Featured Blog Posts – February 2012 Archive (79)

Classifieds, Faxes and Paper Cuts, Oh My!

I was recently reflecting on how much Recruiting has changed since my first days as an HR Intern/Assistant back in the mid-90s. Before FaceBook and LinkedIn, Taleo and Twitter, Recruiter's Lounge and ERE.net - before the Internet was available on every work computer - what did we spend our days doing? Come along as I take a trip back down memory lane.

The Old School Job Search…

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Added by Maisha Cannon on February 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Does This Make Me Look Fat? And Other Questions You Don’t Want To Answer

This is a trap. You know it, I know it, and my husband knows if I ask I’m probably trying to pick a fight. No matter how well intentioned or innocent this question might seem, there is just no good answer. Furthermore, if I’m bothering to ask, I already know this may not be the most flattering outfit I’ve ever tried on.

 

I know that uncomfortable feeling my poor husband gets when faced with this query because it’s the same one I get when a candidate asks for feedback after…

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Added by Amy Ala on February 29, 2012 at 7:16pm — 12 Comments

Shannon Russo - RPO

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Everyone has their own idea about what makes a good show.  

- @Ray_anne says that I always cut the guest off just when she was just about to say something good. I say I only cut people off when they start to…

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Added by Recruiting Animal on February 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to Spot You're a Recruitment Bore

Had a recent coffee with a mate and in turn we despaired, chuckled and grimaced when recalling recruiters we knew, worked with or had met over the years. So as a bit of a fun posting here's my guide to spotting if you're a Recruiment Bore.

You're a RB one if:

  1. You can't stop interviewing whoever you meet. Whether it's the taxi driver, the barber, someone at a party, another parent at parents' evening who find yourself judging if they're employable talent. I once…
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Added by Robert Wright on February 29, 2012 at 12:21pm — 13 Comments

Making the Most of Life's Lemons: Life After My 3rd Layoff

Everyone has heard the cliché, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, there's one dangerous assumption within that statement - that I actually have access to water and a pitcher.



I experienced my first layoff at the tender age of 19. After having worked at Castle Rock Entertainment part-time for four years, about 100 of us were laid off when Ted Turner's company bought us out. I landed my next job at…

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Added by Maisha Cannon on February 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Search Firms: Big or Boutique?

I believe that a constant in our society is that Talent drives innovation and execution. Talent is the key ingredient in all successful companies. Every successful venture has either a single talent or a group of talented people behind it. I don’t know many people who would argue this point.

My question is, “Why don’t more companies and HR types consider the talent of the prospective search consultant in their equation before they hire a search firm?…

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Added by Drue De Angelis on February 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Do We Really Want to Hire “Rock Stars”??

One of the interesting things I have taken special interest in recently is the usage, or often time’s mis-usage, of words in work place.  Have you ever googled the words talent and acquisition separately and then put the two definitions together?

 

“The act of acquiring or gaining possession of a persons special natural ability or aptitude.”  Kind of weird, right?  Doesn’t sound like a noble occupation, sounds like slavery.

 

I have being seeing the term “Rock…

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Added by Kirby Cole on February 28, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Hey You!….Did You read our "Terms and Conditions"?….Didn’t Think So

(please note that the lack of fan-fare is intentional…Copyright protection seems to be everything..Read on..Daniel)

Welcome all to another thought provoking session hoping to leave you, the reader, “Something To Think About…”®. Social Media (So-Med®) is the arena which many of us use to interact, to promote (sometimes shamelessly), to share new tips and information on the horizon of exciting stuff, AND what’s even more awesome than all of that: Spread the news of original or exciting…

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Added by Daniel J Smith on February 28, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

When Workplace Violence Reaches Critical Mass

Workplace violence can take place in different forms.  The more common variety of workplace violence is more or less the hazards of the job.   Healthcare workers and emergency medical workers often face abuse.  some of it is physical, but most of it is verbal abuse from ailing and often drugged out patients.    Taxi drivers, retail clerks, and others having to deal face to face with the public are subjected to robberies and battery, sometimes murder.  Law enforcement and…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on February 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

SkillStorm's Tech Tuesday: Pinterest, iPad 3, and Wikileaks

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Sources: PCWorld,…

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Added by SkillStorm on February 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Three Ways I Will Improve the Candidate Experience

In today's economy, it's clear that it's an employer's market. So many qualified candidates are flooding the market for a finite number of jobs.

Having returned to the world of job searching after an unexpected layoff, I've recently experienced the "other side" of the recruiting process, unlike the side I've enjoyed over my 10+ years as a Corporate & Contract Recruiter. I've become painfully aware of some of the areas in which recruiters fail to leave positive images in the job…

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Added by Maisha Cannon on February 27, 2012 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

LinkedIn Disruption

On 2/12/12 Forbes published an article titled “LinkedIn is Disrupting the Corporate Recruiting Market” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2012/02/12/linkedin-is-disrupting-the-corporate-recruiting-market/).  The article attempts to connect some dots between strong revenue growth (and assume market share) that has been captured by LinkedIn’s recruitment services and…

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Added by Darryl Moore on February 27, 2012 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Why Social Recruiting is more about Implementation than Ideas

I had a very interesting couple of days at #truLondon this week. Over 170 recruiters, technologists and marketeers descended on the City Hotel in London to argue, discuss, debate and chat over 50 tracks on topics such as the Death of the CV (a very popular and hotly debated discussion), the Future of Recruitment and…

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Added by Johnny Campbell on February 27, 2012 at 10:15am — No Comments

Whatever You’re Selling, I’m not Buying!

This is exactly what goes through the mind of a passive job seeker when the Headhunter calls to make him/her aware the exciting job opportunity of a lifetime.  Actually this is a defensive reaction whenever anyone truly believes that he/she is being sold.  It could be a product, a service or even their time.  But they sincerely believe that they don’t have a need especially for something that will end up costing them something of value they really don’t want to part with. 

Can you…

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Added by Ken Forrester on February 27, 2012 at 9:59am — 11 Comments

Why Recruitment is like the Oscars!

I am one of those guys who likes to celebrate achievement. Society today can be too quick to judge something like the Oscars as sycophantic, narcissistic indulgence for the elite. But I disagree, in a world of 24-hour news that makes the heart sink, a night in front of the Oscars can really make you smile, especially now they…

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Added by Chris Bailey on February 27, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Does the world really need recruitment consultants?

After a frustrating couple of months I’ve found myself asking this question on a more regular basis. Of course I already know the short answer….no, it doesn’t. What we do is definitely not rocket science and everyone knows what *astronomical fees we charge! (*no pun intended) But if you’ll permit me to continue, I’m going to try and explain why we’re here and why, when you find a good one, they can make your life easier and maybe even save you a few quid.

These days…

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Added by Darren Scotland on February 27, 2012 at 6:47am — 7 Comments

Let's get going! Top Tips for increased self-motivation

We all have days where we are stuck for inspiration. We get to our desks with all good intentions but somehow things don’t just flow the way we want them to.

It isn’t that we aren’t enthusiastic about what we do, or that we just can’t be bothered, we just need that little kick of motivation to get going.…

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Added by james nathan on February 27, 2012 at 5:53am — 1 Comment

5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 2.18.12 to 2.24.12

Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing, social recruiting and anything else in the recruiting space. In this article, we’ll be talking about assessing candidates through Facebook, the ATS Diamond Mind, Source to Hire, the ease of recruiting and employer branding.

 

Here are the articles our that interested us this week (in no particular order),…

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Added by Chris Brablc on February 24, 2012 at 11:56am — No Comments

Here's A New One - A Candidate Who Will Not Supply References

As we are nearing the end of the interview process, a client asked me to get references from a candidate.  I was blown away when the candidate emailed me and refused to supply references telling me that she did not want her references bothered until she had accepted the job.  First time this has happened in 27 years.

Now I have had a candidate who had a key reference at an existing company, but other references at previous employers and I made an offer pending the last…

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Added by Paul S. Gumbinner on February 24, 2012 at 8:59am — 15 Comments

Romancing the client - professional sales is a seduction

We all know the kind of clients we would like to work with, but how are we going to get them?

Those of you who have attended my workshops and seminars will know that I take a very soft approach to professional selling. First we sell ourselves to our prospects, starting with Knowing, moving to Liking and working…

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Added by james nathan on February 24, 2012 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

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