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In his role as Principal at Ryan Search & Consulting, Dan leads the Talent Acquisition and Talent Development processes for the firm.  This includes Retained Executive Search, Facilitation, Leadership Development and a wide variety of other group process activities. Dan’s search work focuses on mid-to-senior level leadership while his consulting work includes Executive Coaching, Organizational & Leadership Development, and Group Facilitation. His primary market segments include Engineering, Construction, Architecture, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Life Science and Economic Development.

Dan has earned a MEd. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Tennessee State University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Murray State University.  He is an adjunct faculty member for Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has also taught at Belmont University. 

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Articles by Dan Ryan

Every time I think I have seen everything, something new comes along.  I will share a few thoughts to those of you out there today who are candidates, or who may be candidates, for future opportunities.  I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but I want to share a few tactics that will not endear you to client firms if you end up being someone they consider hiring.

April 14, 2015


Even though we are in the middle of the first month in 2015, it is never too late to have goals or resolutions to focus on for this period.  I thought I would share a few I have in the hopes that they might be of value to you as well.

Our firm is not a pure HR firm, but we do a variety of work in the Talent Acquisition and Talent Development areas.  Here are my resolutions for 2015:

In 2015 I WILL:

January 14, 2015


I find it useful to look back prior to looking ahead in some instances.  How well I remember 2010-2012 when the economy was soft and employers had the upper hand in controlling the market for job seekers.  It was a tough time and many companies did a great job of protecting their human capital assets when the going got rough.  Many employees were afraid to lift their head and look at outside opportunities.  Everyone was risk averse and getting people to move was difficulty, if not impossible.

December 8, 2014

Many of my posts recently have focused on the concept of Owners versus Renters in the workplace.  It is helpful to understand how to differentiate between one and the other while they are at work, but it would be even more helpful to b

August 28, 2014

I have worked in the talent acquisition world for many years.  I got started while working as a manager in the manufacturing world and then shifted my focus to the HR generalist side in the non profit and professional services space.  Over 8 years ago I moved to the Executive Search world where I work with candidates every week, if not every day. 

July 24, 2014

Working in the Talent Acquisition world I have the chance to talk with a great number of people.  Contrary to popular belief, most of the conversations I will have are NOT with candidates.  Most of my conversations are more networking than finding out if someone is a good fit for a client our firm is working with.

July 17, 2014

I often write about the pitfalls and perils of the job search and today’s post will be another in that series.  With the full bloom of spring we all have a number of things we do in preparation for the onset of this wonderful time of year.  Your job search and the methods and strategies you employ should be the same.

When I think of spring cleaning I often use the phrases listed below:

May 22, 2014