Being in search and recruitment for a while now I have met and spoken to different strange people here and there but there are some interactions that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
About a year ago we had a candidate that we were representing to one of our clients at the time. Let's call the candidate John.
After several interviews John decided not to proceed with the role (or the client decided not to proceed, I can't exactly…Continue
Aren't you amazed that senior executives of major companies still believe that succession planning works! I know I am. From the looks on the faces of Hosni Mubarak and Colonel Gadhafi during their last televised rants to their street side citizens, I can tell they are surprised their sons won't be succeeding them in the family business.
Why is it we (meaning just about every large company) aren't able to develop and plan our successors any better than the average tinpot Middle East…Continue
Although it may not seem like it at times, the job board industry is a technology-driven industry. After all, it was the combination of a database and the web that gave it birth so many years ago. After a fairly lengthy period of incremental and erratic technical growth, the industry is seeing lots of change – and I suspect that those sites that ignore these changes may suffer.
So, which technologies (and technology trends) are changing job…Continue
If you pay attention to some commentators on recruiting and human capital management, we’re at war. No, I don’t mean the one in Afghanistan, or even the one against terror. I mean the War for Talent.Continue
I had to write this little blog because I just got an email from someone looking for a position with my company.
There are a lot of tips and advise that I can give to job seekers. but this is a piece of advise that seems so basic that I feel like it should be well known. Unfortunately, many people don't do it. The advise is....be basic with your email address. Or maybe not basic, but try not to be so off the wall.
If you are applying for a position,…Continue
Over the years I have read numerous surveys regarding the reasons that job seekers use when looking for a job, considering a career change or deciding on a job offer. When job seekers are asked why they are looking for a new job or a career change or when asked what was their reason for leaving (RFL) their last…Continue
Added by Nick Tubach on February 14, 2011 at 4:14pm — No Comments
I find this whole recruiting train of thought amusing...
With Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, and myriad other avenues of engagement - worrying about where the best site to place a job ad...well, er - it sounds like a discussion from a 100 years ago listening to two buggy whip salesmen chatting about which blacksmith to…Continue
This week I received some interesting comments regarding “Professionalism” One of my groups pointed out that my profile picture didn’t express the intention which I was trying to achieve. I took a look at it from a neutral perspective, and I agreed.
This brings me to todays topic: Professionalism and the Workplace. With every project I have strived to present myself as a commodity or a brand, who just happens to be on loan to my employers as a sub-contracted asset. This meant that…Continue
Added by Daniel J Smith on February 9, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments
Microsoft. Apple. Google. Coca Cola. Virgin. The BBC. What do they have in common? Each of them could advertise on the back of a cigarette packet, put a card in a shop window or float a message in a bottle out to sea and they would still get a good response to their recruitment campaigns. Indeed all of them receive hundreds of unsolicited applications each and every year.
Ahh, this song by Dave Matthews band, it is perhaps a description of February for me. I quote:
So that is a perfect description of how I start my day and how 1 day rolls to the next, and then this as Dave…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on February 9, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments
In the popular thread from yesterday regarding candidate ownership Barbara Goldman brought up an important topic. "But for My Efforts" has always been what us old school recruiters have used as the standard by which we feel our fee is earned. It's always been that way for me.
Over the years though, many agencies have been drafting agreements with their clients that state specific terms of "ownership" for candidates introduced. Usually these are 1 year or 6…Continue
In the beginning, there was the job board, and the candidates rejoiced. So many jobs! So many locations! So much easier than paper.
The employers liked it, too.
But after a while, candidates realized that general boards were, well….general. They discovered that many (er, most) jobs were inapplicable to their interests. So they asked the job boards to make things easier. “Help us find just the jobs we want!”
Job board operators responded in a variety of…Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 8, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments
A recent rumor has been circulating the web and creating a buzz that Facebook is going offline forever on March 15th. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Facebook has gotten out of control. The stress of managing this…Continue
There is an ongoing wail from the HR profession. We have heard the clichés and platitudes ad nauseum. “HR needs a seat at the table”, “HR is the key to the future” etc, yet nothing ever changes. Ever.
Why is this? Well, it’s simple. The vast majority of HR roles in companies have developed informally over many years. They have…Continue
Added by Scott Wintrip on February 2, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments
Everybody wants them. Every business leader, talent manager and HR executive tries to recruit and hire them. They are the “A” players, the best of the best, the folks who make your company, your department, your division successful and profitable. They are the reason that your shareholders love you. They can save your job.
But what is an “A” player? Most would answer that an “A” player is the best of the best, the cream of the crop, at the top of their game, pretty much an…Continue
Added by Nick Tubach on January 31, 2011 at 10:35am — No Comments
I must say I get more phone calls from professional IT staff looking for new opportunities this year than we did last. I was asked by one why we do not call every single person that applies back. I thought about it a moment and actually believe that it would be a huge difference between us and other companies if we simply called each and every applicant. But the time involved with the amount of applicants would pull key staff away from tasks that are essential to the operations. I looked…Continue
Added by Jason Monastra on January 31, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments