"Tom Peters said that you should keep on breaking your business down in order to build it up again. This keeps companies more innovative, successful and dynamic.There has not been a better time to do this than in these recent challenging and unprecedented times where have markets plunged, banks have liquidated and countries have even come to the brink of bankruptcy. Companies who survive these times due to vision, determination and re-engineering their businesses, will come out stronger than ever "

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We would like to express our appreciation and thank you for assisting us, in substantially reducing the vacancies since February 2012.

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Hayley, I would like to say a big thank you to both you and Elite for your professionalism, continual advise and input during this whole application process which took us right to the winning post.

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Bronwen Believe me when I say that you are doing much more than just "your job".
I see it in your emails and communications with me and I hear it in your voice when we chat.
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Hayley and Bronwen thank you for all the reassurance along the way, I have been nothing less than impressed with the Elite team.

You are all incredible!

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Hi Monique,

I would like to just say thank you so much for everything you and your company has done for me during my job hunting time,you always availed yourself to answer and support me during the process.I know I was a pain at times but your professionalism was always so comforting.What you have done for me was extra special and I don’t think you can imagine the impact this new job will bring to my family,I hope you can continue to assist more people the way you did for me.

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Hi Natasha, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity. I am so happy here and the team/company is amazing. Somehow this was a perfect fit and has exceeded all my expectations thus far.

Again thank you very much with all your help on this journey and giving me this opportunity.

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How to get Head Hunted

At some time or another most of us have dreamt of the phone call which will transport us from
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our  daily  office  drudge  to  a  world  peppered  with  career  challenges  and  commensurately
substantial financial rewards. Yet, how do you transform yourself into a prospective employee

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so  appealing  that  employers  will  be  falling  over  themselves  in  their  haste  to  secure  your
signature?

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The answer  is to  catch  the eye  of  that  most  significant and  mysterious  of  individuals:  the
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Executive Search consultant, more commonly known as the Headhunter.

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Nowadays  headhunting  is  no  longer  restricted  to  those  earning  massive  salaries.  The
increasing need for specialist skills at middle and junior management levels, particularly within

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the broader financial services industry, dictates that competent individuals must be proactively
unearthed,  rather  than  relying  on a  response  to  the  passive  advert  placed  by a personnel
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agency in a financial weekly.

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So, just how should you react the first time a headhunter approaches you?
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If you've never had a spontaneous telephone call from a headhunter before, it can all seem
somewhat flattering. Usually the headhunter will be rather discreet  about leaving their name

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should their call switch to voicemail. One never knows who might be listening in on your calls
or monitoring your email. Discretion works in both directions, so ensure you don't abuse your

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employer’s email or telephones if you want your job-hunting activity to remain private.
Even if you're perfectly content with your current role, few individuals can resist their natural
curiosity to return the head-hunter’s call. And if you can’t figure just how they got your number,
it  is  doubtful  whether  they will  reveal  that  to  you.  It’s  considered  inappropriate  to  divulge
sources.  However,  somebody  who  knows  you,  or  knows  of  you  by  reputation,  may  have
recommended  you.  It  might  even  be  the  head-hunter’s  client  sounding  out  your  possible
candidacy.

Headhunters often have researchers who  assist  them. Astute researchers will discover your
contact details from your employer's switchboard operators, interrogate their own databases,
comb through conference schedules for delegates and keynote speakers, scour press cuttings,
search the Internet, even Google® your name!
Most  importantly,  try and be as helpful to the researcher as  your time and  work pressures
permit. Being friendly, professional and cooperative costs little, and will ensure that one day
YOU will be the first to be approached for that job-in-a-lifetime.

Remember, if you want to be headhunted, make sure people can find you!
The following ten-point guide might increase your chances of getting headhunted.

1. Strive to be the best in your field.
This is the classic no-brainer. If you reach the top of
your career field you will be flagged on all headhunters’ radars.

2.  Increase  visibility.
Get  yourself  published,  talk  to  the  media,  present  material  at
conferences,  sweat  your  network,  and  just  get  out  and  about.  Most  headhunters  keep
databases of  who is quoted in the press; who is publishing professional articles;  and  who is
presenting  papers  at  conferences.  They  will also source recommendations  from  prominent
industry personalities. To optimise your chances you simply have to be visible.

3. Chart your career.
Well-respected universities and Graduate Business Schools do make a
difference, especially for the younger candidate in the early stages of his / her career. Strive to
join an employer noted for its training experience and endeavour to develop broad functional
and sector expertise.

4.  What’s  your  Emotional  Intelligence?
Many  search  firms  believe  that  high  emotional
intelligence is the biggest differentiator of attractiveness in a candidate. It doesn’t matter how
clever you are, if you’re missing a personality then you’ll remain on the shelf.

5.  Become  Internet  savvy.
Where  appropriate,  ensure  that  your  profile  and  /  or  CV  is
available on your company’s website. Headhunters constantly scan through biographies found
on the websites of organisations when searching for a prospective candidate. As an alternative