As a professional recruiter since 1981, I have now experienced four recessions that impacted my profession. As a result of my experience, I have developed the “Recruiter Economic Barometer”. It may not be as scientific as other economic barometers but it has proven very effective.
Typically when companies are anticipating a slow down or hiring freeze, they either assign their corporate recruiters to other duties or lay them off. The contingent recruiting industry tends to wash the third… Continue
Added by Bill Humbert on January 9, 2010 at 3:04pm —
I recently saw the Great Depression film "The Grapes of Wrath," and while I had seen it before, this time I was reminded of what's going on in employment today. The movie starts off with Henry Fonda returning to his family farm after having been away for a few years, only to find his home abandoned. He soon learns that his family, as well as all of his Oklahoma neighbors, have been evicted and are leaving for the promise of jobs in California.
We then learn that the families in… Continue
Added by Jay Fenello on January 9, 2010 at 11:46am —
If you are job hunting, you should send your resume to recruiters.
Different recruiters know about different positions. They do not usually know about the same ones. This is particularly true with retained firms. By sending your resume out widely, you will be placed in many different confidential databases and be alerted of many different positions. If you send your resume to only a few, it may be that none you send to will be working with positions which are suited for you. Throw… Continue
Added by IBW Recruiters on January 8, 2010 at 7:45pm —
Most of what I can find online is a very effective marketing blitz. We are strongly considering Salesforce.com and I want to understand how Jobscience stacks up with Maxhire, Bullhorn, etc. If anyone knows where I can find a real constructive critique of Jobscience as a Applicant Tracking System for contract and full time staffing, please let me know.
Added by Michael Jablon on January 8, 2010 at 4:35pm —
Changing technology in digital communication in general, and social media in particular, has tremendous implications for organizations and how they function - not just externally (with clients, customers, and other stakeholders), but internally as well. The impact of social media cannot be overestimated - even if you don't believe a digital revolution is underway, the technological advancements currently taking place will have a significant impact on how organizations function in the… Continue
Added by Heidi on January 8, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Hey everyone, new to the blog. Looking forward to the ride.
Added by Rex Rolf on January 8, 2010 at 2:10pm —
Over the past few weeks, I met with a number of unemployed and unplanned new consultants / freelancers. Many of these people were simply looking for a new job but they almost all came armed with business cards for their new "consulting practice," and of course their resume. After thinking about several of these meetings it made me wonder about these people and others like them, "are you a former employee who wants to be one again or are you an entrepreneur trying to make your newest venture… Continue
Added by Justin Driscoll on January 8, 2010 at 1:47pm —
Ok, so being a novice, I am unsure whether I should repost a post from my original blog
. . . or just transpose it here. I'm a newbie with this, so please forgive my stumblings before I figure it out :)
A good friend and National Defense recruiting guru, Christopher Young
(@chrismarkyoung), forwarded me an NYT article today, "… Continue
Added by Joshua Letourneau on January 8, 2010 at 11:30am —
Happy 2010! With the turn of a new year and decade, many people set resolutions which commonly revolve around fitness and health. I, like everyone else, have a few of those, but have also been thinking about my career goals and what I would like to accomplish professionally in 2010.
In the last year the business world continued its exposure on social networking sites such as Twitter
Added by Andrea Persico on January 8, 2010 at 11:00am —
As I indicated in my popular post - The Social Recruiting Battlegrounds in 2010
- building your own online community will be a crucial part of successful social recruitment strategies in 2010 and beyond. Now whether you choose to do this via,… Continue
Added by Andy Headworth on January 8, 2010 at 9:11am —
Added by Paul Jacobs on January 8, 2010 at 7:11am —
Well, it’s NFL playoff season and while it’s a bit cliché, sports really are a good metaphor for life and career. It’s not enough to be talented and it’s not enough to just want something. Now, I’m going to come clean here and proclaim myself a Green Bay Packers fan. I like other teams but as a native New Yorker I’ve seen teams leave my city and that’s something that the Packers won’t do. And it’s such an underdog of a small market compared with the rest of the league.
But aside from… Continue
Added by James Seetoo on January 7, 2010 at 8:24pm —
Making the placement process, specifically the offer process, all come together can be a delicate ordeal, but during the crunch time that was the holiday season can make it a potential nightmare if something goes wrong.
As a 3rd party recruiter I’m accustomed to sometimes having to push the process forward from time to time, but typically once a company has actually made an offer HR is all on board with the process and moving full speed ahead as to satisfy their customer (the hiring… Continue
Added by bill martineau on January 7, 2010 at 5:58pm —
Minneapolis, MN, January 7th, 2010 – The Department of Labor will release its jobs report for December tomorrow, and the data will undoubtedly show that the economy is a long way from healthy recovery mode. Economists are expecting that the U.S. economy actually added jobs during the month, marking the first monthly job gains since December of 2007. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, which rose again in December, adds a faint glimmer of hope that this might be the… Continue
Added by Molly Moseley on January 7, 2010 at 3:06pm —
In my previous blog post
I raised the issue of employability. Whether you are happy with your employer or you feel it’s high time for you to make a change in your career, I recommend you to evaluate and maintain it. Note that in tough economic times it’s crucial to adapt to them and stand out of the crowd.
In order to assess your employability you should proceed to… Continue
Added by me_in_HR on January 7, 2010 at 11:00am —
“It’s kinda like a race – but without cars and stuff.”
This is how my soon-to-be 9 year old son summed up what my day looks like today. I was grabbing my first cup of coffee (trying the Hawaiian Kona from Sam’s Club – first bag – it’s kind of mild…..) and he asked me what was happening.
He’s seen me in action enough to understand what I do. (He’s either going to follow in my footsteps or be an astronaut.)
When he… Continue
Added by Jerry Albright on January 7, 2010 at 8:02am —
Can you succeed in "the great recession" without engaged employees? Maybe, but only if your competitors' employees aren't engaged either. Engaged employees' willingness to give their all is what unlocks the greatest potential for competitive advantage. It's their attitudes and actions that make the critical difference, especially to your customers. The small percentage of companies that consistently delivers an exceptional customer experience will create a wide gap with competitors-those whose… Continue
Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on January 6, 2010 at 9:37pm —
A lot of people don’t like their job
Shocking news from the Conference Board and MSNBC today folks! Americans are unhappy at work!
We can’t get no job satisfaction
Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a new survey that found only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their… Continue
Added by Michael VanDervort on January 6, 2010 at 7:00pm —
My New Year’s Resolution is quite simple. I will no longer be brainwashed by Pat Sajak
In a less cryptic manner of speaking – I intend on imposing a ban on “Ceramic Dalmatians
.” Wait. What?
For reasons unbeknownst to me, memories of my childhood are cluttered by the recollection of watching daytime… Continue
Added by Chris Hood on January 6, 2010 at 7:00pm —
I've been working on my plan for 2010 and thinking about things like Training, Activity Levels, Goals, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Time Management, which Conferences to attend, etc... Like most of you I try to start off a new year year with all the best intentions and try to have a fast start.
Trying is one thing but results are another, so here is a list of a few things that have helped me and my team.
- With platforms like Youtube, tons of cameras… Continue
Added by Craig Silverman on January 6, 2010 at 5:30pm —