The VCs must ask themselves if their companies are run by management teams that are capable of driving companies as the recession eventually bottoms. Studying the shift in the current unemployment rates in the US, HireLabs can forecast a recovery in the international labor market - lead by the US - sometime around Feb 2010.
Very few CEOs of venture-backed companies have the experience of riding a company out of a recession successfully. The first sign that a management team is not… Continue
Added by Saleem Qureshi on August 14, 2009 at 8:35am —
Although SEO seems to be the new buzz in recruiting web 2.0 strategies, it has actually been used for years as a tactic to increase sales for online businesses.
SEO and how it fits into the recruiting industry is greatly misunderstood. I completely agree with Marvin in that SEO is not enough
, but it makes me wonder who said that it was the golden ticket to begin with.
SEO Is… Continue
Added by Nicole Bodem on August 15, 2009 at 7:14pm —
Recruiters crave feedback during the interview process, and why not? As contingency recruiters we are always accessing where our energies and efforts have taken us on a recruiting project and deciding if we need to continue recruiting, move towards an offer between both parties or simply move on to a new project altogether. However, most people mistakenly assume that feedback is only for the recruiter’s benefit when in reality it should be a prime concern for both the company and the candidate… Continue
Added by bill martineau on August 13, 2009 at 11:18am —
I recently read an article written by Jonathan Littman and Mark Hershon, summarizing their new book called “I Hate You.” This comedic take on a traditional workplace self-help book shows you how to identify the “Ten Least Wanted” --the people you hate in the workplace--while revealing the strategies to neutralize them.
It got me to thinking about identifying candidates in a similar light. In uncertain and stressful times especially, people aren’t on their best behavior, and this poor… Continue
Added by Mindy Slobodkin Fineout on August 13, 2009 at 6:00pm —
How to interview like you are in show business!
My wife Kyle recently attended a writer’s workshop in Portland, Oregon where she got the opportunity… Continue
Added by Michael VanDervort on August 13, 2009 at 10:08pm —
I like to see myself as an open person, willing to try things, willing to take feedback on board, give it a try.
When I was younger and not as confident, I would take things said to me as gospel, especially as I moved into a Corporate environment, where coming from the Agency world I did feel like a fish out of water initially. I was probably treated that way too, you know, a Agency Recruiter in an HR world. I was viewed with suspicion. Too Salesy to fit within the HR world. Feedback… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 12, 2009 at 11:04am —
Among the all-time debates with no answers such as: nature or nurture; chicken or egg and of course DiMaggio or Mays there remains the nagging one of hiring or retention.
What is tougher, making a good hiring decision or retaining "A" players once you find them? These are issues that probably have been studied, surveyed, poked and prodded by more organizations than have sworn off applicant matching systems, attitude surveys and exit interviews… Continue
Added by Dave Opton on August 12, 2009 at 3:30pm —
If there's one thing I've learned about employment branding in reality, it's that an employment brand alone really won't get you anywhere.
You might have your ad agency put together a fancy ad that resembles the key points of your employment brand and has imagery that encompasses the culture of your company. But even that only gets you so far.
There comes a point in a candidate's experience of your employment brand's message that they either buy into and believe your… Continue
Added by ryanchartrand on August 12, 2009 at 7:04pm —
Barack Obama used social media to get himself into the White House and thousands of companies are using social media to create brand awareness and an online buzz. However, social media can also be used for many other purposes as well. If you work in Human Resources, you may be thinking, “I dont want to get to the White House — I just want to recruit some employees”. Social networks are an amazing channel for finding potential employees and increasingly becoming an even expected way of finding… Continue
Added by Ayelet Noff on January 19, 2009 at 10:00am —
If you are facing unemployment or a career change in this market a good coach can be your best friend but do your homework and be ready to work. Today virtually everybody could use a good coach. At this time in your life what could be a better investment in your future. Today no matter what your skills are or what your specialty is a productive and successful job search is a fulltime job. A coach can make you more effective and the process more comfortable but you still have to do the work. If… Continue
Added by Mark Warren on August 11, 2009 at 9:11am —
This is absolutely insane: http://tinyurl.com/msglu8
The New York Times reported that companies are now using credit checks to narrow down a pool of candidates - you're kidding me, right? I understand for finance positions, government jobs and other positions that would require stellar credit, but for data entry clerks and personal trainers? Give me a break!
It is hard enough in today's economy for people to find a job opening, stand out enough to get noticed with a cover… Continue
Added by Lizz on August 11, 2009 at 1:07pm —
At the risk of starting a blizzard of spitballs and chewing gum wads, I'm going to bring up a touchy subject. Why the heck not? I never won a popularity contest, was never voted class president (or class anything), and had to invite my own date to my prom. Hell, when I was a kid, even my mother sold my favorite blouse at a garage sale for ten cents.
Ever know when people screen their calls? You just never seem to connect, but the voicemail doesn't pick up… Continue
Added by Amy Renz on August 10, 2009 at 4:30pm —
You hire someone. They don’t work out. They leave. What is it that you remember and say about them in the past tense? It’s rarely the fact that they didn’t know how to work the numbers, or that they couldn’t put the pieces of a widget together. No, it’s almost always their soft skills that generate conversation—their personality, character and values.
Two recent scenarios from my personal experience serve as good examples: A multi-generation family-run, team-oriented company in… Continue
Added by Kathleen Quinn Votaw on August 10, 2009 at 10:37pm —
Once upon a time there was a magical land where Recruiters made heaps and piles of cash. Pit rooms, placement bells, residual commissions and 400% mark ups grew on every tree. Every day was sunny and every resume was perfect. Every submittal was a fit too, no questions. Then one day….
Depression 2.0 occurred.
We Recruiters couldn’t pay for afford Starbucks and were… Continue
Added by Michael Glenn on August 11, 2009 at 12:00am —
In an interview you will be asked two questions about compensation. If you do not handle them correctly it will be the end of the interview process or cost you a lot of money.
The first question is about earnings history. “What are you earning or what did you earn in your most recent job”?The second question is about your required compensation. “What do you need “? “What are you looking for”?
I have seen lots of bad advice on LinkedIn and other sites about these questions.… Continue
Added by Mark Warren on August 7, 2009 at 11:46am —
Customer Service is an amazing thing. Something which seems so easy and straight forward, you're helpful, friendly and essentially do as you say, providing a service.
This may seem petty to some, but this really got my blood boiling the other day. My 5 year old son was awarded an encouragement award at the local football club a few weeks ago (OK they all get them, but it didn't quell the pride, father and son both felt as he picked up his award.) The award, a… Continue
Added by Dan Nuroo on August 9, 2009 at 10:56am —
Health care leaders need to employ patience and persistence if they're going to create a beneficial, shared culture in a growing system.
Health care systems with a strong culture ensure that their environment is represented in all of its offices or operations. To achieve this, the organization must apply and measure the same processes, policies and rules throughout the field. If there is a significant variance, then the culture will not be seen as important or a… Continue
Added by Vicki Z. Lauter on August 9, 2009 at 4:37pm —
Why is it that the most recruiters focus most of their attention on the need of their clients and give little time to the desires of the candidate? I know that the majority are taught how to take a detailed job order which will enable them to match a candidate’s skills to a vacancy and the better recruiters are competent in understanding the potential career opportunity available. Then, in my opinion, many recruiters lose the plot…. they go out of their way to sell the job vacancy to potential… Continue
Added by Gavin Chase on January 30, 2009 at 4:05pm —
Ask any marketer about search engine optimization and they gladly go to into a dissertation on its benefits. Although marketing is talking purely about sales leads to the website, the same principles can be applied to attracting applicants to positions. Below is a quick guide to SEO and how you can apply it your recruiting process.
What is search engine optimization (SEO)?
According to Wikipedia: Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or… Continue
Added by Julia on August 6, 2009 at 9:29am —
You hit the snooze button on your alarm clock for just few more minutes. You are not sure if you want to get out of bed and head to your office. It is cold outside and the commute is an hour and half by bus. After all, you know what's going to happen. You will search for candidates for chewed-out "requirements," submit couple of candidates and wait for a feedback. In between, you will email lots of candidates with no responses. You will leave so many voice mails and no call backs. You then… Continue
Added by Tirtis on September 30, 2008 at 4:00pm —