Featured Blog Posts – July 2010 Archive (41)

Recruiting a Recruiter: Like a Waitress Serving a Waitress?

A post on Recruiting Blogs by Rebecca Sargeant sparked my thoughts on this topic: (http://www.recruitingblogs.com/forum/topics/as-a-recruiter-what-do-except)

Waaaay back in my college days, I was a waitress at a well known chain restaurant. It was a fun job and I loved serving the customers and giving them great service (of course, I loved the tips, too!). Since that experience, I…

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Added by Susan J Wojtkowski on July 30, 2010 at 12:40pm — 5 Comments

Performance vs. Competency - A Better Interview



Performance-Based interviewing yields better hires, when compared to competency-based interviewing. We are advocates for doing the work during the interview to find the candidate’s precise skills in context (in directly comparable situations) that align with the SMART (specific, measurable, achievable,…

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Added by Mark Bregman on July 30, 2010 at 12:32pm — 5 Comments

Working without the ball...



Wow, it's been a month since I last blogged. Amazing how time flies.



Recently, watching the World Cup, I was inspired by something that was said from one of the commentators. He said something along the lines of "It's just as important to work hard when you don't have the ball as it does when you have it."



I translated that to my world, and no, I'm not… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on July 28, 2010 at 11:47pm — 8 Comments

What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

Have you ever done a Google Search on yourself? Any ideas on what you would find? Imagine you have the perfect candidate and client. What are they going to find?…

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Added by Lea McKay on July 28, 2010 at 3:31pm — 8 Comments

Cool tools talk & location-based recruiting on #TNL tonight 8pmC

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Added by Craig Fisher on July 28, 2010 at 9:08am — No Comments

Ageism - Recruiters, Are You Just Being Politically Correct?



This topic can be quite a minefield and a conversation that may need to be looked at from many different angles. In the UK age discrimination has been unlawful in employment, training and education since October 2006. In the recruitment world in the UK there are strict rules in relation to posting job adverts, collecting… Continue

Added by Mark Lennard on July 28, 2010 at 6:01am — 46 Comments

Bad news – There Are No Phone Psychics!

After hearing a few words from a candidate, the recruiter seems to have an uncanny ability to sense and uncover important details or hidden objectives others will not notice until much later in the recruiting process. Often their opinion and projections about individuals turn out to be dead on.…

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Added by Rebecca B. Sargeant on July 26, 2010 at 7:55am — 3 Comments

Open or Closed ??... That is the question.....



Those of us that have been fortunate enough to be involved in world of sales have at some stage in our career been taught the open questioning technique. It seems that regardless of technical innovations, wars, medicine, politics and anything else, the open… Continue

Added by Mark Lennard on July 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

TBI and PTSD in the Workplace

The fog of war or the scent of battle is hard to fathom as are many of the trials our military must face, but imagine when the young men and women who bravely served our country return to this great nation as a civilian and find even more challenges during their job search.



Yesterday DirectEmployers Association was honored to have Megan Krause and… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on July 22, 2010 at 7:25am — 3 Comments

Haunted by the Ghost of Old School Recruiting

Remnants of A Wreck



One thing I never quite understand is how a traffic jam persists after the wreck has been cleared away. For example, I was driving to work the other morning and traffic was just stop and go. I kept wondering what was going on was on. Then we got to a spot in the road about two miles down the freeway and suddenly I was going the speed limit. Later, I heard on a traffic report (timing is everything) that the remnants of an accident that had been cleared an hour ago.… Continue

Added by Marvin Smith on July 22, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Finding Top Talent by using Social Media Strategically

Companies will be able to attract top talent more effectively by leveraging social media using four key strategies. Though many companies are keen to explore social media, there is an underlying wariness as policies are trying to control the flow of information. This article provides an overview of social media and the potential application to… Continue

Added by Charles Van Heerden on July 22, 2010 at 2:19am — No Comments

All Recruiters Are Deceitful, Ill-mannered, Money-Hungry Jerks with Slimy Reputations

Okay. I’m the first to admit it. I have a love for people. It’s like I am addicted or something. Combine this with my love of coaching, my need to do research, add a few social media tools and we are talking about one crazy, ecstatic lady!

I guess it was something that could have been detected early on. I have always enjoyed providing service and helping people in any way that I possibly could. Whether it was solving a problem, offering my assistance or even just creating a smile on…

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Added by Lea McKay on July 21, 2010 at 2:11pm — 5 Comments

Brave Hiring: No Guts, No Glory

What does BP's ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico have to do with your hiring practices? More than you may think.


Last month, five international oil companies were chastised by the US Congress for having near identical spill-response plans. Putting aside questions of negligence and complacency, this tragedy highlights the risk of only hiring from a talent pool with…
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Added by Roy Notowitz on July 20, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

The same thing that's dragged job boards down will kill off social recruiting (or why recruiters fail to grasp the concept of advertising)

Honestly, if I had a penny for every time I have read about how the job boards are dying I'd have ooh, let me see now, at least one of the Queen's English pounds sterling. And you know what? they are not dying of old age, they are being poisoned into oblivion by the very people who are meant to make them work - the recruiter.



Yes siree, it doesn't take much figuring out. Social media isn't the holy grail these gurus would have you believe it is. You post the same crap as you've been… Continue

Added by Alasdair Murray on July 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

5 Effective Steps for Easy Onboarding

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with over 40 corporate recruiters from more than 30 companies that are Fortune 500, 100, and privately held. Some of the top recruiting forces in the nation, possibly the world, participated in conversation around the topics of hiring trends, employer branding, and onboarding, to name a few. Each company approached onboarding a… Continue

Added by Kirk Baumann on July 20, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

FIRING CLIENT

A certain company located in a rural part of Georgia was looking for a senior manager for their call center. The job had been open for nearly a year and the interview process proved to be a revolving door -it seemed no one was 'just right.' This is a cautionary tale of what happens when you fail to qualify a company and their requirement. . You're only as good as the companies you represent, someone once…

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Added by Mark on July 16, 2010 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

How to Fire a Client

1) Stop returning emails and phone calls

2) Send a letter stating that effective on this date (date dependent on contract and of course all your contracts say you may terminate with 30 days written notice) you are terminating the agreement

3) Depending on how much you need the business (hate client need revenue) offer to continue relationship at double the fee

Added by Kathryn Carlson on July 16, 2010 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

“Social Realism” It is Recruitment Today.

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Added by Keith Robinson on July 14, 2010 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Employers WANT Military!

Over the years I've experienced many companies who have successfully tapped into transitioning military talent pools.



Veterans need jobs and companies want to hire them. So what's the problem?



1) The language barrier:

Military occupations in many ways are similar to civilian jobs although civilians don't understand the military jargon and transitioning military unfortunately do not know how to… Continue

Added by Chad Sowash on July 14, 2010 at 8:12am — 17 Comments

To Lead or Follow? Both!!





Photo credit: Dave Wyman



The root of the word “leader” is “lead”, which means… Continue

Added by Kirk Baumann on July 14, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

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