerful to experience firsthand the positive reactions from the audience.  After seeing these teams succeed, I would encourage any family to get your child with autism involved in cheerleading or another sport.  Three cheers for getting your child on the spectrum involved with cheerleading or another sport.

Based on what I’ve witnessed during cheerleading competitions, sports can be beneficial by involving special needs individuals and teams, increasing awareness, and opening doors for others to be more accepting and understanding.

With a little bit of research, there ARE options for children on the spectrum to be active and learn life skills through sports.

One of my favorite resources for children on the spectrum is the “Sparkle Effect” which promotes cheer and dance teams with a mix of children with and without disabilities.

Working as a recruiter in the ABA Therapy field, I constantly learn from board certified behavior analysts about their success stories which has heightened my awareness about the success of sports participation for children on the spectrum. I welcome your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn and on Twitter. You can learn more about me HERE as I focus on helping those within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES on our website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and or on Facebook.

Our mission is simple:

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