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What Industries Promote and Provide Long-term Careers in Asia Pacific Region?

Some people would look at their jobs and just see it as it is – a job. Meaning, they are just doing something and performing various tasks every now and then for the reward or compensation. But majority would agree that people are working hard to create a suitable and sustainable career for themselves. People would want to create a career that for them is significant and where they can experience opportunities for progress.

However, are industries different from one another in terms of creating a career for its workforce? What industries can provide long-term advancements to professionals and why is it that they are able to do so?

This article is created to understand which industry can provide and promote long-term opportunities and careers to professionals.

  1. LOGISTICS INDUSTRY. This industry has been observed to become a stable industry by providing various windows of opportunities in the market. People who are employed under this industry find their careers stable and sustainable. Logistics industry is typically a high-performing market and can sustain its business regardless of economic difficulties. This is industry is expected to expand into new locations for development and adoption of other innovative business. Through this, employees are able to create and manage their employment platforms by simply looking out for opportunities within the industry that they specialize in. When expansion in this industry will be experienced, there will be the need to promote employees who are capable to handle functions that will be created for these developments, meaning, when an employee is promoted, the position will be vacant thus having the need to fill in the role creating numerous career ventures for these logistics professionals.

  2. DIGITAL, TECH and ONLINE INDUSTRY. This industry focuses on the wide range of work in technology, computer programming, high-tech electronics, information systems, computer programming, mobile application and multimedia development. In brief terms, this industry focuses on the modernization of things. This industry is experiencing developments and innovations that that aims to propel profits and sustainability. This can provide long-term careers for people who are employed under this industry simply because modern technology greatly impacts how people would deal and go on with day-to-day businesses. This becomes a market where employees are needed because this industry is also becoming a necessity to many types of businesses as well. This industry can provide different career opportunities inclined with analytics, data processing, and digital computing.

  3. LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS & RETAIL INDUSTRY. This industry has not really experienced difficulties in sustaining and promoting careers. Employment demands for this specific industry has been large and continues to grow in number due to the developments that the lifestyle products and retail industry is experiencing. This can create different avenues for professionals to establish long-term careers given that the focus is on the manufacturing industry.

  4. BPO & SHARED SERVICES INDUSTRY. This industry continues to grow and drives profits and revenues that contribute to economic growth and development. With the growth that this industry is projecting, this will also open up different career opportunities to professionals in this field. The demand for workers in this industry is expected to grow and through this expected growth comes long-term careers for professionals who continue to excel in this industry. It is also seen that career promotions are most seen and experienced in this industry making the work professionals achieve value and employment growth.

  5. BANKING & FINANCE INDUSTRY. This industry is slowly advancing in respect to growth and development providing more opportunities to professionals in this respective sector. Financial Services, especially, creates different opportunities to professionals since there are now different roles and functions where one can progress in.

These industries create different platforms for professionals to manage their career mobility and various avenues for career opportunities. However, it would also be traced in a professional’s motivation to strive and work hard to be able to maintain a sustainable and long-term career. It is important that one should have the initiative and motivation to do great in his job and in the actual work setting.

Recruiters, from a hiring perspective, should be aware that employees aim to land a job that will be able to make them valuable in the company. In return, recruiters should be able to promote different career goals when talking and communicating with applicants. There are industries that are able to sustain career growth and development but it would also depend on one’s motivation, ability to perform, and character that they are able to create a sustainable career for themselves.

Harper & Hill Executive Search caters to different industries and aims to provide candidates who are motivated to do great. We assist our clients in their hiring needs and provide them with people who are able to see the company’s outlooks and perspectives.

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Angelo is the Managing Director of Harper and Hill Executive Search Inc, specialising in Senior Management positions in executive search in Emerging Market in Asia. He managed full spectrum of senior level placements and worked with multinational clients in Asia, Africa and Europe. He travels across asia pacific region for his assignments. 

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What Are The Types Of Managers You Will Meet?

Companies need leaders to rule over the business, organize the company, and manage its employees. These leaders come in the form of company managers. But what is a manager and how should they function? In simple terms, a manager is someone responsible for controlling or administering all or part or a company or any other similar organization. Despite this simple explanation as to what a manager is, a lot of things are being overlooked – not all managers are exactly the same.

If you are an employee and have been exposed to several companies already, you will agree that there are different types of managers. You might have realized that they have different management styles and techniques. You might have noticed that they have different personalities and traits. You might have felt that they all have different approaches in terms of dealing with employees.

Read through the article to see if you have met and dealt with these types of managers already – or if this is the manager you have now.

  1. THE AUTHORITARIAN. This type of manager favors to enforce strict obedience to authority at the expense of an employee’s freedom. Whatever an employee does, either remarkable or effective, this manager is never satisfied. At some point, this manager is difficult to get along with and he has the mentality that the only competent person working in the company is himself. Authoritarian managers are tough, this is true, but they have been through a lot to be able to stand where they are now and have overcome difficulties in order to reach their positions. If you are an employee dealing with this type of manager, it is important to know their objectives and that both of yours are equally aligned. This is because you want their objective to be your objective too. This type of managers are always clear with what they want, and as an employee, you will need to support that. By doing so, you are able to contribute and assist this type of manager in accomplishing a specific objective. Authoritarian managers are after employees who are team players and competent workers.
  2. THE PERFECTIONIST. This type of manager is someone who wants to be updated always and is always in need of constant information. He wants to know everything that is happening and if it is being followed accordingly. Perfectionist managers wants to be consulted if there are any critical decisions to be made. They always have this urge to be kept in the loop. They are very keen and detail-oriented and they study and analyse every information, regardless of it being big or small. This is someone who will call you at any time for an update or to ask the status of the task. If you are an employee dealing with this type of manager, it is important that you always inform him of what is happening. The only way to deal with a perfectionist manager is to accept that you cannot change your manager and that you will need to understand why he acts this way. Simply because he wants to know if a job is done or if there is any progress. Or if there is any conflict or problems that he can easily address. As an employee, delivering what they want and gaining their confidence is very critical for your success with working with this manager. One way is to give him the updates he want daily – or at least create an agreement or a timetable for sending updates and information.
  3. THE EGOTISTICAL. This type of manager is conceited and excessively self-centered. What is important to him is that he looks good, even if that means that he needs to take credit for something that he didn’t do. Egotistical managers will not accept full responsibility for mistakes and errors that may happen. Rather, will put the blame on an employee and will let the employee fix the problem – alone. This manager loves to point out what needs to be done and should be accomplished but he does not even know how to get things started. This type of manager loves to go around and point out peoples’ mistakes and shortcomings just to give everyone the impression that he has none and that he is above and better than anyone else. When a problem arises, he is quick to delegate it to someone else and let the employee handle it. And when something good comes from the deed – he then will take full credit as if it was him who handled the problem. Employees need to deal with this type of manager by having proper documentation and details of every conversation, e-mail trails, or anything that the manager has to say. Through this, if the manager screws up and does not accomplish anything, you are able to avoid accountability and will reflect who it is that should be blamed.
  4. THE KIND-HEARTED. When an employee meets this type of manager, he will think that this person is the sweetest and most wonderful boss in the world. This type of manager is more focused on what he wants to say rather than what he is supposed to say. He will tell you positive and nice things even when you are doing a bad job at your task. Kind-hearted managers will tell you what you want to hear. This type of managers want their employees to like them and that they are avoiding conflict or having the need to explain any difficult situation. Employees who have this type of managers want to hear honest and direct feedback but kind-hearted managers fail to do so. Kind-hearted managers should also be sincere but straightforward. They should consistently aligning their words and action and should be able to speak up if there are problems and concerns. Employees can deal with this type of manager by understanding why he sees the world is fine and beautiful. When asking for feedback, also request to point out points of improvement and development opportunities.
  5. THE CAPABLE. Capable managers are the type of managers who employees want to work for. They possess wonderful qualities that make them fit for a manager. Capable managers have the perfect leadership strategy and equipped with the right character and motivation. These are managers who are open to change and to hearing suggestion from employees. They teach employees what should be done and let the employees learn at their own pace as well. They also resolve employee concerns and are very professional, they will tell you when you need to improve on something but will also acknowledge your accomplishments. Capable managers know how to build a team and can decide on their own. Employees will learn a lot working under capable managers that will help them add value to themselves. When capable managers make tough decisions, they can do it in a way the employees will respect it and everyone involved will be professional about it.

You might have met at least one of these types already – or maybe you have managers who are a combination of those mentioned above. As employees, we have to realize that we can never change who they are as a managers, but we can always adapt to how they are. We can adjust so we can properly work with them and become successful.

Working with people is never easy but it does not mean that you will have to compromise the objective to be successful. Also, it depends on how we view our managers whether we put them in a negative or positive light. If you think that you are not a match for your manager or you doubt the style your manager implements then maybe you will not achieve success and are both being a burden to one another. Managers are different from each other – but that does not mean that it will hinder you from finishing a task or accomplishing a goal.

Harper & Hill Executive Search have assessed and employed a lot of managers to several clients. We make sure that these managers are equipped with the right attitude and character. We aim that our clients have the best managers not just to keep the business running but to also handle employees.

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Why Do Some Employees Become Job Hoppers?

Why do some employees become job hoppers?

A job hopper is an employee who works briefly or for a short-period of time with one company after another rather than staying with at one job or organization long-term. Although it is normal to change jobs or to switch careers, job hopper would do it than the normal frequency. Job hopping results to one employee’s sole decision to transfer to another company and then to transfer to another company again, a decision that is not a result of something like being laid-off or company closure.

Some employers tend to become wary and reluctant when hiring job hoppers. Employees having short stints with companies can impact their reputation as well. This event may result to the recruiter thinking that the candidate is unreliable and incompetent. Hiring managers and employers often fear that these job hoppers are reluctant to change or are simply unmotivated. Although it was uncommon to the professional world before, it is slowly being experienced and observed now. However, why is there a negative stigma related to people who are job hoppers? And why do employees become job hoppers themselves?

Listed below are notable reason why employees become job hoppers:

  • Employee welfare – this is very important to employees. When an organization appears to not be interested in the security and welfare of its employees and is only focused on company profit and appearing valuable in the market, this may result to employees losing trust and loyalty in the company. While the employee in this situation may work well and respects his immediate manager and other supervisors, he would still keep an eye on open opportunities that are available in the market.

  • Employees want to feel that they are taken care of and that they are treated well. So if this is something that they are not getting or experiencing, they might as well leave and explore the market. Employees would not want to work in a hostile workplace since this would only decrease motivation and would increase stress and anxiety.

  • Employees are not comfortable with their direct supervisors. Employees have preferences that they look for in their managers, and when they think that they do not match or are not complementing each other, employees would tend to doubt their employment. Managers can help the company create a positive working environment that will eventually help retain employees.

  • Employees become job hoppers when they have the mentality that “Something better is out there”. Yes, true enough that employees have the need to grow as professionals but the issue with job hoppers is that they always think this way even when they have worked on a function for a short time only. They would seek for opportunities already without mastering the specialization or function they are doing now. However, by doing this, job hoppers can be able to eventually find their match and a function that they will handle long-term. If this is the case and purpose people to hop from one job to another, this should only manifest in their early career as professionals.

  • Another reason is that employees have poor career choices. He or She does not clearly think about his or her career move and decisions. He or She may be blinded by a higher salary, a better work location, or the pursuit of a better work-life balance. Little does he or she know that he or she did not briefly understand what the role or function is and will eventually realize that it is something he or she is not comfortable doing.

When processing or hiring job hoppers, recruiters should take into consideration various factors:

  • Recruiters need to consider the candidate’s work background, function, and industry. Some industries in the past have become unstable that may have caused several companies to lay off some employees. And if there is a struggle to sustain in the industry, all results will be the same. Other employees have been unemployed for a certain period of time and some went through career change to be able to make ends meet. This can elevate or at least address why the employee have become a job hopper and the recruiter needs to take that into account.

  • Recruiters should also consider the candidate’s skills and specialization. Some industries and companies only employ people for support or contract jobs especially when there is the presence of a niche market. Recruiters should evaluate whether the applicant is a potential job hopper or simply eyeing for a better opportunity.

  • Recruiters should also inform the candidate in the initial stages of hiring about the company’s values and culture. And that the applicant understands what is expected from him or her and what he or she can expect from the company or organization.

  • Recruiters should also involve the candidate’s references, ask people how the applicant is. Proper technical questions should be used to properly gauge and evaluate the applicant’s credibility.

  • Recruiters should realize that regardless of tenure, they should be able to discern whether they have the right candidate who is fit for the job.

There are many drawbacks and opportunities to be learned from processing job hoppers and employees. If recruiters are able to process candidates for the right reasons – this would benefit the candidate for landing a job that he or she can create and build a career on, but will also benefit the employers for acquiring an employee who has been exposed to relatively many employers already. Adjustment will not be a problem anymore and it is only important that it would be directed to creating and maintaining a healthy relationship that is aligned with the company’s values.

For the candidates and employees, they should realize that there is nothing wrong with changing jobs in pursuit of a better opportunity or a better career. However, too much of changing jobs can inhibit the ability to get a job and would result to difficulties in regard to explaining such to the future employers. For whatever reasons that these employees have, or their motivation for moving, they must be able to give their future employers the impression that they are stable and dependable employees.

Harper & Hill Executive Search acknowledges the presence of this challenge in recruiting professionals. We aim to provide our clients the best people with a commendable background and valuable work ethics. We seek to process candidates in the proper manner to identify and thoroughly understand the reasons for such circumstances. Rest assured, regardless of these difficulties, we aim to provide and identify the right candidate that suits available job opportunities.

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Angelo is the Managing Director of Harper & Hill Executive Search Inc, specializing in Senior Management positions in executive search in Emerging Market in Asia. He managed full spectrum of senior level placements and worked with multinational clients in Asia, Africa and Europe. He travels across asia pacific region for his assignments. 

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Five Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Getting That Prized Job Offer

Since April 2016 of this year Harper and Hill Executive Search Inc team have been planning on how HR and Recruitment Industry will be much more interesting and innovative. With the help of our Candidates, Clients and other Consultants and HR Professionals in Asia. We will be launching a series of Videos of Exciting real life situations of HR Professionals and Candidates.

Here is the first of a series of Videos.

Here are the five common mistakes that prevent you from getting that prized job offer:

Number one – You’re not virtually out there. You’re not on social media or online job boards. Leverage on social media to have different avenues and opportunities for employment. The Internet is a great networking platform, make it easier for us to find you.

Number two – You tend to oversell. There’s nothing wrong when you tell us about your success stories and achievements. But please don’t go overboard, you don’t have to brag about everything you’ve done. Because if you know everything already, what’s left for you to learn? How would you grow? And how would you achieve career satisfaction?

Number three – You’re making people adjust to your schedule. We understand that given your executive role and function, you’re doing a lot things. But if you really want that change, then learn to adjust and value others people’s time. Setting up interviews for people at your level is already difficult, so please make time to entertain our messages. We’re sure we’ll make great things together.

Number four – Your goals are not aligned with what you want to achieve with your career. Don’t share false information so we won’t set false expectations as well. Let us work with you for the right reasons so we can come up with a greater offer at the end of the day.

And finally…

Number fiveYou’re forgetting the basics of an interview. Do you even remember when was the last time you got interviewed? If it’s a virtual interview, please have a pleasant background. Never have your kitchen as a background. It would be great to have a simple painted wall so the focus is towards you and not the things around you. If it’s a face-to-face interview. Please wear business to formal attire. Wear a smile on your face and arrive on time. Look sharp and be sharp when having the interview.

And those are the five common mistakes that prevent you from getting that prized job offer. If you’d like to add more, share it with us on the comments section below


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How Can An Organization Lessen The Risk Of Attrition?

Attrition in the organization is referred to by the Human Resources as the gradual loss of employees over time. In general, relatively high attrition may cause problems for the companies and organizations. Attrition is manifested and reflected when employees voluntarily resign from their jobs.

There are several reasons why this may occur: employees move to other opportunities or some would already retire, they realize that they are not suitable for the role they were hired to fill, or sometimes they look for employment opportunities that offers a more equitable work-life balance. Other employees may feel that they are being restricted and that they lack the experience of freedom required for them to perform at expected levels.

Attrition is also experienced when it is used by organizations as a restructuring strategy. This does not mean that they are downsizing the company but this means that when someone leaves the company, the vacancy will not be filled anymore and most likely will be removed from the structure. This may create positions that will help the remaining employees manage their career mobility and experience the chance of being promoted. This, may create a positive outlook for the employees given that several options exist.

However, when attrition occurs, the remaining duties and job responsibilities can burden employees and managers with additional duties with no increase in compensation. This can create a heavy working environment for the remaining employees since they will be taking on responsibilities without even having training. When this happens, this may lead to negative performance that could also lead to more employees leaving the organization.

In addition, causes of employee attrition can be as varied as employees having different outlooks and perspectives. The only time exposed to function does one employee realize that he might not be fit for the job. Other employees would leave an employer for a higher pay that they were offered or for career advancement reasons. But most of the time, employees seek for other employees because they are dissatisfied with their immediate manager.

This may be the most common reason why employees leave organizations – they do not have a pleasant working relationship with their immediate manager. And organizations should be able to look into this occurrences.

Poor management techniques will result to employee attrition. Managers and supervisors who believe that giving employees a difficult time as motivation can prompt and provoke employees to seek of other available opportunities. This reinforces a negative working environment that would also eventually lead to negative and poor performance. When managers come down excessively on its employees, chances are, these employee will lose motivation to perform at a higher level and will eventually exhibit a fear of taking a risk and approaching the manager.

Organizations should be able to address this concern and should be able to select managers and supervisors who are capable enough to create a positive working environment and motivating the employees to achieve more without compromising the employees drive to function. Organizations can also invest in training the managers to have coaching sessions that will assist them to adjust their management styles to become more approachable, friendlier, and personable.

Organizations can also lessen the risk of employees leaving the company by means of providing the employees security. Employees who feel that they are not compensated enough for the work they are doing may lead to them losing motivation. This may also prompt them to compare compensation and pay with their peers outside of the organization. When they become doubtful of their position in the company, they will eventually feel the need to transfer to an employer that can provide with more. Organizations can invest in giving a competitive compensation package to its employees to boost their drive and morale. Several insurance schemes and HMOs can make employees decide to stay with the organization.

Companies can also invest in their employees by providing internal and external training and certifications that will help the employees gain value and manage their achievements. Employees should receive the liberty to attend events and symposiums relating to their field so they can also gain additional knowledge that will help them create a benchmark of whatever is the current situation. Through this, employees will be able to manage their learning and development. Organizations should also recognize its employees and the work that they are dedicating to the company. In this way, employees will feel motivated and will boost their morale and dedication to their jobs.

Communication can also lessen the risk of attrition. Employees feel the need to communicate for numerous reasons. Employees want to feel that they are being talked to, not talked at. Communication can help the employees receive an idea of what is happening in the company, what the future of the company would be, and where the employees stand in the company as well. Effective communication is key to creating a valuable and positive working environment. Managers and supervisors should be able to reach out the employees and acknowledge the work they have done, applauding their accomplishments, and helping the employees overcome problems and providing support that they need to become better employees. A unified workplace can lead to effective environment where employees are motivated and are achieving positive results.

Recruitment practitioners should be well aware of this occurrence. In the preliminary stages of the recruitment process, before hiring one candidate, recruiters should be able to inform the candidate about the job description and the expectations of the role. This can help weed out candidates who are incompetent and incapable and can ensure that the qualified people are accepted. Recruiters should also be able to assess a candidate’s work background, whether he has been a desirable employee working for his past employers. Another way to eliminate the risk of attrition in the recruitment process is be asking the candidate for references. Through this, the recruiter can easily evaluate the candidates profile through the words of the people that knows the candidate better.

Harper and Hill Executive Search Inc is partnered with companies that have strong foundation and can provide its employees with competitive compensation packages. Clients that have valuable work ethics and is capable of communicating with its employees. We also value the aspirations of our candidates and will direct them to companies that can fuel those aspirations. Harper and Hill Executive Search understands that attrition is inevitable but we make it a point that it becomes manageable. It may be unpredictable but we can create solutions that are attainable. It may be uncontrollable but we can make eliminating the risk achievable.


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Angelo is the Managing Director of Harper & Hill Executive Search Inc, specialising in Senior Management positions in executive search in Asia. He managed full spectrum of senior level placements and worked with multinational clients in Asia, Africa and Europe. He travels across asia pacific region for his assignments. 

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How Reliable are Personality Tests in the Recruitment Process?

How reliable are personality tests in assisting in the recruitment process?

Personality Tests are questionnaires or any other standardized instrument designed to reveal aspects of an individual’s character or psychological makeup. Personality tests are used for the purpose of assessing theories, to look at changes in one’s personality, to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy, used to diagnose psychological problems, and used in screening potential employees.

A candidate’s personality has a significant role to play in deciding whether he has the enthusiasm and the motivation that the employer is looking for. Also, personality tests may determine how well a candidate is going to fit in to the organization. This can create a window where recruiters can see a candidate’s personality, attitude, and general work style. Personality can affect the day-to-day operations of a business and an organization. Either help build the company towards success or can only cause the business and productivity to slow down.

Personality tests may be given to applicants to check skills and experiences, to assess enthusiasm and motivation, or to evaluate personality and attitude. Effective recruiters use personality assessments to be able to enhance their decision-making about potential candidates.

Recruiters would want to place someone who are able to relate to other people, candidates who are able to express themselves and deliver a conversation, and also how well they are able to function under certain and expectations and dynamic working environment.This can measure various personalities and can give information to recruiters:

  1. Personality tests can help assist the recruiter whether one candidate is open to working with other people. Candidates who can cooperate well and contribute to tasks and if the candidate is able to provide suggestions and solutions to problems.

  2. Recruiters also want to know if one candidate is capable of empathy and concern towards other people – regardless of the issue being work-related or not.

  3. Recruiters want to assess if one candidate able to work alone with minimal supervision, become innovative and is able to multi-task.

  4. Personality tests can also assist recruiters understand if one candidate able to work under pressure or not. This tests can reflect if one candidate is calm, relaxed, and rational.

However, there are also challenges and precautions that recruiters have to consider when giving personality tests to potential candidates:

  1. It may be possible that candidates may engage in deception when answering personality inventories. Some candidates may tend to skew answers to achieve desirable results or to put them in a good light – this may lead to a case of applicant faking.

  2. Another challenge is that some candidates may have problems or concerns in answering personality tests because they are not so good at accurately describing their own behaviour. If in the event that candidates take the test for granted, this may have a serious impact on the accuracy of a personality test.

  3. One challenge that needs to be considered is how the tests are made. Tests need to promote standardization that can be observed regardless of culture. Application-based personality tests may give circumstances that other culture or other demographics might not be able to relate to or understand.

  4. Another challenge that recruiters need to understand is that some tests can take long enough and can eat a lot of time which may cause the candidate to get bored and frustrated. When this happens, candidates will answer the questions as quickly as possible, without understanding the context or not even reading the questions.

Recruiters should be able to manage these concerns by properly informing the candidates that there are no right or wrong answers when taking the personality test. The recruiters must be able to educate and inform the candidates why a personality test is needed…

The question is how reliable are personality tests in terms of the recruitment process?

It may become reliable to assist in the recruitment process as long as it is administered properly give that recruiters are able to properly inform the potential candidates of the intentions of taking the test. This can also help the recruiter in the process of decision making, personality inventories can provide or can result to some information that candidates were unable to declare. It may also become reliable to the recruitment process since the purpose of the test is to establish what a person would be likely to do, what they’re like, what their preferences are, and what they would like to be. It can be a good indicator whether one candidate has the potential to be productive or to just slack off. The use of personality tests can also be used to help create a development plan for a candidate by being able to identify the person’s strengths and opportunities.

Yes, it may be reliable but it is still important that there should be the presence of competent recruiters who are able to evaluate the candidate’s thoughts regardless of having a basis from the personality test. Organizations should not only bank on expensive and high-end personality inventories, it is also important to have skilled recruiters who are able to identify, deliver, and make sure that they have the right candidate.

Harper & Hill Executive Search makes sure that our recruiters are already able to evaluate the potential candidates whether they fit the job function or not. And also to check if they are able to perform with specific organizations that may match they work preferences. The recruiters at Harper & Hill Executive Search pushes and drives the candidates to be transparent enough for the purpose of properly classifying their skills and personalities. With the help of personality tests, this can assist the recruiters to match opportunities to our clients’ recruitment expectations, demands, and needs.

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Each individual has one goal set in mind when looking out for career opportunities – to land a job that they want that will help them grow and learn as professionals. Despite this being the goal of all job seekers, we must understand that no two job seekers are alike. They are measured by their capabilities, skills, and personalities that are being assessed and evaluated once they apply for any career opportunity. Recruiters are available to assist these job seekers land a job that they match to or are available that suits their skills and capabilities. But what happens when recruiters meet job seekers who are naïve, fun, weird, — or a combination of everything?

Recruiters will eventually meet these types of Job seekers at a certain point in their recruiting lifetime. This will also focus on job seekers that Executive Search firms may encounter because recruiters from the Executive Search companies are handling various verticals or industries, and they also process different job seekers from entry-level roles to top management positions.

  1. THE OVER-ACHIEVER. Recruiters have surely met this type of job seeker already. It starts with the question “Tell me something about yourself?”– and does not seem have an end to what this job seeker will tell you. This type will tell you every single achievement he or she has just to impress the recruiter. The candidate will start with his accomplishments when he or she was still studying, candidate will tell you achievements that have made an impact in his or her life that has changed his or her outlook and perspective. The candidate will also tell you about the achievements doing ad-hoc responsibilities and attending volunteer activities with the current and past employers. This type of job seeker will not miss out on anything and will tell the recruiter what he or she did in specific detail. This type of job seeker will attach several documents to his or her resume supporting all the information he or she has declared. What’s good about this type of job seeker is that when recruiters ask information about what he or she has done as a professional, the candidate can also say that he or she has achieved a lot handling a specific function or role and was able to perform effectively in his or her chosen specialization. This only shows that not only the candidate is committed to his or her job but is also passionate about other things that can make a variable change as well.
  2. THE IDENTITY THIEF. This type of job seeker did not use someone else’s identity to apply, this means that everything this job seeker declares may not be exactly true. Especially with his task or function with his or her past employers. The Candidate may declare that He or She has done specific tasks and functions but in reality, the candidate never did and was just exposed to the process while working with his or her past employers that is why he or she has the idea of how the process would be. This type of job seeker will tell you this information to add value to himself or herself as a professional. Recruiters need to be aware of this type and make sure that they are able to probe well and ask the job seeker to elaborate on specific details and information to check if the job seeker has really done the task or if he or she really understands the concept or is just making it up to get the job he or she is interested in.
  3. THE CLICKER. Executive Search recruiters use modern technology in reaching out to potential candidates for several career opportunities. They use several job boards, online recruitment engines, and other sourcing channels – and this is where they can observe the presence of this type of job seekers. Clickers are job seekers who go online to hunt for jobs, they access several job boards and just start clicking and applying to whatever career opportunity is available. When recruiters call them and ask if they are aware of what they applied for, the answer is a simple No. This type of job seekers are pushing their luck to be able to find a job – and that would be any job for that matter. They would not bother reading about the opportunity or at least the job description.
  4. THE JACK OF ALL TRADES. This type of job seeker is someone who can do different types of work, who has exposure to different types of industries, who is knowledgeable of various concepts and processes but is not necessarily very competent at any of them. Yes, they do know how the role is supposed to function but somehow, this type lacks mostly in the technical and application aspect. As much as he or she seems to be capable of handling a specific function, it is still recommended that this type should have more experience and exposure for him to be able to gauge the role better.
  5. THE TAILOR FIT. This type is of job seeker is every recruiter’s dream to acquire and process. These are people who fit the opportunity exactly how they are supposed to be and how they are capable to function. These types of people are the perfect fit the client would be very interested in. They are strong, competent, and highly-functional workers. They know and understand every aspect of the role and are capable of handling it as well. They are achievers and are truthful in terms of information that they declare.

Job seekers have different personalities and behaviours. Some have confidence in their skills and are aware of the career direction that they want to take. Some are yet to discover their place in the professional world. With whatever has been stated above, job seekers should be aware that recruiters are highly-skilled professionals and are competent workers who can easily trace whether an applicant is truthful or not.


This article does not ridicule or discriminate job seekers from applying to whatever opportunity is presented to them. However, job seekers should be able to assess and evaluate themselves first before eyeing for an opportunity. This will eventually save time and effort for both the job seeker and the recruiter. 

Harper and Hill Executive Search Inc have had experience in dealing with these types of job seekers.  Our network of partners and clients opens doors to possible opportunities that we can present to our candidates, however, candidates should also make an effort to be truthful to themselves and understand what they can do as professionals. Harper and Hill Executive Search Inc understand that candidates are different from one another and are motivated by several factors. It is our job to help you land a job that fits you as a person and as a professional.

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Types of Recruiters You Will Meet


Recruitment has become one of the most rewarding careers in the world of work and labor. Despite the stress and fatigue that also comes with the job, seeing the end results becoming positive gives a certain satisfaction to the people who chose this career path. Recruiters can be unanimous when we say that the end-goal of the process is to be able to hire talents and finally create placements to the open opportunities. This goal, however, will involve several different techniques and strategies that each recruiter is comfortable in using. The purpose of this article is to create different representations and fun descriptions of who recruiters are and negate from what they are as recruiters. When talking about what they are, this would mean their specializations being: Contingency Recruiters, Retained Recruiters, Outplacement Recruiters, Staffing Recruiters, and Consulting Recruiters. Who they are as recruiters – meaning – their personalities, traits, styles, and also their quirks. Also, the focus of this will be recruiters who are working for Executive Search companies since it is in this organization that we can observe diverse and dynamic recruiters.

  1. THE NEOPHYTE. This type of recruiter is someone new to the recruitment world. The Recruiter is fresh, idealistic, but unaware of what he or she entered when chose the recruitment field. As a starter, The Recruiter has a lot to prove to be able to make a mark in the industry. This recruiter thinks that recruitment is a simple process just by calling candidates, setting up interviews, and submitting profiles. Little does he or she know that there are more processes involved. But despite the lack of knowledge this recruiter has, The Recruiter is motivated, hungry for knowledge, and very eager to learn. The drive this recruiter is equipped with makes him or her a fully-functioning individual and soon becomes an asset to Executive Search companies. Being a neophyte doesn’t mean the recruiter can’t succeed with little experience, it means that he or she is able to start a path that can lead towards a long-term success. Also, great recruiters were once humble beginners too, right?
  2. THE VETERAN. When there is the presence of beginners, this means that there is also the presence of tenured recruiters. This is the type recruiter who has become a veteran in the field and industry of recruitment all because The Recruiter has been recruiting for decades already. This recruiter have witnessed majority of changes in various recruitment platforms and strategies. For this recruiter, with age comes knowledge, this means that he or she is able to fully understand demands from clients and concerns from candidates. The Recruiter has effective recruiting techniques that new recruiters are unaware of but will also need to take time to learn about current recruitment trends and strategies as well. This type of recruiter is someone who other recruiters look up to in an Executive Search firm.
  3. THE OWL. When everyone is resting from a hard day’s work, this recruiter is still up and alive working at night. The Recruiter doesn’t seem to mind the time for as long as he or she is being productive. This recruiter might not be picking up the phone and making calls to candidates but he or she is awake to check on other sourcing channels for fresh talent and quality pool. The Recruiter is also up creating and formulating strategies and techniques to have better results and outcomes. This recruiter will not rest until he or she has the results and will not stop until is satisfied. The attitude that this recruiter have is something that other recruiters want to develop in themselves as well.
  4. THE INVISIBLE MAN. Rarely will you find this recruiter in his or her desk in the office. The Recruiter is always out of the office to attend to several business-related errands. He or she may be out interviewing a candidate, or attending a meeting with the client, or this recruiter might be out creating business opportunities and partnerships for the company. This recruiter’s calendar is already fully-booked and jam-packed. The moment you see The Recruiter in the office, he or she is just in to get a document and directly heads out in a blink of an eye, and you didn’t even get the chance to chat and talk for a while. This type of recruiter might not be always present to know what’s happening in the office or to ask how his or her colleagues are doing, but rest assured, all the efforts and everything The Recruiter is doing will certainly benefit not only him or her but also the recruitment firm and its employees.
  5. THE PREACHER. This type of recruiter will call out to all the saints in times of hardships and difficulties and in the event of triumphs and victories. The Recruiter is able to function, perform, and deliver through his faith and by not having to compromise everything that he or she believes in. And as professionals, it must be important that we have superior beings, whom we believe in to keep us afloat when the going gets tough. So we can be tough. So we can keep going.
  6. THE PERFECTIONIST. No, this recruiter does not have a behavioural disorder but this type of recruiter will not get off your back unless he or she has all the details from you. The Recruiter wants to make sure that all the information gets will be able to help you land a job (if you are the candidate) or get the perfect candidate for the job (if you are the client). This recruiter sees to it that The Recruiter did not miss out on anything and that everything is in place – or that the recruitment process is followed accordingly. This recruiter has a good eye for details and that gives him or her the upper hand especially when sourcing for candidates, talking to clients, and setting up partnerships.
  7. THE 007 RECRUITER. Give this recruiter the job and he or she gets the job done. The Recruiter will go the extra mile and hunt for the perfect profile and will deliberately follow instructions from the clients. This recruiter would appear sharp and presentable, knowing all the details and is capable of probing for more information. This type of recruiter is well-known in the industry and every company wants to hire him or her – because of the achievements and track record. This recruiter is respected and reputable, working hard until he or she does not have the need to introduce himself or herself anymore.

“Recruiters are not machines, they are all wired differently and their internal circuits are made up of different traits and personalities. The information mentioned above are not exact representations of all the recruiters you will meet and this article is not created to judge or ridicule. This is a fun way of realizing that recruiters are different in their own special and quirky ways”


We at Harper & Hill Executive Search are made up of different individuals. These individuals are recruiters who are dynamic and diverse, having different beliefs, styles, and techniques. We may be representing different types of recruiters mentioned above but we all have one goal set in mind — that is to be able to assist you in your recruitment needs and to achieve satisfying results. We will help you land a career that will provide growth and sustainability. We will give and provide you the best talents that are available.

Harper & Hill


We will continue to be different individually but united towards one direction –

to make our candidates and clients satisfied.


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What are the Booming Industries in the Philippines?

The Philippine economy has been overcoming economic fallback both locally and internationally. This occurrence proves that the Philippines’ economy is booming, with a growing demand in labor and increase in compensation. In this regard, the possibility of an influx of potential investment and opportunities for growing markets and industries is not impossible to happen. With healthy and sustainable economic growth, coupled with strong consumer purchasing power, the Philippines is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect for several markets. However, these investments may focus on the industries and sectors that show potential development and growth. These industries can also become a focal point for Executive Search companies to establish a wide array of recruitment opportunities and possible partnerships. Listed are industries that are expected to grow and develop.

  1. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. This sector is expected to sustain growth and development in the country. Both public and private sector construction activities have shown to be very active. If the industry continues to sustain its growth, forecasts for the infrastructure industry to provide profit will be observed and experienced. However, the growth of this industry works side by side the local government due to having several projects lined up and creating possibilities for various partnerships with different construction companies. On the other hand, the private sector also experiences a boost in the industry being a private company alone.


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  2. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. This industry has not really experienced struggle in the market because of the demand for it although it has shown potential to grow bigger and provide a sustainable market. If the automotive industry continues to show a relatively great development, forecasted growth would also entail the increase in sales and profit for this specific industry. Accompanied by this growth reflects the number of Filipinos who can afford to buy new cars and the developing economy of the country. This growth is also supported by the introduction of new models and motor vehicles by major automotive firms.
  3. MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. Growth is now experienced in the manufacturing sector since it started strongly in its production of chemical products and manufacturing food. It is expected to grow more strongly and exponentially if the demand also increases, which is forecasted to do so. Consumer goods, mainly food manufactures, still contribute highly to this success and growth. Intermediate goods like chemical products and petroleum reflect a rather slow improvement due to the decline in its demand globally. However, this does not affect the industry here in the country where local production still takes place. With this market showing great potential, companies should remain vigilant as there are several risks that can hinder the growth and development.

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    source: Google Images

  4. REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY. It has presumed to be an exciting development for the property sector as real estate developments as it shifts its focus on catering to specific needs. The only challenge that can hinder growth are factors such as the over-supply of past property investments and developments that have occurred in the market over the past few years. As the demand for workers increase in a specific area, most likely in the central business districts, the demand for shelter and a place to stay also increases which paves way to the growing sector of real estate and property. Developers have also found a way to device homes that have lesser amenities which entail it to be more practical and affordable. Forecasts for the growth for this sector are steady and continuous. This also means that development and growth is experienced long-term.
  5. IT AND BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY. Despite being tackled a few many times, this industry is still set to be a growing sector in the country. It remains to be the largest and fastest-growing industry based on revenues alone. The demand for the services that this sector has to offer is not only needed locally but also in the international market as well. Several partnerships and collaborations have been laid to further the growth of the IT-BPM Industry.
  6. BANKING INDUSTRY. The Banking Industry has also been forecasted to grow and develop over the coming years. Although it is expected to grow at a steady pace, it has shown great potential with its capability to generate great income and revenue. Also, banks have shown potential for business both local and abroad. Given that the government has revised certain rules for banking and investing in the country, giving power to international banks to do business in the local region. Through this step, growth can be achieved for this sector.

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    source: Google Images

These sectors have shown potential in growing exponentially and help sustain the economic development of the country. As these industries open new horizons and businesses and opportunities to many people, it is also in the hands of the people to create and develop these sustainable markets to achieve forecasted growth and development.

Harper & Hill Executive Search have studied these industries and have determined several recruitment strategies that will equal to positive results. We have devised several ways of forming partnerships in these industries to provide quality talent and highly-functioning workers. Our firm have established a foundation where expected results are delivered regardless of changes in the forecasted development in these industries. This is because our firm is able to build capabilities by sharing best practices, having innovative solutions, and being able to manage partnerships to achieve success.


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Hiring Trends in the Emerging Markets in Asia

We now live our lives circling a modernized and globalized economy. As a result, the competition for acquiring talent has become a global occurrence. Thanks to the rise of modern technology, smaller companies are also able to reach out to farther places and recruit and hire talent from around the world. However, not all people are the same – who we are, what we like, and how we run our business. Since recruitment and hiring have become a global situation, employers have to be smart and wise in regard to recruiting strategies. For now, we turn our attention to emerging markets where these countries will soon become great sources of talent for both large and small companies.

  1. Know the Culture of the Emerging Market

Emerging markets are found globally. And if you are to recruit for one specific market, it is important to know the local culture. It may be possible that your best used hiring strategy for one market may not be that effective for the other. Thus, necessary adjustments have to be made. It will be really important that the executive search firms and recruiters are able to understand the talent in a given market and how they would really respond to opportunities. Since each market is unique, things to look out for when hiring are interests in mobility, career aspirations, and effective ways of communicating.

  1. Geography and Location

Location plays a key role in hiring for emerging markets. Most job seekers consider the location of the role in regard to their career mobility. From this point, recruiters should be equipped with information and selling skills as to why it would be great to consider the role, regardless of location. Executive search recruiters should be skilled in creating negotiations and adjustments that allows the candidates to consider the opportunity and not letting potential candidates go to waste.

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source: Google Images

  1. Invest in Local Talent

Though hiring for expats have become a common occurrence for big companies, local talent should also be considered for several roles especially for the top management. Some multinational organizations are no longer following this trend, rather, starting to invest in local talent and developing them in several aspects to become great contributions to the company. Although it is important to also set and define career paths and growth opportunities that are available for local talent, so this would be clear to the employees that they can own their mobility.

  1. Competitive Compensation

Given that recruiters are hiring for emerging markets, this means that potential growth of the company will be experienced also. This growth would entail profit and development thus matching the talents’ expectations in regard to compensation and salary. This is something that the recruiters can offer when recruiting and hiring the right candidates.

  1. Technology Becomes a Part of the Process

Technology has created a significant impact in the hiring process given that it has created convenience between the recruiter and the job seeker. Several preliminary and early interviews are now being setup via call or Skype and then attendance for final interviews are the only time it requires the job seeker personally.

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source: Google Images

Every company is different, so these trends do not necessarily impact the same companies. However, if the recruitment firm desires to dominate the market and the industry, taking these trends into consideration can be a start or pioneering with new trends can be done as well.

Countries in Asia have the potential to grow and develop exponentially, although some countries have specific industries that provide these growth and development. It would be great to know more about growing markets and understand the emerging industries for specific countries.


The Manufacturing Industry plays a big part in Vietnam’s economy as an emerging market. Focused more on textile and clothing and garment manufacturing, this has given the country growth in revenue and sales and the demand grew rapidly as well. This growth also contributes to another sector which is the Import & Export Industry. This industry has been catering to the demands of clothing merchandise not only locally but internationally as well. The Electronics Industry in Vietnam is also seen to catch up with that of the other countries. Vietnam is a prospect for electronics producers since cost is relatively low but skilled workers are high enough to support the businesses. Although this industry is seen to grow over the years, changes need to be made so Vietnam can be at par with other emerging countries and sustain development in this specific industry.

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source: Google Images


Similar to Vietnam, the Manufacturing Industry has also been seen as a growing industry in Malaysia. Although, there was a minor fallback for this industry in the recent years, it has proved to grow and will be able to sustain development for the coming years. Commercial Aviation Industry sales are also forecasted to grow over the future, given that it has been boosted by growing middle class and open skies policy. The tourism sector also contributes to this growth in an effort to attain higher sales and profit. The Agriculture Sector in Malaysia also continues to grow with the economy. Though this sector is largely dependent on the country’s natural resources, this is something that the country is able to sustain. The Biotechnology Sector also makes its mark in Malaysia. It has been noticed that a lot of major biotechnology research centers have set up in the country. This, of course, will benefit local businessmen by creating several partnerships with international companies. Similar to Vietnam, the Electronics Industry is seen to help Malaysia grow as an emerging country. This is due to the increasing demand for electronic devices that are used in everyday living.


The food and beverage sector in Indonesia is expected to grow bigger due to its demographic profile, growing population, and rising income levels has presented opportunities in the consumer sector. This is also the result of embracing new cultures and trying out cuisines especially from the Western area. This occurrence stipulates investment and profit to and from local companies and also from foreign companies.


Thailand is no different from Vietnam and Malaysia in regard to growing sectors. Thailand has also been seen to evolve in the manufacturing industry mainly with its production of light pick-up trucks, hard disk drives, and is also known to have the top spot of manufacturing natural and synthetic rubber.

Although similarities between several industries are noticed within these countries, the points of expertise are different. Thus, providing each market to properly emerge and excel in their respective industries. This also gives them the growth and development they need to be able to sustain a profitable market and industry. Also, these countries are not limited to focus on these sectors mentioned but can focus on other sectors which can provide them growth, development, and sustainability.


Automotive and Construction Industries are showcasing growth and development in the Philippines. Stability is expected in both sectors also given that the demand for vehicles and infrastructures are rising and increasing. The Real Estate Industry is also expected to grow and flourish in the country along with the demand for shelter and acquisition of properties. It is seen to showcase long-term developments that will be experienced slowly through the coming years. The Banking Sector is also expected to grow and develop although expected to flourish at a steady pace. The IT and Business Process Management Industry, despite a big and flourished sector already, is still expected to grow and create several economic opportunities in the Philippines.

From a recruitment perspective, soon enough, these emerging markets will be able to provide several business opportunities to executive search companies. Harper & Hill Executive Firm will be ready to take on the challenge simply because it does not only support one country but supports several locations across Asia Pacific. The reach that Harper & Hill Executive Search have created signifies its capacity to provide and deliver what is expected from a recruitment firm. As these emerging markets continue to develop, Harper & Hill Executive Search will continue to create recruitment platforms and activations that will assist and sustain the growth of the clients’ recruitment demands and needs.


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