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Candidate FAQ Page
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my resume?
After I submit my resume, will you send me a response?
Will you submit my resume to clients without my permission?
Do you work for me or do you work for the hiring companies?
How often will you contact me with opportunities?
Will you present me with multiple opportunities at the same time?
Should I submit my resume to your competitors?
If I get a new position or am promoted, should I let Grand Roads know?
What searches is Grand Roads currently conducting?
Are all Grand Roads searches published on your web site?
What are some of the criteria that Grand Roads looks for in evaluating candidates?

How do I submit my resume?
Please submit your resume to: Grand Roads Executive Search, 641 West Lake Street, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60661. (312) 207-1190, ext. 102, fax: (312) 207-1192, e-mail: Resumes at Grand Roads Executive Search.

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After I submit my resume, will you send me a response?
Because we receive so many resumes every week, we cannot acknowledge them all or keep all of them on file. If, in our view, a candidate's resume may be suitable for an existing or future Grand Roads search assignment, we will send an acknowledgement of its receipt. Depending on our workload and your availability we may also schedule a short interview with you.

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Will you submit my resume to clients without my permission?
We will never present your resume to a client without your consent. We contact you first to see if you are interested in the position.

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Do you work for me or do you work for the hiring companies?
Ultimately, we work exclusively for the hiring company. Our fees are paid by the hiring company and you of course do not need to pay us anything. Having said that, our ability to service our clients is contingent on our ability to service you. If we find you the wrong job, then we have failed in recruiting the right candidate for our client. Our goal is to become your trusted advisor on career issues and lead you to the right client for the right opportunity at the right time.

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How often will you contact me with opportunities?
We will only contact you when there is an appropriate opportunity. Even if you are enormously talented, we may never contact you if we do not have the right opportunity. More typically, if you are an attractive candidate, we will contact you once each year.

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Will you present me with multiple opportunities at the same time?
When you are being seriously considered for a position by one of our clients, it wouldn't be right for us to be showing you to other clients. There is, however, one exception to this golden rule. If you are currently unemployed, we will show you to multiple clients and will let them know that you are working on a "first come, first served basis". We do this because we want to help you get back to work as soon as possible.

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Should I submit my resume to your competitors?
While it's in our best interests to keep you to ourselves, we recommend that after you get us your information, you get your information in front of other top-tier recruiters. That's because there may be great opportunities out there that we are not on retainer for or companies you'd love to work for that we are precluded from working with because of our contract terms with their competitors. In the final analysis, we'd prefer that you get the job of your dreams much more than we care about our own prospects. Don't worry about us -- we'll be OK. Hey, maybe we'll get you your next job.

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If I get a new position or am promoted, should I let Grand Roads know?
Definitely. Keeping us abreast of any and all developments in your life is the best way to optimize our relationship. As your career evolves and you grow professionally, keep us in the loop so that we can continue to look out for great opportunities on your behalf.

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What searches is Grand Roads currently conducting?
Some of the current searches we are conducting are described in the Current Opportunities section of our Web Site.

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Are all Grand Roads searches published on your web site?
No. Certain searches are conducted on a strictly confidential basis or the target list of candidates is so narrow that it doesn't make sense to post them on our web site.

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What criteria do you look for in evaluating candidates?
While each search is unique, there are some common qualities that we frequently use in assessing candidates:

  • Professional Credentials (Do you have a track record of getting results?)
  • Administrative and Management Abilities (What do you know and are you good at it?)
  • Leadership Qualities (Are you a motivating leader?)
  • Communications Skills (Can you convey ideas effectively?)
  • Experience (Have you been in our client's industry in the position they want to fill?)
  • Personal Qualities and Style (Will the client enjoy working with you?)
  • Potential Fit with our Client's Organization (Will you fit in and enjoy their culture?)
  • Educational History (What have you studied and how did you do?)

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