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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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Amy Ala commented on Derdiver's blog post 'It’s NOT All in a Name When You Are Recruiting'
"if only you could see me.... standing at my desk, starting the slow clap, sniffing back the tears.... My job is HARDER sometimes because of our brand. I have to constantly bust preconceived notions about who we are and what we do.Plus, I'm…"
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"Celebrate like there's tomorrow- you deserve it, Amy!"
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"Happy Birthday, Amy!  Have a great one!  :) - Mark Tortorici"
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Dave Nerz commented on Amy Ala's blog post 'Hey That's MY Candidate!'
"Whatever happened to candidate relationships.  I mean a real relationship...maybe I'm out of the Ozzie and Harriett generation and not progressive enough to be commenting on this?  Just because I have a LinkedIn connection does not…"
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Ashley Zito Rowe commented on Amy Ala's blog post 'Hey That's MY Candidate!'
"Amy, I like how you bring it back to the candidate. Many articles in the recruiting universe discuss the candidate experience. When people talk about "MY" candidate, they're forgetting about creating a positive candidate experience. I…"
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"thanks for weighing in Adam - it's true I was at first inspired by your post. Let me also add that I thought your post was well written and thoughtful - even though we see the situation differently :) There is though, aside from linkedin…"
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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
LinkedIn Profile
http://www.linkedin.com/in/amyala
Twitter Profile
http://twitter.com/#!/AlaRecruiter

Amy Ala's Blog

Hey That's MY Candidate!

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:35pm 8 Comments

A recent RBC article shined a light on the concern many recruiters have about connecting with other recruiters on LinkedIn. I was perplexed as I’ve always considered public profiles (on LinkedIn or elsewhere) to be, well, public and therefore easy to…

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Life, Interrupted

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 10:51pm 17 Comments

This is the hardest blog post I’ve ever written. Some will say it’s too personal, and they’re probably right. My regular readers know this blog is a diary of sorts, I generally write about whatever is top of mind and damn the consequences. Others may feel…

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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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At 7:52pm on June 6, 2014, Keith Halperin said…

Celebrate like there's tomorrow- you deserve it, Amy!

At 11:33am on June 6, 2014, Mark Tortorici said…

Happy Birthday, Amy!  Have a great one!  :) 

- Mark Tortorici

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.'

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