Solving Problem, or Exploiting Opportunity?

Is your job search more focused on avoiding problems, or on seeking opportunity? One of my favorite quotes from Peter Drucker, the late, great management expert, goes like this: “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” I think what he meant is that there are always going to be problems that need…

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Recruiter Emails: High-Value, or SPAM?

Our family is car shopping, after having owned our vehicles for many years/miles. I haven’t been out in the car market for quite a while, and it’s been a very revealing process interfacing with a number of car salespeople. We’re looking for a “preowned vehicle”, which of course has become the preferred euphemism for “used…

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You’ve Gotta Want a Startup

The other day, I was visiting the offices of a startup where I’ve done work for the last few years. The Director of Software was telling me of some of the challenges his company has faced in the last year, and it was not for the faint of heart. The product which they thought would…

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Hello World!

I’m Phil Hurd, and I’m a recruiter. Today is the one-week anniversary of my new venture, Oculus Search Partners LLC. Almost thirty years ago, when giant minicomputer companies ruled the earth, I left my safe and predictable career as a hardware engineer to begin a new adventure as a technology recruiter, and discovered — somewhat…

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