United Professional Women Accelerating Relationships & Development is hosting “The Inside Skinny on Getting Noticed“. Recruiters are 13% less likely to click on a woman’s bio on LinkedIn, but 16% more likely to hire a woman. Does your profile stand out? Are you owning your accomplishments? Does your resume cause a recruiter or a client to want to spend more than 9 seconds (average review time)?
Join Suzanne Hanifin and Amanda Szeto April 23 at 5:30 pm to explore tips and tricks for building an effective LinkedIn profile and optimizing your resume for job hunting, board positions, consulting, or whatever your goal is.
Acumen Executive Search is proud to announce the successful placement of Scott Cooper as Executive Director for McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP).
The MEDP board was looking to replace its outgoing Executive Director and called upon Acumen Executive Search (Acumen) to help fill this crucial position. Acumen quickly implemented their unique, customized 9 step search methodology and brought forward a pool of top tier candidates.
The board ultimately chose to hire Scott Cooper. Cooper’s innovative accomplishments and exceptional understanding of economic, business, community development, and extensive involvement serving as a leader within extremely different environments set him apart as a top tier candidate and the clear choice to lead MEDP.
About Scott Cooper: Scott Cooper brings over 20 years of economic development for both small and large communities to the city of McMinnville, OR. He has previously implemented economic initiatives that created jobs, recruited new companies, expanded existing businesses, and launched a tech innovations center.
Cooper feels that there is much opportunity, both personally and professionally, in the community of McMinnville that offers a great quality of life and wonderful residents. He is eager to learn and understand the history of McMinnville and learn and work cohesively with the board for the betterment of all.
Says Cooper “The professional team at Acumen really made a difficult process go very smooth. From initial contact through the successful outcome, I felt I had a partner in the process. The efforts of the Acumen team did not stop after accepting my new position, rather they have continued to offer assistance. I could not ask for a better experience.”
About MEDP: The Partnership includes the City of McMinnville, McMinnville Water & Light, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, and area businesses. To learn more about the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, visit www.McMinnvilleBusiness.com or find us at facebook.com/McMinnvilleBusiness.
About Acumen: Since 2007, Acumen has been the premier boutique, woman-owned Executive Search firm in Oregon with global clientele. Acumen works holistically and strategically with their clients to deeply comprehend their business and culture, to facilitate critical hires who can help solve meaningful problems. Visit www.AcumenRecruiting.com
“Acumen was easy to work with. I felt both Amanda and Karen genuinely looked out for my welfare. They kept in touch and clearly care about me – so unexpected and so very appreciated. Acumen’s coaching was on point; they advocated well for me resulting in a win-win agreement”
– Ananda, Product Marketing Manager
An early stage, pre-launch medical device company needed an experienced Product Marketing Manager to spearhead go-to-market strategy. While awaiting certain data for an innovative yet complex hardware/software product, it provided a challenge and opportunity for solutions. The product is a game changing medical device to be used in predicting disease state pre-dispositions to position patients and providers to enjoy improved health outcomes.
Acumen’s expertise quickly led to a top-tier candidate. As the interface of engineering, product management, and marketing, Ananda feels he has been able to be a sounding board for the team and has helped with overall direction and marketing approach. The team has been able to focus on goals in order of priorities and have clarity on product deliverables. As a result, Ananda is now a part of a Clinical Studies Group where team members from multiple departments meet regularly to examine next steps in the process of product development and launch.
Ananda feels heard and valued by his company. He finds the science of the product and the whole space he works in is both exciting and fascinating. As such, he is currently spearheading a group “The Voice of the Customer” to prepare to partner with customers post launch by building tools to work with and train distributors.
The team began a Culture Committee late last year to bridge the lab and corporate office. It was an initial success, with approximately 27 people show up to an inaugural event designed to bring everyone together collaboratively as one team.
“I have learned so much and have never been in such a brand spanking new environment. Such a great experience!”
On March 10, 2019 at Mt Hood Meadows, Oregon Cancer Ski Out (OCSO) awarded Suzanne Hanifin the Dave Grimshaw Award Volunteer of the Year. Suzanne has been involved with the Oregon Cancer Ski Out for about 25 years, as both a volunteer and ski racer.
Suzanne stated “Cancer touches all of us whether ourselves or a loved one. To be able to support an organization like OCSO for about 25 years has been an honor and a privilege. It reminds me of the saying: if you want to run fast, you run alone; if you want to run far, you run with others. Together we can beat cancer.”
Suzanne went on to say “OCSO is one of the best unknown organizations in Oregon where all the dollars raised stay in Oregon. We can see the impact daily with their support of the Knight Institute, Candlelighters, Children’s Cancer Association, different hospice organizations, plus other organizations and today support the War on Melanoma.”
Now in its 31st year, Cancer Ski Out creates avenues to raise funds, provide hope and enable healing in the fight against cancer. What’s raised here, stays here! Learn more about Cancer Ski Out here.
Invest in technology that requires fewer hires. Upgrading to the latest technology and equipment can help your current workforce worker better requiring less additional hires.
Use HR technologies that level the playing field. Make your website mobile friendly as 70% of applicants use their mobile devices when searching for jobs. Another easy thing to do: make a video of your office space, yourself or someone from HR talking about the position. Use social media to find candidates; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Also, a career website can be useful for getting in touch with hard to reach candidates.
Source for potential vs. perfect candidate. Instead of looking for the perfect candidate, sourcing for a “high-potential” candidate who is trainable may be the solution. Tailoring the job for a candidate and/or offering training are ways to make the search more successful.
Do reality checks on candidates’ interest in the job. An important aspect of searching is weeding out candidates who are not a good fit. This can be accomplished through “Job-shadowing” where a candidate interacts with the team and gets a feel for the job.
Putting all or some of these ideas in place will hopefully give you a leg up the next time you need to hire.
Respondents were enthusiastic about future growth. Over 50% will take significant steps in terms of digitalization and bringing in outside resources to help run the business. Almost 40% see themselves buying and selling in other countries. Some will be involved in buying or merging with other domestic companies while others will be looking to buy or merge with non-domestic companies. Still others will significantly change their business model or earning profit from new products or services.
The survey looked at the myriad of challenges family businesses are facing. Major challenges include digitalization, innovation, and technology. Thirty percent of family businesses feel vulnerable to digital disruption. They’ll need to look to millennials who are tech-savvy and well educated. “Once they get these younger people, it’s important to empower and enable the disruptive generation and allow them to do their job. The family businesses that don’t embrace change probably won’t be here in 20 years’ time because they haven’t taken the steps to address these issues now. When they do, it may be too late.”
The future has some definite challenges ahead as times are changing. The leaders that embrace these challenges and run with them stand to reap the benefits in the years ahead.
Acumen Executive & Talent Search (Acumen) is proud to partner with McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) in the search for their new Executive Director. Acumen is currently working with the MEDP Board of Directors. The search is in the initial stages with a goal of a Q1 hire.
Acumen’s Karen Anderson stated they are “experts in developing unique value propositions that market organizations powerfully, ethically, and authentically – not just to capture the highest caliber of candidate, but to market organizations to potential future investors and customers.” She added, “I am personally vested in this search, I live and work in this community. It would be a privilege to serve McMinnville and partner with this board on a shared quest for continued growth and success”.