Self Perspective

A twice weekly podcast focusing on career management and recruitment with executive recruiter John G. Self, Managing Partner of a Dallas-based search firm.
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Aug 30, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast:


We have a three-pack of career advice.  

Part I focuses on the practice of overwhelmingly unqualified candidates who apply for jobs they know nothing about.  This is a huge problem and is reminiscent of what Monster.Com became.

If you are the world's greatest out-of-work rock scientist with no experience running a healthcare organization, why are you applying to be the CEO of a community hospital?  

Do you really think that throwing hundreds, thousands of applications against the wall is a good strategy?  

Part II re-examines why some well qualified candidates door poorly in job interviews.

Part III asks the questions whether you should send handwritten thank you notes following a job interview.  Yes.  Should you send a text message instead?  No. If you are a senior executive, the quality of your thank you note card is pretty important.  While Walgreens is a great place to purchase prescriptions, it is not the best place to buy brand-defining stationary.

Run time:  8:29

Aug 25, 2016

In today's podcast, John addresses the process of finding a long-term mentor.  He discusses a couple of approaches and offers four guidelines for forming this important relationship.


Aug 23, 2016


Here is the rundown for Tuesday's SelfPerspective Podcast.

Today, John is in the Augusta, Georgia area working on a new search.  

John donates some of his spare time coaching ACHE colleagues and others looking for their next job, advising them on their resume and interviewing skills.  Over the years John said he also has been thinking about his own career and whether he could have been more successful if he had taken advantage of some of his early professional contacts and experiences. If he could only turn back the career clock.  

But we cannot turn back the clock.  So, today John is sharing some of his thoughts on what he could have done differently.  

If you are in your 20s, 30s, or early 40s, you do not need to worry about turning back the clock.  You have time to do a reset, to avoid making some the most common career management mistakes.

Today's podcast includes three ideas for that career management reset.

We welcome your feedback.

The SelfPerspective Podcast Team


Aug 18, 2016

Here is Thursday's SelfPerspective Podcast rundown.


A CEO is hired into a perfect situation but fails to survive two years.  How could this happen?

It begins with recruiters who take a plug-and-play approach to candidate selection.  And it usually ends with candidates who allow their egos to ignore some important signposts regarding a community's culture.  In secondary markets, you not only have to recruit for the culture of the hospital, but you must spend time figuring how the type of personality who will do well in the town.

Joins makes three points.  They are among the most common reasons a new CEO does not survive.

Aug 16, 2016

Here is today's rundown for the SelfPerspective podcast.

On Monday John discussed the less is more approach to leadership.  Today, he poses an important question for Millennials who are now entering the executives ranks at many organizations:  What kind of leader do you want to be?

Be purposeful in this pursuit.  The decisions you make today, the good and bad habits you develop, will shape how your colleagues, peers and customers see you in the future.   

He provides three points to consider as you begin your leadership journey.

Aug 11, 2016

Here is today's rundown for the SelfPerpsective Podcast.


John is working on a new CEO search which led him to focus on the importance of understanding a potential employer's corporate culture.  

On Wednesday, John's blog, After All These Years:  It Is Still the Culture, discussed how candidates said they were rarely, if ever, provided any information on a suitor's corporate culture.  This is amazing such poor culture fit is one of the most common reasons that candidates recruited from outside an organization are forced out in less than two years.

Today John, who has a reputation for accurately reading a company's culture after only a short period of time, provides some sample questions for candidates.

Share your experiences and contribute to the conversation.

Thanks for listening.

The SelfPerspective Podcast Team


Aug 9, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast.


John focuses on common problems with resumes, specifically how candidates screw up listing their employer, title, scope of responsibility and quantifiable accomplishments.

Sounds simple?  Well, most people have apparently have not read that memo.  

So, if you want to differentiate yourself in a positive way in the job market, listen up.

If you have questions, email us at AsktheRecruiter@JohnGSelf.Com.


The SelfPerspective Team


Aug 2, 2016

Here is today's rundown for the SelfPerspective podcast.

John focuses on the issue of candidates who become too complacent in an interview, or those with the uncanny ability to anticipate the next question.

Interviewers, when they sense this is happening, will use a 'trick' or curveball question to brick the pattern.  It is not in a recruiter's interest for a candidate to become too comfortable! 

John shares several of his favorites.