Featured Blog Posts – June 2011 Archive (71)

5 STEPS TO CREATING A WINNING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP

 

Partnerships in the Recruiting Industry can creating a winning dynamic or spell certain disaster. Before jumping into any form a business partnership consider the following thoughts:

 

SHARE THE SAME VISION ~ For any partnership to be successful, everyone  involved must agree…

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Added by Rebecca B. Sargeant on June 29, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Overcoming Challenges as a New Recruiter

After many years in the world of recruiting, it is easy to forget how tough it was to get started. 

Making that 1st call, negotiating pay rates, people not showing up for interviews, people turning down offers, & of course finally - your 1st placement!  Starting out on the rightpath can help the road be a little less bumpy……

The 1stcall: Making that 1st call can be intimidating.  I’ve seen lots of new…

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Added by JoAnn Carlin-Revesz on June 29, 2011 at 2:53pm — 4 Comments

Mr. Candidate, help me help you.

You want a job.  I want an employee.  Why is it so hard for us to get together?

As an agency recruiter, life was pretty simple.  Develop some strong relationships, get some job orders, go hunting for qualified candidates.  If they were “passive”, make them “active” (heh).  Move them through the process and close the deal.  Wake up the next day and do it again. 

Enter the damn Applicant Tracking System.              

Keep in mind I started recruiting back when there was…

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Added by Amy Ala on June 28, 2011 at 8:17pm — 4 Comments

What is your Recruitment Story?

Stories make the world go round.  It’s stories that bring us back to your favorite TV show, stories that make you buy a product and ultimately stories that make a candidate want to work for a company.  The key with stories is making sure to craft and lead with your best ones (preferably as early as possible in your recruiting process.)

 

That is not to say you can’t have multiple stories that provide value to your recruiting organization.  It’s just that you need to prioritize…

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Added by Chris Brablc on June 28, 2011 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Employment for the Financial Services Industry Keeps Growing in 2011

Despite the Fed recently lowering the US economic and employment forecasts, employment in the financial services industry is growing.  Over the past 60 days, financial organizations posted more than 100,000 new online job ads – a 24% increase from the same 60-day period in 2010.  In fact, job ads within this industry have been booming since the beginning of the year, now up 19% from January.

 

Hiring Demand in the Financial Services Industry…

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Added by Carolyn Menz on June 28, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Stress Management for HR Professionals

By iCIMS Blogger Karen Bucks

 

Can you believe it is almost July? As many of you get ready to kick-off your Fourth of July weekend celebration, I’m sure HR will be far from your mind. But as with most jobs, the workload will only increase with every day off. How do you handle work that piles up?



In the HR industry,…

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Added by Karen Bucks on June 28, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Least Favorite Interview Questions

There was a question posted in the LinkedIn Q&A Staffing and Recruiting section that I’ve been wanting to comment on.  The question is:  What is your least favorite interview question to ask or answer?  The question gathered 54 answers, from both recruiters and job seekers.  I’m fascinated by the answers.  I find that both sides, recruiters and job seekers, are…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 28, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments

A roast without the trimmings isn't a proper roast...

 

When I first stepped (or more accurately fell) into recruitment 10 years ago, the agency that employed me said they were impressed with my sales background and that is why they hired me. I thought that was odd because recruitment is all about interviewing, matching candidates to clients and helping people find a job...isn't it?

 

 I went on their induction course and it was full of people similar to me with no recruitment experience that had worked in telesales or had…

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Added by Luke Collard on June 27, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments

A Formal Hello & Thank You

Hello RBC –

I wanted to just take a quick moment to offer a hello to everyone. It has been quite hectic since last week as you can all imagine, but I really wanted to express my sincere appreciation for all the kind words and feedback both Noel and I received. It means a great deal to us and illustrates the true value of the RBC, which is the community.

 

I wanted to also take a moment to thank Jason. His time and insights since the beginning of this process have been…

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Added by Tim Spagnola on June 27, 2011 at 1:10pm — 4 Comments

"For what it's worth"

 

Initial thoughts from a Corporate Recruiter on Monster’s new product announcement:

 

“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”

My Tweet stream was inundated on Saturday evening by an onslaught of messages heralding the new job seeker application developed by Monster on the Facebook platform, “BeKnown”. Because I follow several Monster Marketing folks, this wasn’t much of a surprise. The surprise was the “canned” messages being…

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Added by Frank Zupan on June 26, 2011 at 11:53am — 11 Comments

#BeKnown: #Monster Creates Potential Competition to #LinkedIn

 

BeKnown is good news! There are lots of posts out there with facts and screen shots, so I skip that.



Here some initial thoughts.



1) It’s fantastic to see potential competition to LinkedIn; Moster has been one of the few big players capable of that. LinkedIn’s quality has been hurt by not having…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on June 26, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

New York City Hiring Demand Gains 46%; Web Developers in Short Supply

New York City area employers and staffing agencies posted more than 80,200 new online job ads jobs in May, up 23% over May 2010. Demand has now rebounded from the drop in April and has gained 46% since the beginning of this year.

 

Hiring Demand for NYC Metro Area — 4 Years:

Hiring Demand for NYC Metro Area — 4 Years

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Added by Carolyn Menz on June 24, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Coughlin’s Laws and Recruiting

Ok, bunch of you guys are wondering what the hell I’m talking about...so, quick history lesson. In 1988, Tom Cruise starred in “Cocktail” the story of a “talented NY bartender”. Well, I’m not sure I agree with that but this movie is the essence of 1980’s bad cinema....and I LOVE it! One of the main antagonists is Doug Coughlin who’s basically a drunk jerk.



That being said, he has the "laws" that he lives by and is generally obnoxious about them. Pretty much throughout the movie… Continue

Added by jeffreytmoore on June 23, 2011 at 9:55pm — 4 Comments

Taking the Stress Out of the Salary Discussion

It is interesting how much stress there can be over the salary discussion in the interview process.  If you ask me, it is the one question that should be easy to answer because it is factual.  The recruiter should ask, “How much do you make?”  And the candidate can answer with a number.  Easy, right?

When we are socializing or networking we don’t talk about money.  We are very comfortable asking someone what they do for a living, but we would never say, “Wow, that sounds interesting. …

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Added by Cathy McCullough on June 23, 2011 at 8:28pm — 7 Comments

Advice: When and How...

There has been some discussion going around recently through LinkedIn, and some other sites about the etiquette of “advice”: namely, when should you give it and when should you charge for it; when you should offer it freely and when you should just say ‘no’ and politely remove yourself from the situation.



I’ve had some time to think this through, and I think a sound strategy is to know the difference between an opinion wanted, and an opinion/request for guidance or assistance. You… Continue

Added by Daniel J Smith on June 23, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Wild and Crazy Resumes

Most recruiters are still trying to get candidates to switch to bullet points instead of paragraphs, and use one font consistently. 

One sector that has gone way beyond bullet points is the media business.  Just for the fun of it, take a look at this article…

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Added by Mark Bregman on June 23, 2011 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

What do recruiters look for in your resume?

You have less than half a minute to catch the attention of recruiter going through your resume. I am not exaggerating, that’s how busy the recruiters are and that’s what they (think) can afford on scanning through each of those dozens of resumes on a typical day.

And if you fail to get them interested in you through your resume you just end up missing many good career opportunities.  It does not matter how capable, committed and accomplished professional you are.. what matters is how…

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Added by Kiran Gali on June 23, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Manufacturers in California - Looking for Engineers

Manufacturers have increased the number of online job ads steadily in 2011.  Despite being nowhere near the industry high in 2007, they are ramping up recruiting in several fields, including Engineering.  In May 2011, the manufacturing sector placed more than 13,000 new online job ads for Engineers and broke a 4-year record number of ads by manufacturers for this field.

 

Hiring Demand for Engineers in the US over the past 4…

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Added by Carolyn Menz on June 22, 2011 at 10:16am — No Comments

Active & Passive Candidates - What Are They?

There are no such things as active or passive candidates in the recruitment market, there are only good candidates and the rest. OK, I know that at any one time there are people out there who are actively scouring the market for a new job, and many more who are not. But the point is that this is a candidate perspective, not a recruiter one. Where recruiters can go wrong is in looking for sources of new candidates who are not looking for a new role or may be unavailable to their competitors,…

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Added by Ian Harvey on June 22, 2011 at 9:50am — 93 Comments

Job searching is a lot like dating...

I use this analogy quite often with candidates and the reaction is pretty intense.  All of a sudden, they get it.  That company won’t return your calls?  Listen, they’re just not that into you.  Blabbing all over Facebook that you nailed your phone interview and expect an offer any day now?  Discretion people… discretion.  (Honestly it was a phone interview… you’ve got a ways to go, friend.)

 

For me, this analogy was born during my agency days after a…

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Added by Amy Ala on June 21, 2011 at 9:59pm — 6 Comments

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