Inside the Mind of an Executive Search Recruiter (Career Conversation)

For a seasoned professional, Executive Search can advance your career and give you access to thousands of vacant positions in the hidden job market. But how do you connect with executive search consultants? How does the process work?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring professionals from executive search firms who will discuss their work and share best practices of working with executive search. You will learn:

1. How an executive search recruiter operator operates. Their relationship with client companies and candidates
2. How to best approach executive search firms
3. How to raise your visibility and become more attractive to search consultants, including social media and resumes?
4. Tips to change the direction of your career.

This event is open to Jenkins Professional MBAs, full-time MBAs, MMAs, MRAs, and Jenkins alumni.

Moderator: Ed Kato, Jenkins Working Professional MBA Executive Coach


Scott Garfield – Executive Vice President, CIBR Warriors 
Scott is a 27-year veteran of the staffing industry. He started his career in business development and quickly progressed into leadership. Scott has built award-winning sales and recruiting teams for some of the biggest companies in the industry. Scott has managed individual branches and run territories of over 300 million dollars. He has experience placing professionals within information technology, accounting, legal, and executive management.

Scott is a frequent contributor to industry publications and news outlets on a variety of topics related to job searching, retention, and market conditions to name a few.

Scott has a BS in Business from Florida State University and currently serves as EVP of CIBR Warriors.


Mike Barefoot – Owner/Executive Recruiter, RedZone Resources 

Mike Barefoot has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from NC State University as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Campbell University. He has spent the predominant amount of his career in sales concentrating in the staffing industry.  He has accumulated several awards such as Rookie of the Year, Performer of the Year as well as President’s Club in multiple years at various organizations.  Mike became an entrepreneur and opened his boutique staffing firm and has easily placed over 1,000 individuals in jobs during his career.  Mike has been busy participating in martial arts since 1989.  He is a 6th-degree Black Belt in Karate, a 4th-degree in Kickboxing (Bill Wallace’s “Superfoot” Systems), and a 4th-degree in Ju-Jitsu.  He has been a competitor winning the state championship/Gold medal in the State Games of North Carolina in sparring as well as being a Silver Medalist 2 other years.   He has won other tournaments/competitions and is a Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee.  He also has acted on multiple occasions as a public/business/motivational speaker.  Most importantly, he has been a parent to a son.  He has tried to mesh these eclectic skills to develop a work/life balance and use this as a strategy to improve and be successful in all facets of his life.  His goal is to take these personal, professional, and athletic pursuits to make others more successful in achieving their life goals.


(Career Conversations with Working Professional MBAs is a monthly opportunity for Working Professional MBAs to learn lessons from alumni and/or members of the business community on how to leverage the Jenkins MBA program for career success.)

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