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The art of being WRONG!

This was a good week. I either learned something or crystallised a thought I had bubbling under the surface, depending on the hour and my ego will depend on which way that falls.

I have been with my company for almost 7 years now, and thought I had the whole place worked out, well I hoped I had. I know the IT industry, and how it works in my market, and I know the main players. I work for a company which provides IT services to tier one tier two companies, and my job is to hire… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on February 6, 2009 at 9:20pm — 7 Comments

Is it ever okay to 'shut it off' and just disconnect?

Earlier this week I posted about my distaste for the clock watcher. That employee (or candidate) who does the bare minimum and better not be bothered off the clock. With this in mind, how does a dedicated, hard-working recruiter ever unwind? Are we doomed to be perpetually connected and risk burning out too soon?

I'm reminded of one of my mother's favorite sayings; all things in moderation.

Although I generally opt to go a little past moderation (or a lot past depending on… Continue

Added by Gino Conti on February 6, 2009 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Why is it always the economy that sheds jobs?

The economy hasn't shed a single job but companies have. This is called passing the buck.

In this article, the chief economist for Moody's says, "Businesses are panicked and fighting for survival and slashing their payrolls. I think we’re trapped in a very adverse, self-reinforcing cycle. The… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on February 6, 2009 at 3:55pm — 2 Comments

“Pealse hyer mee” What is setting YOU apart from the other hundred billion job applicants and landing you the job?


This morning I logged in to my email and received this warning from the System Administrator:

“Your mailbox has exceeded one or more size limits set by your administrator.”

My InBox has filled up with tons of applicants applying for active openings. The sheer amount of applicants isn’t what amazed me. It was the amount of people applying for postings that don’t match the skill set in the listing. One missed requirement that stood out most… Continue

Added by Heather Gardner on February 6, 2009 at 3:41pm — 3 Comments

Take the networking "test"

(Penelope Trunk pointed me at this.)

Added by Maureen Sharib on February 6, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

The is no business like snow business

What a week! Britain has been faced with the worst snow for 18 years, and its impact on the working world has been immense!

The economy has reportedly suffered losses of £3 billion thanks to the blizzards, as office numbers become depleted with masses of workers taking ‘snow days’.

While the rest of the country has been building snowmen, here at we have finished building our new site and the redesign goes… Continue

Added by David Martin on February 6, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

6 ways they have changed how your FICO score is being calculated this week.

FICO is tweaking their methods of calculating the ever important credit rating. You may want to be aware of the changes and how they might affect you.

A new system for determining your credit-worthiness, FICO '08, rolls out this Thursday, and there's nothing you can to do stop it. By these 6 changes, ye shall be judged:

1. Spouses and children can improve their credit score by being an authorized user on a credit card… Continue

Added by Julia Stone on February 6, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

The Client Side - Super Bowl Recap.....A recruiter's perspective

Great Game. Lame commercials. Being at a Super Bowl Party at the house of a HUGE Steelers fan was fun and a real experience considering how the game went.

But from a business perspective, what did we learn? For one thing, I'm not counting on any business at all from US Auto Makers or suppliers for quite some time if ever. There was not one US Auto Maker commercial. There were a couple of foreign car company commercials, but not much there either. I'm maintaining contacts, especially… Continue

Added by Todd Kmiec on February 6, 2009 at 11:01am — No Comments

Companies that have never laid off employees

No Layoffs - Ever!

The global financial crisis has led many companies to slice payrolls, but these employers are staying loyal. Meet 9 of this year's Best Companies that, as of mid-January, have never had a layoff. See them here.


Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000… Continue

Added by Maureen Sharib on February 6, 2009 at 10:57am — No Comments

Good stuff for you.

Some websites I like:

The Kitchen Table Blog

I love, love, love this blog. It is a back and forth, on-going conversation between two women:

Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University

Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary.

These women are… Continue

Added by Joe Gerstandt on February 6, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Pink slips stack up as recession drags on

WASHINGTON (AP) - Worn down by a drawn-out recession, cost-cutting employers are laying off workers at an alarming clip and there's no end in sight. The Labor Department releases a report Friday expected to show that January was another cruel month for workers and companies.

With employers in no mood to hire, the unemployment rate is expected to jump to 7.5 percent… Continue

Added by Maureen Sharib on February 6, 2009 at 7:43am — No Comments

Living Life with Conviction of The Heart

Where are the dreams that we once had?

This is the time to bring them back.

What were the promises caught

On the tips of our tongues?

Do we forget or forgive?

There's a whole other life waiting to be lived when...

One day we're brave enough

To talk with conviction of the heart.

And down your streets I've walked alone,

As if my feet were not my own

Such is the path I chose,

Doors I have opened and closed

I'm so tired of living this… Continue

Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 6, 2009 at 2:17am — No Comments

Move that Client Forward with Little Yesses

Don’t ask your client if they would like to hire the candidate you are marketing. Because then they can say, ‘We’re not hiring,’ and your conversation is over.

Instead, move them forward with what I call ‘Little Yesses.’ One little yes moves it forward to another little yes, and then after about ten more little yesses, they are fedex’ing you a check for the candidate you just placed there.

Ask them this question: “Is this the type of candidate who can provide value to your… Continue

Added by Scott Love on February 5, 2009 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

Interesting take on mind-set - positive psychology

Went to a seminar last night and was pleasantly surprised by the topic of positive psychology. Here is an interesting site with more about it.

Just think we need 3 positives to neutralize one negative. So if we offer 4 positive reflections for every one negative, than the mindset can change to act more positively. But without this ratio - it is highly possible that a person's mindset stays in the negative realm.....

Very interesting… Continue

Added by Jessi LaCosta on February 5, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Top Recruiters at staffing firms and/ or Independents I want your opinion and advice. I am a newbie discovery recruiting opportunities.

Please tell me in your opinion what are the ups and the downs of being an independent or an agency recruiter? In addition, why? Which type of positions in your opinion are the best to recruit for? In addition, why? What are your moneymakers? What percentage of your business is Contract, Temp to Perm, Perm Placement, and Sourcing Job Orders etc? Why and how many do you place on perm jobs or contract on average per year, and what you believe contributes to this production level? Please tell me… Continue

Added by Jamie Wyrick Rosa on February 5, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What do your emails really say to your customers?

It should not come as a surprise that the communication style of the general public has changed drastically in the last decade or so. Cell phones, instant messaging, and text messages are so common that I put it past you to find anybody under 65 who is completely unaware how to use any of the aforementioned technology, or at least how it works. While this increase in instant communication means that connecting with others is faster and easier than ever it seems to come at a relatively high… Continue

Added by Gino Conti on February 5, 2009 at 4:55pm — 5 Comments

Less water in the talent pool: The middle class flight from New York City

Article and Report

Excerpts from article...

The report defines a middle class New Yorker loosely as someone who has enough money to pay the bills, have health insurance, own a computer with Internet connection, live in a safe neighborhood and take a vacation once a… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on February 5, 2009 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments


Natural anti aging is more than just a pipe dream, it is a reality. It does not come in the form of a fountain of youth or a magical potion; natural anti aging is based in indisputable science. Scientists have come to identify the aging process as just a condition of hormone deficiency. Therefore, it stands to reason that…


Added by Gerry Pohle on February 5, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Cutting Fees!?!??!?!? My 2 cents

I am starting to hear about agencies cutting fees to get business. Please understand when you do this you bring the entire industry down. We offer a great service and even if the unemployment is up the good talent is hard to find. The reason is that they are working and will not be on the job boards. Don't become a bottom feeder, I can tell you from being a recruiter for other downturns that you will never get your fee back up with a client once you cut your fees. I remember other agencies… Continue

Added by Darren Linck on February 5, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

The Serendipitous Nature of our Business!

Every so often something magical happens, no doubt the non-believer chalks it up to "coincidence"....

Last night I was scouring linkedin for a ABAP'er found one that was perfect for my role. however his profile was a tad cryptic and my efforts to find alternate contact info was in vain.

As I am viewing his profile he emails me out of the blue asking about ABAP roles in the NY area. I proceeded to dial his number and this morning made a great referral.

Thought I would share this… Continue

Added by Salvatore Petrara, CPC on February 5, 2009 at 10:23am — No Comments

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