The SYCK Career Podcast

Ep 67: Executive Search Firms and the Hiring Process: What Job Seekers Need to Know


Have you ever wondered why you get ghosted after submitting your job application? Is it simply due to your resume being buried under a mountain of submissions, or is there something else at play? The truth is, the hiring system is far more complex than it appears on the surface, and Loren Greiff, President of PortfolioRocket, joins me on the SYCK Career Podcast to shed light on the realities of the recruiting process.  

In this episode, we delve into how executive search firms operate and how they impact the hiring process. We also touch on the “hidden” job market, why it exists, and how it creates disadvantages for job seekers looking for roles in traditional platforms such as online job boards.

Tune in now and learn the lesser-known facts about talent acquisition and discover how you can navigate the intricacies of the recruiting process! 

In this episode:

  • [05:31] How Loren wound up working in the talent acquisition industry
  • [10:17] What executive search firms are and how they work for
  • [16:38] How job seekers should see recruiters and headhunters in the recruiting process
  • [20:56] The role of headhunters in the offer negotiation process
  • [22:46] What is the hidden job market
  • [27:03] Pre-identifying candidates before the hiring process starts
  • [31:23] Being remarkably different sets you apart from other candidates
  • [35:31] Loren’s last piece of advice for the listeners

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After ending her 30-year career in corporate, Loren Greiff made a commitment to help disempowered job seekers and career shifters that are reliant on executive recruiters and job boards in navigating the age-old broken hiring system. To realize this vision, she launched her company, PortfolioRocket. PortfolioRocket is a career consultancy for C-suiters/Executives ready to cut their transition time by at least ⅓ the time while earning approximately +40% to their compensation.

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