Pekarsky & Co. turns 10!

For over 10 years we’ve seen the executive search industry transform. The largest Rolodex no longer wins the day; rather, the age-old art of storytelling and relationship building, combined with the new age embrace of technology have formed the foundation of our firm’s long-standing success.
 
In a booming economy, executive search firms are like wartime military defence firms supplying arms in the war for talent. But after the ongoing five-year downturn crushing Calgary, businesses that have survived have had to reinvent themselves. We’re no different. And it’s a reinvention mirrored by our city, too, as it goes through its own makeover.

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Here are a few lessons we’ve
learned along the way.

We know process, but we also know when to colour outside the lines.

We know that even in a digital age, great service, hard work and a handshake still matter.
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Recruiting is like building a house.

You can get it done quickly or you can get it done right.
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Advisors are hired to advise. We wouldn’t ever think to represent ourselves in court, or fill a cavity on our own. Recruiting is harder than it looks and we actually know more about it than you do.
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The virtues of Small Ball.

Not only has our small ball strategy allowed us to grow through a serious down-turn but we have truly met the most interesting people along the way and have emerged as the most nimble, entrepreneurial search firm around, able to partner effectively with new, emerging entrants to our ever-changing marketplace who, traditionally, were seen as too far “down market” to attract the attention of traditional search firms encumbered by minimum fees and maximum egos.
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"Hire character. Train skill.”
- Peter Schutz, Porsche

Our clients tend to get very hung up on hiring certain skills.  Often to the detriment of softer attributes that are harder to find.
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The first draft of anything is shit.”- Ernest Hemingway

We’ve written 127 original Ampersand newsletters. We have emerged as thought leaders, subject matter experts and a voice for the community in which we live and play.
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Headhunters with Heart.

We believe that being boutique means buying local and supporting local. When you live, play and work in the same community as your clients, vendors and competitors, there is nowhere to hide and no anonymity.

We don’t give for the sake of giving. We give because it feels great and because we have a social conscience and because we believe that making our communities stronger, makes us stronger. Do good things because it feels good to do them, not because it looks good to do them.

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Human. Resources.

Think about it. Human. Resources. Recruiting humans is a very human and humane undertaking. The robots will never win this one.
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Follow Your Passion.

If you’re passionate about it, you’ll be good at it. And if you’re good at it, you’ll get paid lots to do it. Most people do it all backwards: chase the money first, then hope they’re good at it and then hope they like it.

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”
- Tony Hsieh, Zappos

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We’re better lookers than you.

You can hire the best person you can find or you can hire the best person we can find. We’d bet on us.