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Amy Ala
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Free CRM for Recruiters?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aaron Lintz Apr 15, 2013. 20 Replies

Why I Love Recruiting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Leary Jun 9, 2012. 29 Replies

The Sticky Stuff !! Confused about outplacement services...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandra McCartt Oct 26, 2011. 4 Replies

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Michael Cox liked Amy Ala's blog post I'm a Recruiter. No, a Salesperson. NO, a RECRUITER!
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"Amy, to add to your point about "It’s our job to coach, motivate, persuade, cajole, influence, inspire, entice, guide… all for the purpose of CLOSING A DEAL," I think there's another related element, people skills. While…"
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Sandra McCartt commented on Amy Ala's blog post 'I'm a Recruiter. No, a Salesperson. NO, a RECRUITER!'
"I am sorta thinkin i could find a software that would replace him a lot faster than his software would replace me.  See there is this thing called "candidate experience"  anybody heard that word before?  Can your software…"
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Amy Ala commented on Amy Ala's blog post 'I'm a Recruiter. No, a Salesperson. NO, a RECRUITER!'
"@Lisa I thought your comment was spot on. Smug?? Hardly. Was his response stompy foot whiny? Yep. @Kelly I have an unnatural fear of a Terminator like Skynet future. Robots you say? *shudder* @Linda I'm not so good at sales either. :) Even…"
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Profile Information

Name
Amy Ala
Job Title
Staffing Consultant / Recruiter
Company
Microsoft
Which best describes your profession?
Corporate Talent Acquisition
How many years have you been in the business?
10-14 years
Which industries do you work in now?
Technology
How many employees in your company?
>5000
Which conferences do you plan to attend in the next year?
SourceCon
What kind of networking are you open to?
Open networking
Which blogs would you recommend people read?
HR Nasty
LinkedIn Profile
http://www.linkedin.com/in/amyala
Twitter Profile
http://twitter.com/#!/AlaRecruiter

Amy Ala's Blog

I'm a Recruiter. No, a Salesperson. NO, a RECRUITER!

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 4:00pm 17 Comments

I’ve always thought of my profession as sales. Always. I started recruiting in the early days of the internet, where training was basically “wanna buy a chicken? No? How about a duck?” until I got my hands on some Danny Cahill Placement 2000 VHS tapes.Ahhh then I was in…

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A Numbers Game: A Corporate Recruiter's Take on the State of Staffing

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 12:00pm 11 Comments

Bullhorn done did it again. Today, the staffing software giant released its fourth annual Recruiting Trends Report.

In December 2013, Bullhorn polled 1,337 agency professionals to get a sense not only of…

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Stop Trying To Reinvent Recruiting

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 10:55pm 58 Comments

S eriously. Just stop. STAHP. You’re embarrassing yourself and the community at large. If I see one more ridiculous, self-serving post about the “recruitment agency of the future!” and how y’all are going to CHANGE EVERYTHING I will probably just burst into tears out of pure frustration. You. Are. Full. Of. Crap.…

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The Richard Sherman of Recruiting

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 11:47pm 8 Comments

I love football. I mean I LOVE football. And not in that silly girly way, like I just watch it because I don’t want to be a football widow, or I want to impress my boyfriend or something. No. I LOVE FOOTBALL. There is something very hot about watching a bunch of big tough guys chasing each other around trying to…

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The Truth About Social Recruiting

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 3:30pm 33 Comments

Hey you guys, LinkedIn is DEAD. All the cool kids are recruiting on Facebook and you better have yourself some Pinterest sourcing sessions. I’m serious. So serious, in fact, I Binged “Social Recruiting” (well what did you expect) and got over 42 million results, most of which were a horrifying mix of…

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At 4:51am on March 2, 2014, PAUL FOREL said…

Hi, Amy...

I am new here and am catching up on old posts.

"...great agency recruiters act in the best interest of whoever's writing the check. Nice crap-stirring post though I'll give you that..."

Brava!

See 'ya....

Paul

At 4:49pm on March 14, 2013, Daren J. Mongello said…

Oh wait...so does every friend see this?
If so...."no bueno"
My email is dmongello@trilogyhr.com if you want to ping me.
Good luck on the new gig btw.

At 10:09pm on March 12, 2013, Cristina Lewis said…

Thanks, Amy. Thank goodness for this page and network of recruiters. I love it. 

At 3:32am on June 14, 2012, Dyll Davies said…

Thanks for the reply Amy.  It sounds like you (or your UK people) have it well covered and I am not sure Zones would be in my sweet spot (finding C/VP level staff for early stage software start-ups) - but, heh, if anything does come up you (or they) think I could help with, I always say a conversation is never wasted. I am very open and honest about what I can and cannot do with clients and potential clients so I wouldn't take something on I couldn't deliver on.


Anyway, as I say, it sounds like you guys have it covered.  Good to touch base with you.

All the best,

Dyll

At 3:56am on June 13, 2012, Dyll Davies said…

Hi Amy,

Sorry for the rather random wall post out of the blue but I have seen a few of your posts on RB and you seem a very sensible and knowledgeable internal recruiter.  I checked out the Zones website and it seems you guys are soley US based which probably means I can't be of much help to you (more than your existing US based recruitment partners at least) as I am UK based and specialise in mainly start-up companies based or looking to set up in Europe/EMEA. . . but if that ever changes let me know.

It is refreshing to hear an internal recruiter who understands the value of a good external head-hunter.  You clearly know your job and your company's needs and know that working with good 'externals' can help you achieve your goals too.

Apologies again for the random post but I thought I'd take some time to point that out :-)

At 2:59pm on February 21, 2012, Kyle Schafroth said…

Amy -

Thanks for connecting! I really enjoy the content you put out and I look forward to tackling some other 'debates' out here!

At 4:33am on January 3, 2012, Brigadier YR MAINDIRATTA said…

Dear Amy,

Would you please share your email id? I want to ask you for professional advice in the field of recruiting.

Regards,

Brigadier Maindiratta

At 7:33pm on June 23, 2011, bill josephson said…
I noticed your recruiting is like dating comment.  I'm a 3rd party recruiter doing extensive cold calling which also seems like dating.  To me, it's like being in a social situation and either striking up a conversation with a guy or asking a girl out.  Feelings are very much the same.  With the girls, so are the 'turndowns.'
At 12:30pm on June 15, 2011, Tom Dimmick said…
Tanks for the connection Amy - Tom

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