4 Quick Questions For Brian Mohr, Co-Founder of Y Scouts

Brian Mohr Y Scouts

This is a quick Q&A with Y Scouts Managing Partner and co-founder, Brian Mohr.

Why do you love your job?

I love my job because the work we do has a tremendous positive impact on the organizations we work with and the leaders we eventually place into those organizations. The impact of matching the right leader to the right organization has huge ripple effects on everyone – employees, vendors, partners, clients/customers, employees’ families, the community, etc. At Y Scouts, we have the opportunity to have an enormous impact on the way a company is led – the level of warmth, strength and openness of the leader impacts everyone at the company – and, when the right candidate finds the right company, their life is changed forever as well – it’s awesome!

If you had one minute to talk about Y Scouts live on every major news network in the world, what would you say?

I would talk about the difference between an ‘executive’ and a ‘leader’. Leadership is a mindset, not simply having the most tenure or experience. I would talk about the importance of the leader having a deep sense of connection to the purpose/mission and the values of the organization in which s/he has the honor of leading. I would talk about our Exceptional Leadership Model and emphasize the 3 elevated behaviors of Exceptional Leadership; 1.) Driver of Results, 2.) Developer of People, and 3.) Relentless Learner. I would discuss the Gallup engagement data and the impact the leader has on the engagement of their organizations. We must rethink how we hire leaders into our organizations – the most experience or the fanciest degree doesn’t always translate to the best leader – starting with purpose and values matters and we must start there.

What are the little things that really make Y Scouts different than everyone else?

Our Exceptional Leadership Model is a huge differentiator. In addition, we are a Certified B Corp, we are members of Conscious Capitalism, and we have a sincere belief that Purpose and Values is where the leadership recruiting process must start. We conduct our searches in a covert manner, so we can understand our candidates at a human level first, not just review their resume and try to match based on keywords and career history. Our team cares deeply about making matches, not facilitating a hiring transaction. We inform all candidates about their status in the process – we are huge on communication to all candidates, especially the ones who don’t get hired.

What words you often find yourself using to describe Y Scouts?

Innovative, human, purpose-based, Exceptional Leadership Search Firm, Social Enterprise, Nonprofit-focused, High Growth-Company focused, highly aligned team, Care deeply about the people they represent (clients and candidates).

Y Scouts is a leadership search firm that connects nonprofits, social enterprises and innovative for-profit companies with exceptional leaders. Looking to hire an exceptional leader? Searching for the ideal candidate? Contact our team. Are you a leadership candidate seeking the next step in your career? Join our leadership community.

Vice President Of Real Estate Testimonial

Executive Search Firm Testimonial

Great_Hearts_logoName: William ‘Billy’ Malkovich

Role: Vice President of Real Estate

Company: Great Hearts Academies

Practice Area: Nonprofit

In the early stage of my search for a new career, I spoke with several recruiting firms, and was quickly drawn to the Y Scouts approach. They took the time to figure out my wants and needs beyond the mechanics of a job. Personality fit, culture, advancement potential, and work life balance were all discussed before I ever saw a job description.

Their approach told me that they genuinely wanted to find the best fit for both the candidate and the employer. Career transitions are challenging for even the most senior executive. Y Scouts recognized this challenge and spent time checking on how the “person” was doing, not just the “candidate”.

I give my highest of recommendations to Y Scouts.

Y Scouts helps nonprofits and social enterprises find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

Top 10 Core Values At The Top 10 Medium Sized Workplaces

top 10 core values medium sized workplaces

At Y Scouts we have the unique opportunity to learn about the cultures and workplaces of the organizations we work with as part of our executive search process.

A core part of any organization are their core values. The core values at Y Scouts aim to share our beliefs, our personality, our story and serve as internal ways to guide our actions and behaviors.

Our first core value, “Build The Plane As We Fly It” serves as a belief that we are risk-takers and adventurers and are always looking for how we can push ourselves and our company to the level of what’s possible.

Our last core value, “Tequila!” complements our belief that recognizing each other for our contributions is an essential ingredient to our success (Plus, we’ve been known to take a celebratory shot here and there).

But what are the top core values typically found at organizations today? How are other companies communicating their fundamental beliefs and behaviors? Are there commonalities? Do organizations even need core values?

Each organization is different, which is why we decided to take a look at the top core values from 10 companies listed on the Great Place To Work Institute‘s “Best Medium Sized Workplaces” list.

(Click here if you’d like to view the core values for small workplaces.)

Squarespace-Holiday-PartySquareSpace

Purpose: Giving voice to ideas.

Values:

  • Be your own customer
  • Empower individuals
  • Design is not a luxury
  • Good work takes time
  • Optimize towards ideals
  • Simplify

Learn more about the values at Squarespace: http://www.squarespace.com/about/values

Anniversary-PartyPinnacle Financial Partners

Purpose: To be the best financial services firm and the best place to work in Tennessee.

Values:

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Learning
  • Partnership
  • Results
  • Balance
  • Discipline

Learn more about the values at Pinnacle Financial Partners: https://www.pnfp.com/about-pinnacle/who-we-are-mission,-vision-and-values/

h-factor-shieldHagerty

Purpose: To protect the physical connections to the best moments in your life.

Values:

  • Being honest
  • Collaborating
  • Treating everyone with respect and dignity
  • Delivering on our promises
  • Always exceeding expectations

Learn more about the values at Hagerty: https://www.hagerty.com/corporate/Values

Atlassian-PicAtlassian

Purpose: Helping teams everywhere change the world through the power of software

Values:

  • Open company, no bullshit
  • Build with heart and balance
  • Don’t #@!% the customer
  • Play, as a team
  • Be the change you seek

Learn more about the values at Atlassian: https://www.atlassian.com/company/careers

Centro-PicCentro

Purpose: improve the lives of the people behind the campaigns.

Values:

  • Self-Improvement
  • Integrity
  • Idealism
  • Courage
  • Honesty
  • Unselfishness
  • Self-Discipline
  • Self-Respect
  • Accountability
  • Dedication to Others

Learn more about the values at Centro: http://www.centro.net/careers/manifesto

Giving-time-and-resources-to-under-funded-public-schoolsCirrus Logic

Purpose: First Choice in Signal Processing Components

Values:

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Job Satisfaction

Learn more about the values at Cirrus Logic: http://www.cirrus.com/en/careers/visionmissionvalues.html

New-Hire-Class-with-Scott-Martineau-Co-FounderInfusionsoft

Purpose: We help small businesses thrive with sales and marketing software built for them.

Values:

  • We empower entrepreneurs.
  • We listen, we care, we serve.
  • We do what we say we’ll do.
  • We practice open, real communication.
  • We face challenges with optimism.
  • We check our egos at the door.
  • We innovate and constantly improve.
  • We do the right thing.
  • We believe in people and their dreams.

Learn more about the values at Infusionsoft: http://www.infusionsoft.com/culture

EKSHatSnowPileForChildrensHospitalColorado_caphoto391EKS&H

Purpose: to help business owners and executives reach their goals by delivering proactive, innovative, and comprehensive solutions.

Values:

  • Integrity and ethical values
  • Direct, open, and honest communication
  • Commitment to clients
  • Product quality and reliability
  • Continual self-improvement / self renewal
  • Having fun
  • People as the source of our strength
  • Team-orientation / commitment to each other
  • Creativity / innovation / risk-taking
  • Strong work ethic

Learn more about the values at EKS&H: http://www.eksh.com/about-us/company-culture-at-eks-h

Top 10 Core ValuesAmerican Transmission Co.

Purpose: To significantly grow our business, provide value to our investors and serve our customers well.

Values:

  • Employees
  • Customers
  • Environment
  • Safety
  • Teamwork
  • Diversity
  • Community Interaction
  • Competitive Spirit
  • Improvement & innovation
  • Compliance
  • Fun

Learn more about the values at American Transmission Co.: http://www.atcllc.com/careers/our-workplace-culture/atcs-vision/

Derek-rows-in-the-employee-gymClif Bar

Purpose: to help create a healthier, more just and sustainable food system.

Values:

  • Connect
  • Organic
  • Restore
  • Ethical

Learn more about the values at Clif Bar.: http://www.clifbar.com/text/responsible-sourcing

What are your top core values? How are your core values different than the ones that exist at the top small workplaces in America? Let Y Scouts know on Facebook, Twitter or our LinkedIn page.

Y Scouts helps nonprofits, social enterprises and innovative for-profit organizations find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

Top Core Values At The Best Small Workplaces In The US

Top core values small workplaces

At Y Scouts we have the unique opportunity to learn about the cultures and workplaces of the organizations we work with as part of our executive search process.

A core part of any organization are their core values. The core values at Y Scouts aim to share our beliefs, our personality, our story and serve as internal ways to guide our actions and behaviors.

Our first core value, “Build The Plane As We Fly It” serves as a belief that we are risk-takers and adventurers and are always looking for how we can push ourselves and our company to the level of what’s possible.

Our last core value, “Tequila!” complements our belief that recognizing each other for our contributions is an essential ingredient to our success (Plus, we’ve been known to take a celebratory shot here and there).

But what are the top core values typically found at organizations today? How are other companies communicating their fundamental beliefs and behaviors? Are there commonalities? Do organizations even need core values?

Each organization is different, which is why we decided to take a look at the top core values from 10 companies listed on the Great Place To Work Institute‘s “Best Small Workplaces” list.

(Click here if you’d like to view the core values for medium sized workplaces.)

GraniteProperties_Photo3Granite Properties

Purpose: Inspiring people to flourish through the places we create.

Values:

  • Passion to lead with integrity
  • Dedication to serve
  • Drive to create opportunities
  • Never-ending pursuit of improvement

View Granite Properties Purpose and Values.

Not-So-Casual-Friday-at-RubyRuby Receptionists

Purpose: to preserve and perpetuate real, meaningful connections in an increasingly technology-focused, virtual world.

Values:

  • Foster Happiness
  • Practice WOWism
  • Create Community
  • Innovate
  • Grow

Read about the meaning behind each one of these values at http://www.callruby.com/our-story.html

studer_photo1Studer Group

Purpose: to make healthcare a better place for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine and patients to receive care.

Values:

  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Generosity
  • Learning
  • Measurable Achievement

Read more about the Studer Group’s values and mission here: https://www.studergroup.com/who-we-are/about-studer-group

SMC-2013South Mountain Company

Purpose: to enrich our community by designing and building for the future

Values:

  • Triple bottom line (planet, people & profits) commitment
  • Create enduring and respectful relationships
  • Encourage individual creativity, health, and fulfillment in the workplace
  • Ensure opportunity for all
  • Honor craft and those who practice it
  • Embrace new ideas with a bold and flexible approach
  • Employ reclaimed, renewable and energy efficient materials and systems whenever possible
  • Accept only projects that are consistent with our values
  • Practice design/build to create buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods
  • Produce lasting value for our clients
  • Grow only with purpose
  • Deploy our financial resources to support our mission and our goals
  • Concentrate our endeavors primarily on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Use and expand our extensive network of professional connections for learning and educating
  • Cultivate a spirit of cooperation, teamwork, and fun!

Read more about South Mountain’s philosophies at: http://www.southmountain.com/who-we-are/our-philosophy

Top 5 Core ValuesBadger Mining Corporation

Purpose: We will be the leader in the industrial sand industry with a team of associates committed to excellence and a passion for satisfying our stakeholders.

Values:

  • Trust
  • Empowerment
  • Fun
  • Family
  • Strong Relationships
  • Customer-Focused
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Passion for Success

Learn more about Badger Mining Corporation’s mission and values at: http://badgerminingcorp.com/about-us/

Were-Dog-FriendlyAdvantage Answering Plus Inc.

Purpose: We sincerely believe that GREAT communication is the foundation for a successful business of any size, in any industry.

Values:

  • It’s ALL about People
  • Spread Goodwill
  • Bring Your Best
  • Commit to Excellence
  • Learn from Yesterday
  • Embrace Teamwork
  • Think (and Dream) Big

Learn more about why Advantage Answering Plus is in business at: http://www.advantage-plus.com/company/

kahler_slater_united_way_pie_-in-face_fundraiser_2012_photo4Kahler Slater

Purpose: We exist to enrich life through artful design.

Values:

  • Trusting Relationships
  • Respectful Collaboration
  • Passion
  • Creativity
  • Integrity
  • Openness
  • Community

Learn more about Kahler Slater’s approach at http://www.kahlerslater.com/about-us/our-vision

Dance-MarathonSolstice Mobile

Purpose: we engineer idea-driven digital experiences that bring our customers closer to their customers.

Values:

  • serve people first
  • inspire creativity
  • embrace executional precision
  • practice introspection
  • empower disruption
  • be nimble
  • defy gravity
  • make a difference

Learn more about Solstice Mobile at: http://www.solstice-mobile.com/about-us

IPM2014_caphoto846Integrated Project Management Company

Purpose: to provide exceptional project leadership.

Values:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Responsiblity
  • Excellence
  • Spirituality
  • Humilty

Learn more about why IPM exists at: http://www.ipmcinc.com/our-company/why-ipm-exists

xactly dodgeball-teamXactly

Purpose: to change the world of incentive compensation.

Values:

  • Customer Focus
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

Learn more about Xactly at: https://www.xactlycorp.com/company/about-us/

What are your top core values? How are your core values different than the ones that exist at the top small workplaces in America? Let Y Scouts know on Facebook, Twitter or our LinkedIn page.

Y Scouts helps nonprofits, social enterprises and innovative for-profit organizations find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

Candidate Testimonial

Candidate Testimonial

Great_Hearts_logoName: Jessica Taylor

Role: Director of Strategic Communications

Company: Great Hearts Academies

Practice Area: Nonprofit

Working with Y Scouts was a breath of fresh air compared to my experiences with other recruiting firms. The entire process – starting at first contact – was personal, comfortable and engaging. I was admittedly uninterested in pursuing a new opportunity when Y Scouts first approached me, but was still compelled to respond to their initial email because it was so different than what I was used to receiving from recruiters. Y Scouts never made me feel like I was part of a transaction or a means to an end; I felt like I was working with a friend and an ally throughout the entire process, who kept my best interests in mind at all times.

I found myself talking to friends and family about how unique and positive my experience was, and how much I enjoyed working with Y Scouts. I would absolutely recommend working with Y Scouts to any organization with a true commitment to finding the right leaders.

The Y Scouts process allows individuals and organizations to have complete confidence in the decision to work together.

When Y Scouts first approached me, I had no information about the organization that the potential role was with, which felt strange at first, but I soon came to see this as a wonderful strategy that positioned me to openly explore what I truly desired in a new position, and where my strengths and personality would thrive. Concealing the organization’s identity allowed me to be fully transparent with myself and the Y Scouts team about what type of opportunity would be the best match.

When I worked with Y Scouts I felt like my recruiter truly took the time to get to know me, my motivations and what type of opportunity would help me grow and succeed. Y Scouts helped me move into an incredible new role, but even if it hadn’t ended up being the right position for me, I still learned a huge amount from the experience and enjoyed the experience. I love my new role and am thankful everyday that Y Scouts helped connect me to an organization and position that align perfectly with my skills and personal passions.

Y Scouts helps nonprofits and social enterprises find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

Goodmans Interior Structures Testimonial

General Manager Executive Search

goodman_logo_largeName: Adam Goodman, President

Roles Y Scouts filled for Adam: General Manager, Director of Marketing

Company: Goodmans Interior Structures

Practice Area – High Growth/Innovative

How would you describe your overall experience with Y Scouts?

My Y Scouts experiences have been terrific. From the very beginning Y Scouts was speaking my language about purpose, culture and alignment. I knew they were invested in finding someone who was the perfect fit for our company – and they did!

Compared to other search firms, what did you find different and valuable about the Y Scouts process?

Y Scouts understood the importance of finding a candidate whose purpose matched our own. No other search firm talks about “purpose”. They pay some lip service to “culture”, for sure, but the concept of alignment around purpose is not widely understood in the search business.

If you were going to recommend Y Scouts to colleagues/friends, what would you highlight about our services? Our process? Our people?

The Y Scouts process ensures that everyone they put in front of me will fit our culture. Because their interviews are blind, the candidate is free to express their true nature, motivations and purpose. That prequalified alignment removes a huge burden off of me during interviews. While I still do some work to confirm the cultural fit, I can spend the bulk of my time evaluating their skills and talent.

An important part of their deliverables is the write-up you will receive on each candidate. I’ve worked with other search firms before but I am much more impressed with the quality and depth that Y Scouts provides. They point out where the candidate is aligned with our values, and they also suggest some areas to probe where the alignment might not be as strong. Their analysis sets the table for my interview very well.

How have the leaders you’ve hired through Y Scouts performed? Have they met your expectations? Have they delivered impact?

The leaders we hired through Y Scouts have been high performers who have made a difference for our company.

Was Y Scouts’ B Corp Certification an important criteria in your decision to select us as a partner?

I like to do business with companies that share our values. Knowing that Y Scouts is a B Corp confirmed my instincts that these are my kind of people.

Y Scouts helps innovative and high growth companies find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

Western Psychological Services Testimonial

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WPS-Unlocking-Potential-LogoName: Jeff Manson, CEO

Role Y Scouts filled for Jeff: Director of Marketing

Company: Western Psychological Services

Practice Area: High Growth/Innovative

How would you describe your overall experience with Y Scouts?

I had an excellent experience working with Y Scouts from the initial conversation through the onboarding process. Every interaction was productive and achieved the outcome we had targeted. Due to their honest and genuine communication style they build up a high degree of trust and delivered on it. Y Scouts spent a great deal of time understanding my company, its culture, its history, and my leadership style so as to have an extremely clear picture of what it was like to work in our culture. This was invaluable to their creation of a very clear, and yet concise, job description that would target the right person for us and lead to an excellent outcome. It was well worth the cost as they delivered everything they said they would.

What impressed you about the Y Scouts process?

I was impressed with how thorough it was from the very beginning and the confidence they have in it. Never did they waiver in their belief that they could find excellent candidates for us as their process had proven successful many times. Ultimately you are buying an approach and a process, not just a few screened out resumes. After presenting their process in detail I was convinced we would have a great outcome to this search because they spend time doing things that ensure the candidates they present are truly a good fit for the job. By the time you meet candidates Y Scouts has taken out a great deal of guesswork for you. Other firms don’t do this and leave most of the heavy lifting to you.

If you’ve worked with other executive search firms, what felt different about your Y Scouts experience when compared to previous executive search firm experiences?

Y Scouts spent much more time getting to know me, my leadership style, my executive team, and my company’s culture than any other recruiter firm. They do much more than a 1 hour onsite meet-and-greet visit. They really get to know everyone, what drives them, and what makes the company special. They do much more of the heavy lifting to screen and vet candidates before you even meet them. And they don’t send you any duds. You only see top quality candidates.

How has the leader you hired performed so far? Has she raised the game for her team? Has she delivered impact from day one?

Our recent hire has made an impact from the moment she walked in on her first day. She has immediately brought the leadership and accountability we were looking for and has her team more engaged than they had been in a long time. I have great confidence in her to deliver on the goals I have set out for her department.

Please share any comments about the Y Scouts team and the level of transparency, professionalism and communication.

The Y Scouts team is earnest and honest. They tell you what’s happening and don’t sugar coat things. They also won’t make promises they can’t keep and will tell you if they can’t do something. This level of transparency is rare in the recruiting world and it really shows that they care more about making real and tangible impact by placing the right person in the right job instead of simply running a conveyor belt of resumes/people.

Would you recommend Y Scouts to colleagues, friends, etc?

Yes, I would recommend Y Scouts and I already have.

Would you use Y Scouts again for a senior level leadership need?

I would absolutely use Y Scouts again for another senior level position.

Y Scouts helps innovative and high growth companies find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

How Executive Search Firms Find Great Candidates

How Executive Search Firms Find Candidates

The other day a friend asked about how executive search firms find great candidates.

They asked, “What are some ways headhunters source resumes and contacts? Do recruiters using specific advanced Boolean operators? What do they search for on LinkedIn? What are some recruitment hacks I can try on my own?”

For the record, most executive search firms rarely use internet sourcing techniques to find great candidates. Many of the roles executive search firms recruit for never hit a job board or available to the public. The reason?

That’s not where the great candidates are.

As shocking as it may seem, many executive level candidates aren’t on LinkedIn or any form of social media. Instead, they’re heads down at their jobs busy making an impact – not updating their profile or making a status update. You can test out this theory by doing a search of a few companies you’d want to recruit executives from. Many times, the CEO and the executive team aren’t on LinkedIn or social media because of all the solicitation that goes on with the site.

Strategy
Instead, executive search firms find great candidates by starting with a strategy. They’ll map out their target companies within specific industries and within specific geographic locations. From there, they’ll have a list of potential leaders to go after.

Research
Top executive recruiters will only approach a candidate if a contact in their network can verify and reference that the candidate is solid. For example, if you’re an executive recruiter at an executive search firm, you’ve probably had several years experience in the industry for which you’re recruiting in. Over time, you’ve developed a network of contacts that can add to your candidate pool – or at least can vouch for candidates if you need a reference. When a new role needs to be filled, this network will be called upon for research.

Who do you know that is a great VP of Operations?

We heard that John Smith is exceptional. What’s been your experience?

From there, an executive search firm will approach the people who have been referenced and vetted through the research process. There’s not a lot of boolean searching that is done in the process.

Executive search firms create a strategy, do their research, make their calls, and find the right people to put into their assessment process. There’s not a lot of recruitment hacks and internet sourcing that go into the process. Sure LinkedIn can complement a search – but by no means is it a search firm’s only source.

What stories do you have about identifying exceptional leadership candidates? What sources and tactics did you use? Let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin.

Y Scouts helps innovative and high growth companies find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

Top 5 Misconceptions About Executive Search

Executive Search Misconceptions

When an executive recruiter contacts a potential candidate, often times the candidate has a few executive search misconceptions that need to be overcome.

When an executive search firm begins to try and understand the candidate’s situation and requests information, candidates begin to wonder what’s behind the surface of the call.

In particular, executive candidates naturally become curious about the employer who is hiring, the job they’re being recruited for, as well as the potential benefit of continuing the conversation.

Here are 5 executive search misconceptions we typically come across on an initial outreach call to candidates:

Compensation
If an executive recruiter asks about compensation, we’re just trying to gauge whether the position we’re trying to fill is right for you. If we’re conducting a search for a CEO and the client has allocated $250,000 salary to the position, we want to find out if this number is in your ballpark. If you’re making $450,000 – we want to know because a $200,000 annual drop in salary probably isn’t worth it to you to continue a conversation. If you’re making $125,000, maybe the scope and scale of the position we’re trying to fill is beyond your expertise.

We respect candidates who avoid answering the question. Sometimes it’s awkward to share personal financial information with a stranger over the phone who you’ve never met. But, it only makes an executive recruiter’s job more difficult. At the end of the day, we aren’t curious about what you make for the sake of our curiosity. Executive search firms just use this question as an initial discovery.

Concealing The Company
The first question we often get when contacting an initial candidate is, “Who is the company?”

Executive recruiters don’t like to share this information not because we’re sneaky. It’s because we believe that if the candidate knows the company or job title that we’re recruiting for, then the answers we receive to questions will naturally become clouded and inauthentic. It’s not because we’re worried a candidate will go directly to the employer to apply for the job, and therefore cutting us out of our own compensation. It’s because if we tell you our client is a nonprofit, then a candidate is likely going to talk about their nonprofit experiences.

Executive recruiters have reached out to you for a reason. Trust their judgement that you may be a great fit, and answer questions honestly to help aid their judgement.

Experience
Clients don’t pay executive search firms to evaluate resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Companies can do that on their own. Some executive search firms place the highest priority on work experience. For Y Scouts, we prioritize purpose, values and behaviors before experience. Candidates sometimes believe they didn’t get the job because they were overqualified or underqualified. Most of the time, it’s because the candidate wasn’t a great cultural or behavioral fit.

Having a great resume and being able to speak about your accomplishments is key. But, our process puts experience at the back burner by the time we pick up the phone to call you.

Polishing The Past
Our clients care more about leaders that are focused on creating the future instead of polishing the past. Executive search firms are in the same boat, while candidates are usually the opposite. Most executive candidates have no problem speaking about experience. The truly great candidates are ones that can articulate where they want to take their future.

Job Postings
Companies who post jobs on job boards to find executive level leaders may have the biggest executive search misconceptions. Executive search firms are not just looking for people who are in the job market – which is what job boards do. Executive search firms seek out the best leaders available for the role. Most of the candidates we identify are not looking to make a career change and may not even have a LinkedIn profile. These candidates are busy, successful, and well-paid. Executive search firms can spend several days and even weeks trying to get in front of these candidates for a few minutes of their time – just to confirm whether they are the right person for the role. Posting executive jobs to job boards will not produce the best possible recruiting outcome. Instead, it will deliver you a pool of people who match all of the executive search misconceptions we’ve already mentioned.

What other executive search misconceptions do you have? Let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin.

Y Scouts helps innovative and high growth companies find exceptional leaders. To be considered for exceptional leadership opportunities with our clients, please take the first step by joining the Y Scouts Leadership Community. If you are looking for an exceptional leader to join your organization, contact us to experience a different approach to recruiting.

5 Tools Every Executive Should Be Using In Their Job Search

Executive Job Search Tools

There are executive job search tools every leader should be using – ranging from LinkedIn to an executive search firm – that can assist with your job search.

Nonprofits, social enterprises and innovative for-profit companies need exceptional leaders to make an impact at their organizations. In order to find the right opportunity, leaders can be successful by conducting a well-planned, proactive career search. Targeting the right companies who value their skills, behaviors and experiences is just the start to an executive job search.

Here are five tools every executive should be using in their job search.

LinkedIn
Besides being a job board site, LinkedIn is a place to network and showcase your expertise. Grow your network by connecting with colleagues, previous co-workers, and the people who you have professional relationships with. Fill out your profile completely because executive recruiters use LinkedIn profiles to research and identify candidates for leadership roles. Putting a good foot forward on LinkedIn greatly improves the success rate of your job search.

Executive Search Firms
Most executive search firms make their money by placing candidates at companies, and do not charge candidates to work with them. Take advantage of this by selecting an executive search firm to work with on your job search. By getting on an executive recruiter’s radar, and by getting into an executive search firm’s database, you are developing a referral network for potential leadership opportunities.

Your Resume
Like it or not, your resume is still a valuable part of a job search. Make sure you take the time to update your resume to accurately reflect the value you can bring to an organization. List your achievements and button everything up to put your best foot forward.

Niche Sites
If you have expertise in a particular area, find a niche site that can assist you in your job search. For example, if you have worked at nonprofits for several years, find a nonprofit executive search firm that works with nonprofits and social enterprises. Or, if you are interested in local leadership opportunities, use locally based sites that are specific to your local area. The more focused you are in your job search, the better results you’ll see.

Associations
Networking with associations can give you the scoop about which organizations are looking for leaders. Look for opportunities to network with the economic development council and other professional associations that are consistently talking with organizations.

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