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The Best Offense is a Good Defense - Retaining Your Best People By Fostering a Culture of Engagement



Like many pieces of industry jargon, people have been throwing “engagement” around at management meetings for a while now. It was the great new buzzword a few years ago and now it has become part of the corporate lexicon. But what does it really mean? Here’s one definition from the Conference Board's…

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Added by Katy Tynan on March 27, 2010 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Is SEO simply another Y2K? (Or how Shakespeare would have looked a right idiot if he were around today)

A slightly contentious blog this week, but hey, it's all about opinions. This is mine about SEO....



Hands up who remembers the Y2K ‘problem’, or the Millennium bug, as it was sometimes known? I do, as I had several clients who made a lot of money out of placing contractors into the City to ward off the Y2 evil that was set to haunt companies… Continue

Added by Alasdair Murray on March 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Fighting the War for Talent? Dont waste your time...

War for Talent? Or the Emperors new clothes?. At risk of offending most people involved in the talent arena, I have to say that the so called war for talent is a totally pointless war because most organisations are fighting over a resource which actually isn't scarce at all.



Lets go back for a minute and look at the origins of this so called war – and where the phrase was first coined – The McKinsey Article. The authors of this paper in…

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Added by Gareth Jones on March 25, 2010 at 6:41am — 5 Comments

Please don't apply to this job

That's really what you're telling a potential candidate when you upload your job req to a job board. I came across a blog post the other day on the sad state of job postings and it has had me thinking about what I advise my clients.
The first thing I do when I get a call that they just aren't…
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Added by Ginger Dodds on March 25, 2010 at 10:34am — 7 Comments

How to Land a Job in 7 Minutes

What does the weather, last night's Raptors game or traffic conditions have to do with landing a job? A lot if you want to make a good impression.…


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Added by Tim Collins on March 25, 2010 at 9:44pm — 5 Comments

Mobile Recruiting Part 2 of 2

Here is part two video of Mobile Recruiting. Please comment and give us your input / feedback.





While looking for some stats for a company we help in the games industry I was surprised to see the market share iPhone / iTouch has taken from the portable games console market. The PSP lost 9% share

and Nintendo DS lost 5% share putting iPhone at 19% market share, based

on portable game revenue. Considering most games are…

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Added by David Martin on March 23, 2010 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Job Post Optimization: What are your Candidates Searching For?

Today, reaching people on the web is all about content. Not only does your content need to be well presented but it has to be relevant to the group you are targeting (and you have to show this relevance in a hurry). The biggest benefit of this content generation though is that it’s shifted the focus of how you acquire customers from having to go out and find customers to having customers find you. This is what is called…

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Added by Chris Brablc on March 24, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Their Future... Up In The Air



I watched the critically acclaimed movie "Up In The Air" last night - and I'll be honest: I wasn't all that impressed.





Initially.



I can't get the movie out of my mind (which is a good indicator of a

good movie) - and I've spent a lot of time thinking about what it has

said about our work force. Without giving anything away: George

Clooney's Company fires people. To sugar coat this…

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Added by Sean Ryan on March 23, 2010 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

It’s a Selection Rejection Thing

“I nearly bought one of their products a few weeks ago. I’m glad I didn’t. Won’t be considering buying one again”



So said a candidate to me last week about a company whose brand extends into the High Street. Did he have a bad experience? Bad customer service? Was he let down by faulty workmanship?



Kind of..



He was a rejected candidate...he’d applied for a senior role, had 5 interviews including meeting most of the operating Board, giving a… Continue

Added by Mervyn Dinnen on March 24, 2010 at 7:23pm — 7 Comments

Social Recruiting Won't Be Cheap Forever

While examining the pros/cons of using social media tools for recruiting, I've often seen arguments highlighting the cost of these tools as a determining factor in adoption. Currently, many of the most popular social media tools like Facebook and Twitter do not charge for using their services. In comparison to recruiting via job boards or third-party recruiter, the lack of direct financial expenditure for Social Recruiting seems compelling. Just because the services are free right now,…

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Added by Omowale Casselle on March 23, 2010 at 9:15am — 2 Comments

The Power of Language - Why 1 word really matters.

We often overlook the power of language. We don’t always appreciate the emotional impact a word can have on the dynamics of a relationship – the way the same word can bring 2 people together, or pull them apart. A single word can evoke feelings of excitement, amazement and anticipation in one and fear, denial and regret in another. The selection of that single word can forever change the path and journey you are taking. We forget that as hard as we try, once said, those words cannot be taken… Continue

Added by Sarah White on March 22, 2010 at 11:37pm — 2 Comments

Don't Forget The Customer...



It's no secret that I'm in love with technology. I enjoy getting my hands on the newest gadgets, widgets, apps and devices that are available and figuring out how they work - or just enjoying what they do. I've been known to go a few sleepless nights here and there just because there weren't enough hours in the day to wrap my head… Continue

Added by RecruiterGuy on March 23, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Coffee is for Closers

We hear it all the time – Recruiters are sales people. Whether you work in an agency or in-house, your job is to track down leads, fulfill metrics and often times convince people to do things they may feel reluctant to do. But what kind of sales person do you want to be, and more importantly, not…

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Added by Mindy Slobodkin Fineout on March 22, 2010 at 5:33pm — 2 Comments

Mobile Recruiting. Hold the Sugar Coating.

Picture this family conference: two parents and two pre-teen kids, taking place in one ordinary living room...



Dad speaks: “ Kids. Your Mom and I have made a decision. Between soccer, basketball and karate practices; piano and dance lessons, scouts and bible study you both are out of the house more than you are home. It seems all you do is sleep here. Same goes for your Mom and me. If we’re not coaching or driving… Continue

Added by Amy Renz on March 22, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Linkedin - Just How Good is it?

I have like all of us in the recruitment industry seen the huge growth of Linkedin and have written about it and what it is on many occasions - Is Linkedin a Job Board? seemed to be one that got the “chattering classes” chattering.

But in talking with a recruiter pal of mine who is a heavy user of LinkedIn has revealed that ” when we use Linkedin we find that at least 20% of LinkedIn profiles are essentially defunct…

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Added by Keith Robinson on March 20, 2010 at 8:32am — 13 Comments

Who is Your Company Evangelist?

Traditionally, the CEO has played the role of company evangelist. In fact, having a single company representative was perfect for a broadcast, one-way method of information dissemination. However, with the rise of social media and the corresponding call for authenticity, having the CEO assume the role of evangelist is no longer necessary or even desirable. Just as most consumers are mistrustful of direct advertising, there is also an increasing likelihood that statements from your CEO may be…

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Added by Omowale Casselle on March 22, 2010 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

Top tip for your CV - Get rid of it..

Catching up on Twitter yesterday, a tweet by Matt Alder caught my eye. Called 'Resumes are Old School, Use SlideShare & Twitter to Get Hired' Matt was referring to the story of Laura Gainor, PR and Media Strategist at Comet Branding who used Twitter and Slideshare to secure her current role.… Continue

Added by Gareth Jones on March 18, 2010 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Mobile stats and vision

I have been overwhelmed with the number of queries my last blog post has generated about mobile data.



So in response I have put together some slides to help share the data from the various questions.



Did you know 2 in 3 mobile web page visits are from 1 in 5 phones?



Did you know 87% of new Internet subscriptions are mobile broadband / mobile web on mobile?



Why is AppStore a marketing channel?



How might Blackberry stop the iPhone…
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Added by David Martin on March 19, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

You Can't always get what you want.........



People ask "how do you get ideas to write all the time?".. Life does it, seriously, things pop up from nowhere and fester in your mind, and boom there is a blog post in the making. Whether it be good or bad... whatever, a post is there.



This happened to me tonight, watching idol of all things. One of the contestants sang "You can't always get what you want". I love this song by the way, but it stirred something inside me.



I was guest judging at an… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on March 18, 2010 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments

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