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Remember back in college when you weighed all of 96 pounds and half of it was hair? You were lean and mean back then. You ate cereal for lunch and dinner, everything was paid in cash. Rent was like $75 that you were always paid late.

Yeah, those were the good days. Life was easy and the only gizmo you had was a math calculator your parents bought for your birthday freshmen year. Hey don’t laugh. I still have it and it… Continue

Added by Michael Glenn on May 4, 2009 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Smile, you're on Applicant Camera!

video I happened to take part in a discussion with others in the recruiter/HR/career services world and the topic was about video resumes becoming the standard.

There was a definite strong opinion in one direction on this. Before I offer up my opinion and the general feeling of the discussions, I would like to get some feedback from you about it from both a job seeker and a recruiter/HR perspective. I… Continue

Added by Bill Meirs on May 4, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Digging Into v2.16 Tweeting Off

Tweeting Off

So, I was at this party a couple of weeks ago. All sorts of twitterati were there. There was even a small shrine for our forbears, Paul DeBettignies and Jim Durbin. The place was throbbing and crowded . If you yelled loud enough, you could hear yourself over the music. Lots of people lined up to yell at each other while pretending to listen.

You know the scene.

Anyhow, I walked over to the bar to get a drink. Along the way, I struck up a conversation with a…


Added by John Sumser on May 3, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

By the Bootstraps

One of the most professionally rewarding experiences for me is the opportunity to mentor students on career choices. I love wide-eyed, the world is an oyster, enthusiasm. I received a tweet last night from a UCBerkeley Psych and Linguistic double major student contemplating a career in HR - specifically recruiting - I decided to come here to help her with her choices by invoking the power of all of us to answer her question.

"Hi Karla, how'd you get started in HR? and most HR asst… Continue

Added by Karla Porter on May 2, 2009 at 11:32am — 5 Comments

Tales from the script : another dose of stupidity

From time to time (weekly?) I get see to some rather incredibly funny things we humans do. The job is rife with it. For fun I thought I'd post this stupidity. Most of it has a lesson to it. About like the old Aesop's fables do. Usually in the form of life slapping you hard enough that we actually listen.

So for amusement may I present to you this weeks ignorance.

The following is an actual email I received awhile back. It is from our consultant we had recruited for a nice paying… Continue

Added by Hank Edwards on May 1, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Recruiters Invited to Silicon Valley Meetup

It's time for some F2F Recruiter Networking in the Silicon Valley.

We are excited to announce and to host an Open house recruiter networking event on FR 5/15 from 11am-2pm in our Santa Clara offices for Recruiters, Independents, HR, Corporate, Contract, staffing professionals of all types.

Maybe you are looking for a job, intersted in hanging out with some seasoned recruiting experts, hoping to pick up some candidate sourcing tips,… Continue

Added by Craig Silverman on May 1, 2009 at 4:35pm — 1 Comment

Are there such things as permanent footprints?

There's no doubt there's been plenty written on being careful when it comes to what you publish about yourself online. But when it comes to your career - you can't careful enough. Certain things that seem fun or kitchy now, might come back to bite you sooner or later. These "perma-prints" could follow you for years, maybe even the rest of your career.

Case in point, a few years ago, we had an intern working for the company from a very prestigious school's masters program. Because of… Continue

Added by Ragan Kellams on May 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

door64 Tech Fair - Musings

If you're in the Central Texas area and you're a technology dude or dudette, you probably already know about door64 ( door64 is run by Matt Genovese (thanks Matt!!) who is a Functional Verification Engineer at Freescale Semiconductor...

Anyway, yesterday door64 held a Tech Fair at the Goodwill Center here in Ausin. They had over 1000 folks RSVP and 37 companies exhibiting. Can you say success??!! I attended the 3 sessions offered (all excellent!) but 1 entitled… Continue

Added by Donald Olson on May 1, 2009 at 2:05pm — No Comments

What's in a name? How we screwed up naming in Newton once and why we won't ever again.

Be really (really) careful how you name things. And, NEVER use the same word to describe two different things.

Sloppy naming can lead to minor frustrations, or it can lead to some really big problems for your users. The road to sloppy naming is paved by the careless use of synonyms or by naming two different things with the same word or phrase.

First of all, let’s look at synonyms (the more obvious of the two naming blunders). When considering a naming framework for… Continue

Added by Joel Passen on May 1, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Is Twitter a "Triumph of Humanity"?

In this article from the Business Profiles section of, Twitter is touted as a progressive, conscientious company and employer. But, as you can imagine, Apple does quite a bit of tooting its own horn. It rings a little hollow to call Twitter a “triumph of humanity” when the latter half of the article is a Mac love-fest. In the entire article, the name “Twitter” is mentioned 32 times (yes, I counted). On the other hand, “Mac”… Continue

Added by Louis Bina on May 1, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Client Side - Sponsorship - A Client's Perspective

Sponsorship used to be a pain to deal with. It's much worse now. In my opinion it is almost always not worth dealing with. I have people try to make the case all the time that with NAFTA, a TN Visa is no problem, but not clients. A great client took the time this week to lay out the sponsorship situation from a Canadian company taking someone from the US or another country and I thought this would be well worth sharing.

"There are 2 steps and the first is rather lengthy. A company… Continue

Added by Todd Kmiec on May 1, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

The Slice

Added by Cheezhead on May 1, 2009 at 10:53am — No Comments

You have no idea how to really interview candidates

Kris Dunn wants to waterboard candidates and as a mutual fan of 24, I say it's high time we Jack Bauer potential employees (you'll notice my Jack Bauer facts on the right side of my RBC page).

I just don't call it asking for negative information as Kris puts it; what he's referring to is… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on May 1, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

ACS Search - Career & Workforce Management Solutions - Alliances Online

Karen Mattonen, Advanced Career Solutions, Inc. has teamed up with Steve Delaney, Alliances Online, Inc., Career and Workforce Management Solutions. Together they have 20 years HVAC&R and over 30 years general Recruiting experience. While Karen is still on sabbatical and developing a recruiting law and ethics portal, Steve is working hard to maintain and develop existing customer relationships & expanding geographically throughout the United States.

Added by Steve Delaney on April 30, 2009 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Simple steps for GREAT cover letters

There are two simple steps for great cover letters:

1. Always include the cover letter in the body of the email you are sending. If the recruiter has to click to open a separate document in order to read your cover letter, chances are that they won’t bother.

2. Target each cover letter to the specific position for which you are applying. Generic cover letters that tell how great YOU are and what YOU want to do without… Continue

Added by Cathy McCullough on April 30, 2009 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Recruitment Content War

Recruitment Content War On #talentnet they raised the issue that since everything on Twitter is public, there's no way for a recruiter to gain any sort of competitive advantage.

Take LinkedIn or a job board, for example. On LinkedIn, you pay to get access to everyone's profiles, otherwise your network is limited to who you know. On a job board, you pay extra to get your job posting at the top of the search results, or… Continue

Added by ryanchartrand on April 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Recruiting Whore

I was talking with a recruiter friend of mine that I often do splits with. We were of course talking about the tough times we are going through right now. We then got into "It is so bad, I have resorted to...." and we were on the phone laughing until tears were rolling down my face. Misery does love company.

I was telling the story of how I had taken this very poor paying recruiting job in a foreign country, just to keep busy, and to see if I could recruit in a foreign country from… Continue

Added by Sherry Junker on April 30, 2009 at 3:59pm — 4 Comments

Bad Naked


“Bad Naked” is Networking that is just plain WRONG.

It never ceases to amaze me at what people deem as “networking”. It is perplexing at…


Added by Heather Gardner on April 30, 2009 at 2:38pm — 6 Comments

2009 Applicant Tracking System Vendor List

Starting over a year ago, I began keeping track of all of the different ATS systems available. Now the list has grown to almost 140 different vendors. Yikes! I thought it might be nice to make this list available to folks, so I helped a group of friends build a little site with the list. For anyone interest, I would welcome any feedback before I send it to everyone. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a sneak peek.

Best of luck!!!

Jake Stupak…


Added by Jake Stupak on April 30, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

Light or an Oncoming Train

Ever since we published this year's Executive Job Market Intelligence Report I have been getting lots of cards and letters (okay not cards and letters, really emails and "tweets") but in any case, lots of feedback on how… Continue

Added by Dave Opton on April 30, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

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