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Aftan Started A New Job This Week!

Aftan Romanczak started a new job this week.  I helped! He became the Corporate Research and Development Chef for an Atlanta-based, home meal replacement company.  I am happy to say that his placement completed my contract to fill this position. A total of thirty-days elapsed from the day my search contract was executed to Aftan’s start date.  This time-to-completion statistic represents my shortest search.

My average search assignment is ninety days, so this is a significant record. However, it only ties my best. In this case, everything fell into place. I had a highly motivated client who had been unsuccessful recruiting this position on their own. I had a highly motivated candidate, who was between situations.  He could join my client’s team immediately.  Did I say he was also highly qualified?  I had a strong network activated to feed candidates to me. And finally, Aftan was already known to me as were his references.

Some may call this luck. I would say fortunate, but it wasn’t luck.  All of the stars were aligned to achieve this result. However, all of the components were in place after years of investment. I have experience placing Corporate R&D Chefs, so I have a network into those folks. I have a host of network contacts who have connections to the R&D Chefs. The candidate was known to me as he had worked for a client of many years.  I had two excellent personal references who validated his work history and capabilities. Most importantly, I had a sophisticated client who knew the current market for this position. They had tried to conduct this search on their own, without success. They even made an offer to a viable candidate.

When this client turned to me for help, they were in a position to make a rapid decision when presented with the right candidate. They were clear as to whom they sought. All I had to do was to present one highly qualified and motivated candidate to complete the assignment.  The added benefit to the client is that they get a sixty to ninety-day head-start on the productivity Aftan will bring to their operation.

I am reminded of buying my wife’s engagement ring, 42 years ago.  Purchasing that first diamond engagement ring is a learning experience. It took time to understand the product and the market, relative to my budget. The second diamond purchase was easier.  If you are a diamond merchant, you are always up to date on the market.  Recruiting an R&D Chef isn’t a routine activity for most managers.  It requires the hiring manager to become familiar with the supply-demand dynamic, which takes time and effort.

This was not the first time I’ve completed an assignment so quickly. The first was for a CFO I placed with a PEG portfolio company.  In many respects the circumstances were similar. The client had been unsuccessful in their search to find a CFO. They were trying to execute an internal search on a confidential basis. I had just completed a CFO search in the same industry segment for another client.  When I completed that search, I made an announcement to my network which got the attention of the Vice President of HR for that company.  He contacted me, and we entered into a search agreement.  I immediately presented him with a shortlist of candidates I had just validated. This company found their ideal candidate in the group and made the hiring decision. Once again, I had a highly motivated client who was familiar with the market for CFOs. When I put the ideal candidate in front of them, they knew to hire him.  This led to a series of additional CFO searches for the company’s PEG owners.

Every time I experience a below average time to completion on a search I feel validation that my business model is correct. I continue to grow and strengthen my network. I keep them apprised of my work and provide them with useful insights to keep them connected to me. The lesson for job seekers and networkers is that networking can be very effective if you work the process.

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Jim Weber, President
Author of: Fighting Alligators: Job Search Strategy For The New Normal
New Century Dynamics Executive Search

Current Assignments

  1. CEO – Northeast-based Quick Casual Restaurant Company – New
  2. COO- Northeast-based Casual Dining Restaurant Company – New
  3. Operating Partners – Legacy Pizza Chain – New
  4. Corporate R&D Chef, Atlanta-based Home Meal Replacement Company – Complete
  5. Area Supervisor, Legacy Pizza Chain Franchisee, S. Carolina – New
  6. Senior Accounting Manager – Atlanta-based Manufacturer. Complete
  7. Controller – Atlanta-based Consumer Products – Digital Company – Completed

Author of: Fighting Alligators: Job Search Strategy For The New Normal

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Prior to forming New Century Dynamics in 1999, Jim Weber spent 22 years with Fortune 500 franchising companies in the Food Retailing Industry where he developed a broad-based portfolio of “hands-on” line and staff experience in growth and turnaround situations.
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