5/2/14 Unemployment Report …and senior level hiring opportunities



IMG_1065The news out of Washington DC today relative to the unemployment rate is very positive; 6.3% is the lowest unemployment rate in years and indicative of an increasingly stronger economy.

Our firm conducts senior level search assignments for universities and companies that are focused on research and innovation.   As the economy continues to accelerate we expect our phones to be ringing more frequently from clients who need us to help them attract the right leaders for their organization.

For boards of directors and university trustees this is an important inflection point relative to attracting the best leaders for key roles; the competition for talent will increase significantly as the year progresses.

Companies and universities with a desire to grow and develop have a unique opportunity right now to review the performance of their key leaders and decide whether or not to reward them or make a change.

Here are few actions that can be taken:

  • Consider how effectively your organization is meeting its defined goals and objectives.
  • Review your financial strength and leverage options.
  • Identify current leaders driving growth and development, meeting their goals; and those who are not.

The “growth window” will not remain open indefinitely; complacency during improving times can lead to trouble in the future when the pendulum swings in the opposite direction.

If you think your university or company could benefit from a confidential discussion and review of the effectiveness of your current leadership team we will be happy to hear from you; please contact us.


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About Keith Kulper

Keith D. Kulper is the president and founder of KULPER & COMPANY, LLC an executive search consulting firm working in the area of senior level leadership for academia and corporate innovation. We are strong advocates of nurturing the linkage between academic investigation/research and corporate innovation/full commercialization of new product solutions. We specialize in attracting proven leaders who can effectively drive transformational change. The firm operates an Advisory Board that meets annually to bring together leaders from academia and corporate innovation to help drive continuous improvement of our professional practice. We are also an investor in early stage companies. We take pride in supporting the growth and development of business and engineering schools at leading universities throughout the United States.

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