A surge in hiring…HIRE=HELP

For the past few months our phone has been ringing and our email in box has been filled with inquiries regarding our services. Is it because KULPER is doing a good job…or is it a secular trend? Inasmuch as I would like to believe it is all about the word getting around about the quality of work we are doing here in our search firm…I have to believe that it is more about a steady increase in hiring needs by our clientele.

We work at the intersection of higher education research and corporate innovation, so, it is particularly pleasing to know that the best universities and companies are contacting us at a steadily increasing rate to help them attract their most important new leaders.

2012 is going to be even more active than the later half of 2011 in our estimation; this means more jobs at all levels because as new leaders come in, they all need teams to help them successfully execute.

The message from the Occupy Wall Streeters around the country may seem a bit muddled what with all their drumming and camping out in parks, but it is clear to me that this group of young people needs employment; and not as burger flippers in the local McDonalds as worthy and honest as that work may be. For the most part, the college grads among this group are articulate and bright—why hasn’t Corporate America responded and sent their recruiters to the encampments?

Back when I came out of college there were many –many management training programs that absorbed many thousands of college grads each year. Now, with Globalization the competition for entry level jobs is a global phenomenon—but that should not mean that American companies who are running lean and mean—and quite cash flush—shouldn’t open up their coffures and start hiring young people with solid educational accomplishments and background.

So, here is my exhortation to corporate HR and recruiting!

Hire=Help…Hire our college grads—give them an opportunity; everyone needs a first job.

Hire=Help…Hire our mid career/experienced managers; they will hit the ground running.

Hire=Help…Hire great people any where around the world if they have the desire, ability and background.

As we all get this idea….the economy will undoubtedly benefit, confidence will increase and all boats will rise. Hire because it is good for business, hire because it helps to make the world a better place for everyone in it and hire because it is simply the right thing to do.

Happy Thanksgiving….


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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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