December 2011 Newsletter                           Holiday Edition                                     Edited by Cindi Swartout

Santa Kevin

 Our Holiday Newsletter has the following:

  • Holiday Message from the President
  • The Dreaded Counter Offer...Now What?
  • A Note from Cindi
  • Potatoes GrandMere Recipe
  • Links of interest
  • Words of Wisdom

A Note from Cindi


Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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Links of Interest

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Words of Wisdom


“Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” Walt Disney


Holiday Message from the President

Happy Holidays everyone!

This has been a great year for Keifer Professional Search. As we end 2011, I want to thank everyone for your support and networking. We found new candidates, clients and friends this year and look forward to 2012 starting with a bang and continued success.

I have a new Santa suit I have been wearing as I attend social events and dinners this season. It is a wonderful experience to be able to hand out candy canes as one of Santa's Helpers. The excitment in the eyes of the children that run up to me is amazing. I love the hugs and good will from them and their parents! May your holiday be bright and filled with friends and family.

There will be some changes coming to KPS next year. We will adding staff and expanding our company. Keep an eye out for the next newsletter with the latest update on the changes and additions.


Kevin A.P. Keifer

Open Positions


It is a scenario that repeats itself with unending regularity:  You, the recruiter, have found the perfect candidate, the client makes a generous offer, and then the candidate informs you that he has received a counter-offer from his current employer. Consider what has actually  happened: the current employer, realizing that one of their employees is on the verge of departing, has gone into panic mode, and they offer  more money to “keep them onboard”. Well, even if you didn’t warn your  perfect candidate of this possibility, there’s no reason for you to go into panic mode. Why? Simple. It’s not just about the money!

For whatever reason, the candidate agreed to talk to you and pursue a career change despite having a current position. So it follows that  your candidate has a mental list of all the things at his current job  that drive him crazy. Those reasons, usually unrelated to the financial  rewards, will play a part in the candidate’s eventual decision. However, the promise of a large amount of money can cloud his judgment. So it’s  important to remind your candidate that the extra dollars or change in  title will not change the company’s faulty business model, improve the  sagging office morale, eradicate the office politics nor rid him of  annoying co-workers. In fact, those problems are likely to get worse if  your candidate accepts the counter-offer.

Read the entire article from Thomas Cunniffe on


Potatoes GrandMere

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes


  • 8 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8" slices
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Layer sliced potatoes in a 9x13" glass baking dish and season with salt and white pepper. Combine cream, mustard, garlic, and butter in heavy saucepan and heat just to the boiling point. Pour over potatoes.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove cover and evenly top with Parmesan cheese. Bake 30 minutes longer or until cheese is golden brown and potatoes are tender. Serve immediately. Serves 8-10




happy holidays