Work Considerations When Relocating

When moving to a new state or city, one important consideration to make is the availability of work opportunities in your field. Reaching out to search firms like ours can help you get insight into and guidance concerning your job search, but here are other strategies you can deploy to make your move and work transition successful.

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger?

In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of people. We’ve had to become accustomed to a number of new, unexpected changes to our work, leisure, and other activities. But how much change is too much change?

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 Networking: What are people doing?


Don Alexander (GeneCoda), Ted Benson and Jerel Bonner (Corralling Chaos)


On Monday mornings millions of professionals like you look at their calendars and think “I’ve got too much to do!”

Most professionals hear that they need to be networking, though they don’t know how to fit in into their schedule and whether it will really be worthwhile. They wonder if they’ll get real value, or just waste time.

So, we wanted to find out: What does it mean to network successfully?  How do professionals maximize the value of their networking? What might an “ideal” networking event look like?

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Ghostwrite Your Own Introduction

In the search and recruitment industry, we get numerous requests to make connections between professionals.  These requests include our primary focus on professional matchmaking between candidate and hiring manager, introductions of sales professionals or consultants that bring value to our clients, investor introductions and other forms of connectivity.  If we’ve established a good working relationship and believe there is value to both parties in an introduction, we are happy to facilitate mutually beneficial connections.  As we all know, warm introductions are better than cold ones!

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5 Employment Myths Busted

Don Alexander (GeneCoda) and Ted Benson (Corralling Chaos)


Standing at a networking cocktail party, your friend says,

“I need to network more – it’s the best way to find a job!”

Everyone hears claims about employment that sound plausible. It’s easy to accept them without thinking. Especially if the claim comes from a friend, and we’re on our third drink…

But are those claims true? For instance, is networking really the best way to find a job?

As any scientist can tell you, a hypothesis – or claim – should be testable, to see if it’s true.

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The Real-World Importance of Corporate Culture


Your Culture is Your Brand

Don Alexander (GeneCoda), Ted Benson and Jerel Bonner (Corralling Chaos)

Corporate Culture Terms


Crafting and activating corporate culture can be challenging. Many papers, speakers, and books discuss various aspects of corporate culture, from time-worn standards like Jim Collins’ “Good to Great” to new classics like Dan Ariely’s “Payoff”. There are also company founders who are outliers in crafting unique cultures, like Jim Goodnight at SAS and Tony Hsieh at Zappos: leaders who’ve blazed new trails getting employees to completely buy into, and sustain, company culture.

But less often considered is how working individuals in the real world evaluate the value of workplace culture. For example: Do they think that the company actually cares about culture? How important is a company’s culture to current employees? How do candidates consider it when researching prospective employers, and how do they do investigate it? Do they find it easy to identify corporate culture from their research and interview? Will their impression of the culture influence their decision to accept a job offer? Once onboard, can they actually recognize the culture and does that match their expectation created during their research and interview? And does the culture support their growth and development, proven key factors for employee retention?

This study explored these questions by surveying several hundred individuals. The respondents serve in a range of functions, from individual contributors to executives, in a variety of private firms across several scientific and technical industry sectors. Continue reading “The Real-World Importance of Corporate Culture”