The WorkHappy Wrap (Thursday, 3/31): Advice from a top headhunter. Fiddlers picking a bone with music job market in Austin, Texas.

by Joe Szynkowski | March 31, 2016 | Workhappy Blog

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By Joe Szynkowski
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“You have got to leave them wanting more.”

Those words come from Chance Hoag, owner and headhunter of Nashville-based Occupationist. Hoag recruits CIOs, VPs and other information technology professionals for placement in high-level roles.

As our phone conversation progressed, he explained his philosophy. “When I recruited in Silicon Valley, I saw some 6-, 7- or 8-page resumes that were really well done, but you still doubted that anyone was going to read through them. You’ve got to be able to be concise and straightforward with your messaging.”

Chance is right on target. I tell all of my VP and C-level clients – even the ones with 25 years on the books – to have a strong one-pager that tells and sells their story.

“The process for hiring a C-level leader is so long. Some of them go up to 7 or 8 interviews. You will have time to discuss your background in detail during this process. So keep it simple and grab their attention with your resume.”

Bingo. Not only should your resume be streamlined, but it should also be mobile friendly. Many recruiters and hiring managers are checking out incoming documentation on various devices, including mobile phones. If you’re not filling out an online submission form, be sure to send your resume in PDF.

Interesting side note on Chance – he was an artist manager in the country music scene during the early 1990s – arguably the industry’s golden era. From singers to senior execs. Quite a journey for Chance.

Check out his company here or read more about him here.

I’ve got a fiddle to pick with you…

Speaking of country music, the scene in Austin, Texas seems to be the talk of the job market. And not in a good way.

A recent jobs report commissioned by Austin Music People found this:

  • Austin’s music industry has lost more than 1,200 jobs over the past four years.
  • Year-round economic activity by local artists, venues and businesses” had slipped 15 percent over four years, from $856 million in 2010 to $726 million in 2014.

A city-commissioned Austin Music Census released in June found this:

  • Out of 4,000 of the city’s music professionals, almost 70 percent reported income of less than $10,000 a year from music.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler recently released the “Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution” report, which looks at reviving the local music economy, retaining top local talent and improving the city’s iconic venues. Adler’s office says Austin is growing faster than any city its size in the country.

Then why are so many workers in the country music industry leaving town? Just like in any sector, employees want to feel valued and appreciated. Performing artists are the same way. The worst part about a talented musician picking up her fiddle and heading elsewhere is that she also usually takes her support team –managers, road crews, etc. This leads to a mass exodus that is tough for a city to recover from.

It’s time to make sure artists and other industry professionals feel welcome.

Austin, you’re up.

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