John Comyn
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John Comyn commented on Navid Sabetian's blog post 'My 2 cents on Linked In and its impact on recruitment industry'
"The fact is sourcing candidates off Linedin is extremely time consuming. This is a large part of the reason companies use recruiters. It's not core to the business so they outsource it. If anything trying to use Linkedin is a reminder of…"
Nov 26, 2012
John Comyn commented on Craig Watson's blog post 'Recruiters...shhhhh here comes the secret...'
"Craig there are many elements to being a top biller. Knowing your market is one. Recruiters biggest enemy is time - we all know this. Right at the top of my list is time management. It goes all the way back to the old 80/20 rule. Do business with…"
Mar 19, 2012
John Comyn commented on Drue De Angelis's blog post 'The Problem with Recruiters!'
"I dont agree entirely with what you have to say. How do you make money? Closing deals and invoicing is a large part of what we do. As it is in any sales role. There is no need to sacrifice ethos in the process. How can you possibly over prepare your…"
Feb 9, 2012
John Comyn commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"@Sandra - I guess you could say that I lost the war. I failed to mention that I did call the HR manager and made him aware of the fact. He said according to my opposition the candidate had given his permission. This is why I asked him to sent me an…"
Jan 25, 2012
John Comyn commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Thanks Stephanie & Sandra both ideas make a lot of sense. I guess if the truth be told candidates and clients who have a mercenary approach are not worth the trouble anyway. They clearly are deviod of ethos. I got screwed by an HR manager…"
Jan 24, 2012
John Comyn commented on Jeremy Spring's blog post 'Close the deal already, dammit!'
"Extremely patient candidate you have there. He has to be saying to himself "do I really want to work here". Either that or all is not well in the state of Denmark. Maybe it is time to withdraw the candidate. It might put a stick…"
Jan 10, 2012
John Comyn commented on Shelly Catalina's blog post 'Diary of the Corporate Recruiter: Foundation of Trust'
"All valid points thank you. Talking about communication it would be nice if hiring managers reciprocate :-)"
Dec 9, 2011
John Comyn commented on Renee Mangrum's blog post 'How NOT to interview someone who already has a job.'
"Couldn't agree more. Plus the chances of one of the interviewers disagreeing with the rest is always on the cards (in golf we say theres always one in every 4 ball) so the process takes a lot longer & they run the risk of losing a great…"
Dec 8, 2011
John Comyn replied to Tim Spagnola's discussion 'Question of the day: Do you think working for the same employer, in the same position for a long period of time is negative?'
"Yes longer than 7 years can be a problem. More so for a recruiter from a perspective that the candidate has an emotional attachment to the company and is more likely to go the distance and bail out when the offer arrives."
Nov 29, 2011
John Comyn commented on Mark Babbitt's blog post '7 Words I Never Want to See on Your Resume'
"Bit harsh on "implement". In my view anything that is hearsay is a no no. The one's that worry me are: "out the box thinker" or "great relationship builder". You may be but how do I know, plus there are…"
Nov 24, 2011
John Comyn commented on Renee Mangrum's blog post 'How NOT to interview someone who already has a job.'
"High on my priority list when I take a job order is "what is the interview process?" and if it is unacceptable I say so & give reasons. As you point out - if it is difficult for the candidate to do numerous on-site interviews, they…"
Nov 17, 2011
John Comyn commented on Isabelle Shelby's blog post 'Techniques to remember a Candidate'
"@Isabelle - we do not have any problem what so ever if the person does not want a photo taken. We do not send photo's to clients it is purely so we can put a face to a name. Example: all the consultants use a common database & obviously…"
Nov 16, 2011
John Comyn commented on Isabelle Shelby's blog post 'Techniques to remember a Candidate'
"The photo is not sent too a client is the one thing nor is the selection critria based on a photo. It is merely a means to jog the memory. How often do you have a candidate phone you and say "I saw you last year do you remember…"
Nov 15, 2011
John Comyn commented on Isabelle Shelby's blog post 'Techniques to remember a Candidate'
"In our agency a photo is mandatory and part of the database system we use. When the candidate arrives for the interview they are asked if we can take a photo and and we explain why. We have never had an objection. It's pretty simple - you want…"
Nov 15, 2011
John Comyn replied to Ritu Chaudhari's discussion 'It ain't over until it's truly over.....'
"It's a risky business we are in. People are the most unpredictable spicies on the planet. I guess you are informing the client of all the risks associated with dealing with candidates when you take on a new client."
Nov 7, 2011
John Comyn replied to Sandra McCartt's discussion 'What you see may not be what you get.'
"I've had a couple of those in the past. From day 1 they systematically deteriate as more skeletons appear. Is drug testing standard in the US?"
Nov 7, 2011

Profile Information

Name
John
Job Title
Senior consultant
Company
Star Personnel
Which best describes your profession?
Agency Recruiting
How many years have you been in the business?
5-9 years
Which industries do you work in now?
All Industries
How many employees in your company?
>10
Website
http://www.starjobs.co.za
Online profile/Homepage
http://john@starjobs.co.za
LinkedIn Profile
http://john@starjobs.co.za

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