Upside of Downsizing blog

The Upside of Downsizing

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I remember the first time I was fired. Shock. Devastation. Existential dread. I felt I had worked so hard for that company and delivered so much value, to be fired for what proved to be political reasons was so unfair. But it happened anyway. I felt I was a downsizing tragedy. Well, In Hindsight, After A Period Of Recovery And Healing It Proved To Be A Good Thing Because It Forced Me To Lo…
Industry Update Manufacturing 2022

INDUSTRY UPDATE: Manufacturing – September 2022

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Introduction The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the overall manufacturing output in the US returned in Q2 2022 to the pre-Covid 19 peak of Q4 2018. (See Graphic below and Source). Buttressing this generally positive result is further evidence that the number of “establishments” (essentially, businesses) also continues to grow as does the number with job gains while the numbe…
New energy

New Energy for Your Life, Your Career, and the World

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Have you noticed the volume of news about energy and the climate lately? Clearly, we are at a watershed moment in history. The constrained gas supply for Europe provides one explanation as is the crescendo of floods, drought, wildfires, and dramatic weather events—mounting evidence that the environment is changing rapidly. Ice is melting on glaciers and both poles and sea levels are rising. Av…
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INDUSTRY UPDATE: The Market for Executives in 2027

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The Executive Market In 2027 According to LinkedIn, the executive market today comprises approximately 8.4 million professionals in the US, UK, EU, and Middle East. This market has grown by about 0.9% in the past year.  Meanwhile circa 316,000 executives have also changed jobs. In total, there were about 390,000 executive opportunities in the past year available to career changers. This execu…
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The September Surge is Starting

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It is illogical to expect, but happens nonetheless. Every September for decades, companies increase their executive hiring activity. And this creates what we call a “September Surge.” Why? While the unpublished market continues to seethe throughout the summer, undoubtedly some hiring managers come back from vacation and suddenly roll up their sleeves. Recruiters who have live search contr…
Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

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Where is the sun? It has surely been a long, hard, lonely year for many of us as first Covid, then the war in Ukraine, gas shortages and rising prices, and now inflation all seemed like a perfect storm threatening to derail the world economy and scare us all into hiding under the bed. However, Barrett Group clients have enjoyed better than average weather as more than 200 have landed executive…
How Satisfied Are You with Your Title?

How Satisfied Are You with Your Title?

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Where are you in your executive journey? Are you satisfied? Have you ever paused to give this serious thought? If you are just starting out, are you ambitious and driven? Or perhaps you are frustrated by a glass ceiling and eager to move up? Are you mid-career, more interested in security, and improving your retirement assets? [See Are Your Career Assets Frozen? for more information on this …
Payback Time

Payback Time

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It’s payback time. One extremely important reason to consider changing roles as an executive is that typically you can earn more money when you do—as long as you do not “job hop.”   This is doubly true if you have someone as experienced as the Barrett Group to help you tactically as you negotiate your new package. How much do our clients typically earn? What’s their payback? Here’s a little d…
Why are you peering through a keyhole at the market for executives

Why are you peering through a keyhole at the market for executives?

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Have you ever actually tried to look through a keyhole? If so, you know that your field of view is extremely limited. You can really only see a small swath of the room on the other side. Inevitably, you miss anything too far to the right, left, top, or bottom. Yet that is exactly how most professionals look at the executive job market. Most executives only know about executive recruiters and o…
Are Your Career Assets Frozen?

Are Your Career Assets Frozen?

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Loyalty to your employer is a great virtue. Trust is in short supply and wherever you can find it and maintain it this is an admirable and desirable circumstance. However, staying too long with the same organization or in the same role can also reduce your market value and negatively impact the value of your greatest pre-retirement asset, namely, your career. Here is a simple example: John e…

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