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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Oct 14, 2016

Today's podcast is part of a continuing series on the inner workings of the job search/recruitment process. Today, John focuses on internal recruiters. He provides five Action Points to help you succeed.  

Oct 13, 2016

In today's podcast, John highlight's the differences between contingency and retained search firms. Most candidates are not aware of some of the important differences.

He provides 5 quick points to help you navigate the process. 

Oct 12, 2016

Today's career management tip:  When dealing with recruiters, it is a two-way street.

John explains how the candidate networking process works, and how you can use it to build ties with search firms, even if you are not personally interested in the job they are calling about.

This is one area of the job search process that many candidates do not understand. They miss an important relationship-building opportunity by ignoring the call, or not being helpful.

Oct 11, 2016

Have you seen people in the airport so overweight, in such poor health, that they struggle down the concourse?  

Earlier in their life, they did not eat properly or get any exercise.  They were content to lounge in a recliner with a case of beer and an unlimited supply of Chocolate Oreos.  When they could have made a change, they chose not to. 

There is a strong parallel between those unhealthy people who failed to change their bad habits until it was too late and those who fail to make a career plan. 

Now is the time to make a plan.

Oct 4, 2016

In today's podcast, John shares a story from a candidate interview about a brother's love and doing the right thing. There is an important life's lesson, an important career truth, in Frank's story.

Sep 29, 2016

Today John is following up on Wednesday's blog post, When Outplacement Becomes A Guilt Payment.  In today's podcast, John argues that companies which invest heavily in hiring the right people but then scrimp on outplacement costs, are making a big mistake.  They are hurting their recruiting brand.

The secret is not the money spent on outplacement, but the quality of the firm -- their industry-specific experience and their commitment to the departing executive's future success.

Sep 27, 2016

Today's podcast is a very personal reflection on his son who overcame challenges to succeed and how John that moment to drive changes in his own life.

Sep 22, 2016

Candidates say telephone interviews are one of the toughest parts of the job interview process.  Today, John provides five tips to help you to be better prepared.

Sep 20, 2016

Here is the rundown for our SelfPerspective podcast:

Today job focuses on some new ideas to govern your job search, three unconventional ideas to help you differentiate yourself in the market.

His theme is that we need to avoid conventional wisdom in how we pursue a new career opportunity.

Sep 15, 2016

The tension between candidates and executive recruiters is legendary.  Today, John focuses on his firm's approach to helping candidates, especially those who are not selected in his searches.  

Sep 13, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast.

Many candidates drop the ball in interviews not because they are unqualified or lack the skills to succeed.  They struggle with closing the deal.



Sep 8, 2016

Hello, today our podcast focuses on the reality of career setbacks, defeats and outright fall-on-your-face failures.  They are so painful and practically unavoidable. They are a fact of professional life.

John shares a story and a great quote that has encouraged him through the ups and downs of his entrepreneurial career in which "eat what you kill" is a way of life for paying the bills and providing for a family.

Thanks for listening.

The Podcast Team

Sep 6, 2016

Hello and welcome back. We hope you had a great holiday weekend.  It certainly passed in a hurry. We produced this podcast on Labor Day night and we open you enjoy John's story about a CEO who stayed too long.

This is also story about how a CEO can avoid a messy career pitfall of trying to fulfill a commitment to his family and not to relocate until the kids have graduated from school.

We hope you enjoy this podcast And we hope you will provide us your feedback at SelfPerspective@JohnGSelf.Com  Tomorrow, John's regular blog post will return.

Thanks for listening,

The SelfPerspective Podcast Team

Sep 1, 2016

Here is the summary for the latest SelfPerspective podcast:

 Exceptional service and quality of care, safety and satisfaction are intrinsically linked in hospitals.  You cannot have great service if your care is lacking or you are having problems with patient safety. 

So how do you connect your employees -- members of your team -- with this important concept.  It all begins with respect.

The Ritz Carlton luxury hotel chain achieves remarkable levels of service and satisfaction by building a relationship of trust and respect with their service teams.  They address all their team members as Ladies and Gentlemen! 

Being that kind of leader, someone who gives respect, trust and love to employees, will result in a powerful career brand that will differentiate you from all of the other candidates for the top jobs, for that prized promotion. 

Share the respect, share the love.

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.


Jul 28, 2016

Here is the rundown for today's podcast.

John reflects on his early career asa  reporter, editor and an investigative journalist for newspapers in Tyler, Lubbock and Houston Texas. He was loved what he was doing, even on the bad nights covering crime for The Houston Post.

When he changed to a "normal" job, first as Director of Public Relations and then as the first Director of the hospital's new Life Flight emergency helicopter transport system, John remembers feeling a sense of sadness at leaving the world of news.  But those feelings were quickly replaced by a love of, and a passion for, his new work.

In his work today, he encounters people with passion for healthcare. From Dr. Forney Fleming, Director and Clinical Professor in the healthcare management graduate program at UT Dallas to current and would be CEOs and senior executives.

Listen to learn an important leadership quality we should keep close to our hearts.  

Jul 26, 2016


Here is the rundown for today's podcast.

Today, in the first half of the podcast, John discusses the importance of drilling down on a candidate's personal and business values in deciding whether they can deliver effective leadership.

In the second half, John discusses how mistakes in business, even those that result in a termination, are learning moments.  It is what we learn from those missteps, and how we respond when asked about them, that makes all the difference.


Jul 21, 2016

Here is today's podcast rundown:

1.  Today John focuses on the importance of social media in the job search. Is it a meaningful tool for career brand management that can aid your job search, or just a passing fad that will be replaced by the next sparkly, shiny mobile application.

2.  In an information segment, John explains the Firm's new Vision and Values Physician Recruitment Solution and the Firm will work to add value in this broken business model.

3.  In Part II of this podcast, John provides 5 ideas to help you improve your social media strategy and enhance your career brand.

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