Featured Blog Posts – July 2009 Archive (51)

Using a Recruiter to Find a Job!

It’s a tough job market out there! You’re struggling finding your next job and it dawns on you… “I should use a recruiter!” “They can be my agent, and they’ll find a job for me!” Wrong!



There’s no question, a recruiter can be a wonderful resource. I am one… have been for over 20 years and love the fact that I often get to help people find their dream job. I feel like it’s been a good day when I’ve been of value to someone. However, although I want everyone I have conversations with… Continue

Added by Harry Urschel on July 31, 2009 at 6:15pm — 4 Comments

Intuition in Recruitment - A £Multi-million gamble!

How often do we do things that just feel right? We don’t know why we do them, we probably can’t explain why but we just know it’s right. It’s been the same in recruitment for years. Recruitment consultants will tell you they get a gut feel when meeting a candidate; that they somehow know when they find someone who is right for their client, but how reliable is ‘gut feel’?



I must admit, I definitely do experience gut feel. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a woman – after all aren’t we… Continue

Added by Rowan Watkins on July 31, 2009 at 12:15pm — 3 Comments

Why Use a Recruiter in This Market???

Why use a recruiter when I’m getting piles of resumes from my ads?



In times of economic downturns companies often decide that one way to “save” money is by eliminating fees to recruiters when looking for new employees. Why shouldn’t they? After all, they post an ad online, or in the paper, and there’s a much larger stream of applicants than they’ve had in the past. “Why pay a 20% to 30% fee when I seem to be able to get plenty of people on my own?” Good question.





The… Continue

Added by Harry Urschel on July 30, 2009 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

Ten trade show attendee rules

I attend two or more trade shows per year. Most of the work (business development, recruiting and client service) is accomplished on the telephone, of course. But there's nothing like getting out there and meeting people in person. Both candidates and clients.



You can see what's happening in the market and people can meet you. There's a wonderful, energized information exchange during the compressed time of a trade show.



Because of my concentration on companies making… Continue

Added by Eric Raynard on July 30, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Don't know what you heard about me...I'm a P.I.M.P



It's true. I am Sarah White, P.I.M.P, C.I.R, A.I.R.S, B.A and every other thing that ever came along that I can tag onto the end of my name. Over the last few weeks there have been some lengthy discussions amongst my tweeple (those are my people on twitter) about the value of certifications in our industry. I have also gotten calls from people asking me to discuss new certifications they are coming up with. Apparently, now that I have a blog, some… Continue

Added by Sarah White on July 30, 2009 at 12:54am — 4 Comments

Four Key Steps to Develop Future Leaders

The changing demographics of our country have been making headlines. As the population ages and baby boomers begin to retire, labor shortages seem imminent and in some cases, potentially catastrophic. Most of the forecasts focus on a dwindling pool of applicants for entry level positions. However, leading edge health care organizations also have to be able to replace key leaders with little interruption to the business.



A number of hospitals and health networks are turning to… Continue

Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on July 29, 2009 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

Maybe those brainless single-celled blobs have it right after all...

It certainly has been a while since I've done any active posting, and while I've enjoyed taking in some of the posts and discussions as a lurker figured it is about time I put something out there of my own again.



Over the past couple of months there have been a couple of big wins and some equally disappointing mishaps. Oddly enough, I find myself crediting and blaming the same thing in both instances...the process. My recruiting team has a very well-defined process by which a manager… Continue

Added by Gino Conti on July 28, 2009 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

WTF is Social Recruiting?

Original source: http://community.ere.net/blogs/pauljacobs1/2009/07/wtf-is-social-recruiting/



The term ‘social recruiting’ is soooooo hot right now. It’s on the lips of recruitment commentators, consultants, recruiters, and vendors. There is even a global wave of conferences and seminars on the topic.



So what does social recruiting mean? Well, from my observations, it… Continue

Added by Paul Jacobs on July 28, 2009 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Apple Destroyed Google Voice. Armageddon. The End of Days.

I have some indelible memories, like when my daughter was born and the day I got Google Voice. The Sun broke through dark clouds and I was totally like thank you Jesus! Finally, I can make free VOIP calls anywhere in the U.S with free SMS messaging!



Queue the Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” and slip away from away from all this high unemployment shouting, “I have Google Voice! I have Google Voice!”



GV opens up a whole new world for… Continue

Added by Michael Glenn on July 27, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Life Lessons from a Tool Junkie (and why every man needs a good pair of pantyhose)

I’m into tools. I’m not talking the software kind, but the kind you can hold in your hand. I like the weighty feel of a 22 oz. framing hammer. The kind you can really use to bash stuff, with the life-saving pick-axe-like claw at the end. (In the event you start falling, you slam that sucker into the roof and then hold on!) Or, the fluid motion of a chop saw. Or, the rhythmic-clicking of a socket wrench. All that may sound funny… Continue

Added by Amy Renz on July 27, 2009 at 5:01pm — 2 Comments

Girls(and Boys) Just Want To Have Fun

I have been giving a lot of thought to dropping Facebook for personal use. Don’t get me wrong, it is really fun. Everyone knows girls (and boys) just want to have fun! I had originally joined with the idea of using it just for business, as I do with Twitter, LinkedIn, and many others, but slowly found that all my friends were on Facebook. We started conversing about our personal lives. I had a few business consultants say it was good to let your customers see the more “playful” side of… Continue

Added by Sherry Junker on July 27, 2009 at 1:48pm — 4 Comments

Does Your Resume Help You or Hurt You?

I was talking with a career counseling client the other day. He's a smart guy with a PhD and loads of great high tech experience. And still there were some basic things about his resume that were hurting him. So I got to thinking about that and wondering about how widespread this phenomenon is. As a corporate recruiter, you could say that I look at resumes for a living. I've got loads of experience reading resumes and I see all sorts of funny things each day. At least they would be funny if…

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Added by Simon Meth on July 26, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Guess What? It’s not about technology at all. It’s about connectivity!

Recruitment and staffing has been around a long time. And I have had the fortune to witness its evolution for almost 30 years. I have worked in many countries and recruited across many sectors.



And guess what I have learned.



The more things change… the more they stay the same!



It was not that long ago that if you walked into a successful recruitment office, every person you saw was on the phone. And why not? There was no computer to tap away on. There was no… Continue

Added by Greg Savage on July 25, 2009 at 8:27am — 5 Comments

Maybe I have a fear of commitment - but....I hate filling out forms

I admit, I have a fear of commitment on so many things and an unwavering loyalty to certain things that I commit to.

Example #1 Commitment Fear – I am almost OCD when it comes to making decisions on no brainer things in my life (at work, no issues w/this – odd? yes) like flavor of ice cream (do I do vanilla, vanilla bean, french vanilla? AND YES there is a difference) where to go on vacation, etc. because I don’t want to commit to any one thing and always be questioning if the other option… Continue

Added by Sarah White on July 23, 2009 at 10:46am — No Comments

Facing Talent Challenges Today

To meet today’s challenges, companies world-wide are searching for ways to do more with less. While many strategies offer streamlined processes and ways to add value, the biggest opportunities to meet this challenge lie within the talent themselves and are critical to future success:



• Finding the right talent

• Retaining your top performers

• Ensuring your best employees have the opportunity to thrive



Managing talent can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. The… Continue

Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on July 23, 2009 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Should Job seekers Pay to use a job seeker board to find jobs?

This was a thought provoking question posted on LinkedIn. What do you think? here's my answer:



“I believe that many so called recruiters and job boards are capitalizing on the high numbers of people ACTIVELY seeking work in order to somehow make it through, themselves. For me, I'm not doing this because I think it dilutes a brand. People should never have to pay for a job. EVER. Job boards are for lazy agency recruiters who don't have time to actually research and source to find… Continue

Added by Claudia J. Samuelson on July 23, 2009 at 10:31am — No Comments

Greener jobs on the way…Investments and their Impact

Awhile back I wrote a blog about the “Green Collar Jobs” and it looks like green sector is here to stay. The new administration is committed to reducing carbon emissions in an effort to fight global climate change. These new investments have the potential to provide economic benefits that go way beyond the primary one of emissions reduction.



We lost over 5.1 million jobs over the past 15 months. The new administration commits $100 billion annually in new public investments over the… Continue

Added by Luigi Lupo on July 23, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

Before You Begin the Candidate Search, Come Up with a Good Story...

Admittedly, I like to tell stories, and if I may say so, this is one of my strengths as a recruiter. Storytelling can be a powerful tool in the recruitment process.



If you are embarking on a search to find a new team member for your own company or on behalf of a client, one of the first things I recommend (if you haven’t yet done so) is to think about the company’s story. If the company is a startup, you won’t have a lot of history to fall back on, but you can still have a compelling… Continue

Added by Donna Brewington White on July 23, 2009 at 3:13am — 3 Comments

No Longer a Candidate's Market-Yet have the challenges really changed?

Just over a year ago the buzz in the market was all about how much today is a buyer’s (candidate’s) market and how there were more jobs than there was talent to fill the openings. From about 2001 to the end of 2007 the economy was souring and the number of jobs being created was increasing at fast rates. It was a time when such statistics as "44 million Gen “X”ers in the workforce to replace 77 million retirees" and "11,000 people are reaching age 55 every day" were staggering numbers that… Continue

Added by Stephanie Huff on July 22, 2009 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Make new friends but keep the old

News flash - these are challenging days! OK, that's sooo old news by now, but nonetheless it still garners headlines. As a profession that relies on a healthy job market, well....need I say more?



Working in a consultancy firm - our clients have always been important to us, but in times like these they are all the more so. I am reminded of that classic little ditty, "Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold". Not to say we think of our clients as merely… Continue

Added by Maria DiLisio on July 22, 2009 at 5:14pm — No Comments

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