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Featured Blog Posts – July 2012 Archive (46)

Is resume optimizing cheating?

Is resume optimizing cheating?

 

So recently I reposted a few posts to help people looking for work. One of the posts was about optimizing a resume for ATS and resume databases. I posted or reposted it, and got some interesting feedback form a few recruiters. One said I was telling their secrets, that by telling candidates how to optimize their resumes it will mean they will have more junk resumes to read.  Another said it was…

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Added by Dean Da Costa on July 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — 17 Comments

Considering the Times Editorial on Background Checks

Last week,  the New York Times ran an editorial regarding employment screening and how employment background checks are often inaccurate and cause otherwise innocent people their chances for employment.   The editorial requested that the supervising agencies get a tighter control around the CRA's or Consumer Reporting Agencies.    Upon reading the editorial, more than a few recruiters and employers, to say nothing of Consumer Reporting Agencies,  had their proverbial bowels in a…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on July 31, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Do You Speak My Language? Or Further Reflections of a Rookie Recruiter

By Jennifer Copley, Rookie Recruiter, Q4B

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”  - Charlemagne

I am not sure when I first fully appreciated the importance of having learned a second language. I took French in high school and college and most of my friends and peers took some language as part of their course requirements. For many of us it was just another subject, sometimes required, that we needed to pass in order to graduate.

In college I took…

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Added by Jennifer Copley on July 31, 2012 at 4:37pm — 10 Comments

Candidates (and recruiters) do Stupid Things

The first staffing lesson I learned was, “Candidates do stupid things”. My boss at the time was a tough and cynical agency recruiter (headhunter) with 10 years experience. Wally had been rode hard with had plenty of stories to prove his point. That lesson was driven home yesterday in a most painful…

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Added by Tony Palm on July 31, 2012 at 12:16pm — 8 Comments

LinkedIn: a List of Challenges

I love LinkedIn! It has been bringing us more matching candidates and business connections than everything else combined out there. For my own recruiting business LinkedIn accounts for 100% placed candidates in the last twelve months and a large chunk of sourcing information that I submit to others when sourcing.

Yet taking the full advantage of LinkedIn is not straightforward! There are numerous obstacles and misleading marketing messages, blogs, and tutorials. Some LinkedIn members…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on July 30, 2012 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Long Haired Freaky People – AKA Women over 40.

This…

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Added by Amy Ala on July 30, 2012 at 1:15pm — 42 Comments

Infallible Logic

I once heard a story about a CEO who had a rather unusual strategy for culling through resumes.

 

This successful and brash leader of a large, well known company would print all the resumes he received for an open position an put them in a stack in no particular order. He would then take half the resumes right off the top of the pile and throw them straight in the garbage without giving them a second look.

 

One day a precocious young human resources employee…

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Added by Josh Hale on July 28, 2012 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

Google Plus Recruiting: You should be doing it! This is why…

It is my opinion that recruiters are sleeping on Google Plus. It is simply too big and too useful to be ignored. I give a few tips on how to leverage Google Plus for a recruitment advantage, but if you want more than that, look me up! I LOVE talking about Google Plus and welcome the chance to train you and/or your group of recruiters on its many virtues.…

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Added by Jim Stroud on July 27, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

5 Best Recruitment Marketing Articles of the Week 7.20.12 to 7.27.12

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 lessons from the Olympics, Amazon’s homepage hiring message, HR selling the company, a US government job board and marketing circles.

 

Here are the articles our that interested us this week (in no…

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Added by Chris Brablc on July 27, 2012 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

Should Recruitment Agencies do more for less?

In the current Global economic climate do Recruitment Agencies need to share the burden of the economic recovery and do more for less? Some would say they need to wake up to the fact that customers are no longer prepared to pay or afford the exorbitant fees they have enjoyed for many years. 

Added by Steven Salter on July 26, 2012 at 3:50am — 7 Comments

Recruiting Vegas-Style: Metrics, Opportunities, and Determination

I am a big fan of METRICS. Year after year, they are the best way to gauge your performance & effort, and the ROI accompanying your output. Some recruiters drill down to "dollars per dial" (CASH-IN / CALLS) to measure how they are doing compared to years past.

That being said, the recruitment industry provides all of us with a tremendous…

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Added by Todd Wilson on July 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to avoid a Middle Management career rut

 

Earlier in the year I wrote about the lost generation of middle managers in retail whom face limited progression opportunities as a result of the recession. Since that article the redundancies have continued to flow thick and fast with all sorts of rumours about which retailer is going to collapse next. One might think that with all the doom and gloom in the market that the opportunities to develop your career are few and far between. However…

If you are ambitious and do want…

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Added by AdMore Recruitment on July 24, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

A client in pain is a very good thing!

Every great recruiter knows how to triage their job orders, and understands the importance of prioritising.

By and large, we only get paid for the people we place, so we have to work…

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Added by Greg Savage on July 24, 2012 at 1:10am — 1 Comment

What are the top 5 things job seekers do that annoy you?

I'm putting together some presentation material and would love to get YOUR LIST, as a recruiter, or the top things candidates to that annoy you.  You can give me three, or ten... I'm going to try and compile a good list of 5 (or 10) common things.

Note that my website, JibberJobber.com, is used by job seekers to track and organize their job search. I've read a number of times (here and in other places) that recruiters are highly annoyed when job seekers aren't organized, to…

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Added by Jason Alba on July 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — 16 Comments

The Advantages And Benefits of Creating A LinkedIn Profile

No matter if you’re a current student or graduate or a high flying executive, a professionally written LinkedIn profile can help open up doors to opportunities and networks. Before LinkedIn existed, it was virtually…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on July 23, 2012 at 8:57am — 2 Comments

The Art of the Job Description

Source: http://blog.gooodjob.com/2012/05/the-art-of-the-job-description/

Amidst all the hubbub over targeting the best talent for your organization through social media recruiting, developing your …

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Added by Assaf Eisenstein on July 23, 2012 at 8:39am — 4 Comments

Recruiting Trade Secrets for Beginners

So the title got your attention did it?  Well, then hopefully you get something out of this post that helps you improve your recruitment whether your an internal corporate recruiter or a third party agency person.  

Before we begin, let me dispel some assumptions.  There are no trade secrets to reveal here.  What I'm going to share is maybe some ideas to counter what you THINK are the right things to do to be successful.  Some common misconceptions, if you…

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Added by Joshua Lee on July 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

30 Steps in the Placement Process

I received this list over 10 years ago and just refound it.   I love the fact that it says “Placement Process” and not recruiting process.    We are in this business to make placements!   I did not write this list but do like it.  

30 steps in the Placement Process

  1. Take a COMPLETE job order
  2. Make a…
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Added by Bruce Rowles on July 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

What is E-Verify, and Why Do Recruiters Need to Know?

E-Verify is an online system that checks information provided on an employee's Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) against data from the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.  

While the system isn't mandatory for all employers, there is federal legislation pending to change that.  And…

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Added by Debbie Fledderjohann on July 20, 2012 at 10:24am — No Comments

3 ways to keep engaged with candidates that aren’t ready to apply today

Every time a hire is made successfully, it’s a combination of the right opportunity at the right time for both the candidate and the organization.  A candidate is at the right place to move to the next step in their career and the organization offers an opportunity that meets the thresholds that the candidate desires.

 

When both the candidate’s and organization’s needs match up, it’s a glorious thing.  However, there are many instances in which the timing doesn’t meet up and…

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Added by Chris Brablc on July 19, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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