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Martin H.Snyder commented on Alban's blog post 'That horrendous 4 letter word'
"I use ASAFP at least once a day....."
Apr 25, 2011
C. B. Stalling!! commented on Alban's blog post 'That horrendous 4 letter word'
"This is what I do when someone says ASAP.   Ok my client I am going to stop ever search and clear my desk to just work on your job to fill is this what I am hearing. If and only if he says yes do I drop everything....   try it"
Apr 25, 2011
Alban commented on Alban's blog post 'That horrendous 4 letter word'
"You make a very good point Doug. I've not come across ASAIGAR and that's only because here in Australia the term ASAP is so commonly used. It's a shame when you see consultants spend time, energy & money working on unqualified…"
Apr 18, 2011
Doug Boswell commented on Alban's blog post 'That horrendous 4 letter word'
"For employers, the term ASAP (I like to call it a "term" since it has become more that just an "acronym", but its still less than a "word") is a motivator, a tool. It is their match to light a fire under the…"
Apr 18, 2011
A blog post by Alban was featured

That horrendous 4 letter word

The other day, a consultant set aside everything she was working on because a client dared to use a 4 letter word on her. She even had the audacity to tell me “This is the best thing to happen on my desk today” The 4 letter word being ‘asap’ (well it’s not really a ‘word’ in the true sense but you get my point)So what exactly is asap? A quick Wikipedia search came up with a hard rock band, a television series in the Philippines and even a Canadian aircraft manufacturer called Aircraft Sales and…See More
Apr 18, 2011
Christina liked Alban's blog post That horrendous 4 letter word
Apr 18, 2011
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That horrendous 4 letter word

The other day, a consultant set aside everything she was working on because a client dared to use a 4 letter word on her. She even had the audacity to tell me “This is the best thing to happen on my desk today” The 4 letter word being ‘asap’ (well it’s not really a ‘word’ in the true sense but you get my point)So what exactly is asap? A quick Wikipedia search came up with a hard rock band, a television series in the Philippines and even a Canadian aircraft manufacturer called Aircraft Sales and…See More
Apr 18, 2011
Gavin Redelman commented on Alban's blog post 'Winning Gold & Silver (if Carl Lewis was a recruiter)'
"Many times its doing the small things right that gets the candidate the job. Many recruiters/ job seekers are too lazy to properly prepare the candidates resume or don't fully research the position and prepare for the interview. With…"
Apr 10, 2011
A blog post by Alban was featured

Winning Gold & Silver (if Carl Lewis was a recruiter)

1988, Seoul Olympics after the 200 m, Carl Lewis famously told reporters, “I did not win Silver, I lost Gold”. A powerful statement indeed, coming from someone who has won 10 Olympic medals including 9 Gold in his career. Now, if Carl Lewis was a recruiter, I bet he might have said the same thing because there’s no silver medal, your candidate either lands the job or not. Or maybe there is room for a silver medal…………. 2009/10 had perm recruiters bruised and battle scarred, many of whom left the…See More
Apr 8, 2011
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Winning Gold & Silver (if Carl Lewis was a recruiter)

1988, Seoul Olympics after the 200 m, Carl Lewis famously told reporters, “I did not win Silver, I lost Gold”. A powerful statement indeed, coming from someone who has won 10 Olympic medals including 9 Gold in his career. Now, if Carl Lewis was a recruiter, I bet he might have said the same thing because there’s no silver medal, your candidate either lands the job or not. Or maybe there is room for a silver medal…………. 2009/10 had perm recruiters bruised and battle scarred, many of whom left the…See More
Apr 7, 2011
Alban commented on Alban's blog post '"You want to leave your job because ?? !!"'
"@ Christine, perhaps I should have mentioned the candidate has a retail background, then again I could have clarified her entire resume or detailed the entire interview. But this blog was not about that. The point I was trying to make is…"
Mar 30, 2011
Christine Colucci commented on Alban's blog post '"You want to leave your job because ?? !!"'
"Alban led us to believe that his candidate was looking for a job where she could facebook but what she said was her company instituted a new rule where facebook could not be used during business hours and this was something she gave as an example…"
Mar 30, 2011
Alban was featured
Mar 29, 2011
Barry Frydman commented on Alban's blog post '"You want to leave your job because ?? !!"'
"Wake up folks it's 2011 If it was 1979 and I was told I couldn't make personal phone calls.  if it was 1989 and I was told I couldn't make cell calls at work. If it was 1999 and I was told I couldn't send personal emails. I…"
Mar 29, 2011
Robin Stanton commented on Alban's blog post '"You want to leave your job because ?? !!"'
"@Christine - I agree with your point about evaluating people on their productivity, however, in this case Alban's candidate implied to him she was looking for a job where she could facebook and not a position where she use her skills to be…"
Mar 29, 2011
Christine Colucci commented on Alban's blog post '"You want to leave your job because ?? !!"'
"First there were water cooler discussions, then general internet surfing and now facebook; what will we ever do with people who abuse company time? Maybe we can just start to measure them on their productivity rather than face time and who cares if…"
Mar 29, 2011

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Name
Quay Appointments
Job Title
Operations Manager
Company
Quay Appointments
Which best describes your profession?
Consultant
How many years have you been in the business?
10-14 years
Which industries do you work in now?
All Industries
How many employees in your company?
>50
Website
http://www.quayappointments.com.au
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http://albandsa@posterous.com

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That horrendous 4 letter word

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 2:21am 4 Comments

The other day, a consultant set aside everything she was working on because a client dared to use a 4 letter word on her. She even had the audacity to tell me “This is the best thing to happen on my desk today”



The 4 letter word being ‘asap’ (well it’s not really a ‘word’ in the true sense but you get my point)



So what exactly is asap?



A quick Wikipedia search came up with a hard rock band, a television series in the Philippines and even a Canadian aircraft… Continue

Winning Gold & Silver (if Carl Lewis was a recruiter)

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

1988, Seoul Olympics after the 200 m, Carl Lewis famously told reporters, “I did not win Silver, I lost Gold”. A powerful statement indeed, coming from someone who has won 10 Olympic medals including 9 Gold in his career.



Now, if Carl Lewis was a recruiter, I bet he might have said the same thing because there’s no silver medal, your candidate either lands the job or not. Or maybe there is room for a silver medal………….



2009/10 had perm recruiters bruised and battle… Continue

"You want to leave your job because ?? !!"

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 12:30am 5 Comments

 

A question I always ask at interviews is “Why do you want to leave your current job?” and then delve deeper to understand their ‘real’ motivation to leave. I’ve learnt not to be satisfied with standard responses such as ‘better opportunities’, ‘career prospects’, location, compensation, lifestyle choice………….whatever



So, the other day when this young 20 something answers, “For career stability and improving my work / life balance”, I probe further and realise it’s due to…

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A controversial look at what to do when the ‘chips are down’

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 10:00pm 7 Comments

Recruitment consultants are Sales people. Full Stop. Sales people have their ups and downs and so do Recruitment consultants. Full Stop. The key difference is that Recruitment consultants hate being referred to as Sales people. Full Stop. Hence they do not overcome their ‘down time’ as efficiently as Sales people. Full Stop. Worse still, many recruitment managers do not believe their consultants should have down times. Full Stop.



Hence…

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