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5 Quick Tips to Enhance your LinkedIn Profile

Posted by Date Posted: April 17, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips

LinkedIn is easily the largest social media network out there for professionals, and as a lot of us know, the first stop when beginning a search for a new career. We wanted to share some tips that were shared with us (and based on our experiences!) on how to spruce up your LinkedIn profile. Profile…

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Creating a Work from Home Routine

Posted by Date Posted: March 23, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips,Client Resources

There have been quite a few articles and blog posts about our collective abrupt shift to remote work. Many of these articles suggest creating a routine to help maintain some normalcy. We love that idea and want to dive a little deeper into the discussion of routine. When it comes to a work from home…

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Making the Shift to Digital Interviewing

Posted by Date Posted: March 19, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips,Client Resources,Interviewing Tips

Digital interviews are a great way to keep the hiring process moving along during uncertain times. At Variant Partners we frequently help our clients and candidates prepare for digital interviews, so we thought we would share some insight. Ultimately, with a little preparation, digital interviews can achieve nearly all the goals of an in-person interview with fewer…

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Three Tips on Effective Remote Interviewing

Posted by Date Posted: March 17, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips,Client Resources,Interviewing Tips

Monthly insights provided by the MRINetwork team of staffing professionals, talent advisors and recruitment experts. Three tips on effective remote interviewing to make that critical hiring decision Because the health and safety of the U.S. workforces and their families are at the forefront of everyone’s mind during the current Coronavirus outbreak, many companies have implemented…

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Working from Home + Quarantine: Maintaining During a Pandemic

Posted by Date Posted: March 17, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips,Client Resources

Do you find yourself working from home and functionally quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic? The combination of these isolating elements can be tough to get through without losing a bit of sanity. Even seasoned remote workers may start to feel trapped in this time of extreme social restrictions. Here are a few quick tips to…

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Energy Team Video Series: Who are our Clients?

Posted by Date Posted: February 10, 2020 Posted in Energy Industry,Video Series

In this episode, practice leader of the Energy Team, Lynda Cooney, introduces our in-house legal energy practice and explains who our clients are and who we recruit. In-house Legal Energy Team:Lynda Cooney – Practice LeaderMary Jenkins – Associate RecruiterAlicia Coles – Administrative AssistantStephanie Krupp – Senior Strategy Director

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Preparing to Work Remotely

Posted by Date Posted: January 22, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips,Client Resources

Posted by Gabe Murillo – Research Associate With all the buzz about remote and flexible workforces, a lot of people are wondering if they are well-suited to take advantage of these new work arrangements. Before you jump into the remote workforce or start interviewing for remote jobs, make sure you think through the following potential…

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Managing a Remote Team

Posted by Date Posted: January 09, 2020 Posted in Candidate Tips,Client Resources

Posted by Gabe Murillo – Research Associate The future of work is here, and it’s not going away. Having an office environment that is conducive to flexible and remote working is crucial to attracting top talent in any industry. Unfortunately, remote and flexible working are new concepts to many in the workforce, especially in management…

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Miles’ Letter Q-2 2019

Posted by Date Posted: April 04, 2019 Posted in Quarterly Analysis

Posted by Jim Miles, Director – Engineering and Research The Business Cycle – cycle – cycle Based upon the most recent Business Roundtable survey of CEOs, it looks like a self-fulfilling prophecy is going to take hold. Worries about the global economy have infected US business execs to a point that, despite strong order books and…

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Engineered Recession in 2019?

Posted by Date Posted: January 10, 2019 Posted in Quarterly Analysis

Miles’ Letter Q-1 2019 Posted by Jim Miles, Director – Engineering and Research 2019 is off with a thud. I must admit, I could not have imagined that in six weeks the general business sentiment could have gone from one of guarded optimism, with virtually all segments banging away robustly, to the current environment of uncertainty and skepticism. It…

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From the Energy Desk: Diversity Candidates and Diversity Spend

Posted by Date Posted: October 05, 2018 Posted in Client Resources,Energy Industry

From the desk of the Energy team: Lynda Cooney – Practice Leader, Michelle Metzger – Recruiter, Alicia Coles – Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Krupp – Senior Strategy Director Diversity Candidates and Diversity Spend So, your organization is pushing through cost-cutting measures right when you really need a specialist recruiter for your in-house energy legal role… Here…

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Miles’ Letter: Q4 2018

Posted by Date Posted: October 04, 2018 Posted in Manufacturing / Automotive,Quarterly Analysis

Posted by Jim Miles, Director – Engineering and Research   Miles’ Letter Q-4 2018 Out With a Bang I have just wrapped up a quick environmental scan of the major market verticals.  I want to thank the roughly 150 technical and business leaders that took time to speak with me to provide this overview.  To summarize the…

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Miles’ Letter: Q3 2018

Posted by Date Posted: August 03, 2018 Posted in Manufacturing / Automotive,Quarterly Analysis

Posted by Jim Miles, Director – Engineering and Research   Miles’ Letter Q3 – 2018 We are reminded of what is reported to be an ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times” (first reported to the British Parliament in 1836 by diplomats returning from China). With the current administration seeming to be intent on…

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From the Energy Desk: 2017 Postings Analysis – Energy Industry Legal Roles

Posted by Date Posted: April 04, 2018 Posted in Client Resources,Energy Industry,Quarterly Analysis

        2017 Postings Analysis: Energy Industry Legal Roles As the only search group in the country devoted exclusively to in-house legal positions in the energy industry, we’re in a unique position to share insight from the expertise we’ve gained and cultivated over the last 15 years. One area where we can offer…

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Interview Thank You Note?

Posted by Date Posted: July 07, 2017 Posted in Candidate Tips,Manufacturing / Automotive

Thank you notes after an interview can set you apart or make you just one of the interviewees.  It’s not enough to send an interview thank you note, it’s critical to think about how the other person thinks of you when reading it. A one liner interview thank you note that says, “Hey, great meeting you,…

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Staffing Cents: Q1-2017

Posted by Date Posted: March 29, 2017 Posted in Client Resources,Manufacturing / Automotive,Quarterly Analysis

Staffing Cents is a quarterly newsletter that provides insights into the current candidate market and provides tip and tricks for employers to successfully navigate that environment. What do networking and banking have in common? Networking is a trendy topic. In fact, a simple google search for “networking best practices” yielded 7.5 million results for the…

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From the Energy Desk: 2016 Postings Analysis – Energy Industry Legal Roles

Posted by Date Posted: January 17, 2017 Posted in Client Resources,Energy Industry,Quarterly Analysis,Uncategorized

As boutique recruiters with a unique and specialized niche, in-house legal positions in the energy industry, we have insight from many perspectives. One of the things we track is hiring trends for legal roles in our industry. We diligently track postings by practice area and level. To download a printable version of this post, please…

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Legal Resume Tip: “Represented”

Posted by Date Posted: November 17, 2016 Posted in Candidate Tips,Energy Industry

Online resume critiques have become more and more common, and there are even a few that focus on legal resumes. Unfortunately, most of the comments we’ve seen are not worthwhile. We look at dozens of attorney resumes each day.  The purpose of a resume is to provide enough information about who you are and what…

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Energy Industry – Quarterly Update: Q1-2016

Posted by Date Posted: May 11, 2016 Posted in Client Resources,Energy Industry,Quarterly Analysis

As boutique recruiters with a unique and specialized niche, in-house legal positions in the energy industry, we have insight from many perspectives. One of the things we track is hiring trends for legal roles in our industry. We diligently track postings by sector and level. 2015 Q4 analysis: One thing that is unique to legal…

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Quick Hits with Fred Keena: Q2-2016

Posted by Date Posted: April 05, 2016 Posted in Client Resources,Quarterly Analysis

3 key things candidates are looking for: A good benefits package with options. They want the ability to pick a plan that fits their needs. This is especially important for those with families. The opportunity to contribute; to make strategic decisions or implement something. A clear growth plan accompanied with a training/development plan. In other words, is…

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Staffing Cents: Q2-2016

Posted by Date Posted: April 05, 2016 Posted in Client Resources,Quarterly Analysis

Tips and Tricks—Getting Quality Candidates in the Door There is significant competition for top talent. Prospects have options (including staying where they are) and they will choose the role that is best for them. Companies need to sell their opportunities and ‘court’ prospective employees. The ‘courting’ process should begin before you even have a need….

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Acing the Interview

Posted by Date Posted: March 07, 2016 Posted in Candidate Tips

Posted by Fred Keena Note: I don’t cover post-interview tips, or general interview etiquette (e.g. dress professionally and don’t chew gum), but I will cover those in a future post. Ok, you got the interview, but now you have to really impress the hiring manager, right? Wrong! Kind of…While it is not time to breathe…

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