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Counter Offers – Be Prepared

Open Letter to “All Hiring Managers and Candidates” A new Trend is emerging… As most of my regular readers know, I only write when I have something to say, and today more than ever there is a new trend that is increasing every day, the Counter Offer. Now I may...

Talk To Someone About Your Compensation Package

The title might sound innocuous: “Who do I talk to?” and “Why do I need to talk to them?” The reason is that misconceptions are tangential to bonus season. With the payment of bonuses comes the inevitable thought – “I am not getting paid what I am worth”, or “I...

What are these hiring practices? It’s been months.

It appears that this year has definitely been one of transitions for many people throughout our industry; with firms opening offices and at the same time closing offices. Certain firms, as you are aware, have completely vacated the space, like Lebenthal. While others, such as Stifel, continue to acquire firms...

Financial Firms – Do I Really Need A Recruiter?

The topic may sound a little strange, but with the wake of what has been happening in our marketplace over the last couple of months, this is a question that is continuing to come up. Let me be more specific: employees of financial firms that have changed their public finance...

Are there any JOBS out there for bankers & more?

As we say goodbye to the month of January and I look at my forward calendar – I am amazed at the response to a very specific mailing we just concluded. This was mail to individuals who over the last five years have taken an interview. I expected about a...

An Offer With No Executive Recruiter, What Now?

If you have been working with an Executive Recruiter, the answer should be, “Great, when do I start?” The reason this is so simply answered is when you have representation, you should not be receiving an offer until two things have occurred: 1. You are ready to receive it and...

Opportunities For Public Finance Bankers & More

January is now upon us, and as we reflect back on Public Finance in 2017, we saw lots of changes; which caused upheaval in the bond markets, as well as in the hiring of professional Bankers and Bond Counsels. UBS re-entering the market place certainly was the talk of the...

Your Reputation – The Hiring Firm Wants To Know.

The title of this blog may sound almost too elementary, but there is a growing shift in attitude by a hiring firm or two that I want to address.  External third-party reference checking is out. Now I am sure I have your attention. The growing trend is that hiring firms...

“I’m Not Good At Interviewing …”

Not everyone is good at interviewing. For some people, interviewing is a stressful situation. For others, it’s a walk in the park. No matter who you are, if you are serious about the firm that you are interviewing with there should be some butterflies in your stomach. But as a...

You Can Say Too Much

The next couple of blogs are going to be less philosophical and much more pragmatic. Starting with today’s, it seems that people are taking the interview process much less serious than it is. I am seeing and hearing feedback from hiring managers that candidates are either not as prepared as...