Hiring for an executive role at your company is a lot more challenging than hiring for a lower level position. To make the process easier, you may want to work with an executive search firm. These firms provide a number of benefits including the following:
1. They can introduce you to a wider group of applicants, connecting you with potential hires who may not have discovered the opening on their own.
Posting an ad on a traditional job board will only allow you to reach people who are actively searching for a job. In many cases, however, the best person for the position may already be employed by a competing company. An executive search service can get your job in front of these potential candidates.
2. The skills, knowledge, and expertise of the executives at your business play a key role in your company’s overall success.
Even though it costs more to hire top talent for your business, it is an investment that almost always pays off. The right candidate can help your company increase profits and can help secure your future success, more than paying for themselves over time. By using an executive search firm, you can find someone who is perfectly suited for the role that you need to fill.
3. The best candidates may not actively be looking for a job.
Most methods that companies use to advertise job openings are passive in nature. For instance, if you post an ad on a job board, you need people to take action in order to see it. With an executive search firm, on the other hand, they reach out to potential candidates for you, letting them know about the opening at your company. This can help you reach people who aren’t currently searching job boards.
4. Executive search providers actively look for the best candidate for the role instead of waiting for people to come to them.
Oftentimes, companies that market themselves as recruiting services don’t actually go out and recruit talent. Instead, they post ads and wait for people to reply, sorting through the applicants to find the best ones. With an executive search firm, the process is quite a bit different. Instead of passively waiting for applications, they go out and search for qualified candidates, giving you a variety of options to select from. Here are some more tips on how to partner with an executive recruiter
5. Working with the right firm decreases wasted time by weeding out unqualified applicants.
When you post a job opening, you may get hundreds of responses. Initially, that may seem like a good thing. As you dig deeper, however, you may discover that most of the applicants aren’t qualified for the role. Instead, all of the time that you spent reviewing those applications was wasted when it could have been better spent on other aspects of your business. When you work with an executive search company, they will present you with a small group of prescreened candidates who are qualified for the position. That means that you only have to review a few different applications rather than hundreds, saving you a lot of time.
6. No need to settle for mediocre talent.
Executive search firms go above and beyond to find the most qualified candidates for any position. That means that you don’t have to settle for someone who is just okay. Instead, you can get the top talent in the industry.
7. Candidates are evaluated on their future potential as well as their current abilities.
The last thing that you want is to have to hire new people over and over again. To avoid high turnover rates, executive search firms evaluate candidates based not only on how they will perform today but also how likely they are to stick around in the future. The ideal candidate is someone who is qualified for the job and who is excited about contributing to your business and helping it grow for a long time to come.
8. Executive search firms focus on what candidates can actually do for your company rather than on the bullet points listed on their resume.
Before they begin their search, an executive search company will meet with you to talk about the particular role you are trying to fill as well as about the long-term goals of your business. Based on the information they gather, they will actively search for candidates that have the potential to take your company where you want it to go. That involves a lot more than just reading resumes. Instead, it is about matching up the talents of the candidates with the requirements of the position.
9. Working with an executive search firm provides you with more options and access to uniquely qualified candidates.
Hiring someone for an executive role is about more than just reading resumes. Instead, it is about finding someone whose talents and objectives closely align with the goals of your company so that they can help your business succeed.
5 Things Photographers Need to Know By Jaime Flores
Jaime Flores is a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). He is best known for his portraits but also does a variety of different types of photography. In just a span of a year, he grew his two instagram accounts to have 10x more followers than he had we started. Before photography, Jaime was going to college with no real idea of what he wanted to do for a career. After receiving his Associate’s degree with an emphasis in business, Jaime decided not to continue school and look for something new to pursue in life. He bought his first camera in April of 2018 and quickly gained the knowledge needed in order to be commercially successful in his hometown.
At first his focus was only portraits but later on he began doing product photography, events, landscapes and more. In May of 2019 he started his own Media company called Digital Trends Media. The company provides photography, videography, graphic design, and social media management services. Jaime hopes to inspire and help others find skills that are needed in today’s world driven by social media.
1. Carry your camera at all times
It’s actually really important to always have your camera with you. Pretty often, people get curious and will ask you: “Are you a photographer?” or “What kind of camera do you have?”. Use that as a chance to show them your work and/or hand them a business card (you should always have some). Take your camera everywhere you go and learn to take candid photos of people out in the city, take pictures of your food/drinks, take pictures of nature, etc. This seems pointless but people are willing to buy print versions of those types of photography. Expand your skillset beyond portraits.
2. Leverage your personality
Don’t rely solely on your work to catch the attention of potential clients. Your work will only get you so far but you have to be willing to put your personality out there as well. If you take a look at some of the most successful and well known photographers, you’ll notice that they not only take amazing pictures but they also have huge personalities. People love to see what the person behind the camera is like.
3. Make your photography stand out
Editing is crucial, spend lots of time learning new editing techniques. Also, when shooting portraits, take your time and really analyze backgrounds. Take pictures from numerous angles to give your pictures unique perspectives. Combine a unique editing style with new angles/ideas, and you will gain popularity.
4. Youtube is your best friend
A question I get asked all the time is: “How can I get better at taking pictures?” My answer is always Youtube and practice. Of course you can pay to attend seminars and pay for online photography courses, but to me that’s all unnecessary. All the information you need can be found on YouTube for FREE. At least that’s how I learned everything I know.
5. Cameras don’t do the work for you
A common misconception that people tend to have is that having a good camera is all it takes to be a good photographer. Nowadays an iPhone camera is the best camera to use as a beginner. Anyone can buy the most expensive camera but it takes knowledge about camera settings in order to take the best pictures, as well as good editing skills.
Tech Entrepreneur Dev Garg Plans To Disrupt The Education Industry
Forced to take more than one job to make ends meet, teachers find themselves trading their lifelong passion for learning for jobs that can pay their bills and put food on their tables.
Here are some hard-hitting facts:
- Teachers are underpaid by an average of $7,500 a year in America.
- Last year teachers made 18.7% less in income compared to other educated professionals.
- According to a survey conducted in 35 countries, teachers were underpaid in at least 28.
The problem is clear. So, how do we fix it?
Dev Garg, a University of Minnesota alumnus and serial entrepreneur, asked himself the same question back in 2015.
Inspired by the plight of his own mother, a high-school geography teacher by profession, and other teachers in his community, Garg spent months trying to understand why educators were working in such dismal conditions while being paid only one-third of what their engineer and corporate friends made in a year.
The question led to the inception of EdHero.
The first of its kind, Edhero is an online platform dedicated to creating and empowering a global community of teachers, and helping them do what they do best: spread knowledge.
The startup’s advantage lies in its educator-centred approach. Providing more resources than any other site, and a budding marketplace where like-minded teachers can interact and collaborate, the platform is pioneering a future where teachers no longer have to choose between money and doing what they love.
It functions in three simple ways:
- You create and publish your portfolio on the site. This lets organizations and potential students review your credentials and know if you’re the one they’re looking for.
- It provides you a platform to showcase your passion and skills through online blogs and videos. You don’t need to create and maintain a separate website now; you can easily upload your content to EdHero and share it with the world.
- It has an inbuilt marketplace where educators can share, sell, and buy quality resources.
Right now, most organizations or individuals looking for educators post ads on different sites(upwork, freelancer, craigslist). EdHero aims to create an all-educator exclusive job board, so teachers don’t miss out on opportunities just because they weren’t at the right site at the right time.
Dev Garg is also the founder and president of EasyAnalytic, a leading software development firm, dedicated toward helping entrepreneurs succeed. The concept was born out of his own entrepreneurial struggles and the company’s mission is to take other software startups from idea to fruition by equipping them with a team of highly-skilled professionals that will take care of everything, from marketing to accounts to strategy, and by providing extensive mentoring and exposure through media outlets.
Garg is extremely passionate about startups and aims to help fresh entrepreneurs create and launch the very best product they can.
His own plans for EdHero involve creating an array of opportunities for freelancing educators in the gig economy. By helping them connect with global organizations and students, and giving them an opportunity to make extra money, Garg’s mission is to drastically improve the lives of teachers, and in doing so, improve the quality of educational content that flows through digital channels.
Technology is changing the way we interact and learn now. Online degrees are soaring in popularity, and new educational sites are popping up everyday bringing the world’s best learning experience to students free of cost. The current market size for freelancing teachers is around 23 million. Garg’s goal is to capture one-tenth of that, bringing more than 2.3 million educators under EdHero’s umbrella in the next three years.
Pollination Founders Comment on Overcoming Challenges: How to be Successful on the Internet
Jagrit Pratap Singh, Pranav Rastogi and Muhammad Ali are the founders of Pollination, a firm which owns and operates some of the hottest digital properties on the internet. Pollination’s portfolio boasts of websites which continue to rank on front-page in Google Searches, Social Media pages with over 15 Million followers, and e-commerce platforms across two countries.
Jagrit Pratap Singh
In an interview with Disrupt Digital, the founders of Pollination talked about how they started off, where they are – and what’s next for them!
The First Taste of Success
We started out with viral marketing during the digg.com days. This was in the early days of this decade. Our stories were getting popular on that platform and hence, we were making it to the front page of search results on Google almost on a weekly basis. Eventually, it progressed into being multiple times in a week. However, this all stopped when Digg “incinerated their own site to dust”, Jagrit said. He added:
That wasn’t such a big shock on our numbers, yet it was a valuable learning experience. We had viral organic traffic from Facebook and other platforms, and so we scaled that up. And hence began our social media journey.
Scaling it Up with Social Media!
Pranav adds that Pollination owes a huge deal of its success to social media. The trio own and manage Facebook pages which have over 15 Million combined followers! Among Pollination’s portfolio today are pages such as Art Studios, Take Moments and Life of a Rider among others. However, their fondest memories are of a project that gave them some of their biggest highs and lows – Hiptoro.
Hiptoro.com, which quickly reached to 191 USA ranking on Alexa, was a huge success for the trio. The website got most of its traffic from social media – resulting in at least 20m users every day. Everything seemed to be going well for them until Facebook decided to shake things up! After almost a year of consistent results, Facebook decided to make viral sites on their platform humble and made a monumental shift in their content distribution strategies resulting in the traffic dropping by almost 70%.
Muhammad Ali commented on what happened next, saying:
This humbling experience gave us the time to introspect our business strategies and come up with mature business strategies, focusing on the consumer or the end-user. We had always viewed retail e-commerce as an industry we wanted to be in one day, and so began our journey into 1336 USD billion dollars industry.
What’s Next for Pollination: E-Commerce!
Jagrit recalls that the e-Commerce industry was a whole different beast. So far, the trio had operated in social media – but this change in business forced them to learn the ropes of online ad distribution. They tackled this new industry head-on and managed to obtain big results here as well, reaching sales worth $2 Million in just 40 days.
Pranav adds: Multiple failures, delivering sales under time constraints, understanding our customers and regular improvisation, allowed us to reach $2 million dollars in sales within just 40 days on NoahsCave.com through various ad networks. Now, we run 2 e-commerce companies in Dubai and USA, with over 20 employees, and have business expansion plans of developing valuable product brands not only for our own e-commerce companies but also to give the same expertise to our clients who approach us for brand transformation.
Muhammad concluded by stating that innovation is the name of the game. The three will continue innovating and exploring more avenues – ensuring that they remain on top of their game for the years to come!
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