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Featured Blog Posts – February 2011 Archive (24)

.jobs in breach of ICANN Registry Agreement

"The recently launched universe.jobs appears to be a job board that advertises job openings for multiple employers. It is our understanding that one registrant, who is a member of SHRM, registered forty thousand second-level domain names in the .JOBS TLD for use on this job board. It appears that Employ Media and SHRM, through the Direct Employers Association, intend to use the .JOBS TLD primarily to compete with other internet job boards. Such use is inconsistent with the purpose stated in the… Continue

Added by Suresh on February 28, 2011 at 7:42pm — 3 Comments

A Word on Split Placements and the Continuity of the Close

Just a quick thought here for us split recruiters. 



Once the handoff has taken place – it is very important to let the recruiter who is working directly with the client also be the one who the candidate talks to. 



Why is this?  I have found the phrase “too many cooks in the…

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Added by Jerry Albright on February 28, 2011 at 1:19pm — 21 Comments

Jobboard futurology...



I have been thinking a lot about job boards recently, as both a customer and a jobseeker.   In these socially enabled times, it strikes me that the job board user experience should be something like this:

Jobs are displayed in easy on the eye tag clouds, instead of ordered lists we know are manipulated by the recruitment organisations who post them.  Jobs are highlighted to me by other job seekers and I can rank them by most viewed, highest rated or…

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Added by Gareth Jones on February 27, 2011 at 3:22pm — 38 Comments

Hmmmm Recruiting Dilemma.... or not

Wow... it's been a while since I've blogged on here. It's not that I haven't been writing, it's just that I've had some other outlets, which make the something's Dan says a little quiet.. not my normal style. October 2010 it tells me... oops



So today it is... a quiet house, a busy mind and the need to write something has made this happen.

 

I've been Recruiting for a number of years now... maybe too many, but I heard something the other day which I hadn't heard…

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Added by Dan Nuroo on February 27, 2011 at 7:10am — 15 Comments

Is it really that much of an imposition to extend a little professional courtesy?

A fellow HR–industry colleague, Andrew just checked in to run something by me about an interesting experience he recently had. He wanted to get my take on whether “we” collectively as peers in the same talent acquisition, talent development and talent management realm, have a shared obligation to support each other career-wise.

 

Prior to this particular conversation, my…

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Added by Kelly Blokdijk on February 26, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

RSS and Recruitment



RSS and Recruitment

 



RSS, or really Simple Syndication is a group of web feed formats used to publish constantly updated content, like blog posts, news captions, audio or video; all in a standard format. These documents call feeds or channels benefit a web publisher by allowing a simple means to syndicate their content. They benefit the reader, in…

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Added by TM Claude on February 25, 2011 at 1:07pm — No Comments

The unexplained behaviour....

Being in search and recruitment for a while now I have met and spoken to different strange people here and there but there are some interactions that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

 

About a year ago we had a candidate that we were representing to one of our clients at the time. Let's call the candidate John.

 

After several interviews John decided not to proceed with the role (or the client decided not to proceed, I can't exactly…

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Added by Navid Sabetian on February 24, 2011 at 5:50am — 13 Comments

Succession Planning Doesn't Work: Just Ask Mubarak and Gadhafi

Aren't you amazed that senior executives of major companies still believe that succession planning works! I know I am. From the looks on the faces of Hosni Mubarak and Colonel Gadhafi during their last televised rants to their street side citizens, I can tell they are surprised their sons won't be succeeding them in the family business.

Why is it we (meaning just about every large company) aren't able to develop and plan our successors any better than the average tinpot Middle East…

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Added by Kim Bechtel on February 23, 2011 at 6:09pm — 7 Comments

Which technologies are changing the job board industry?

Although it may not seem like it at times, the job board industry is a technology-driven industry. After all, it was the combination of a database and the web that gave it birth so many years ago. After a fairly lengthy period of incremental and erratic technical growth, the industry is seeing lots of change – and I suspect that those sites that ignore these changes may suffer.

So, which technologies (and technology trends) are changing job…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 22, 2011 at 9:03am — 6 Comments

What Message is Your Sales Strategy Sending?

Nancy, a current member of my coaching program, shared with me the following success story…



“I called on a new prospect for a number of weeks. Each time, I got his voicemail and left him the Front-of-the-Box message you taught me. Within two months, he called me back to give me an order. He said he picked me because I had called him six times (WOW, he counted the number of messages I left!). And he said that he appreciated my follow-through and that this made him hopeful that I’d be… Continue

Added by Scott Wintrip on February 21, 2011 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

Talent war? It’s time to banish this cliché

If you pay attention to some commentators on recruiting and human capital management, we’re at war.  No, I don’t mean the one in Afghanistan, or even the one against terror. I mean the War for Talent.

I s there anyone out there who, with me, sees this metaphor as tired and tastelessly inaccurate in today’s…

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Added by Bob Duffy on February 16, 2011 at 1:40pm — 16 Comments

Will Social Recruiting Dig the Job Board Plot Next to the "Help Wanted" Grave

I find this whole recruiting train of thought amusing...

With Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, and myriad other avenues of engagement - worrying about where the best site to place a job ad...well, er - it sounds like a discussion from a 100 years ago listening to two buggy whip salesmen chatting about which blacksmith to…

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Added by K.C. on February 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — 20 Comments

Is It All About the Benjamins?



Over the years I have read numerous surveys regarding the reasons that job seekers use when looking for a job, considering a career change or deciding on a job offer. When job seekers are asked why they are looking for a new job or a career change or when asked what was their reason for leaving (RFL) their last…

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Added by Nick Tubach on February 14, 2011 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Candidates! Be basic with your email address

I had to write this little blog because I just got an email from someone looking for a position with my company.  

 

There are a lot of tips and advise that I can give to job seekers. but this is a piece of advise that seems so basic that I feel like it should be well known. Unfortunately, many people don't do it.  The advise is....be basic with your email address.   Or maybe not basic, but try not to be so off the wall.  

 

If you are applying for a position,…

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Added by Matthew Murr on February 14, 2011 at 12:23pm — 10 Comments

Make the one you love say "I do"

Since next week is Valentine’s Day, we thought it only fitting to write about the relationship between two parties – and how to move it to the next level. Most of us have been there before – we’re ready to commit but the one we’re courting just isn’t quite so sure. It can be heartbreaking. You, the hiring manager, have… Continue

Added by Jon Prete on February 11, 2011 at 11:22am — 3 Comments

Social recruiting? It's just a passing fad (unless you're a household name company of course)

Microsoft. Apple. Google. Coca Cola. Virgin. The BBC. What do they have in common? Each of them could advertise on the back of a cigarette packet, put a card in a shop window or float a message in a bottle out to sea and they would still get a good response to their recruitment campaigns. Indeed all of them receive hundreds of unsolicited applications each and every year.

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Added by Alasdair Murray on February 9, 2011 at 9:30am — 95 Comments

Professionalism...

This week I received some interesting comments regarding “Professionalism”  One of my groups pointed out that my profile picture didn’t express the intention which I was trying to achieve.  I took a look at it from a neutral perspective, and I agreed.

This brings me to todays topic: Professionalism and the Workplace.  With every project I have strived to present myself as a commodity or a brand, who just happens to be on loan to my employers as a sub-contracted asset.  This meant that…

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Added by Daniel J Smith on February 9, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

Ants Marching - The Sourcing Life - And Dale Carnegie's "Living In Day Tight Compartments"

Ahh, this song by Dave Matthews band, it is perhaps a description of February for me.  I quote:

 

"He wakes up in the morning

Does his teeth bite to eat and he's rolling

Never changes a thing

The week ends the week begins"



So that is a perfect description of how I start my day and how 1 day rolls to the next, and then this as Dave…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 9, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

"But for My Efforts" Topic

In the popular thread from yesterday regarding candidate ownership Barbara Goldman brought up an important topic.  "But for My Efforts" has always been what us old school recruiters have used as the standard by which we feel our fee is earned.  It's always been that way for me.



Over the years though, many agencies have been drafting agreements with their clients that state specific terms of "ownership" for candidates introduced.  Usually these are 1 year or 6…

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Added by Jerry Albright on February 8, 2011 at 11:50am — 5 Comments

Job board networks: the idea that’s never gone away

In the beginning, there was the job board, and the candidates rejoiced. So many jobs! So many locations! So much easier than paper.

The employers liked it, too.

But after a while, candidates realized that general boards were, well….general. They discovered that many (er, most) jobs were inapplicable to their interests. So they asked the job boards to make things easier. “Help us find just the jobs we want!”

Job board operators responded in a variety of…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 8, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

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