My 20 years in Thailand’s recruitment scene

  • Post published:27/09/2023
  • Reading time:7 mins read

Can you believe it? It’s almost unreal that it was back on 1st October 2003 that I started my executive search and recruitment career at Grant Thornton in Thailand.

Thank you Ian and Clayton for getting me started on this amazing journey.

I also offer a big hand to staff, colleagues, my personal assistants over the years, researchers and consultants.

You have worked hard to make our brands recognized as some of the very best in the recruitment and consulting profession.

Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. And I’m pleased that I still keep in touch with so many of you.

It’s even more pleasing for me to see how many have moved on and up to their own incredible careers and ventures, both in Thailand and overseas.

Ending this small intro, must of course be to acknowledge the hundreds of client companies and the many thousands of candidates that I’ve had the pleasure to serve. A big thank you.

What about the next 20 years?

We are in very good hands and have for years been a partner in NPAworldwide. We are now 7 offices in Thailand out of 550 offices around the world.

NPAworldwide is the biggest recruitment network in the world with its headquarter located in Michigan, USA.

Thank you to my staff in Thailand and to thousands of NPAworldwide colleagues. You make my day – every day.

5 most popular blogs over the years

I started my blog in 2009, that is 14 years ago.

Since April 2020 I have posted a blog every week and shared my newsletters also weekly with thousands of subscribers. Thank you for all the positive feedback you have given for all these years.

Here are my Top 5 blogs that continuously get hits and high ratings. Enjoy.

7 Tips for your resume that Headhunters just love

IMG-0481Why do you think that having a great resume is the single most important part of your job search?

The right answer: because if your resume does not excite and impress anyone, you will not be invited for an interview.

And obviously, if you can’t even get an interview, you will never get the dream job.

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Why one million LinkedIn users in Thailand is irrelevant

This blog article was first published in September 2015 when LinkedIn reached one million members in Thailand.

The article starts like this:

A few years ago, I asked in my blog if LinkedIn was killing the recruitment industry.

They say that Curiosity Killed the Cat; a reference to the dangers of unnecessary experimentation and speculation.

Herein lies a possible answer to the question of whether LinkedIn is in the process of pushing the executive search and recruitment profession over the cliff.

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9 reasons why I declined the job offer

The candidate told me the story of why he decided to decline the attractive job offer from one of the big guns in the business.

The story started when he one day got a call from a talent acquisition officer of the company.

Months and months later he was offered the job – but to the company’s surprise, he declined. He gave me these 9 reasons.

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Why headhunters don’t answer your emails or calls

Personally, I absolutely hated headhunters.

Once upon a time is the phrase which begins fairy tales and fabulous stories set in some unspecified moment in the past.

Except for the story, you are about to read. There is nothing fairy or fabulous about this real-life experience of mine.

My story starts like this: Once upon a time when I was a candidate myself.

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8 reasons why you should hang-up when a headhunter calls

Nowadays, anyone can get into the Thai recruitment business.

Every Tom, Dick and Harry can call themselves a headhunter nowadays, even if all they do is shop on the internet and in their database.

It’s annoying to say, but professional and experienced recruiters are competing with recruiters who should not even be in the business.

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Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.