In the off season leading up to the 2011 Major League Baseball season, Clifton Pfifer Lee shocked the almighty bottomless pocketbook bearers of the New York Yankees and the down home, feel-good Texas Rangers by signing a below-market-value deal to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies. The move was not solely motivated by money or warm fuzzy feelings. He took less money and moved to a city with a traditionally aggressive fan-base where players with large contracts who don’t meet…Continue
The comparison between marriage and recruitment has been made over and over. For two things that have no intrinsic link, they offer a multitude of similarities, and not just because 1 in 3 ends in failure. It is probably not surprising then that one of my colleagues moonlights as a marriage celebrant by the weekend. A good chunk of our Monday morning team meeting is usually dedicated to her…
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I know, you made that LinkedIn account months ago and never went back. You’re content at your job, and since you’re not looking for a new one you haven’t put much effort to updating or maintaining it. What’s the point right? The point is that you may be missing opportunities! Even if you’re not looking for that “ideal job” anymore, it could definitely be looking for you (trust me, I’m the one looking!) and you don’t want to be passed over because you haven’t added a Current Position since…Continue
Added by Caitlin Wells on July 15, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments
Last week I blogged on the importance of “job order triage”. Great recruiters ruthlessly prioritise the briefs they work on, and put most effort into the highly fillable few.
Well, what about the candidates to invest time in?
Some recruiters take the view that as there is a talent shortage, every candidate…Continue
The technical recruiting world in the last few months has been eye opening. The truth is that the current job market, at least in technology, is as competitive as ever. If you haven’t hired this year yet you need to read this article because things have drastically changed.
Across the country, different markets typically have very different market trends for a similar type of skill set. As an example, it might be much easier to find a C++ embedded candidate in San Jose than it would…Continue
Recently I was asked by one of our Sydney Talent Agents to join her on a client visit to a high profile Ad Agency group. I jumped at the chance because I love speaking with clients, and we were booked to meet two very senior people, both at Executive Creative Director level.
We arrived on time (5 minutes early actually, as is my wont) and waited in the trendy, borderline pretentiously creative reception.
And we waited.
At 10 past the meeting hour we…Continue
A good article from Elaine Varelas of the Job Doc in the Boston Globe or Boston.com as it is known. A job applicant wrote her asking, basically, if an open container misdemeanor from 2008 would nullify his employment candidacy. Not necessarily the crime of the century, but an open container is a serious enough offense as it implies possible intoxication that can lead to serious traffic…Continue
A common misconception is that social media searches are only used to find negative information for screening out candidates. However, businesses using social media searches recognize these searches can be very beneficial in verifying positive affiliations, associations and activities. For example, a social media search can identify if the candidate is active in…Continue
Added by Carolyn Menz on July 14, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
Perhaps you have heard the story: Internationally acclaimed concert violinist Joshua Bell once agreed to don street clothes and play his $3.5 million dollar Stradivarius violin in a Washington DC subway station, as a social experiment, sponsored by the…Continue
I never thought I’d be a corporate recruiter. Well, if we go back far enough I never thought I’d be a recruiter. In fact, I don’t know a single recruiter who set out to BE a recruiter, on purpose. We all seemed to kind of fall into it, but I digress.
I started out as many do, in an agency. Actually my first experience with an agency was covering the front desk at a recruiting firm that rhymes with Blobert Blaf. I remember the staffing managers literally…Continue
Experiencing failure can be one of the most difficult parts of a job search for candidates and recruiters alike. For candidates, finding out that you were turned away from a job because you do not fit the job description or company culture can be very discouraging. For recruiters, whose job it is to find the right match between candidates and hiring companies, failure can be also be extremely disappointing when all of your hard work results in letting your client and candidate…Continue
I have recently had the pleasure of managing a large volume recruitment project, and utilised partnerships with other agencies. It ocurred to me to actually learn something from my range of experiences, from "Oh yay its her again - she's a fab recruiter" to "please, please, please don't let that be X on the phone!"
These are my perceptions of what not to do and what TO do!
Even with the increased concern and political rhetoric about flat jobs growth and unemployment in the US, it's no secret that IT professionals are in demand. IT hiring demand has been increasing rapidly throughout the 1st half of this year, up 56% percent since the beginning of the year. Employers and staffing agencies posted more than 251,500 new online job ads for IT professionals in June, up 1.7% from May.
Hiring Demand for Computer…Continue
Added by Carolyn Menz on July 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." -- Agnes RepplierAm I a culture fit for this company? Do my values and beliefs align with those of the organization? These are two questions that many job seekers, employers, and employees are asking themselves these days. Culture is the… Continue
Added by Kirk Baumann on July 12, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
Anyone can tell you that a bad experience tends to unfortunately stick out in your head more so than a good experience. It can just take one person to really upset a company brand but a whole group of people can do some serious damage and in this case, it most certainly has.
The following tale is by no means tarring…Continue
With all the news about Google+, I'd like to share another great blog post on the topic by iCIMS Blogger, Katie Meeker. Check it out below!
Barely 2 weeks old and the buzz of Google+ has already taken over…Continue