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Finding MY place

From our first day on this earth we're working and learning about finding our place where we feel comfortable, most ourselves. While I feel comfortable in my own skin, I'm facing a new and old kind of advisory which I thought I had left behind.



While I'm a shrewd competitor, I'm also one who is a very social and positive person. No, I'm far from Pollyanna, but I do always… Continue

Added by Jessica Miller-Merrell on July 5, 2010 at 1:02am — 3 Comments

S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. of the fittest.



S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. of the fittest.



Over the past decade we’ve seen boom and bust, feast and famine in the recruiting industry. The good news is that this cycle tends to cull the flock. The strong survive. The weak don’t.…

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Added by Brian Keith on July 3, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Social media DOES affect HR: Tips from digital Strategist, Jon Davies

Pennabarkers are running social media workshops in different parts of the country for HR professionals, to help them understand where it fits with their working lives. I attended the Bristol workshop but today and tomorrow they are in London and Jon Davies, Digital Stategist, gives a great demonstration and talk about the importance and impact of social media. I’ve gathered some of his tips below for you:









Jon has a wide definition of social media. It would certainly… Continue

Added by Charlie Duff on July 1, 2010 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Mobile HR v Mobile Recruitment

There is currently a lot of “talk/noise” about mobile recruiting and in my humble opinion it will be huge, more of that later but for me it is not just about recruiting….mobile has the ability to aid many areas of HR. Why? I hear a cry, well here is my take;

  • Mobile is NOT a technology but a channel.
  • Mobile is about personal one 2 one ENGAGEMENT.
  • Mobile is about PUSH and PULL…
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Added by Keith Robinson on July 1, 2010 at 9:16am — 2 Comments

Recruitment Marketing Success comes when you think like a Marketer!

Originally posted on the SmashFly Recruitment Marketing Blog.



It is becoming abundantly clear that the recruiting landscape is increasingly changing. Companies are becoming more competitive and creative in the ways that they attract top talent. It's no… Continue

Added by Chris Brablc on June 30, 2010 at 1:45pm — 4 Comments

Social Media Bites Back

Five years on using social media: have recruitment agencies learnt to interact?

We have all seen the power that social media has. Most recruiters, whether a recruitment agency, HR department or a hiring line manager will use sites like LinkedIn to identify candidates and, more often than not, Facebook and Google to vett them. However, they do not always contribute to this online community. This one sided approach to social…

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Added by Leah Mahtani on July 1, 2010 at 5:35am — No Comments

12 attributes of kick-ass recruiters!!!



1. Integrity: Honesty. It is the cornerstone of trust. Without it all else is lost.

2. Will: Failure is not an option mindset. When I was brand-new recruiter (under 90 days) my manager came to me and asked, "So, you ready to quit yet Keith?" I replied, "There's only one of two ways you're gettin' rid of me: a. If you just flat-out fire me OR b. You carry me out of here on a stretcher because I'll eat… Continue

Added by Brian Keith on June 30, 2010 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Make Your Own Rules

On the car ride home from seeing Sex and the City 2, I decided two things:

  • I, Ali Webster, will commit to a more rigorous exercise routine.
  • I, Ali Webster, will make my own rules in terms of my career, love and life.
These decisions were inspired by… Continue

Added by Ali Webster on June 29, 2010 at 4:28pm — 3 Comments

Simple Truths Win

One thing I can guarantee is that the first time anyone gets into

recruiting they viewed it as a more noble position than just sales. I

thought this too at first. “I am going to help others” and “people are

going to need this service”. And the first thing I learned is that…

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Added by Noel Cocca on June 29, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Candidate Care

We had an interesting scenario in our office the other day. A new-ish Consultant had a complaint from a candidate about not being contacted in what he perceived to be a timely manner. And perception is what it is all about. We throw around this word a lot but really it is the crux of what we do. In such an subjective job, although every Consultant is theoretically doing the same job, we are identifying different skills in our candidates and relating differently to each of…

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Added by Anna Hodges on June 29, 2010 at 5:39pm — 10 Comments

Second Wave of Social Media, part 6 – The gap between dreams and reality







People have dreams when starting with professional social networking. There is one common dream most networkers do not speak about, but it can be easily read from their activity.



We could formulate it like this: “When I have 1000 (5000) connections, everything will change! I will use my network…

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Added by Matej Valuch on June 29, 2010 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Anne Curry – OH MY!









OK – I have to say I work for a cool company. Not trying for brownie points here (can’t hurt) but a company that invests in the future to me – is awesome. So Aquent sponsored/is sponsoring some

great events in 2010 and I was a very lucky attendee for two of them.



  • An Event Apart – for those of you not familiar with A List Apart – An Event Apart is an intense 2…
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Added by Kelly Moeller on June 29, 2010 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Why did that Recruitment Agency win the Placement?

Is there a best way to recruit? What makes some recruitment agencies more successful than others? With competition amongst candidates and agencies rapidly increasing, the solution is surely a holy grail for the recruitment consultant.



We think we have the answer – Recruitment is an artform not a science: and understanding that is what puts one agency above another.



Why do we think that? Well simply because the process of recruitment – call it the science of recruitment -… Continue

Added by Adam Lewis on June 29, 2010 at 12:55pm — 6 Comments

Should Recruiters Add Contracting to Their Business Model?

I raised many questions in my previous blog post, too many questions, perhaps. So to show that I've not learned my lesson, I'm going to raise some more.

In that post, I analyzed a CNNMoney.com article titled "Say Good-Bye to Full-Time Jobs With Benefits," especially the part of the article predicting that…

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Added by Matt Deutsch on June 29, 2010 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

The Black Hole of Recruitment – The Applicant Tracking System – Part 2

With the first time weekly unemployment claims still hovering above 400,000; I have more Applicant Tracking System annoyances.

As I said in my previous post, I get it because I am a Recruiter who has used ATS. And…

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Added by Becki Dunaway on June 28, 2010 at 2:04pm — 17 Comments

Rant: Death to the VMS

In the course of the staffing portion of our business, occasionally we are asked to be part of a VMS (vendor management system) program. While we normally decline the business at that point, for a variety of reasons we have chosen to be part of a few of these over the years. Nearly every time I regret being convinced that this next account will be different. Now I will say, with my finance background, I get the logic that managing rogue spend is important and a system can be a good way to do… Continue

Added by Shannon Russo on June 28, 2010 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Is Your Employment Brand Creating Enough Buzz?



Unless you’re living in a cave or have been buried under a pile of unsolicited résumés, you, like the rest of the world, have caught World Cup Fever. This is especially true for those in our country since Team USA has finally made it to the round of 16. Even for those diehard non-soccer fans, it is hard not get caught up in the excitement of this world spectacle. But you certainly wish that those… Continue

Added by Nick Tubach on June 28, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Building Your Own A-Team

This weekend, I had the opportunity to see the new A-Team movie as part of my birthday celebration. Throughout the movie, I took several mental notes that have inspired me to write this post. Believe it or not, it was my wife’s idea to see the movie! Needless to say, she has excellent taste. To quote Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

I…

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Added by Kirk Baumann on June 28, 2010 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

A diverse workforce is a better workforce

As business becomes more global, it increasingly encounters a more culturally diverse customer base. Hiring a varied workforce shows respect for customer diversity, may increase the extent to which customers identify with the company, and secures internal innovation.



Recruiting is one of the most difficult tasks an employer can face, and many can often be heard complaining that it is difficult to secure the right talent, particularly at the top end of the scale.



Could it… Continue

Added by Adam Lewis on June 28, 2010 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Two Tribes – The Battle for Respect (or handbags at dawn!)

I think we will all agree that Inhouse Recruiters (IHR) and suppliers don’t always see eye-to-eye, in the majority of cases I would say that we might as well be in a different markets, who’d have thought we are all in recruitment! The biggest rift is in the non-relationship between agencies and theirs customers, which…

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Added by Gary Franklin on June 27, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

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