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Подобно профессионалам во многих областях, рекрутеры тоже имеют свой профессиональный жаргон, непонятный для посторонних и непосвященных.

Age/comp ratio: Based on the notion that a manager's salary compensation should equal thrice his or her age. If you're a 50-year-old middle manager making $120,000, you're falling short.

Airport test: You pass this if a headhunter wouldn't mind getting stuck with you in an airport for seven hours. Also called the "airplane test."

Best athlete: A versatile individual able to adapt to various positions, but who may lack extensive experience for a certain management position.

Best of breed: A high-powered executive who stands out in a group, thanks to a pedigree that includes name-brand academic and corporate credentials.

Bullet-proof candidate: A flawless contender. He or she will exceed everyone's expectations. Synonyms: "water walker"; "walking definition"; "King Kong."

Butterfly: Someone who frequently flits from job to job. Also known as a "nomad."

Central casting: Refers to a candidate with a great resume who dresses and looks like a great executive.

CEO-itis: A malady striking someone solely interested in a No. 1 spot. Alternate meaning: An affliction of a chief executive with excessive trappings of office, such as a lavish second home and multiple golf-club memberships.

DJS: A desperate job seeker. "Somebody you don't pay attention to," a recruiting-industry veteran says.

Double dip: When a corporate client fills a position by hiring the runner-up for one job for a different job. Also called a "fallout placement" or "opportunity hire," this generates an extra fee for the search firm.

Filler: Candidates whom recruiters add to a final slate for comparison to the leading prospect. Synonyms: "straw men"; "chum" (as in fish bait).

Flameout: A newly hired executive who fizzles after a bright initial burst of activity. Also called a "star shell" or a "bomb."

Gladiator with a briefcase: An operational executive willing to make tough decisions, combat-warior style.

Horizontally challenged: Overweight.

Kiss-off letter: A reply to an unsolicited resume from an unqualified job seeker.

Lather call: Potential employer smothers the finalist with a juicy offer and entreaties like, "We love you. We love you." Synonyms: "TLC call" (for "tender loving care"); "FMC" ("friendly massage call.")

Neutered: An official stripped of some or all substantial powers, such as a line executive suddenly assigned to "special projects."

On paper/off paper: Official and unofficial references or official and unofficial job specifications.

On the beach: An unemployed executive, presumably pursuing a suntan between posts.

Out-of-the-box hire: A creative thinker, often an industry or functional outsider. Synonyms: "cross-pollinator," "contrast candidate."

Perennials: Constant job seekers, whether employed or not.

Stick ratio: The percentage of officials still employed by businesses at least a year after a search firm helped to place them there. "Infant mortality" is the term used at one major search firm to describe the number who leave within six months.

Tissue rejection: What happens when an executive turns out to be a poor fit with a company's culture or management style.

Walking fee: What firms pay their executive recruiter after a search fails.

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