Featured Blog Posts – June 2010 Archive (81)

Recruitment Marketing Success comes when you think like a Marketer!

Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.



It is becoming abundantly clear that the recruiting landscape is increasingly changing. Companies are becoming more competitive and creative in the ways that they attract top talent. It's no… Continue

Added by Chris Brablc on June 30, 2010 at 1:45pm — 4 Comments

12 attributes of kick-ass recruiters!!!



1. Integrity: Honesty. It is the cornerstone of trust. Without it all else is lost.

2. Will: Failure is not an option mindset. When I was brand-new recruiter (under 90 days) my manager came to me and asked, "So, you ready to quit yet Keith?" I replied, "There's only one of two ways you're gettin' rid of me: a. If you just flat-out fire me OR b. You carry me out of here on a stretcher because I'll eat… Continue

Added by Brian Keith on June 30, 2010 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Simple Truths Win

One thing I can guarantee is that the first time anyone gets into

recruiting they viewed it as a more noble position than just sales. I

thought this too at first. “I am going to help others” and “people are

going to need this service”. And the first thing I learned is that…

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Added by Noel Cocca on June 29, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Candidate Care

We had an interesting scenario in our office the other day. A new-ish Consultant had a complaint from a candidate about not being contacted in what he perceived to be a timely manner. And perception is what it is all about. We throw around this word a lot but really it is the crux of what we do. In such an subjective job, although every Consultant is theoretically doing the same job, we are identifying different skills in our candidates and relating differently to each of…

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Added by Anna Hodges on June 29, 2010 at 5:39pm — 10 Comments

Make Your Own Rules

On the car ride home from seeing Sex and the City 2, I decided two things:

  • I, Ali Webster, will commit to a more rigorous exercise routine.
  • I, Ali Webster, will make my own rules in terms of my career, love and life.
These decisions were inspired by… Continue

Added by Ali Webster on June 29, 2010 at 4:28pm — 3 Comments

Second Wave of Social Media, part 6 – The gap between dreams and reality







People have dreams when starting with professional social networking. There is one common dream most networkers do not speak about, but it can be easily read from their activity.



We could formulate it like this: “When I have 1000 (5000) connections, everything will change! I will use my network…

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Added by Matej Valuch on June 29, 2010 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Anne Curry – OH MY!









OK – I have to say I work for a cool company. Not trying for brownie points here (can’t hurt) but a company that invests in the future to me – is awesome. So Aquent sponsored/is sponsoring some

great events in 2010 and I was a very lucky attendee for two of them.



  • An Event Apart – for those of you not familiar with A List Apart – An Event Apart is an intense 2…
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Added by Kelly Moeller on June 29, 2010 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Why did that Recruitment Agency win the Placement?

Is there a best way to recruit? What makes some recruitment agencies more successful than others? With competition amongst candidates and agencies rapidly increasing, the solution is surely a holy grail for the recruitment consultant.



We think we have the answer – Recruitment is an artform not a science: and understanding that is what puts one agency above another.



Why do we think that? Well simply because the process of recruitment – call it the science of recruitment -… Continue

Added by Adam Lewis on June 29, 2010 at 12:55pm — 6 Comments

Should Recruiters Add Contracting to Their Business Model?

I raised many questions in my previous blog post, too many questions, perhaps. So to show that I've not learned my lesson, I'm going to raise some more.

In that post, I analyzed a CNNMoney.com article titled "Say Good-Bye to Full-Time Jobs With Benefits," especially the part of the article predicting that…

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Added by Matt Deutsch on June 29, 2010 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

The Black Hole of Recruitment – The Applicant Tracking System – Part 2

With the first time weekly unemployment claims still hovering above 400,000; I have more Applicant Tracking System annoyances.

As I said in my previous post, I get it because I am a Recruiter who has used ATS. And…

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Added by Becki Dunaway on June 28, 2010 at 2:04pm — 17 Comments

Rant: Death to the VMS

In the course of the staffing portion of our business, occasionally we are asked to be part of a VMS (vendor management system) program. While we normally decline the business at that point, for a variety of reasons we have chosen to be part of a few of these over the years. Nearly every time I regret being convinced that this next account will be different. Now I will say, with my finance background, I get the logic that managing rogue spend is important and a system can be a good way to do… Continue

Added by Shannon Russo on June 28, 2010 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Is Your Employment Brand Creating Enough Buzz?



Unless you’re living in a cave or have been buried under a pile of unsolicited résumés, you, like the rest of the world, have caught World Cup Fever. This is especially true for those in our country since Team USA has finally made it to the round of 16. Even for those diehard non-soccer fans, it is hard not get caught up in the excitement of this world spectacle. But you certainly wish that those… Continue

Added by Nick Tubach on June 28, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Building Your Own A-Team

This weekend, I had the opportunity to see the new A-Team movie as part of my birthday celebration. Throughout the movie, I took several mental notes that have inspired me to write this post. Believe it or not, it was my wife’s idea to see the movie! Needless to say, she has excellent taste. To quote Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

I…

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Added by Kirk Baumann on June 28, 2010 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

A diverse workforce is a better workforce

As business becomes more global, it increasingly encounters a more culturally diverse customer base. Hiring a varied workforce shows respect for customer diversity, may increase the extent to which customers identify with the company, and secures internal innovation.



Recruiting is one of the most difficult tasks an employer can face, and many can often be heard complaining that it is difficult to secure the right talent, particularly at the top end of the scale.



Could it… Continue

Added by Adam Lewis on June 28, 2010 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Two Tribes – The Battle for Respect (or handbags at dawn!)

I think we will all agree that Inhouse Recruiters (IHR) and suppliers don’t always see eye-to-eye, in the majority of cases I would say that we might as well be in a different markets, who’d have thought we are all in recruitment! The biggest rift is in the non-relationship between agencies and theirs customers, which…

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Added by Gary Franklin on June 27, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

#Onboarding at PepsiCo

PepsiCo Onboarding with RecruiterGuy Wow - what a ride. My first 30 days at PepsiCo have been the busiest and most travel-heavy 30 days I've experienced in a long time. I've worked directly with a workforce more diverse in their ideas, backgrounds, and cultures than I've ever met collectively within any single organization. I've pitched new ideas that, as I write…

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Added by RecruiterGuy on June 25, 2010 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week (6.19.10 to 6.25.10)

Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.



Here is our weekly feature in which we share the top articles we enjoyed from the past week about recruitment marketing. This week’s topics include…

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Added by Chris Brablc on June 25, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

Game Changer? LinkedIn Messages As Evidence in Non-Compete Case

Did anybody else read this most recently emailed NAPS Legal Update for June?



If you… Continue

Added by Jeff Skrentny, CERS on June 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

I want to give candidates specific feedback... but...

Feedback is such a difficult task.

I would love to give exact feedback to every candidate, but unfortunately it seems like anything somewhat specific opens you up to discrimination lawsuits or candidate backlash. I try to be as specific as possible but ultimately it's my job to protect the company.

Candidates who were declined have a tendency to interpret feedback as unfair, "fixable" or something that is up for debate, irrelevant, or…

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Added by Amy on June 24, 2010 at 1:57pm — 7 Comments

What’s the Future Hold for Direct-Hire Placements?

There's no doubt that the most recent recession (or current one, depending upon who you talk to) was much different than previous ones. As a result, it stands to reason that the recovery will be much different, as well. According to a recent CNNmoney.com article ("Say Good-Bye to Full-Time Jobs With Benefits"), those who work a full-time job in the future may count…

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Added by Matt Deutsch on June 24, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

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